SFF 2009

NO IMPACT MAN has Impact, Man

Article: NO IMPACT MAN has Impact, Man

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 cafĂ©. Of course, it also says, “Made with…

Penises for Lunch at New Frontier

Article: Penises for Lunch at New Frontier

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

Article: Meet Shana Feste director of THE GREATEST

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

Article: Meet Liz Garbus director of SHOUTING FIRE

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.

AN EDUCATION in Screenwriting

Article: AN EDUCATION in Screenwriting

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.

Festival Updates Spotlight: 25 Years of Sundance

Article: Festival Updates Spotlight: 25 Years of Sundance

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.

Festival Updates My Premiere: James Toback's TYSON

Article: Festival Updates My Premiere: James Toback's TYSON

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

Article: Meet Jeff Lipsky director of ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

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

Article: Meet Nicholas Jasenovec director of PAPER HEART

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

Article: Meet Gene Rosow & Bill Benenson directors of DIRT! THE MOVIE

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

Article: Meet Ry Russo-Young director of YOU WONT MISS ME

Meet Ry Russo-Young director of YOU WONT MISS ME, an official selection in the New Frontier Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Boobs and Bonito Tartar

Article: Boobs and Bonito Tartar

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

Festival Updates Interview: Lee Daniels' PUSH

Article: Festival Updates Interview: Lee Daniels' PUSH

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…

Festival Updates Interview: Tom DiCillo, WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE

Article: Festival Updates Interview: Tom DiCillo, WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE

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

Article: Meet Ross Katz director of TAKING CHANCE

Meet Ross Katz director of TAKING CHANCE, an official selection in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

From STARTUP Failure to Sundance Dealmaker

Article: From STARTUP Failure to Sundance Dealmaker

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…

Obama: The Best Film at Sundance

Article: Obama: The Best Film at Sundance

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…

Birdmonster Attacks the Music Café!

Article: Birdmonster Attacks the Music Café!

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.”

Festival Updates My Premiere: THE GREATEST

Article: Festival Updates My Premiere: THE GREATEST

Writer/director Shana Feste’s THE GREATEST, a film participating in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival starring Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan.

Festival Updates Interview: Anne Heche, Ashton Kutcher, Margarita Levieva

Article: Festival Updates Interview: Anne Heche, Ashton Kutcher, Margarita Levieva

Faith Salie interviews SPREAD cast Anne Heche, Ashton Kutcher, and Margarita Levieva in the Sundance Channel Studio. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

The Revolution is Being Televised, But When Will it be Streamed?

Article: The Revolution is Being Televised, But When Will it be Streamed?

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…

Festival Updates Spotlight: Filmmakers

Article: Festival Updates Spotlight: Filmmakers

Robert Redford speaks to the filmmakers of this year’s festival about creating a sense of community of like-minded artists.

Festival Updates Interview: AMREEKA

Article: Festival Updates Interview: AMREEKA

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

Article: Meet Jay Dipietro director of PETER AND VANDY

Meet Jay Dipietro director of PETER AND VANDY, an official selection in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

R.J. Cutler Reveals the Impenetrable Mystique of Anna Wintour

Article: R.J. Cutler Reveals the Impenetrable Mystique of Anna Wintour

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