2 ‘Dance pix going to video

Four 2003 fest offerings secure vid release dates

Sundance Channel Home Entertainment will release homevideo versions of “In This World” and “The Other Side of the Bed,” the first two of four independent films in its new Sundance Film Series, on March 2.

Announced by Robert Redford at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and launched last fall by Redford and the Sundance Channel, the series features four films chosen for a limited theatrical run in 10 cities, followed by DVD release and then runs on the Sundance Channel. The other two are “Die Mommie Die!” and “Dopamine.”

The film series is sponsored by Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Entertainment Weekly, Kenneth Cole Prods. and Volkswagen.

Director Michael Winterbottom’s “In This World” follows two Afghan boys as they travel through Iran, Turkey, Italy and other countries on their way to find refuge in London. Spanish filmmaker Emilio Martinez-Lazaro’s “The Other Side of the Bed” follows two couples in their search for love.

“Dopamine,” a romantic drama about two computer programmers whose design of an artificial life form leads to love, is slated for homevideo release April 13. The dramatic soap opera-style film “Die Mommie Die!,” starring Charles Busch, Francis Conroy and Natasha Lyonne, will reach stores June 29.

(Jennifer Netherby is a reporter for Daily Variety sister publication Video Business.)

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