NO IMPACT MAN “Caffe Ibis is committed to providing you with an unbeatable fresh and full flavored cup while engaging in environmental and socially responsible practices. Caffe Ibis has been designated as a Green Business.” So reads the side of my coffee cup from a Main Street café. Of course, it also says, “Made with…
I’m not a fan of film shorts. Too often they’re purposefully abstract and unintentionally amateurish. There are good ones out there, of course, but not enough to justify sitting through a spotty, 90-minute collection of them—especially not when Sundance has so many promising full-length films to offer. But I was already there, so what the hell.
Meet Shana Feste director of THE GREATEST, an official selection in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Meet Liz Garbus director of SHOUTING FIRE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF FREE SPEECH, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Writers—of fiction especially—are a notoriously independent lot, for obvious reasons. They’re their own bosses, and the only (living) person they have to consult with, artistically speaking, is their editor. So what happens when a novelist crosses over into an intensely collaborative medium like film?
Cede control over hiring, for starters.
Present and past participants of the Sundance Film Festival reflect on and celebrate the festival’s 25 years and how it continues to help the independent artist.
Writer/director James Toback’s TYSON, a film participating in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and a reflective look about and into the life of legendary boxer Mike Tyson.
Meet Jeff Lipsky director of ONCE MORE WITH FEELING, an official selection in the American Spectrum Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Meet Nicholas Jasenovec director of PAPER HEART, an official selection in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Meet Gene Rosow & Bill Benenson directors of DIRT! THE MOVIE, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Meet Ry Russo-Young director of YOU WONT MISS ME, an official selection in the New Frontier Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
As every veteran knows, the Festival attracts all sorts–including genre of people who are not part of the film business but who thirst for a taste of Hollywood glamour. Such people seemed to be flocking to Chefdance, an annual series of dinners intended by founder Kenny Griswold to create “a dining experience that would match the film experience during the Festival.” Griswold imports a number of renowned chefs to create leisurely meals enjoyed by dozens of people seated along long, white-linen-draped tables
With sheer audacity and utter authenticity, director Lee Daniels tackles PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE and creates an unforgettable film that sets a new standard for cinema of its kind. Watch the Interview after the jump…
Faith salie interviews WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE writer/director Tom DiCillo and The Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger in the Sundance Channel Studio. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.
Meet Ross Katz director of TAKING CHANCE, an official selection in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Kaleil Isaza Tuzman’s first trip to Sundance—or, at least, the first year he spent significant time here—was in 2001 for the release of STARTUP.COM. Anyone who has seen that movie, which chronicles Tuzman’s failed startup company (govWorks.com), can imagine his mixed feelings about coming to Park City that year. To his credit, though, he kept…
Park City Tunes into Barack Obama Some people huddled together for warmth. Others hugged steaming cups of overpriced coffee. Some people brought miniature—or, in one case, full-sized—American flags. Others brought their dogs, which come in only two sizes in Park City: bear or poodle. And some people pulled “HOPE” shirts over their jackets, while others…
Peter Arcuni, lead singer of Birdmonster, was doing his best to rouse the middle-aged crowd at the Music Café this afternoon.
“I know those stools are really comfy,” he said to those seated up front, “but if you want to stand up you can.”
Writer/director Shana Feste’s THE GREATEST, a film participating in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival starring Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan.
Faith Salie interviews SPREAD cast Anne Heche, Ashton Kutcher, and Margarita Levieva in the Sundance Channel Studio. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.
Steven Soderbergh doesn’t care where people see his films—big screen, small screen—just as long as people have a chance to see (and, presumably, pay for) them. To that end, he has struck a deal with IFC Films, the distributor of his two-part biopic CHE, to release the film via video-on-demand. “We’re kind of blocked out…
Robert Redford speaks to the filmmakers of this year’s festival about creating a sense of community of like-minded artists.
Faith Salie interviews AMREEKA director Cherien Dabis and cast members Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, and Alia Shawkat. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams. AMREEKA DIRECTOR/ SCREENWRITER: Cherien Dabis U.S.A./Canada/Kuwait, 2009, 96 min., color English and Arabic with English subtitles Director Cherien Dabis’s auspicious debut feature, AMREEKA, is a warm and lighthearted film about one…
Meet Jay Dipietro director of PETER AND VANDY, an official selection in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE is, as the Festival catalogue promises, a clever film. It doesn’t launch a frontal attack on Wintour–she hardly would have turned up at the premiere if it did. But it pokes at her slyly, from the side. It is revelatory about Wintour’s relationship with her family and it explores the enduring partnership between the editor-in-chief and the far more likeable (in the film, at least) creative director Grace Coddington