SFF 2007

Five Things To Know Before Coming To Sundance (plus Five): Wash Wetmoreland And Richard Glatzer

Article: Five Things To Know Before Coming To Sundance (plus Five): Wash Wetmoreland And Richard Glatzer

Filmmaking duo Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer show up last year to Sundance with thier low-budget no-star “kitchen sink” drama QUINCEANERA. They left winning both Grand Jury prize and Audience Award. Now we can learn from their experience.

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Chaos Theory

Article: Chaos Theory

As much as people keep talking about the heart, soul, and spirit of the filmmaker, when push comes to shove, the festival runs on its Ethernet. This was made abundantly clear when the beleaguered festival publicity department faced off with frustrated press who could not get their press passes when the computers went down. The cruel irony of this was not wasted on Filmmaker Magazine editor Scott Macaulay [www.filmmakermagazine.com].

Buy My Shorts!

Article: Buy My Shorts!

This year, the citizens of cyberspace will have it one up on those of us actually attending the Festival. Not only will they be able to stream (for free) the same shorts we pay money to see, but they will able to buy short films if the spirit moves them. Starting on January 22, you can click on iTunes, plunk down $1.99, and download a short to play on your computer or ipod. For the more frugal, go to Sundance Festival [www.sundance.tv] site, and then click on “Watch” page.

Five Things To Know Before Coming To Sundance

Article: Five Things To Know Before Coming To Sundance

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s feature HALF NELSON was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Picked up by Think Films, HALF NELSON has proved to be a critical break though in 2006. In addition to being nominated by for a number of awards, the film won the Best film, and Ryan Fleck was present the “Breakthrough Director Award,” at this year’s Gotham Awards [www.ifp.org]. Ryan and Anna offer their remembrances, and suggestions, for attending Sundance.

Welcome To Sundance 2007

Article: Welcome To Sundance 2007

On Jan 18, the Sundance Film Festival kicks off for another 10 days of packed parties, tragic fashion, smoke-filled business deals, overpriced restaurants, sightings of Paris Hilton, and, oh yes, films This year offers one of the most ambitious slates in recent years. Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival highlights that “in this year’s Festival there is a breadth of subject matter, vision and innovative storytelling that is transforming the old idea of the American indie film.” (In Variety [www.variety.com], Gilmore went on to define that diversity.)