Patience is a requirement in approaching vet nonfiction helmer James Benning, a cinematic one-man-band whose films exude a near-Zen minimalism. Dull and inscrutable to the casual viewer, they reward…
The wicked witch is dead. As the Sundance fest drew near its close, "Blair Witch" filmmakers Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick tried for a repeat marketing blitz - a full four months before they have…
Building on the strengths of his debut feature, the poignant "Trees Lounge," actor-turned-director Steve Buscemi brings the same unfussy confidence and bittersweet empathy to "Animal Factory," a fine…
Internet company AtomFilms has snatched up rights to four more short films, bringing its bounty to five shorts and making it the most aggressive acquisitor of shorts at the festival so far.
Sony Pictures Classics continues to make noise here, as the company is in final negotiations to snag domestic distribution rights to "Shadow Magic" from Chinese-born director Ann Hu.
U.K.-based Distant Horizon has acquired South African distribution rights for the feature "Chuck and Buck" at Sundance. Helmed by Miguel Arteta ("Star Maps"), the pic explores the evolving…
Tim Burton, who dazzled audiences with "Sleepy Hollow," "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands," is taking his visuals to the Web, inking a deal with shockwave.com to create a series of animated short…
Who is Morty Fineman? That’s a question Daily Variety readers may be asking following the appearance Thursday of an improbable full-page ad touting the 30th anniversary of Fineman Films. In an open…
Shamelessly flattering and melodramatic, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" may strike some viewers as stretching nonfiction cinema's parameters until its mascara runs with tears.
The Rhode Island Intl. Film Festival has issued a call for submissions for its fourth annual event, running Aug. 9-13.
Continuing the acquisitions frenzy here, Canal Plus has seized rights to distribute Jenniphr Goodman's "Tao of Steve" in France, Benelux and Germany. In addition, Blockbuster has again come to the…