sundance film festival 2009

Catching up with the CRUDE battle

Catching up with the CRUDE battle

(Photo credit: Brian Putnam/FilmMagic) Two years after Joe Berlinger’s CRUDE premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the court battle at the heart of the documentary is still dragging on, and the film itself has shifted from neutral observer to central object of contention. Today, the New York Times checks in on the controversy surrounding…

THE LOCKSMITH

THE LOCKSMITH

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Barnes brothers’ (Brad and Todd) film HOMEWRECKER (now titled THE LOCKSMITH) took home the top prize in the festival’s inaugural micro-budget showcase, NEXT. Not too shabby. I had the opportunity to see the film and it’s super fun. Plot plot plot rules here – but so does performance, and Anslem Richardson (Mike) and Ana Reeder (Margo) are great as the unlikely team sleuthing down infidelity in Margo’s unstable, crazy Manhattan loft life.

CRUDE Legal Defense Fundraiser at IFC Center: Tuesday, June 22 at 8pm

CRUDE Legal Defense Fundraiser at IFC Center: Tuesday, June 22 at 8pm

CRUDE (Legal Defense Fundraiser) Tues, June 22 @ 8 pm IFC CENTER Q&A w/ director Joe Berlinger, attorney Maura Wogan, Morgan Spurlock, Michael Winship (WGA East) Tickets are $16 (all proceeds go to Berlinger’s legal defense fund) Tickets now on sale | More info To support Berlinger’s legal defense fund and shine additional light on…

Sundance films get SAG, Golden Globe nods

Sundance films get SAG, Golden Globe nods

In the days between the announcements of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations this week and the handing out of the awards themselves next month, much time will be spent parsing who’s gotten a nod, who’s been overlooked, what it says about the state of cinema today and what it portends for…

Tibet In Song

Tibet In Song

He was at Middlebury College, on a Fulbright scholarship, studying music and video production. In class he’d seen films about the musical traditions of many countries but never one about his own home, Tibet.

Chicken Little and the State of Sundance

Chicken Little and the State of Sundance

Such hyperbole was inevitable. For all this talk of hope in American politics, the reality remains that the economy is in worse shape than Mickey Rourke at the end of THE WRESTLER.

A Night that was Worth the Hype

A Night that was Worth the Hype

Maybe because I’d already been to so many Sundance parties, or because I couldn’t imagine the Racquet Club as an awards hall, or because I’m allergic to hype—whatever the reason, I was skeptical about the closing night ceremony.

Festival Updates Interview: John Cooper, Festival Wrap

Festival Updates Interview: John Cooper, Festival Wrap

Faith Salie speaks with festival director of programming John Cooper about the moving films and the surprising events of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

Festival Updates Spotlight: Fashion with Charlotte Mickie

Festival Updates Spotlight: Fashion with Charlotte Mickie

Faith Salie talks with internation sales agent Charlotte Mickie about the fashion dos and don’ts during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

Festival Updates: The Awards and After Party

Festival Updates: The Awards and After Party

The filmmakers, actors, and celebrities come out to congratulate and celebrate all films and participants of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Festival Updates Interview: Kyle Buchanen of The Advocate

Festival Updates Interview: Kyle Buchanen of The Advocate

Faith Salie is joined by Kyle Buchanen, a film crictic from The Advocate. They discuss post-queer cinema during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

Festival Updates Interview: Roundtable Wrap Up

Festival Updates Interview: Roundtable Wrap Up

Faith Salie interviews sales agent Sarah Lash, producer Ron Yerxa, blogger Anne Thompson, and publicist Wellington Love about the business happenings and film buzz from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

Festival Updates Spotlight: Bobcat Goldthwait

Festival Updates Spotlight: Bobcat Goldthwait

Faith Salie speaks with director Bobcat Goldthwait and festival attendees on the streets of Park City about his film, WORLD’S GREATEST DAD.

A Final Note on the New Frontier of Film and Technological Art

A Final Note on the New Frontier of Film and Technological Art

On the first day of the festival, I praised the exhibits at New Frontier and promised to return to the subject before Sundance ended. Well, the festival is almost over and, while I haven’t had the chance to view all of the exhibits, there are two that deserve special mention.

You Can Run, But You Can't Hide from Skippy

You Can Run, But You Can't Hide from Skippy

Maybe you’ve seen him loitering on Lower Main or outside the Egyptian, pocket digital in hand, with a bright I SEE FAMOUS PEOPLE t-shirt stretched over his ski jacket and a blue hat reading, “Sexy, Single, Fun. IAMSKIPPY.COM.” Maybe he even handed you a SKIPPY IS TOO HOT TO HANDLE oven mitt.

Festival Updates Interview: FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN

Festival Updates Interview: FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN

Faith Salie interviews FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN director Oliver Hirschbiegel and actors Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt in the Sundance Channel Studio. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

Festival Updates Spotlight: Documentary

Festival Updates Spotlight: Documentary

Filmmakers discuss the importance of documentary films in the festival and the refreshing perspectives they reveal as a storytelling medium.

Festival Updates My Premiere: IN THE LOOP

Festival Updates My Premiere: IN THE LOOP

Writer/director Armando Iannucci’s IN THE LOOP, a film participating in the 2009 Sundance FIlm Festival. It is a comedic satire about American and British relations prior to a major invasion.

Festival Updates Interview: MOTHERHOOD

Festival Updates Interview: MOTHERHOOD

Faith Salie speaks with MOTHERHOOD director Katherine Dieckmann and cast members Uma Thurman and Anthony Edwards in the Sundance Channel Studio. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

I Finally Walk Out of a Movie

I Finally Walk Out of a Movie

Arlen Faber isn’t just a bestselling author—he’s a worldwide phenomenon. His book Me and God, first published in 1988 and celebrating its twentieth anniversary, is like Tuesdays with Morrie times The Celestine Prophecy times The DaVinci Code (in both sales and vapidity, one presumes).

Adventures (and Failures) in Park City Dining

Adventures (and Failures) in Park City Dining

Coming out here to ski for all of those years, I never used to mind that Park City didn’t have great food. Our family would go to the Claimjumper (gone), Texas Red’s (now Bandits), or the Eating Establishment (still blah), and that was good enough of for us. We were in a ski town; we didn’t expect much.

IFC Gets IN THE LOOP

IFC Gets IN THE LOOP

IFC Films has bought U.S. rights to Armando Iannucci’s comedy “In the Loop” hours before its preem at the Sundance Film Festival.

Award Winners Announced!

Award Winners Announced!

Check back at 10:30PM EST to see which films impressed the Jury at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Festival Updates My Premiere: CRUDE

Festival Updates My Premiere: CRUDE

Director Joe Berlinger’s CRUDE, a film participating in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival about the environmental degradation of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

Festival Updates Spotlight: The People Speak

Festival Updates Spotlight: The People Speak

Robert Redford, Marissa Tomei, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson and more read excerpts from Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States for the forthcoming documentary THE PEOPLE SPEAK.