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Peter Bowen

  • Tribeca Film Festival


  • Sundance preview: a sunshine outlook'


    Each year thousands come to the mountain town of Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Sundance - The Shape of Things to Come - US Stars of Tomorrow


    Each year thousands come to the mountain town of Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Some are here to see films, some to get rejected from overcrowded parties, and others to score goody bags. Many come to divine the future of independent film from the parade of new talent and films. Perhaps more than other festivals, Sundance prides itself on fresh talent. Of the 121 feature-length films presented this year, 55 come from first-time film-makers.
  • Documentary case study: Air Guitar Nation


    Peter Bowen explains why a debut documentary with a jokey-sounding title was the right fit for a new distributor.
  • Documentary case study: Sicko


    Michael Moore's Sicko may be drumming up hype because of its subject matter. But for The Weinstein Company, the director is the real story. Peter Bowen reports.
  • Oscar changes the eligibility rules for documentaries - again


    Will the new Academy Awards requirements benefit films with greater resources' Peter Bowen reports
  • Reality check


    As the theatrical documentary boom slows, distributors are looking for more innovative release strategies. Ahead of the UK's BRITDOC festival (July 25-27), Peter Bowen explores the future for feature documentaries.
  • Upcoming feature documentaries


    From star-led projects to nature documentaries, Peter Bowen profiles a selection of upcoming feature docs.SickoMichael Moore's assault on the US healthcare system opened on June 22 in the US, and starts an international ...
  • James Gray: good cop, bard cop


    Shakespeare and Italian melodrama provided the creative inspirations for James Gray's We Own The Night, set in New York in the 1980s. Peter Bowen reports.
  • Jon Kilik: for whom the Bell tolls


    The US producer of The Diving Bell And The Butterfly tells Peter Bowen how he got the film made when both Johnny Depp and Universal dropped out.
  • Tribeca Talent: Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz


    Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz's debut feature Lovesickness (Maldeamores) deals with the universal theme of love in very Puerto Rican terms. For Ruiz, 'It's a slice of our Latin idiosyncrasies which also shows how intense and intensely flawed love can be.'
  • Tribeca Talent: Marshall Lewy


    Marshall Lewy's debut feature Blue State, a character-driven road film about a Democrat activist moving to Canada after George W Bush is re-elected in 2004, reflects the director's life in several ways. Like his main character, director Lewy did field work in Ohio for the Democratic Party in 2004. And while he did not move north after the election, he ended up shooting his feature in Winnipeg in 2006.
  • Tribeca Talent: Bill Guttentag


    Director Bill Guttentag's debut feature film Live!, a mockumentary about a reality TV show whose ultimate showdown ends with a nasty game of Russian roulette, combines his many talents in one package.
  • Tribeca Talent: Kevin Connolly


    Film-maker Kevin Connolly, best known for playing the sane friend, Eric, in HBO's hit series Entourage, found time from his acting career to direct Gardener Of Eden, a small indie comedy about a New Jersey ne'er-do-well who is pushed to become a local hero after he accidentally captures a serial rapist.
  • Latin American locations: Colombia


    When producing a $50m film with a host of international stars, Colombia would not necessarily be on any producer's shortlist. But for Scott Steindorff of Stone Village Pictures, who recently wrapped Love In The Time Of Cholera in Cartagena, the experience was well worth the trouble.
  • US stars of tomorrow


    Over the past two decades, the Sundance Film Festival has developed into two distinct events. The festival, as started by Robert Redford, has actually changed very little over the last 20 years. Despite the new programmes and categories, and the increasing number of submissions - 1,852 US features this year - the festival's focus on new documentary and feature film-makers stays true. As festival director Geoffrey Gilmore affirms: "From the start, the festival has been a platform for ...