SFF 2011

5 Ideas for Sundance Film Festival Wannabes

Article: 5 Ideas for Sundance Film Festival Wannabes

For those of us who are stuck at home during the Sundance Film Festival once again this year, gazing longingly at the films and the fun from afar, Flavorwire has come up with a list of five ways to enjoy the festival from the comfort of our own couches. Ideas include watching this year’s movies…

Sundance 2011: Previewing the Park City party scene

Article: Sundance 2011: Previewing the Park City party scene

Which Park City music venue will feature cuisine from Mr. Chow’s Michael Chow and “Iron Chef” winner Jared Young and welcome stars like Kate Bosworth, Parker Posey, Vera Farmiga and Ben Foster during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday, Jan. 20? Which will host events for films including Ewan McGregor’s PERFECT SENSE…

Sundance Deals: BECOMING CHAZ

Article: Sundance Deals: BECOMING CHAZ

Oprah Winfrey’s new OWN cable network has snapped up Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s BECOMING CHAZ, which will screen in the Documentary Premieres category at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, Deadline reports. The film, by the veteran Sundance directors behind THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, PARTY MONSTER and INSIDE DEEP THROAT, chronicles the…

Sundance Watch List: Gregg Araki's KABOOM

Article: Sundance Watch List: Gregg Araki's KABOOM

It’s been called a “hyper-stylized TWIN PEAKS for the Coachella Generation,” “a sexier, more colorful, and more comedic DONNIE DARKO,” and even a zany, radical version of DUDE, WHERE’s MY CAR? Gregg Araki’s KABOOM, which premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, will have its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and be…

Music in the shadow of Sundance

Article: Music in the shadow of Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has long had a secondary focus on music. This year’s official, Sundance-sanctioned performers will include Lou Reed, who has a documentary short, RED SHIRLEY, premiering in the festival. And there are also afternoon showcases at the Sundance ASCAP Music CafĂ©. The festival provides “an especially welcoming environment for musicians; the Sundance…

Busy at Sundance: Kyle Gallner

Article: Busy at Sundance: Kyle Gallner

If you think things are going to be busy for you during the Sundance Film Festival, spare a thought for the actors who have more than one film premiering there. Take, for instance, Kyle Gallner, a 24-year-old actor who stars in both Kevin Smith’s horror film RED STATE and Elgin James’ in-competition LITTLE BIRDS. Gallner, best…

Sundance Film Festival Deal Tracker

Article: Sundance Film Festival Deal Tracker

Of course we’ll be passing along news of acquisition deals at the Sundance Film Festival here on SUNfiltered. But if you’re an obsessive deal tracker, you might also want to bookmark Cinematical’s “Sundance 2011: Full List of All Distribution Deals.” The site promises to update the page throughout the festival with “links to the official…

'Buzzy' Sundance Film Festival Picks

Article: 'Buzzy' Sundance Film Festival Picks

More Sundance Film Festival picks! The buzz experts at E! Online have compiled a list of “the 15 buzziest films hitting the festival this year.” Their selections — most, if not all, of which feature bold-face names — are … 1) THE SON OF NO ONE 2) HERE 3) FLYPAPER 4) CEDAR RAPIDS 5) LIFE…

John Cooper: Festival Themes Emerge Organically

Article: John Cooper: Festival Themes Emerge Organically

Lots of people will be picking through the films at the Sundance Film Festival in search of a common theme, but in an interview with Reuters, festival director John Cooper notes that those themes are not pre-selected by festival organizers, but rather emerge from the films organically, reflecting the concerns and curiosities of our time:…

NY Mag's Sundance Film Festival Watch List

Article: NY Mag's Sundance Film Festival Watch List

Which films are you most looking forward to seeing (or hearing about) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off today? Everyone has his or her own picks. New York magazine’s Vulture has just shared its “Ten Most Anticipated Films at Sundance” list with the world, noting, “Sundance is by far the most important…

Sundance Film Festival Trend: Homegrown Films

Article: Sundance Film Festival Trend: Homegrown Films

Here’s one to file under Sundance Film Festival 2011 trends, and frankly, it’s kind of a heart-warmer: A record number of films in the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition were nurtured in the Sundance Institute’s workshops for emerging filmmakers. As Brooks Barnes notes in Wednesday’s New York Times: A number of currents run through the 2011…

Sundance Film Festival Deals: PROJECT NIM, CORMAN'S WORLD

Article: Sundance Film Festival Deals: PROJECT NIM, CORMAN'S WORLD

The Sundance Film Festival doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but the deal-making action is already heating up. Two more films were snapped up on Tuesday, with A&E picking up Alex Stapleton’s CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL and HBO acquiring all domestic rights to James Marsh’s PROJECT NIM, which will premiere at the…

Sundance Film Festival 2011 – indie mecca or Hollywood extravaganza?

Article: Sundance Film Festival 2011 – indie mecca or Hollywood extravaganza?

