SFF 2009

Meet Greg Barker director of SERGIO

Meet Greg Barker director of SERGIO

Meet Greg Barker director of SERGIO, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. SERGIO DIRECTOR: Greg Barker U.S.A., 2008, 94 min., color Based on the biography Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power, Sergio is the story of the United Nation’s go-to guy. A cross between James Bond and Bobby…

Meet Natalia Almada director of EL GENERAL

Meet Natalia Almada director of EL GENERAL

Meet Natalia Almada director of EL GENERAL, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Festival Updates Interview: Festival Programmers

Festival Updates Interview: Festival Programmers

Host Faith Salie speaks to festival programmers John Cooper, Caroline Libresco, Trevor Groth, Shari Frilot, and David Courier in the Sundance Channel Studio for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

Festival Updates My Premiere: MARY AND MAX

Festival Updates My Premiere: MARY AND MAX

Follow director Adam Elliot’s film MARY AND MAX to the opening night of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Watch the video after the jump…

Festival Updates: AFGHAN STAR

Festival Updates: AFGHAN STAR

Faith Salie interviews AFGHAN STAR director Havana Marking and host of ‘Pop Idol’ in Afghanistan Daoud Seddiqi. INTERVIEW is presented by Honda, the Power of Dreams.

Festival Update: New Frontiers

Festival Update: New Frontiers

Senior festival programmer Shari Frilot speaks about new and emerging technologies that will bring storytelling to unprecedented levels.

Real Madmen Make Even Reagan Look Good

Real Madmen Make Even Reagan Look Good

ART & COPY is a slick documentary about the genuis ad men and women who created such iconic campaigns as “Got Milk?”, “Think Different” (Apple), and Nike’s “Just Do It.” “Sundance gets a lot of grief about getting too commercial and selling out,” director Doug Pray said in introducing the film. “I just want to warn you guys–there’s ads in my movie.”

Meet John Requa & Glenn Ficarra directors of I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS

Meet John Requa & Glenn Ficarra directors of I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS

Meet John Requa & Glenn Ficarra directors of I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS, an official selection in the Premiers Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

A night with BROOKLYN’S FINEST, sort of

A night with BROOKLYN’S FINEST, sort of

Richard Gere in Brooklyn’s Finest Getting to, and into, the BROOKLYN’S FINEST premiere last night was an even bigger ordeal than I’d expected. My boss and I left the office at the bottom of Main Street at 5:45 p.m., giving us a half-hour to make it to the Eccles Theatre. Cutting it a little close,…

Judd Apatow and Mike Leigh Had a Baby, Her Name is HUMPDAY

Judd Apatow and Mike Leigh Had a Baby, Her Name is HUMPDAY

Humpday HUMPDAY turns out to be what I’d hoped–funny and a bit more. For me, anyway, this buddy film about two straight guys who decide (almost inexplicably) to star in their own gay porn film was kind of a small version of Judd Apatow and Mike Leigh having a baby. This film by Lynn Shelton…

Meet Pamela Yates director of THE RECKONING

Meet Pamela Yates director of THE RECKONING

Meet Pamela Yates, director of THE RECKONING, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. THE RECKONING DIRECTOR: Pamela Yates U.S.A., 2009, 100 min., color Spanish/French/Swahili/ Acholi/Lingalla with English subtitles Late in the twentieth century, in response to horrific atrocities igniting increasingly around the world, more than 60 countries united…

BROOKLYN'S FINEST: "best film ever made"?

BROOKLYN'S FINEST: "best film ever made"?

