2017 Sundance Film Festival Day 6: Hologram Jon Hamm Wins Award; Amazon Scores Jenny Slate’s ’90s Flashback
Day 6 at Sundance offered all sorts of oddities, with a film featuring a hologram of Mad Men star Jon Hamm winning a prestigious award and news that the gruesome horror anthology Kuso caused audiences to flee the theater en masse.
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• Variety calls Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower “a rare protest documentary that’s genuinely exciting as well as inspiring.”
• Marjorie Prime, Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi film starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith, has been awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Feature Film Prize. The award is given to films with a focus on science and technology.
• The Verge dubbed the horror film Kuso (NSFW trailer in link), which caused walkouts during its Sundance screening, “the grossest movie ever made.”
• Attendees of the festival got to hang out with a hologram version of Jon Hamm as part of the promotion for Marjorie Prime. Virtual reality company 8i created the “HoloHamm.”
• Deadline reports that Amazon has scored the U.S. rights to Landline, a ’90s-set tale about two sisters who discover their dad’s affair, for $3 million. The film, which reunites Jenny Slate with her Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre, also stars John Turturro, Edie Falco and Jay Duplass.
• Director of photography Alice Gu talked to Filmmaker Magazine about capturing the “grandeur” of surfer Laird Hamilton in the documentary Take Every Wave.
• FilmRise has acquired North American rights to Dayveon, a coming-of-age drama set in Little Rock, Ark. about a 13-year-old boy who gets mixed up in gang violence.
• ScreenCrush reviews the documentary 78/52, an in-depth look at the infamous shower scene from Psycho.