Microsoft and Sundance Film Festival Screen 5 Films in WM9

"BAADASSSSS!," "Carandiru," "Open Water," "Sky Blue" and "Speak" Will Be Digitally Projected at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival

At today's opening of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Microsoft Corp. and the Sundance Institute announced that five full-length feature films will screen digitally at the festival using Microsoft® Windows Media® 9 Series. For the third year in a row, Windows Media is supporting the Sundance Film Festival, and this year the following films will be screened in Windows Media 9 Series: "BAADASSSSS!," starring David Alan Grier, Ossie Davis and co-writer/director Mario Van Peebles, who is starring as his father, co-writer and acclaimed filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles; "Carandiru" from Academy Award-nominated director Hector Babenco; "Open Water," from writer/director Chris Kentis; "Sky Blue," a groundbreaking high-definition, multilayered animation epic from Moon-saeng Kim and English version from Sunmin Park; and "Speak," from writer/director Jessica Sharzer, starring Kristen Stewart, Steve Zahn and Elizabeth Perkins.

In addition, Microsoft today announced the creation of an independent film Web site on, dedicated to showcasing indie films and filmmakers. Windows Media 9 Series provides moviegoers with the high-quality theatrical experience they are accustomed to, while offering producers and distributors the cost savings associated with mastering and releasing films digitally.

News source: Microsoft PressPass

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