‘Nelson,’ ‘Stay’ find love at ‘Dance

As the Sundance film fest wound down here over the weekend, a number of smaller deals came to a head, including ThinkFilm’s North American pickup of the Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie starrer “Half Nelson” and Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn’s pact to grab North American rights to funnyman Bob Goldthwait’s comedy “Stay.” “Nelson” follows a unique relationship between a white schoolteacher, his African-American student and a local drug dealer. “Stay” follows a young, engaged teacher who is haunted by an impulsive sexual encounter from her past. When she reveals her secret, all hell breaks loose.

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