Park City has proved to be a launching pad for indie movies. “Precious,” “Winter’s Bone” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (to name a few) all debuted at the festival and wound up racking up Oscar nominations. And on the heels of today’s Academy announcements, it turns out that this year’s crop of nominees is no different.
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Whatever your inner indie movie spirit is, it’s bound to be as lovable as a gem straight out of Sundance Film Festival, which has birthed some of the best independent classics around. So which one best suits your own world view? Take the quiz to find out!
Veteran Sundance Film Fest photographer Henny Garfunkel discusses the evolution of the festival, famous friends and the trick to taking great portraits.
Sundance Institute announced today that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival will take an unprecedented look at the art and craft of filmmaking with its new ‘Art of Film Weekend’ series of offscreen programming.
Every festival is accompanied by the rush to proclaim new and important trendsetters. Some of them fade from memory, but some enter the cultural consciousness. The movies below all screened at the Sundance Film Festival–and then went on to reshape the landscape of cinema.
These 10 selections not only premiered at the festival but also made their way into “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
The Sundance Film Festival may call Park City, Utah, its home, but there’s another city that’s always been well-represented at the annual movie-geek get-together: Austin, Texas. Not only is Austin known as a hotbed for up-and-coming filmmakers, but the city’s creative vibe jibes well with Sundance’s commitment to discovering talented artists and giving exposure to offbeat voices. Austin means a DIY aesthetic and a laid-back attitude, plus a love of music, the outdoors, beer, and against-the-grain philosophies. Not coincidentally, you can also find all of those qualities in abundance at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts 24 residency labs and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year.
The Sundance Film Festival has been letting women show their stuff since 1984. This year, 36 percent of the movies in competition are directed by women—compare that to the number of women directors for the top 250 North American films last year: a mere 6 percent. That’s a shame when you consider how many great movies by women directors have come out of the fest over the years. Without further ado, here are ten great movies that came out of Sundance that just happened to be directed by women. Add them to your cue.
Sundance Institute announced the addition of 10 films, events and New Frontier installations to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Every time a movie star tries their hand at directing, audiences watch with bated breath. Here are ten stars whose filmmaking efforts landed them a place at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance Institute announced the program of short films selected to screen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The 2015 Short Film program is comprised of 60 short films selected from 8,061 submissions.
Sundance Institute announced the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections, as well as the selections for a new Special Events section and participants for two panels, at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight and Park City at Midnight, as well as the films and installations to be featured in the New Frontier program. The Festival, which takes place January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts 24 residency labs and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year.
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT Section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts 24 residency labs and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year.
Shorts are in many ways a rite of passage for budding filmmakers. They’re made of mistakes, charm and life—and with the realities of cost, time and effort. And some directors break through to showcase at Sundance Film Festival, where they have the chance of catching the eye of the person (or company) that will fund their next project. These are 10 Sundance shorts by directors who went on to make names for themselves–and as an added bonus, you can watch them all right now online. Enjoy!
What movies will you be clamoring to see from this year’s Sundance Film Festival? We’ve got 10 favorites of critics and fans (like “Whiplash” and “Dear White People”—many of which have already secured distribution—to satisfy whatever you’re into, from comedy to documentary, thriller to romance.
Documentaries do something for us no other film format can: They not only entertain, they tell true stories we need to hear. Those stories at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival cover the gamut from tormented Internet visionary Aaron Swartz to revolutionary Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, and they’re all essential viewing.
Everyone knows how important music can be to the mood of a movie, but these 13 films go beyond that, focusing on the madness and genius of music itself—the comedic absurdity (“Frank”) and the coming-of-age fantasy (“God Help the Girl”), the healing (“Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”) and the heartbreak (“Low Down”).
At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, there was dark, there was sexy, there was scary, there was smart…and then there was funny, like “Frank,” “Nick Offerman: American Ham” and “The Skeleton Twins.”
Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”), Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) and Shailene Woodley (“White Bird in a Blizzard”) are just a few of the rising stars who hit the big time after their movies made it to Sundance two years ago.
From former “SNL” stars Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader to the Oscar-nominated Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Lithgow, the 2014 Sundance Festival was jam-packed with big stars.
If you’re up for some risky filmmaking, some sexy exploration, some truly terrifying territory… well, look no further than these dark 2014 Sundance Film Festival highlights, including Australian psychological horror “The Babadook,” real-life Palestinian-Israeli spy story “The Green Prince” and sex and murder in the French thriller “Stranger by the Lake.”
The Sundance Film Festival is a crucible for industry trends and finding emerging talent. Festival watchers tend to focus on the weak economic prospects for many of the films showcased in Park City. The independent marketplace is slowly evolving, but there was plenty to see. So what if no one film galvanized the festival the way BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and FRUITVALE STATION did in recent years? The festival probably erred in starting off with its best offering, jazz thriller WHIPLASH. No other film topped the buzz generated by this one.
Sundance Review: Fela Kuti’s Wild Life of Sex, Drugs, and Afrobeat Takes Center Stage in FINDING FELA
FINDING FELA, prolific documentarian Alex Gibney’s latest work, faces the challenge of depicting a contradictory artist. But that’s not to say it isn’t entertaining. On the contrary, the film — about the life, times and music of Afrobeat superstar and Nigerian revolutionary Fela Kuti — is exceptionally watchable. Kuti’s wild life never loses its surprise ingredients: from the time he married 27 girls in one ceremony to his involvement with a “spiritual guru” who slit throats for party demonstrations. The film’s challenge lays in its difficult hero, an enormously talented and charismatic man who was also troubled, stubborn, unpredictable, and probably not entirely sane.