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What Does the Sundance Festival Tell Us About the Future of Film?

The deal making begins weeks before the celebrities touch down in Park City, Utah, a pop-up center of the universe for the culture industry during the ten-day run of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Open Road Films buys the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, long before audiences clap, yawn, or both at its Sundance Closing Weekend premiere. Other movies including Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, and No, featuring Gael García Bernal, also arrive with deals intact. The pre-fest deals, as well as decisions by filmmakers from former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (Sound City) to Shane Carruth (Upstream Color) to take on a DIY release model, lead to an inevitable question: with the ability to build communities of fans and supporters 24/7 on digital platforms, are the time, energy, and money spent getting in and getting to Sundance still necessary?

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Secret Dildo Sculptures and Abstract Neon Erotica

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The doors at the top of the gallery steps swing open with a crash. The touring Broadway show is over at the adjacent performing arts hall, and the matinee crowds pour into the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, a massive glass box situated on a busy street corner in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. They’re in a hurry, these Blue Man Group faithful, heading to nearby garages, but many stop for photos and others stay and linger over Taint, a sprawling exhibition by artist Anthony Luensman featuring large-scale sculpture, photography, and video spread over the gallery’s two floors.

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Toronto Film Festival 2012: Launching Mostly Oscar Favorites, but Also Artful Debuts

A delayed flight from Venice meant that Lisbon-based filmmaker Miguel Gomes answered questions from 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 12) audiences breathlessly at the opening night premiere of his stunning movie Tabu. He also admitted to the capacity crowd at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival’s postmodern headquarters, that his time spent waiting on the Venice airport tarmac paid off with extra insight into his beautiful, black-and-white, nearly silent, and subtly avant-garde drama about female neighbors in a Lisbon apartment building and an elderly woman’s dramatic history in early 1960s colonial Africa.

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Want To See the Future of Sundance? Checkout the Abandoned Lumberyard

PARK CITY, Utah — Behind the shopping plaza location of the press-and-industry screening hub known as the Holiday Village Cinemas and tucked behind the celebrity favorite restaurant Blind Dog stands Park City’s shuttered Anderson’s Lumberyard. Recently remade by local businessman Mark Fisher as a music venue called The Yard, the sprawling warehouses turn into the trans-media exhibition space New Frontier The Yard for the 10-day Sundance Film Festival.