As anticipation builds for the US premiere of THE HONORABLE WOMAN, July 31, 10/9C on SundanceTV, The Wall Street Journal and others grill Maggie Gyllenhaal on her star turn as shadowy Israeli heiress Nessa Stein. Meanwhile, Hollywood Reporter’s TV critic hails the series as “the show we’ll all be talking about very soon.”
While everyone talks about the Sundance Film Festival, anyone who has been here quickly realizes that there are many festivals, or, at least, many ways of looking at it.
Just as Wallace Stevens found “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird [www.writing.upenn.edu],” here are 13 perspectives on the festival.
UPDATE: SWEET MUD gives a captivating look into close knit communities in Israel and how rigid life was in the 1970s. Read more info about this film and discover why Hollywood Reporter says: “This is a film from the heart, from a firsthand familiarity that yields conflicted emotions over the gap between an ideal and its realization.”
UPDATE: James Greenberg from the Hollywood Reporter reviews NANKING: “Indispensable, beautifully crafted account of a little-known Japanese massacre.” It had its limited theatrical release in December 2007.
UPDATE: GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB had an exciting year with its nominations for three Emmys including: Outstanding Directing, Picture Editing, and Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming, and winning the Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special. “Not only does the film thoroughly and skillfully explain the context in which something as heinous as Abu Ghraib could happen, it attempts to understand the psychology of those involved.” – James Greenberg (Hollywood Reporter)
While UCLA and NYU have traditionally been the powerhouse film schools, this seventeen films at Sundance were made by either Columbia University [wwwapp.cc.columbia.edu] Students or Alumni. In The Hollywood Reporter [www.hollywoodreporter.com], programmer Trevor Groth pointed out that the eight Columbia short films make up about 10% of the Shorts program…