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Sundance Channel Shines a Spotlight on the 2005 Sundance Film Festival
"SUNDANCE IN FOCUS" January 24-29, 2005
Tribute Includes Daily Half-Hour Special On Festival Goings-on And U.S. Television Premieres

Throughout the month of January, Sundance Channel delivers the 2005 Sundance Film Festival to a living room near you. The network’s tribute to the annual film festival features a month’s worth of Sundance Film Festival titles with a week of special programming from January 24-29 called "Sundance in Focus," presenting feature films, original programming and exclusive coverage of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

"Festival Dailies," a half-hour program on the Festival in progress, will air each of those nights at 9:00pm; on January 29th "Festival Dailies" will be an hour wrap-up that will include an announcement of the 2005 Festival winners. Following "Festival Dailies" at 9:30pm are episodes of the Sundance Channel original series "Anatomy of a Scene," each of which details the creative decisions that helped shape five recent Sundance Film Festival favorites. Finally, "Sundance in Focus" showcases six critically acclaimed films from the 2003 and 2004 Festivals, films that emerged from Park City to engage audiences across the country. Three of those films are U.S. television premieres: Jehane Noujaim’s Control Room (January 24th at 10:00pm), Mark Rucker’s Die Mommie, Die! (January 26th at 10:00pm), and Peter Hedges’ Pieces of April (January 29th at 10:00pm). Completing the "Sundance in Focus" feature lineup is Alan Rudolph’s The Secret Lives of Dentists (January 25th at 10:00pm), Ondi Timoner’s DIG! (January 27th at 10:00pm), winner of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, and the Polish brothers’ Northfork (January 28th at 10:00pm).

In addition to "Sundance in Focus," all of Sundance Channel’s January programming – including narrative features, documentaries, short films and original series – is devoted to films that have screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

The nightly lineup of original programming, feature films and "Anatomy of a Scene" episodes during "Sundance in Focus" is as follows:

MONDAY JANUARY 24

9:00pm "Festival Dailies"
A nightly report on the Festival in progress with the films and filmmakers of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

9:30pm "Anatomy of a Scene: Garden State"
This episode focuses on the creation of a waiting room scene from actor Zach Braff’s feature directorial debut, a romantic comedy about a depressed actor who returns home for his mother’s funeral. Screened at 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

10:00pm Control Room (U.S. Television Premiere)
Directed by Jehane Noujaim; 2004, 83 minutes. Noujaim’s (Startup.com) behind-the-scenes look at the independent Arab news station Al Jazeera follows the channel’s management and reporters as they cover the unfolding story of the second Iraq War. At the U.S. military’s Central Command (CentCom) media center in Qatar, old acquaintances are renewed and new relationships forged as the Al Jazeera reporters – including a BBC veteran – take their places alongside Western journalists. But with the war underway, all the journalists must deal with the realities of CentCom, which controls access to information. Screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival; CDS Filmmaker Award and Jury Award, 2004 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

TUESDAY JANUARY 25

9:00pm "Festival Dailies"
A nightly report on the Festival in progress with the films and filmmakers of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

9:30pm "Anatomy of a Scene: The Secret Lives of Dentists"
The evolution of a key sequence in Alan Rudolph’s marital drama: the evening that David Hurst (Campbell Scott) takes his daughters to see their mother Dana (Hope Davis) perform in an opera.

10:00pm The Secret Lives of Dentists
Directed by Alan Rudolph; 2003; 104 minutes. This insightful portrait of a marriage in trouble stars Campbell Scott and Hope Davis as Dave and Dana Hurst, two dentists with a joint practice and three young daughters. Dave refrains from confronting Dana when he begins to suspect that she’s having an affair – but his roiling emotions are given voice in imaginary conversations with one of his patients, a sardonic trumpet player (Denis Leary). Adapted from Jane Smiley’s novella "The Age of Grief." Screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26

9:00pm "Festival Dailies"
A nightly report on the Festival in progress with the films and filmmakers of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

9:30pm "Anatomy of a Scene: Die Mommie Die!"
Director Mark Rucker, writer/actor Charles Busch, and their collaborators tackle a pivotal sequence from their comic melodrama/thriller: a psychedelic freak-out that harks back to 1967 cult classic The Trip.

