sundance film festival 2009

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

Meet Dana Perry director of BOY INTERRUPTED

Article: Meet Dana Perry director of BOY INTERRUPTED

Meet Dana Perry director of BOY INTERRUPTED, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Festival Updates My Premiere : TAKING CHANCE

Article: Festival Updates My Premiere : TAKING CHANCE

Director Ross Katz’s film TAKING CHANCE starring Kevin Bacon, a film participating in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Honda Hosts MARY & MAX Screening

Article: Honda Hosts MARY & MAX Screening

Honda’s Special Screening of MARY AND MAX As car companies go, Honda is among the most innovative, so it only makes sense that they’d partner with the Sundance Channel for a screening of the festival’s opening night premiere of MARY & MAX, a claymation film by Academy Award-winner Adam Elliot which is itself an innovative…

Sony Grabs Rights to 'Black Dynamite'

Article: Sony Grabs Rights to 'Black Dynamite'

Scott Sanders’ blaxploitation comedy “Black Dynamite” has sold North American righs to Sony Pictures Worldwide for $2 million, a few hours after its Sundance Midnight preem.

The Festival's Favorite Son with No Name

Article: The Festival's Favorite Son with No Name

The Festival has something of the miraculous about it. Not only is the orchestration of so many screenings and events in so many venues a marvel but it occurred to me that, having picked movies in a fairly random fashion,

I have seen encountered a diverse bunch of films and filmmakers. Black, white, Asian, Latino, gay, straight. For that to happen by no design at all is impressive.

Craig Brewer Finds Inspiration in The Hills

Article: Craig Brewer Finds Inspiration in The Hills

Craig Brewer is absolutely in love with Memphis. You can tell just by the way he talks about it. He literally sat on the edge of his seat, his hands clasped, while speaking with me this afternoon at the Rock Band Lounge about his new project: $5 COVER, an MTV web series about the intertwining—or “incestuous,” as he put it—lives of musicians in his Tennessee hometown.

Kristof's Wake-up Call

Article: Kristof's Wake-up Call

Nicholas Kristof and Samantha Power Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist, is a tireless journalist and advocate for human rights around the word. Me? When I attended a conversation featuring Kristof and Samantha Power at 10:30 this morning, I was just plain tired—I blame the party publicists—and not exactly in the mood to hear…

Who Did, and Didn't, Look Good on the Dance Floor

Article: Who Did, and Didn't, Look Good on the Dance Floor

At Sundance it sometimes feels as though there are only two types of festivalgoers: those who come to see films, and those who come to see celebrities. I’d like to think I’m in the former category. When I see someone “famous,” I don’t stop and stare, or point, or attempt a blurry photo with my…

Cassidy Loves Moby Premieres on Sundancechannel.com

Article: Cassidy Loves Moby Premieres on Sundancechannel.com

They’re finally here, episodes 1 and 2 of Sundancechannel.com’s newest series of digital shorts, CASSIDY LOVES MOBY. In these first two episodes, we are introduced to Cassidy, an intense little doll, that has been haunted by recurring dreams of musician and recording artist, Moby. Compelled to understand the meaning of these visions from her unconscious, she embarks on a quest to meet Moby at Sundance in Park City, Utah where he reports he will be in attendance in his blog. Will Cassidy find her answers? Will meeting the man of her dreams bring her peace of mind? Will she and Moby hook up?!? Find out by watching the first two episodes in this hilarious 4 part series.

Dealing with the Doors: Very Strange Indeed

Article: Dealing with the Doors: Very Strange Indeed

Unless you are ardently obsessed with the Doors, be glad you’re not Tom DiCillo. Festival veteran DiCillo’s first feature-length documentary is WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE, a film that’s meant to depict the legendary band–and not just late legendary lead singer Jim Morrison.

Festival Updates Interview: SPRING BREAKDOWN

Article: Festival Updates Interview: SPRING BREAKDOWN

Faith Salie interviews SPRING BREAKDOWN director Ryan Shiraki and stars Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Missy Pyle, and Jane Lynch in the Sundance Channel Studio. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams. SPRING BREAKDOWN DIRECTOR: Ryan Shiraki SCREENWRITERS: Ryan Shiraki, Rachel Dratch U.S.A., 2008, 84 min., color For Judi, Gayle, and Becky, tragically unhip…

Festival Updates Spotlight : Brita Green Room

Article: Festival Updates Spotlight : Brita Green Room

This year, The Sundance Film Festival is highlighting the environmental importance of filtered tap water by joining with Brita and Nalgene in support of Filter for Good, an innovative campaign to reduce bottled water waste. Meet the people helping bring change to the Sundance Film Festival by watching the video below.

Festival Updates Interview : LYMELIFE

Article: Festival Updates Interview : LYMELIFE

Faith Salie interviews LYMELIFE director Derick Martini and cast members Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts, and writer Steven Martini. LYMELIFE DIRECTOR: Derick Martini SCREENWRITERS: Derick Martini, Steven Martini U.S.A., 2008, 93 min., color Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin) is a typical 15-year-old boy growing up in late-1970s Long Island. His suburban existence is primarily marked by a…

Meet Michel Orion Scott director of OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

Article: Meet Michel Orion Scott director of OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

Meet Michel Orion Scott director of OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Senator nabs "Brooklyn's Finest" as "work-in-progress"

Article: Senator nabs "Brooklyn's Finest" as "work-in-progress"

Senator Distribution has nabbed North American rights to Antoine Fuqua’s cop drama “Brooklyn’s Finest,” twenty-four hours after its world preem at the Sundance Film Festival.

Meet Emily & Sarah Kunstler directors of WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE

Article: Meet Emily & Sarah Kunstler directors of WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE

Meet Emily & Sarah Kunstler directors of WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE, an official selection in the Documentary Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

RUDO Y CURSI reunites Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna

Article: RUDO Y CURSI reunites Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna

I was licking my chops as I headed into the premiere of Rudo y Cursi–reuniting Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. And so was the rest of the audience. What talent! This is the very first venture from Cha Cha Cha, the production company formed by Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Festival Updates Interview : WHY WE LAUGH

Article: Festival Updates Interview : WHY WE LAUGH

Faith Salie interviews WHY WE LAUGH director Robert Townsend and executive producer Jeff Clanagan in the Sundance Channel Studio. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.

Festival Updates Spotlight : Jurors' Breakfast

Article: Festival Updates Spotlight : Jurors' Breakfast

Festival programmer Trevor Groth discusses the process of jury selection for the Sundance Film Festival.