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Sundance Channel expanding to cover this year’s film fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Whether you are heading to this year’s Sundance Film Festival – which begins on Thursday in Park City, Utah – or following every happening from the comfort of your own home, it sounds like the Sundance Channel is ramping up its coverage to bring most of the fest to you.

For the first time in the channel’s history, Sundance Channel is officially setting up an on-site headquarters – located at 692 Main Street – which will play host to an all-access, multimedia experience for Sundance Film Festival patrons.

“All eyes are on the Sundance Film Festival every year, and no wonder: it’s a one-of-kind event on the film calendar, a place to get early indications of what’s next in our culture. We’re proud to share the Sundance name and it’s only fitting that we create an exciting media event on all of our platforms so that a wider audience beyond Park City can join the party,” said Sundance Channel EVP and GM Sarah Barnett.

But what if you can’t make it to Park City this year? Then the channel is doing what it can to bring you comprehensive coverage on its cable channel as well as its Web sites, www.sundancechannel.com and www.fullfrontalfashion.com.

Here’s important information from the station’s release:

The network’s on-air coverage, “10 Days of Sundance” will include daily Festival video updates, and wide-ranging interviews at Sundance Channel HQ with the year’s most buzzed-about directors and actors.

Digital offerings are the most numerous and diverse yet, and include an editorial partnership between Sundance Channel and The Daily Beast, the online magazine founded by Tina Brown. Nicole LaPorte, Senior West Coast reporter for The Daily Beast and author of The Men Who Would Be King, will be tracking all the action from Park City for both Sundance Channel and The Daily Beast.

Exclusive postings and news reports will go up every day on Sundance Channel’s SUNfiltered blog at www.sundancechannel.com/sunfiltered and www.thedailybeast.com. The Daily Beast will also host a dedicated Sundance Film Festival blog. All Sundance Channel coverage will also be available at the dedicated Sundance Film Festival mini-site, www.sundancechannel.com/festival.

In addition, nightly editions of “10 Days of Sundance” will showcase films that have rich history with the Sundance Film Festival.

The feature film schedule for “10 Days of Sundance” is as follows:

Friday, January 21
8:00pm Gods And Monsters (SFF 1998) – Directed by Bill Condon
10:00pm Brubaker – Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Saturday, January 22
8:00pm Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (SFF 2009) – Directed by John Krasinski
10:00pm The Ice Storm – Directed by Ang Lee

Sunday, January 23
8:00pm White Lightnin’ (SFF 2009) – Directed by Dominic Murphy
10:00pm Barton Fink – Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

Monday, January 24
8:00pm A Little Trip To Heaven (SFF 2006) – Directed by Baltasar Kormakur
10:00pm Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – Directed by Sidney Lumet

Tuesday, January 25
8:00pm Blind Date (SFF 2008) – Directed by Stanley Tucci
10:00pm Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus – Directed by Steven Shainberg

Wednesday, January 26
8:00pm Unmade Beds (SFF 2009) – Directed by Alexis Dos Santos
10:00pm A Prairie Home Companion – Directed by Robert Altman

Thursday, January 27
8:00pm Daddy Longlegs (SFF 2009) – Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie
10:00pm Cousin Bette – Directed by Des McAnuff

Friday, January 28
8:00pm Maria Full of Grace (SFF 2004) – Directed by Joshua Marston
10:00pm The Dead Girl – Directed by Karen Moncrieff

Saturday, January 29
8:00pm The Guitar (SFF 2008) – Directed by Amy Redford
10:00pm The Piano – Directed by Jane Campion

Sunday, January 30
6:00pm A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints (SFF 2006) – Directed by Dito Monteil
8:00pm “Brick City” Season 2/Ep. 1- Directed by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin
9:00pm “Brick City” Season 2/Ep. 1 (encore) – Directed by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin
10:00pm The Darjeeling Limited – Directed by Wes Anderson

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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