The Sundance Film Festival held in Park City in Utah every January is the very first film festival in the film festival calendar and it’s a cracker. This years proceedings start on 19 January and finish on 29 January. The location has been pretty much the same for some period of time and a lot the films that appear here do go on to do quite well if they get general release, Academy Awards are also common. Sundance was founded by actor Robert Redford who is also it’s President..
This event doesn’t have the red carpet glamour of say Cannes as there aren’t any red carpets as such, this is more of a ‘grass roots’ and “shirt sleeves rolled up” rather than black tux and bow tie vibe BUT it is watched quite closely by big name distributors for obvious reasons.
This event is also a fave of ours as you get to see multiple celebrities and not all of them involved with the film industry in casual mode not giving a damn basically about photogs and other such celebrity related paraphernalia. They are here to let their hair down and soak up the filmy vibe or maybe just get out of Hollywood to see some snow? Either way some fantastic pap shots appear from this event if you can get hold of them. Further information on the event at the Sundance Festival official site. http://www.sundance.org/festival/
A Sample of this years film competition entries covering both film and documentary covering some quite controversial subjects courtesy Sundance.org
Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed
Colin Trevorrow discusses the unusual genesis of his genre-spanning narrative “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which strikes a unique balance between time travel, romance, and wit. More at sundance.org http://www.sundance.org/video/meet-the-artists-12-colin-trevorrow/
Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War
Kirby Dick’s U.S. Documentary Competition film “The Invisible War” exposes an epidemic of rape in the American military.
Lise Birk Pedersen’s Putin’s Kiss
Masha Drokova is a rising star in Russia’s popular nationalistic youth movement, Nashi. A smart, ambitious teenager who—literally—embraced Vladimir Putin and his promise of a greater Russia, her dedication as an organizer is rewarded with a university scholarship, an apartment, and a job as a spokesperson. More at Sundance.org http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120088/putins_kiss
Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos’ Filly Brown
Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos’ U.S. Dramatic Competition film “Filly Brown” tracks a budding female hip-hop artist as she navigates the perils of success while staying true to her roots.
Ben Lewin’s The Surrogate
Based on the life and writings of Mark O’Brien, Ben Lewin’s U.S. Dramatic Competition film “The Surrogate” follows a man with an iron lung on a quest to lose his virginity.
David Trueba’s Madrid, 1987
World Drama Further details at Sundance.org http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120058/madrid_1987
Andrés Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven
Like a Chilean Edith Piaf or Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra was a folksinger and pop culture icon whose songs, like “Gracias a la Vida,” expressed the soul of her nation and protested social injustice. Violeta Went to Heaven tells Parra’s extraordinary story, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation to Chile’s national hero, More at Sundance.org http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120056/violeta_went_to_heaven
Rasit Celikezer’s Can
Loving Istanbul couple Ayşe and Cemal need only a child to complete their life together, but they cannot conceive. To salvage Cemal’s pride, they resort to illegal means to procure a baby. More: http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120118/can
Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush: “Finding North”
Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush employ the human stories of struggling citizens to lead an exploration into the American hunger crisis in their U.S. Documentary Competition film “Finding North.”