Sundance Film Festival 2011

Spare a Thought for the Festival Screeners

Article: Spare a Thought for the Festival Screeners

With all the attention paid to the filmmakers, actors, and other Sundance Film Festival movers and shakers, won’t anyone take a moment to consider the unsung heroes of this and other film festivals, the screeners? The Los Angeles Times has. The paper notes that these dedicated workers sign up to watch hundreds of films of…

Harry Belafonte: 'Take a Look at the History'

Article: Harry Belafonte: 'Take a Look at the History'

What prompted Harry Belafonte to throw his support behind a documentary about his life and the work he and others did to advance civil rights in the United States and around the world? At first, the 83-year-old singing/acting/activist icon wasn’t sure he was up for it. “It looked like self-indulgence,” he told Reuters. But as…

The Refreshing Candor of Elizabeth Olsen

Article: The Refreshing Candor of Elizabeth Olsen

And one more thing about Elizabeth Olsen, the 21-year-old younger sister of famous twins Mary-Kate and Ashley who stars in two buzzed-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the aforementioned (see previous post) MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and the horror film SILENT HOUSE: Olsen, who goes by the nickname Lizzie and is being hailed…

Gleeson delivers as schlubby, corrupt cop

Article: Gleeson delivers as schlubby, corrupt cop

With everyone fussing about who the new, fresh faces are at Sundance, not much has been said about one of the older, less fresh faces who is nonetheless emerging as one of the festival’s early delights: Brendan Gleeson, the 56-year-old Irish actor who was once told by a Hollywood agent that he was “too old…

The Making of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Article: The Making of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Here’s a curious (vaguely creepy) detail about the making of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, directed by Sean Durkin and starring Elizabeth Olsen (in a breakout role — the New York Post is calling her “the new supernova in the Sundance galaxy”) as a girl who escapes from a cult in the Catskills and struggles to…

Sundance Film Festival Review Roundup: WIN WIN

Article: Sundance Film Festival Review Roundup: WIN WIN

Tom McCarthy’s WIN WIN, starring Paul Giamatti as a small-time New Jersey lawyer and high school wrestling coach who takes over guardianship of one of his elderly clients, is shaping up to be an early Sundance Film Festival favorite. Marshall Fine, writing in the Huffington Post, calls the film “touchingly funny” and says it features…

Where Do All the Women Directors Go?

Article: Where Do All the Women Directors Go?

So what’s with the continued disparity between the proportion of women directors represented at the Sundance Film Festival (27 of the 117 features screening at the festival this year were directed by women) and the number of women making big films in Hollywood (only three of 2010’s 100 top-grossing were made by women)? Brooks Barnes…

Interview: Robert Redford

Article: Interview: Robert Redford

“O.K., what’s up?” This is how Robert Redford, i.e. The Most Important Person on The Planet, as far as the Sundance Film Festival is concerned, starts a conversation. It’s Friday afternoon, and he’s just finished an interview for Sundance Channel, is about to dash off to do God knows what (judging by the number of…

Sundance Film Festival: A Reinvention Destination

Article: Sundance Film Festival: A Reinvention Destination

The Sundance Film Festival is many things to many people. And for some actors and filmmakers, the Los Angeles Times notes, it’s the place they go to reinvent themselves. Because so many show business eyes are focused on so few films, Sundance also can facilitate rĂ©sumĂ© rewrites. As the received wisdom goes, an appearance in…

Belafonte and Bobby Fischer at Sundance

Article: Belafonte and Bobby Fischer at Sundance

Harry Belafonte at the Sundance Channel HQ with his daughter, Gina Belafonte Still not much deal news, but the cinema-going aspect of Sundance is in full swing. A 9:30 a.m. screening of the Harry Belafonte documentary SING YOUR SONG was filled with early-rising fest go-ers and volunteers who were inordinately friendly (“Hello!” “Welcome!”) considering the…

THE SON OF NO ONE: Tracy Morgan Gets Serious

Article: THE SON OF NO ONE: Tracy Morgan Gets Serious

At the very beginning, a hint of the end. As the Sundance Film Festival gets rolling, a trailer for the festival’s closing night film, Dito Montiel’s THE SON OF NO ONE, has just been released. The picture stars Channing Tatum and Tracy Morgan as two men who got away with murder as young boys and…

Chimp caught in tragic human love triangle

Article: Chimp caught in tragic human love triangle

Who knew that a chimp could get in the middle of a human love triangle? And enjoy the pleasures of marijuana? 2008 Sundance Grand Jury (and 2009 Oscar) winner Director James Marsh, evidently, whose new documentary, PROJECT NIM, is about the chimpanzee (Nim), who in the 1970’s was taken from his mother and sent to…

Sundance Film Festival: Brisk Business, Bargain Prices

Article: Sundance Film Festival: Brisk Business, Bargain Prices

If the flurry of pre-Sundance Film Festival acquisition deals has made you wonder if Hollywood was back in an indie-film shopping mood after the recession, the New York Times’ Brooks Barnes reports that, yes, wallets are open, but they’re a little less fat. Among other factors, the strong box-office performance of specialty films over the…

Sundance Film Festival Deals: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD

Article: Sundance Film Festival Deals: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD

Morgan Spurlock’s THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD has sold. On Thursday, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions announced that it had snapped up the U.S. and Canadian rights to the documentary, which is set to have its world premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter reports. The film, in which the SUPER SIZE ME…

Redford: No Plans to Retire

Article: Redford: No Plans to Retire

It honestly hadn’t occurred to us to be concerned that Robert Redford might retire and hand over the Sundance Film Festival reins anytime soon, but now we really don’t have to worry about it. In response to a reporter’s inquiry about retirement plans at the opening press conference for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on…

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…

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…