SFF 2011

Sundance Film Festival Follow Up: THE TILLMAN STORY

Article: Sundance Film Festival Follow Up: THE TILLMAN STORY

After football star Pat Tillman was killed while serving in Afghanistan, he was dubbed a national hero was was posthumously bestowed with all the honors befitting that title. His family was informed that he died while charging the enemy in an insurgent attack, effectively saving the lives of the men in his unit. But it…

BEING ELMO seeks the man behind the Muppet

Article: BEING ELMO seeks the man behind the Muppet

With more than 100 films set to screen at the Sundance Film Festival this year, festival-goers and watchers from afar can use all the help they can get in figuring out what’s headed their way. One highly useful tool is the series of interviews the website indieWIRE is rolling out in which directors whose films…

Sundance Watch List: Elizabeth Olsen

Article: Sundance Watch List: Elizabeth Olsen

Interesting celebrity-sibling fact: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen, is starring in not one but two films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month. In writer/director Sean Durkin’s MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, the 21-year-old actress (a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in…

Morgan Spurlock sells out — in a good way?

Article: Morgan Spurlock sells out — in a good way?

Those of you who haven’t had a bite of McDonald’s food – a sip of shake, a single fry, a morsel of McRib – since Morgan Spurlock’s SUPER SIZE ME permanently altered your perspective will be interested to learn that the filmmaker/provocateur is returning to the Sundance Film Festival this year with THE GREATEST MOVIE…

PARIAH filmmaker starts donation campaign

Article: PARIAH filmmaker starts donation campaign

Dee Rees, Director or PARIAH You might think a young filmmaker talented enough to have her first feature film selected to make its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival would have it made in the shade. But, for Dee Rees, whose PARIAH, a coming-of-age story about a Brooklyn teenager juggling disparate identities in a…

Sundance Film Festival watch: BLACK POWER MIXTAPE

Article: Sundance Film Festival watch: BLACK POWER MIXTAPE

Among the intriguing films in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January is Goran Hugo Olsson’s powerful-looking THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975. The film combines audio interviews with contemporary figures with 16mm archival footage documenting the Black Power movement in America, shot by Swedish journalists between 1967 and 1975 and…

Sundance Film Festival Follow Up: SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS

Article: Sundance Film Festival Follow Up: SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS

Mark Ruffalo made his presence known at last year’s Sundance Film Festival with his performance in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT and again with his directorial debut, SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS. Nominated for both the Grand Jury Prize and the Special Jury Prize, Ruffalo took home the former for his story about a DJ in a…

Sundance Film Festival Follow Up: JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK

Article: Sundance Film Festival Follow Up: JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK came out just as the comedienne turned 75, a fact her many cosmetic procedures have attempted to conceal. Rivers, however, admits to her age as readily as she dishes out trash talk on the red carpet. One of the hardest and longest working women in show biz, Rivers began…