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S’dance Channel gets ‘Getting’

Pic to open female helmer showcase 'She Said Cinema'

NEW YORK — The first day of Sundance 2000 kicked off with what will likely be the last acquisition from Sundance 1999.

The Sundance Channel has picked up Liseanne Skyler’s “Getting To Know You.” Pic will kick off the channel’s monthlong female director showcase “She Said Cinema,” which debuts in April.

Liz Manne, Sundance Channel exec veep of programming and marketing, had been hotly pursuing the film since it preemed in competition at last year’s Sundance.

Based on a series of Joyce Carol Oates short stories, “Getting to Know You” tells the story of two wayward youths (Heather Matarazzo and Michael Weston) who spend an afternoon at an upstate New York bus terminal by trading bleakly ironic parables about people who are as desperate as they are.

Like the festival that shares its name, Sundance Channel is under the creative direction of Robert Redford. The channel was launched four years ago as a joint venture between Redford, Showtime Networks and Universal Studios as premium channel dedicated to bringing film fest fare to cable viewers.

“Getting” is the third film that Sundance Channel acquired at last year’s Sundance, joining Julian Goldberger’s “Trans” and Cauleen Smith’s “Drylongso.” Pic was produced by Laura Gabbert and George LaVoo.