The Sundance Film Festival is best known as a haven for the sort of risky, low-budget movies that might otherwise fall through the cracks between the latest Hollywood blockbusters… but that doesn’t mean Sundance movies can’t make some serious bank! Here are 10 films that took home a little something more than just awards and acclaim — from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” to “Memento.”
Small-town life is laid bare in RECTIFY. What began as a drama about one man’s wrongful conviction has unfurled into a compelling portrait of a close-knit community whose peace is shattered by the past. Likewise, here are 10 dramatic movies, from “Napoleon Dynamite” tp “Blue Velvet,” that scratch at the surface of daily life in tiny towns, revealing the stark contrast between a community’s image and its reality.
We know you’re dark and twisted. We know you’re quirky and cool. But which indie movie are you? Find out now!
As a film student at Brigham Young University, Jared Hess created the short PELUCA, shot in two days on a budget under $500 and screened at the 2003 Slamdance Film Festival. It should be familiar, because this film would later provide the foundation for NAPOLEON DYNAMITE. [Via]
Did you know that actor Aaron Ruell aka Kip from NAPOLEON DYNAMITE–the movie that spawned countless catchphrases–is also an accomplished photographer? [Via]
South By Southwest is one of the select few festivals where industry and acquisitions types show up to do business, namely the business of buying films. Sundance Channel got into the action this year by acquiring the North American broadcast rights to the controversial documentary 638 WAYS TO KILL CASTRO [www.638waystokillcastro.com]. Magnolia Pictures also swooped…