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Sundance Celebrates 25 Years

18 Oct, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Giving a nod to the Sundance Institute's 25th anniversary, an 11-DVD collection of festival favorites is being readied for Nov. 22 release from Sundance Channel Home Entertainment and Hart Sharp Video.

Sundance Film Festival Collection: Celebrating 25 Years of Sundance Institute includes 10 movies plus an additional disc of interviews, behind-the-scenes shots from the Sundance Institute labs, and footage from the Sundance Film Festival. The set retails at $149.99.

Films that will be part of the collection include Stephen Soderbergh's sex, lies and videotape (1988), which won the Audience Award at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival; Kevin Smith's cult favorite Clerks (1993), winner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 festival; The Usual Suspects (1994), the acclaimed thriller from Bryan Singer that premiered at the 1995 festival; Smoke Signals (1997), which was developed by Chris Eyre at the 1995 Sundance Institute Filmmakers lab and won the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 festival; and the Sundance Film Festival's 1999 Grand Jury Prize winner, American Movie, from director Chris Smith.

Also featured in the collection are the Oscar-winning Boys Don't Cry (1999), developed by Kimberly Peirce at the 1997 lab; Todd Field's critically hailed In the Bedroom (2000), for which stars Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek were given Special Jury Prizes at the 2001 festival; the 2002 Grand Jury Prize winner Real Women Have Curves, from director Patricia Cardoso, which also garnered Special Jury Prizes for Lupe Ontiveros and America Ferrera; the 2003 Grand Jury Prize winner Capturing the Friedmans, the acclaimed documentary from director Andrew Jarecki; and another 2003 Grand Jury Prize winner, American Splendor, helmed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.

Special features on the bonus disc include interviews with Sundance founder Robert Redford; a documentary on the Sundance Institute; filmmaker interviews; and scenes from the Sundance lab sessions where two films included in the collection were developed.

The boxed set also will include a booklet with an introduction by Redford and an overview of the institute's mission and work in independent film, film music and theatre.

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