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Sunday, January 3, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, Rhode Island Film & Television Office
One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908, 401-222-3456 PH, 401-222-3018 FAX steven@arts.ri.gov

RI NATIVE'S (and RIFC member!) FILM ACCEPTED AT SUNDANCE The Rhode Island Film & TV Office is delighted to announce that native son Chris Sparling's film BURIED will screen five times during the course of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 21-31, 2010. The highly anticipated world premiere at the festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd at 11:30 PM.

BURIED stars Ryan Reynolds (THE PROPOSAL) as a civilian contractor in Iraq who is attacked, kidnapped and buried alive in the middle of the desert with nothing but a lighter, a candle, a cell phone and a knife. This taut international thriller was written by Chris Sparling, directed by Rodrigo Cortes and shot this past summer in Spain. Chris Sparling grew up in North Providence, RI and had previously written and directed the local, feature length comedy AN UZI AT THE ALAMO. In early 2009, Chris sold a spec script, MERCY, to Gold Circle Films and that project has been fast-tracked for production in 2010.

RI Film & TV Office Executive Director Steven Feinberg said, "We are so proud of Chris's accomplishments in what can be a very challenging industry to break into. He has become Rhode Island's rising star with his talent, hard work and dedication to producing excellent films. We support him wholeheartedly and look forward to watching his career continue to blossom. Chris Sparling is not only a great guy, he is clearly one of the Ocean State's valuable treasures."
BURIED was selected for Hollywood's 2009 Black List, which is compiled by surveying film executives who list their ten favorite unproduced scripts written in 2009 and is considered a high honor in Hollywood circles. Media inquires can be directed to Chris at info@scarredheelproductions.com.

Visit the RI Film & TV Office website at http://server1.streamsend.com/streamsend/clicktracker.php?cd=6227&ld=1&md=-1&ud=-1&url=http://www.film.ri.gov/
The RI Film & TV Office is a division of the Rhode Island State Council on the Art
This is not an RIFC Production

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