FRUITVALE Wins 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award

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Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale made audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival weep with the true story of Oscar Grant, who was murdered by BART Station police in 2009.  At last night’s awards ceremony, Coogler’s debut feature was awarded with both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, which made it the first film to win in both categories since 2009′s Precious.  The Weinstein Company picked up the movie for $2 million after a heated bidding war, and I would expect a release sometime later this year.  Click here for my review.

Other winners included This Is Martin Bonner for “Best of NEXT” (voters must have connected with a movie where nothing happens), best screenwriting for Lake Bell for In a World… (click here for my review), and Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley for their tremendous performances in The Spectacular Now.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Sundance 2013: First Images from BLOOD BROTHER, CUTIE AND THE BOXER, DIRTY WARS, and GIDEON’S ARMY

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The first batch of films that will be playing at the upcoming 2013 Sundance Film Festival were recently announced, and today we’ve got the first images from a few films that will be screening in competition as part of the U.S. Documentary category.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

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