Question and answer sessions at Sundance are, in theory, a great idea. In practice, not so much—especially those that follow “big” films like BROOKLYN’S FINEST, director Antoine Fuqua’s latest foray into the world of conflicted cops (after TRAINING DAY). Consider what the first questioner said to Fuqua once he took the stage: “First of all…

Menstrual Humor from the Stars of SPRING BREAKDOWN

Menstrual Humor from the Stars of SPRING BREAKDOWN

Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Parker Posey at the Sundance Channel Studio Saturday Night Live’s Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch, director Ryan Shiraki, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch and Missi Pyle squeezed onto the Sundance Channel studio’s couch this afternoon, ostensibly to discuss their movie SPRING BREAKDOWN, but instead it became a game of comedic one-upmanship.…

B-Side to distribute indies

B-Side to distribute indies

Dade Hayes reports today that B-Side has a bunch of money to distribute films: B-Side Entertainment, a 4-year-old tech company with a sizable profile in the film festival world, has landed $4.25 million in new financing and plans to enter the feature distribution biz. The Austin, Texas-based company, which runs websites that handle ticketing and mine…

BOTTLE SHOCK Helmer Randy Miller Forms New Company

BOTTLE SHOCK Helmer Randy Miller Forms New Company

Adding to the dwindling lists of distribs, Consolidated Pictures Group has planted a flag at Sundance. The new company was formed by BOTTLE SHOCK helmer Randy Miller, producer Jody Savin, and Leonidas Films’ Timothy Cavanaugh and James Mancuso. With equity in place, the group plans to produce and acquire films, with Sundance being the first…

Meet Louie Psihoyos director of THE COVE

Meet Louie Psihoyos director of THE COVE

Meet Louie Psihoyos director of THE COVE, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Who You Calling Wack?

Who You Calling Wack?

The honchos at Sony Pictures Classics may not be the most popular guys at Sundance. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are not known for whipping out bulging wallets to buy and when they do make a deal, some say they don’t send movies into the world with a big enough push. But if some at Sundance have issues with Bernard, he has some issues with Sundance.

What Not to Do at Night

What Not to Do at Night

Yesterday, I wrote that Main Street on Thursday night was sure to be “vitalized.” My bad. It was … not dead exactly, but probably would have passed for an average weekend night here during spring break.

James Schamus on Hamlet 2: So What?

James Schamus on Hamlet 2: So What?

Focusfeatures CEO James Schamus is a tad late to the Festival this year due to a bug. But what’s really bugging him is the amount of prognosticating about sales and the state of film financing that goes on in advance of the event. “We have layered over the possibility of any new experience we might have with this ongoing discourse,” he laments.

Meet Cary Joji Fukunaga director of SIN NOMBRE

Meet Cary Joji Fukunaga director of SIN NOMBRE

Meet Cary Joji Fukunaga director of SIN NOMBRE, an official selection in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. SIN NOMBRE DIRECTOR/ SCREENWRITER: Cary Joji Fukunaga U.S.A./Mexico, 2008, 96 min., color Spanish with English subtitles It’s almost impossible to believe that SIN NOMBRE is Cary Joji Fukunaga’s feature debut; its storytelling is so…

State-sponsored Sex and Stab Wounds

State-sponsored Sex and Stab Wounds

The opening-night premiere of claymation film Mary and Max made it clear that the Festival decided to throw a curveball for its opening pitch.

Meet Max Mayer director of ADAM

Meet Max Mayer director of ADAM

Meet Max Mayer director of ADAM, an official selection in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. ADAM DIRECTOR/ SCREENWRITER: Max Mayer U.S.A., 2009, 95 min., color In movies, when two twentysomethings serendipitously wind up under the same Manhattan roof, witty repartee usually transpires, then sparks fly, and eventually they fall into bed.…

New Frontiers: The Future of Filmmaking?

New Frontiers: The Future of Filmmaking?

One of thousands of digital snapshots that make up “We Feel Fine,” an installation at New Frontiers’ headquarters With Sundance billing this year as its 25th anniversary, Robert Redford today was asked the expected questions about the festival’s past vs. present, but he resisted nostalgia and instead focused on the festival’s future. Sundance hasn’t changed…

Meet Joe Berlinger director of CRUDE

Meet Joe Berlinger director of CRUDE

Meet Joe Berlinger director of CRUDE, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.