Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (CRUDE, SOME KIND OF MONSTER) woke up in Park City this morning to the news his film PARADISE LOST: PURGATORY got an Oscar nomination. Berlinger stopped by the Sundance Channel HQ to talk about the honor and the twenty years he spent documenting the West Memphis Three. For those of you not familiar with the story, The West Memphis Three were teenagers convicted of murdering three young children back in 1994. Berlinger’s trilogy of films followed the young men’s trial, appeals and eventual release. Many people credit Berlinger’s films (co-directed with Bruce Sinofsky) with playing a role in securing the men’s release after 18 years in prison.
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“It’s better to burn out than to fade away,” Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain wrote in his suicide letter. The New York-based, electro-dance band LCD Soundsystem, which formed in 2001 and released three critically-acclaimed albums, took Cobain’s—by way of Neil Young’s—advice, choosing to abruptly retire at the height of their fame.
“What happened to Tracy Morgan?”
That was the question on everyone’s mind Monday morning at the Sundance Film Festival after hearing the 30 Rock star had collapsed at the festival Sunday evening. He was in town promoting the ensemble comedy PREDISPOSED, but ended up at the hospital. People immediately began speculating that substance abuse was to blame—a rumor that was quickly debunked by a hospital spokesman, who said no alcohol or drugs were found in his system. Two years ago, Morgan had a kidney transplant and is a diabetic. Turns out it was the altitude.
Pretty ladies making funny faces. That’s what happens when director Leslye Headland brings her BACHELORETTEs by for a chat. If these photos are any clue, the movie is going to be hysterical.
Ice-T is a rapper, actor and now…documentary director. And guess what? He stopped by Sundance Channel HQ (sans Coco, unfortunately) to drop some knowledge on his directorial debut SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP. And while he maybe a superstar, it was important for Ice-T to keep this project indie. Check out what he has to say on why Hollywood couldn’t tell this story:
In Park City, when you hear “Omar’s comin’” you don’t need to run and hide. You just need to stand back and be impressed by how handsome and stylish Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is! We’ve got plenty more street style in our gallery. So take a look:
You were probably expecting a laugh fest when you saw the names Octavia Spencer, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul for the film SMASHED. Sorry, it’s a drama. But, that doesn’t mean there were not laughs aplenty when they all stopped by Sundance Channel HQ for a chat. Check out the entire video of their conversation, but just a warning…it includes some off color jokes, in addition to more serious fare on how films are cast in Hollywood.
Josh Radnor’s LIBERAL ARTS got a standing ovation at its premiere here in Park City. And with an ensemble cast including Allison Janney (THE HELP), Elizabeth Olsen (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) as well as Radnor himself, it’s no surprise. The How I Met Your Mother star wrote and directed the film and it marks his second trip to Sundance as a triple-threat. Like that 2010 effort, happythankyoumoreplease it’s a sweet story…which is a nice change to all of the ‘Year of the Bummer’ films we’ve seen at this year’s festival. We stopped by the premiere party and caught up with Elizabeth Olsen to get the lowdown on her sophomore Sundance and working with some acting legends.
The Sundance Film Festival founder stopped by the HQ to talk independent films and the state of the union.
Article: THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES director Lauren Greenfield drops by Sundance Channel HQ– See photos inside
Aamer Haleem interviews the director Lauren Greenfield of THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES for Festival Insider. Check out the gallery below for more!
Article: Director Kirby Dick of THE INVISIBLE WAR sits down at Sundance Channel HQ-Check out the photos
The director Kirby Dick of THE INVISIBLE WAR interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
Article: Directors Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman of ESCAPE FIRE at Sundance Channel HQ — We've got photos inside
Directors Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman of ESCAPE FIRE interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
Article: Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack stop by Sundance Channel HQ— Scoop the photos inside
Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack sit down with Aamer Haleem to discuss CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER. Click below to check out the full gallery!
Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, and Craig Zobel of COMPLIANCE interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
Aamer Haleem interviews Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie DeWitt of YOUR SISTER’S SISTER for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
Article: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney and Richard Jenkins at Sundance Channel HQ–Check out the photos
Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Olsen, and director Josh Radnor discuss LIBERAL ARTS at Sundance Channel HQ. See the full gallery below!
Article: AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Traci Lords and Richard Bates Jr. stop in at Sundance Channel HQ –Photos inside
AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Traci Lords and director Richard Bates Jr. of EXCISION interview for Festival Insider. Click below for the full gallery!
Article: Liz Mullally, Nick Offerman, and James Ponsoldt get SMASHED at Sundance Channel HQ — Photos inside
Aamer Haleem interviews Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Liz Mullally, Nick Offerman, and James Ponsoldt of SMASHED for Festival Insider. Click below for the full gallery!
Aamer Haleem interviews James Murphy, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasmussen, and Rick Alverson of THE COMEDY for Festival Insider. Click below for the full gallery!
Article: Amy Berg, Lorri Davis and Damien Echols of WEST OF MEMPHIS dish at Sundance Channel HQ– click for photos
Director Amy Berg and producers Lorri Davis and Damien Echols discuss their documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS at Sundance Channel HQ. Click below to see the full gallery!!
Ice-T drops by Sundance Channel HQ to discuss his documentary SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP. Check out all of the photos in our gallery.
Mock necrophilia. Decapitated talking heads. Makeshift surgeries. Wild, uninhibited sex bathed in menstrual blood. The midnight film EXCISION, making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is without question the most mind-blowingly grotesque film to screen at this year’s fest—so much so that at the press and industry screening I attended, about half the audience walked out in disgust (I can make this assumption since each exit followed a particularly gruesome scene).
Pauline, played by 90210’s AnnaLynne McCord, it not your normal gal. An 18-year-old, Neanderthal-ish high school senior with bushy eyebrows, acne, hunched posture, and plagued by a herpes infection she contracted as a young child from her father performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, she’s an outcast at high school. She also desperately wants to lose her virginity…while she’s having her period.
30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was in Park City this week to promote his new film PREDISPOSED. Unfortunately, it seems like there are other things Morgan is predisposed to, like altitude sickness. According to various reports, the comedian collapsed at Sundance last night and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
This meme ain’t over ’til it’s over, and the things you hear coming out of peoples’ mouths at the Sundance Film Festival are too perfect to not get the ‘shit’ treatment. So, check out what everyone from Lizzie Olsen to the average festival goer has to say when it comes to Sundance. This is
Robert Redford didn’t just create the Sundance Film Festival, he also started Sundance Channel (thanks for that, btw). So when he stopped by to catch up (and make sure we were all doing our jobs correctly) he opened up about the challenges starting a channel pose for someone so rooted in the indie world. It all worked out and now Sundance Channel is expanding the audience for the types of films Sundance was started to foster. It’s always nice to hear the boss say you are on the right track. Check out all of what Redford has to say on representing the ‘independent spirit’ over on our video page, or right here: