Do you like pretty pictures? We sure do. That’s why we’ve got a kick-ass Instagram situation out here in Park City. Make sure to download the app follow sundancechannel for the latest snappy-snaps of folks like Lizzie Olsen, Rashida Jones and Elijah Wood. Don’t have Instagram? Check out our best pictures over on our Tumblr. We’ve got some gems below:
We’re dealing with blizzard conditions here in Park City. And no, that isn’t a coastal overreaction to mountain weather. We almost lost a busload of filmmakers on the way back from Robert Redford’s brunch this morning and they’re shutting down roads left and right! But, have no fear, plenty of stars managed to snowshoe on over to Sundance Channel HQ. Perhaps it’s because we’ve got plenty of hot drinks and love to snuggle. Rashida Jones charmed everyone and Emily Blunt is still one of our favorite indie darlings, so check out the full roster of smiling faces and pretty pictures:
America has got some issues and this year’s slate of Sundance films is full of stories about ‘em. Festival founder Robert Redford stopped by to talk with Sundance Channel about those issues, and he’s got some valuable insights into the role independent cinema has to play in sharing stories about them.
Pretty girls in parkas! Crazy dudes in cowboy boots! It must be Main Street, Park City in the midst of the Sundance Film Festival. Take a look at how the stylish set are keeping warm with our gallery of Street Style on Main Street and get the logistics down on the best spots to find your favorite indie stars sipping hot cocoa…or perhaps something a bit stronger.
So far, everybody has politely knocked the snow off their boots before they’ve tromped through Sundance Channel HQ out here in Park City. It was a busy day, with guests ranging from Mr. Sundance himself, Robert Redford, to Blythe Danner and Melanie Lynsky of HELLO I MUST BE GOING and the folks behind the gripping documentary about rape in the military THE INVISIBLE WAR stopping in for a chat. Check out all of those galleries and more:
Article: Meet the Sundance 2012 filmmakers
Going to Sundance is exciting for everyone from film lovers to those of us click-clacking away behind keyboards. But it must be a whole different ballgame for filmmakers who’ve gotten their projects into competition. To find out what that’s like we sat down with some of the folks behind this year’s slate of competition films:
Article: Sort out your Festival schedule
So many films, so little time. I know, 10 days sounds like more than enough time to see your fill of films, but there are 117 feature-length films in the festival this year (not to mention a whole bunch of shorts)! Plus, you need to mix in some time to mingle, look fabulous and get your party on (did we mention Drake and Deer Tick are playing the Bing Bar?). Fortunately, everyone on the internet loves lists and there are tons of good ones out there rounding up what films you shouldn’t miss. And because we’re all about being service-y, we’ve decided to list some of the best ones here:
We’re packing up our snow boots and getting ready to hit the cinematic slopes next week, but if you can’t make it out to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, fear not! We’ve got you covered. Sign up for our Festival Updates and get the latest news from Park City delivered straight to your inbox. Trust us, you won’t want to miss what everyone is saying about the latest premieres, the newest breakthrough stars and whatever the hell James Franco is up to.
By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, the LCD Soundsystem documentary about their last show/the greatest funeral ever. Yeah, it is pretty much the only thing anyone on the internet is talking about. We can’t wait, either and are gearing up for the big premiere on Sunday, January 22nd at the Egyptian Theater. It’s sold out, but you can also catch Mr. Murphy in the Tim and Eric helmed drama THE COMEDY.
It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since PARIAH premiered at Sundance. The Brooklyn based, coming-out story impressed audiences in Park City and is now in theaters (well, theaters in certain cities). It’s the end of an extensive Sundance cycle for writer/director Dee Rees, who premiered a short version of the semi-autobiographical story at the festival back in 2007 and was chosen as a 2008 Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.
Happy New Year! And if your 2012 resolution is to watch every episode of FREAKS AND GEEKS, then you are in luck. Starting tonight at 7 PM et/pt, Sundance Channel will air them all — including the ones that never saw the light of broadcast. This is the perfect opportunity to reminisce about a time before TV got all Real Housewives and Teen Mom (1999-2000, to be precise). It’s also your chance to get that one friend who has never seen the show hooked. To help us dig deeper into one of the most beloved (by us indie nerds, at least), short-lived TV shows, SUNfiltered spoke to the show’s creator, Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS), over the holidays.
The 500 DAYS OF SUMMER festival faves may have not made it together on the big screen, but they’ve been good friends for years. Now, they are stepping out as musical collaborators with a charming (OK, adorkable) cover of Nancy Wilson’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve“? New Year’s Eve songs are so much…
It’s no secret that Jessica Chastain has had a breakout year. You probably saw her in THE HELP, perhaps saw her in THE DEBT or TREE OF LIFE, and should definitely head out to see her in TAKE SHELTER. It was one of the few films that went into the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with a distribution deal and between powerhouse performances Chastain and the film’s star Michael Shannon (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, Boardwalk Empire), it’s easy to see why.
Meet Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and her girlfriend Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell. They’ve just made history with a kiss.
The Internet is teeming with remembrances of North Korea’s recently departed Dear Leader. They run the gamut from the weirdly hysterical to the geopolitical, but here at SUNfiltered we’re mainly concerned with the dictator’s cinematic legacy. He was a big film buff, but he also dabbled in producing. His greatest achievement had to be the monster movie PULGASARI. He definitely had his own unique style of getting a movie made. We don’t like to speak ill of the dead, but North Korea’s future supreme leader kidnapped South Korean director Shin Sang-Ok, along with his wife, actress Choe Un-Hee, and forced them to make this little bit of cinema history. Take that, Harvey Weinstein.
Sundance fave Miranda July’s latest book It Chooses You will probably end up in a few cool kids’ stockings Sunday morning. And why shouldn’t it? The book had its own SoHo storefront! Check out what the filmmaker-writer-performance artist has to say on theme at the heart of It Chooses You, meeting strangers.
Face it, you were not nominated for a Golden Globe and your chances for an Oscar don’t look good, either. It’s ok, though… there is a film award you can still win. Look no further than the Vimeo Film Festival and Awards.
Congratulations to Emma Watson on her Golden Globe nomination for Sundance Channel original movie APPROPRIATE ADULT. Watson’s Janet Leach is up against some pretty heavy hitters in the Best Actress — Miniseries or Movie category. It’s a Brit-heavy competition featuring Kate Winslett, Mildred Pierce; Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey; Romola Garai, The Hour (which stars APPROPRIATE ADULT’s Dominic West); and some American lady named Diane Lane, CINEMA VERITE.
There probably isn’t any contemporary pop act as intrinsically tied to the cinema and the French electronic duo Air. From their collaboration with Sophia Coppola on THE VIRGIN SUICIDES to their recent reimagining of the 1902 Georges Méliès classic LE VOYAGES DANS LE LUNE , they’ve challenged the constraints of the movie soundtrack. Now they’ve teamed up with Cartier and the NYC-based directors collective Waverly for the short film PAINTED LOVE.