2011

End of the year list…list

Article: End of the year list…list

Photo by Kent Shiraishi taken at Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.
Can you freaking believe 2011 is, for all intents and purposes, over? That means it is time for all of those end-of-year lists. So many lists, so little time left to read them; so I’ve compiled my own list of lists that will hopefully amuse, and at the very least distract, you.

For fans of MAKE and DIY culture, here are the top 10 “most important” people on Etsy, the popular online shop and community for independent handmade crafters.

For an exercise in guilty schadenfreude in 2011 here is a supercut of the best fails this year on YouTube. If you laugh at any of them you are a horrible, horrible person. I am a horrible, horrible person.

The top 10 sex scandals of 2011

Article: The top 10 sex scandals of 2011

It’s the most top-10-list time of year! And we’re not even going to try to resist its allure. 2011 was no stranger to sex scandals (is any year?). Most were political and/or not really all that surprising. And so, without further ado:

photo of DSK graffiti via Flickr

1. DSK
2. Shirtless congressman on Craigslist
3. Arnold’s love child

Sundance Channel's 2011 shows and series announced!

Article: Sundance Channel's 2011 shows and series announced!

Joe Zee, Creative Director of ELLE, of Sundance Channel’s ALL ON THE LINE.

SUNDANCE CHANNEL DOUBLES DOWN ON NEW NON-FICTION ORIGINALS FOR 2011
Doubles Original Programming Hours with
Seven New and Returning Series, including Second Season of
“Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys”
Network’s “Poptimist” Audience is Highly Engaged in Driving New Trends in Culture

New York, March 1, 2011 – On the heels of the success of its original unscripted series “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys,” and its first ever Golden Globe win for the mini-series “Carlos,” Sundance Channel is doubling its original programming hours in 2011 with a slate of seven new and returning series and two non-fiction series in active development. Included on the 2011 slate is a second season of the social media hit “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.”

The slate signals a new direction for the network, combining substance with fun to create a fresh kind of forward-looking non-fiction programming for its ”poptimist” audience. The lineup was announced today at an upfront event by Sundance Channel General Manager and EVP Sarah Barnett.

Read about the upcoming shows after the jump!

100 Things to Watch in 2011

Article: 100 Things to Watch in 2011

JWT released their 6th annual forecast of 100 trends, movements, and developments to anticipate in 2011 (more details here). It’s a list that ranges from the predictable (E-Book Sharing, Group-Manipulated Pricing, Mobile Blogging) to pop culture (Michael Jackson Lives On, NKOTBSB, OWN) to what Ann Mack, director of trendspotting at JWT says “counter-trends—for instance, to balance out our growing immersion in the digital world, people will increasingly embrace face-to-face gatherings and digital downtime.”

Sundance Sales Force Is Out

Article: Sundance Sales Force Is Out

First reaction upon landing in this snow-covered oasis, where we couldn’t help but think of the back-drop of that Mormon reality TV show Sister Wives (not that we watch): It’s cold! Like, really, cold. Quite a shocker for our L.A. blood, and I imagine everyone else who was on the plane ride over feels the…

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Short Film Program

Article: 2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Short Film Program

81 Short Films from 21 Countries Selected from a Record 6,467 Submissions. Festival Launches Indigenous Shorts Showcase
Park City, UT – Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises 81 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 6,467 submissions up 6% over 2010. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

“It’s a marvel to discover the creativity in this year’s shorts program. These filmmakers are charged with telling compelling stories, nurturing breakout performances and engaging the audience, all in a fraction of the time allocated to features, and each one delivers,” said Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming. “For 2011, we are pleased to be able to shine a light on indigenous filmmakers working around the world in the short-form medium, and to provide festival goers with a window into native storytelling.”

“These directors have once again raised the bar to show us the endless possibilities in short filmmaking,” said Kim Yutani, Sundance Film Festival Programmer. “It’s especially rewarding to see shorts alums such as Andrew MacLean, Sean Durkin, Dee Rees, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Madeleine Olnek, Tiffany Shlain and others returning this year with feature films.”

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Films in NEXT (), Spotlight, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight

Article: 2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Films in NEXT (), Spotlight, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight

Festival Adds New Native Showcase: As Previously Announced, SLACKER to Screen From “The Collection”
PARK CITY, UT – Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections NEXT (<=>), Spotlight, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight, as well as a new Native Showcase. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Documentary Premieres Section Debuts

Article: 2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Documentary Premieres Section Debuts

Documentary Premieres Section Debuts: Dito Montiel’s Highly Anticipated The Son of No One to Close Festival
PARK CITY, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and new Documentary Premieres sections of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

“2011 sees the majority of films in the Premieres section coming from outside the studios, illustrating that independent film is both robust and broadening its scope,” said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. “The decision to create a Documentary Premieres section was a natural evolution to shine a light on films with prominent filmmakers or anticipated subjects without distracting from documentaries in competition. Sundance Institute has since its inception been one of the leading organizations in the world in support of nonfiction film, and our Festival remains a platform for both first-time and established documentary filmmakers.”

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS IN COMPETITION

Article: 2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS IN COMPETITION

PARK CITY, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in six out-of-competition sections to be announced on December 2. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

On Day One, the Festival will forego the convention of one opening night film and instead screen one narrative film and one documentary from both the U.S. and World Cinema competitions, as well as one shorts program.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival said, “The Festival is a challenge to narrowly define. It is all at once exciting, fun, crazy, engaging, visceral, and sometimes even painful. We can explain storylines, we can share what we know of each artist’s unique journey, but ultimately what we will experience for 10 days in January is different for each of us. It’s the spark from the filmmakers – their passion – that brings 200 unique worlds to life and, in turn, ignites the audience. The films, conversations, encounters are there to experience. And that’s what makes Sundance so magical.”