10:00pm Die Mommie Die! (U.S. Television Premiere)
Directed by Mark Rucker; 2003, 90 minutes. A fallen pop diva battles her vicious husband, vengeful children and a hornet’s nest of secrets in the hilarious comic melodrama/thriller set in 1967. Adapting his stage play, theatre veteran Charles Busch stars as the semi-retired songbird Angela Arden, who occupies her time tending the roses at her Beverly Hills mansion – and cavorting with failed actor and reputed gigolo Tony Parker (Jason Priestley). Co-starring Philip Baker Hall, Natasha Lyonne and Frances Conroy. Busch received a Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

THURSDAY JANUARY 27

9:00pm "Festival Dailies"
A nightly report on the Festival in progress with the films and filmmakers of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

9:30pm "Anatomy of a Scene: 28 Days Later"
This episode diagrams a major turning point in Danny Boyle’s horror/sci-fi hit: a bike messenger played by Cillian Murphy has his first encounter with the killer virus that has decimated London. Screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

10:00pm DIG!
Directed by Ondi Timoner; 2004, 107 minutes. Timoner’s acclaimed documentary follows seven years in the lives of two West Coast bands, Portland’s post-glam The Dandy Warhols and Los Angeles’ psychedelic-inflected The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Both groups seemed poised to break out of the indie underground when they first crossed paths in San Francisco in 1995, and the groups’ leaders, Courtney Taylor and Anton Newcombe, quickly became good friends who inspired one another to go further and deeper in their music. But their relationship grew increasingly complicated as major record labels began to court their bands – with strikingly different results. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

FRIDAY JANUARY 28

9:00pm "Festival Dailies"
A nightly report on the Festival in progress with the films and filmmakers of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

9:30pm "Anatomy of a Scene: The Cooler"
A moment of discovery from Wayne Kramer’s sexy comic romance: a preternaturally unlucky Las Vegas gambler, played by William H. Macy, realizes that his losing streak may be over. Screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

10:00pm Northfork
Directed by Michael Polish; 2003, 103 minutes. Brothers Mark and Michael Polish return to their home state of Montana for their third film, a luminous fable about a small town’s life and death. The time is 1955 and Northfork, MT is about to disappear, drowned in the waters of new hydroelectric dam. Among the few people remaining in Northfork are its craggy priest (Nick Nolte) and the orphan (Duel Farnes) who has been left in his charge, a desperately sick boy who has visions of the town’s storied guardian angels. With James Woods, Daryl Hannah, and Anthony Edwards. Screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

SATURDAY JANUARY 29

9:00pm "Festival Dailies"
One Hour Wrap up episode including announcement of 2005 Sundance Film Festival Award winners.

10:00pm Pieces of April (U.S. Television Premiere)
Directed by Peter Hedges; 2003, 79 minutes. Screenwriter Hedges (About a Boy, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) makes his directorial debut with this exceptionally well-observed and moving comedy about a family misfit April (Katie Holmes) who invites her estranged clan to her cramped New York apartment for Thanksgiving. April has no cooking experience whatsoever, but the holiday may be her last chance to make amends with her formidable, acerbic mother Joy (Patricia Clarkson, in an Academy Award®-nominated performance), who has breast cancer. The supporting cast includes Derek Luke (Friday Night Lights), Oliver Platt (Kinsey) and Sean Hayes ("Will and Grace").

Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original programs, Sundance channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between Robert Redford, Showtime Networks Inc., and Universal Studios. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences. Sundance Channel’s website address is www.sundancechannel.com.

Source: Sundance Channel



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