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From Sundance to the multiplex: Women directors are taking the spotlight

Long before she directed the summer comedy The To Do List, Maggie Carey was a Division I soccer player at the University of Montana. That was back in the 1990s, when for the first time in her life, she had a female coach.

“It was really refreshing to see a woman in a leadership role and that kind of clicked with me – maybe there was something missing that I wasn’t aware of. And I think seven of the girls [I played with] went on to coach,” Carey says.

Now, as a film director, Carey finds herself at the helm in a profession also historically dominated by men. But like the sea change she witnessed playing soccer earlier in her life, Carey sees things opening up for women who want to get behind the camera.

“The next generation of [soccer] players,” she says, “they’re not going to even think twice about having a female coach. With access and filmmaking, girls who are in high school now aren’t going to think twice about [becoming directors] because they’re going to see women in those positions. It won’t be a barrier because they won’t know there was a barrier.”

Maggie Carey is one of a small group of up and coming female filmmakers in Hollywood who are starting to gain recognition for their work. But it is still a very small group.
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Sundance 2013: The deal report

Yes, the Sundance Film Festival is a temple to the glory of independent film and the purity of the art of cinema and blah blah blah. But it is also a vital marketplace for indie distributors to find the next blockbuster Little Miss Sunshine, or acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild, or wildly overpriced Happy, Texas. With the festival drawing to a close, Sundance 2013 has already proven to be one of the biggest deal-making festivals in recent memory, producing several major sales of movies that will either go on to become some of the buzziest films of the year, or, you know… not. We’ll update this space with additional deal reports throughout the week ahead. Here are the highlights so far: READ FULL STORY

Sony Classics Worldwide Acquisitions nabs 'Austenland'

Austenland

Austenland, the Sundance Film Festival entry starring Keri Russell as an obsessive Jane Austen fan who spends her life savings to visit a “fantasy camp” in England that recreates the period’s gender and social mores, was acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, JJ Feild, and Bret McKenzie also star.

“We loved making this movie and were fortunate enough to screen it at Sundance,” said producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and director Jerusha Hess in a joint statement. “The fact that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Sony Pictures Classics has chosen to distribute Austenland is beyond our wildest dreams — they treat their films with the utmost care, and we are thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious distributor.”

Based on the novel by Shannon Hale, Austenland is the first film from Hess, who co-wrote her husband’s Sundance smash, Napoleon Dynamite. “Basically, a bunch of Mormon ladies sat around and made a movie together,” said Meyer on Friday night after the film premiered at Eccles Theater in Park City, Utah.

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Sundance: Kery Russell and Stephenie Meyer discuss ‘Austenland’
Sundance 2013: Exclusive EW Portraits

Keri Russell and producer Stephenie Meyer talk 'Austenland' at Sundance: VIDEO

“Gigolos in top hats.” That’s a delightful way to describe the Mr. Darcy-types in Austenland, a comedy from first-time director Jerusha Hess (cowriter of Napoleon Dynamite) that stars Keri Russell as a woman who spends her last dime to visit a resort where Jane Austen fans go to role-play. Russell and Hess, along with producer Stephenie Meyer and costars JJ Field and Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie, stopped by EW’s Sundance interview lounge today to talk about the film — and the possibility of a Twilight resort — with Anthony Breznican. READ FULL STORY

Sundance Film Festival's 13 must-see movies

Awkward.

If there’s one word that unites many of the movies making their debuts at the Sundance Film Festival this year, that’s probably the best: Hilariously, beautifully, tragically awkward.

Imagine you’re a teenage kid in the merciless grip of puberty and your “new dad” turns to you one day and — by way of trying to help you manage your expectations with girls — informed you that, sorry … you’re kind of ugly.

Awkward.

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Sundance 2013: Female directors poised to make their mark at indie festival

Cannes, take note.

Call it feminist, call it a full shift in the zeitgeist, call it the seeds of a movie industry revolution, but the Sundance Film Festival has shoved Hollywood into the 21st century when it comes to the inclusion of women filmmakers.

Last May, the Cannes Film Festival’s competitive Palme D’Or line-up sparked controversy over its dearth of female directors. This year’s annual Sundance fest in Park City, Utah, which runs from Jan. 17-27, for the very first time features an equal number of male and female directors in its 16-film U.S. Dramatic Competition category, ranging from Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, starring Rosemarie DeWitt (pictured in the exclusive photo above), to Liz Garcia’s The Lifeguard, featuring Kristen Bell, Francesca Gregorini’s Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, starring Jessica Biel, Jerusha Hess’s Austenland with Keri Russell, Lake Bell’s In a World, also starring the actress-director, and Stacie Passon’s Concussion.

EW connected with Shelton, Garcia, Gregorini, Hess, Passon, and Bell, as well as actresses Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael, who co-wrote the saucy Sundance Midnight screening selection Ass Backwards, and Richard E. Robbins, who directed the CNN Films documentary Girl Rising, which will have scenes shown at Sundance. Absolute joy and excitement resonated through phone and email conversations with the filmmakers, who touted the bright future for women directors — Kathryn Bigelow’s name may be the biggest out there these days, but many more are on the horizon.
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