It must be January. Having packed the Golden Globes, the AFI luncheon, the Broadcast Critics Film Association awards, and a zillion other galas and parties into one weekend, it’s now on to the next thing: Sundance, which kicks off on Thursday, meaning Hollywood has exactly three days to get over their hangovers, charge a few more North Face puffy jackets to the AmEx, and figure out how, exactly, to fit in three movies, four dinners, and two after-parties into one Saturday night.

Sundance: Here come the judges!

Article: Sundance: Here come the judges!

Here come the judges! With the Sundance Film Festival set to kick off on Thursday, the Sundance Institute has announced the members of the five juries who will decide which films will be taking home not only happy memories from this year’s festival, but awards as well. Actor/director Tim Blake Nelson, a Sundance Institute alum,…

Sundance Deals: Jeff Nichols' TAKE SHELTER

Article: Sundance Deals: Jeff Nichols' TAKE SHELTER

Mere days before the Sundance Film Festival kicks off, later this week, Sony Pictures Classics has snagged the North American, Latin American, Australian and New Zealand rights to Jeff Nichols’ TAKE SHELTER, a psychological thriller starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain that will debut at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Deadline.com has the details…

Sundance Channel's Up-to-the-Minute, All-Access Coverage of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival from January 21 – January 30

Article: Sundance Channel's Up-to-the-Minute, All-Access Coverage of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival from January 21 – January 30

“Sundance Channel HQ” Is TV And Digital Hub For All Of The Films, People And Happenings Of Independent Cinema’s Biggest Festival Sundance Channel sets up shop in Park City, Utah for the network’s biggest ever exclusive, all-access, multimedia experience at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, taking place from January 20th – January 30th.  For the…

Sundance Deals: THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Article: Sundance Deals: THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

The Sundance Film Festival is still more than a week away, but the festival-film deal-making has already begun. Roadside Attractions has snapped up the U.S. theatrical rights to Jim Kohlberg’s THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED, which will premiere on Sundance’s opening night, Deadline.com reports. The film, based on a case-study essay by Dr. Oliver Sacks called…

Sundance Watch List: FAMILY PORTAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

Article: Sundance Watch List: FAMILY PORTAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

If you think your home is chaotic and your family connections complex and emotionally fraught, consider the household of Olga Nenya, the subject of Julia Ivanova’s FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE, which will be featured in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Documentary Competition. In a small Ukrainian Village, Nenya is single-handedly raising…

Sundance Film Festival follow up: RESTREPO

Article: Sundance Film Festival follow up: RESTREPO

The Korengal Valley is one of the most dangerous areas in Afghanistan, so dangerous, in fact, that it’s known amongst soldiers as “the deadliest place on Earth.” It’s also the setting of RESTREPO, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary on the Second US Platoon that was stationed there for 14-months between May…

Sundance Film Festival follow up: WINTER'S BONE

Article: Sundance Film Festival follow up: WINTER'S BONE

When I say that WINTER’S BONE has swept up since its debut in Park City, I’m not just tooting my own Sundance horn. This low-budget wonder has wowed audiences and critics alike in a big way, nabbing the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, along with a recent Best Film…

Sundance Film Fest to debut free, high-speed Wi-Fi

Article: Sundance Film Fest to debut free, high-speed Wi-Fi

Exciting news for anyone heading to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and looking forward to the movies and events but dreading the Internet and cell-phone glitchiness the festival has also become known for. Premiering at this year’s festival: Free, reliable high-speed Wi-Fi. The Wall Street Journal reports: To improve the overall festival experience (and encourage…

Sundance Watch List: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED

Article: Sundance Watch List: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED

Amid the short films set to debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is on FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED, directed and written by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. Though information about the film is limited – “After the boys leave the party …” is the only description currently available — there are a several reasons…

Sundance Watch List: BENAVIDES BORN

Article: Sundance Watch List: BENAVIDES BORN

How did a couple of New Yorkers, Daniel Meisel and Amy Wendel, end up making a movie about a young, female third-generation Mexican-American high school athlete whose chances of breaking out of her small south Texas town are pinned on winning the state powerlifting championship? As part of its ongoing series of interviews with 2011…

Sundance Watch List: Lou Reed's RED SHIRLEY

Article: Sundance Watch List: Lou Reed's RED SHIRLEY

Lou Reed has a reputation as a tough interview – though I honestly found him charming when I sat down with him a few years back – but in his new short film, RED SHIRLEY, which will have a special screening at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the veteran rock star gets a taste of…

Sundance Watch List: LIFE IN A DAY

Article: Sundance Watch List: LIFE IN A DAY

Something to seriously look forward to from the Sundance Film Festival, whether you’re headed to Park City or not, is the LIFE IN A DAY project, which promises to tell “the story of a single day on Earth.” How, exactly, does it plan to do that? OK, here’s the deal. A while back, the project’s…