The Sundance Film Festival founder stopped by the HQ to talk independent films and the state of the union.
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Aamer Haleem interviews the director Lauren Greenfield of THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES for Festival Insider. Check out the gallery below for more!
The director Kirby Dick of THE INVISIBLE WAR interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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:
Filmmaker Rodrigo Cortés caused a feeding frenzy among buyers when his last film, BURIED, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film starred Ryan Reynolds as an Iraq-based American truck driver who’s attacked, and finds himself buried alive in a coffin with only a lighter, flask, flashlight, knife, glowsticks, pencil and a mobile phone. His captor torments him via cell phone, making him perform a series of sadistic funny games in order to win his freedom.
In one day we met a porn star, an ingenue and the first couple of TV comedy. One of the beauties of Sundance is the wide variety of cinematic choices you get as a film fan and that same spectrum of folks stops by our humble abode on Main Street. Today we met with Josh Radnor and Sundance Sophomore Elizabeth Olsen of LIBERAL ARTS. The amazing cast of SMASHED also stopped by and, believe me, getting Octavia Spencer, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in one room is both tough and hysterical. Tim & Eric, along with folks from WEST OF MEMPHIS and EXICISION, also stopped by, so check out all of the galleries below to make sure you don’t miss any of the action from Main Street:
CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER tells the story of one couple whose relationship is managing to outlive their divorce. It’s a sweet story written by one of the film’s stars, Rashida Jones and her best friend/writing partner/actor/ex Will McCormack. Everyone always says how great it is to marry your best friend, but sometimes the relationship can tap out on the romantic level and settle in on that more comfortable territory. And that’s the story behind the film. But, the story behind the making of the film might be even more interesting. Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood and Andy Samberg are definitely names that have some clout in Hollywood, but CELESTE AND JESSE is still a true indie. As Jones points out, there ain’t no middle ground in Hollywood these days. Your movie is either big budget or DIY. But for Wood, who is used to big budgets and epic shoots, the indie process was really exciting. I guess there is something to be said for wearing stolen socks.
Every year Sundance Film Festival Founder and President Robert Redford invites all of the filmmakers to a classy brunch at his Sundance Resort just down the road from Park City. It’s every filmmaker’s dream meal, a chance to hobnob with other emerging talent and check out the inner sanctum of Sundance. It’s also a great opportunity to talk shop and enjoy a great party. As one filmmaker pointed out, “This party cost more than my film.”
Two years ago, Microsoft’s search engine Bing occupied the basement of Cisero’s off of bustling Main Street, where it played host to the after party of the Sundance hit WAITING FOR SUPERMAN—a documentary about the failings of the U.S. public education system. In the restaurant’s cramped, caliginous basement, John Legend, the film’s co-producer, teamed up with The Roots to perform an intimate show for about one hundred-plus people. To the right of the stage, behind a VIP rope flanked by three colossal security guards, stood a bespectacled middle-aged white guy in a fleece, cradling a beer and doing the Macarena. It was Bill Gates.
“We love the spirit of independence at Sundance, encouraging up-and-coming filmmakers, and the indie nature around it,” said Bing director Lisa Gurry. “Our first year at Sundance, we had such a great reception from the Sundance community that we decided last year to make a bigger investment.”
“WHERE THE F–K IS DRAKE?”
Do you like pretty pictures? We sure do. That’s why we’ve got a kick-ass Instagram situation out here in Park City. Make sure to download the app follow sundancechannel for the latest snappy-snaps of folks like Lizzie Olsen, Rashida Jones and Elijah Wood. Don’t have Instagram? Check out our best pictures over on our Tumblr. We’ve got some gems below:
There were a plethora of highly touted comedies boasting heavy-hitting casts that had buyers—and audiences—salivating prior to the festival, but a little indie shot in just over ten days has emerged as the dark horse candidate for funniest film of Sundance 2012.
YOUR SISTER’S SISTER comes courtesy of “mumblecore” filmmaker Lynn Shelton, whose last film, HUMPDAY, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival en route to a Special Jury Prize and critical raves for its uproarious portrait of two best friends locked in a no-holds-barred game of macho one-upmanship that leads to them agreeing to shoot a gay porn together.
We’re dealing with blizzard conditions here in Park City. And no, that isn’t a coastal overreaction to mountain weather. We almost lost a busload of filmmakers on the way back from Robert Redford’s brunch this morning and they’re shutting down roads left and right! But, have no fear, plenty of stars managed to snowshoe on over to Sundance Channel HQ. Perhaps it’s because we’ve got plenty of hot drinks and love to snuggle. Rashida Jones charmed everyone and Emily Blunt is still one of our favorite indie darlings, so check out the full roster of smiling faces and pretty pictures: