SOURCE: Unspam Technologies, Inc.

January 18, 2007 14:15 ET

Best (and Worst) Films of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Predicted in Advance by Park City, Utah Company Unspam Technologies

PARK CITY, UT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- It's eight-below this morning in Park City, Utah, but there's no need to brave the cold to get tickets to the Sundance Film Festival: this year's winners have already been predicted in advanced using bleeding-edge statistical modeling technology. Unspam Technologies, Inc., a computer software firm based in Park City, Utah, used advanced Bayesian analysis of the last eleven years of films in the Dramatic and Documentary Film Competitions to create Deconstructing Sundance (www.deconstructingSundance.com). At noon today the site will publish the best and worst films of the 2007 Festival -- before any movies have been screened and 10 days before the official awards are announced.

This is the second year Unspam has published Deconstructing Sundance. Last year, the site was spot-on with its predictions, accurately picking in advance the films that went on to win the Festival's four biggest awards. "I don't want to say it's a foregone conclusion this year," said Matthew Prince, CEO of Unspam. "But given our success last year we are feeling pretty good. We all made our own ticket selections based on the predictions."

This year, Unspam devoted a room full of computers, a more sophisticated prediction algorithm, and even a fleet of toy helicopters to the mission of finding the best films. Based on the data, the standout films of this year's Dramatic Competition will be: "Four Sheets to the Wind," "The Good Life," "Grace is Gone," "Hounddog," and "Joshua." The standout films of this year's Documentary Competition will be: "For the Bible Tells Me So," "Nanking," and "War Dance." Rankings for the remainder of the films in the competition will be published on the Deconstructing Sundance website at noon today.

"While the predictions are all in fun, there is extremely sophisticated math behind them," said Matthew Prince. "I still wouldn't advise any studio execs to make decisions based only on our analysis. However, if a studio does buy one of the films we've predicted to be a hit, our engineers are willing to attend any acquisition parties to provide the irrefutable statistical data to back up the studio's decision."

Complete information on how Deconstructing Sundance works and the best and worst films of this year's Festival are available beginning at noon today at: www.deconstructingSundance.com.

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