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Sundance 2017. Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

1 February 2017 6:59 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A Ghost StoryBelow you will find our favorite films of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Awardstop Picksjosh Cabritai.Call Me By Your NameII.A Ghost StoryIII.Beatriz at Dinner, Dayveon, DinaGolden ExitsKuro, Person to PersonLAWRENCE N Garciai.Call Me By Your NameII.Golden Exits, My Happy FamilyIII.Beatriz at Dinner, Dina, The Big SickLandline, Long Strange TripCORRESPONDENCESBy Josh Cabrita and Lawrence N Garcia#1 Josh Cabrita on William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth, Dustin Guy Defa's Person to Person | Read#2 Lawrence N Garcia on Travis Wilkerson's Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, Gillian Robespierre's Landline, Damien Power's Killing Ground, Taylor Sheridan's Wind River | Read#3 Josh Cabrita on Bryan Fogel's Icarus, Dee Rees' Mudbound, David Lowery's A Ghost Story | Read#4 Lawrence N Garcia on Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, Matthew Heineman's City of Ghosts, »

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'Long Strange Trip': Film Review | Sundance 2017

30 January 2017 5:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

You do not need to be a fan of legendary hippie-rock collective The Grateful Dead fan to enjoy Long Strange Trip, a marathon documentary chronicling the band’s 30-year career. But by the time you reach the third hour of noodling guitar jams and gushing fanboy veneration, it certainly helps. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, with Martin Scorsese credited as executive producer, the film screened as a four-hour movie premiere at Sundance ahead of its broadcast launch as a six-part Amazon series in May.

Charting the band's journey from banjo-playing beatniks in Kerouac-era San Francisco to bushy-bearded Haight-Ashbury acid freaks to unlikely »

- Stephen Dalton

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A Complete List of Films Sold At Sundance 2017

30 January 2017 3:39 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

So far it’s a solid mix of narratives and documentaries.Step

It’s safe to say that the ultimate Sundance dream is to sell a film (second to Ava DuVernay casually walking by you, of course). Filmmakers want to sell their films so that their work can reach more audiences and they can hopefully go on to make bigger and better films. Studios want to buy films so that they can compete in the industry. Patrons especially want sales so that when their friends later ask if they want to see this new indie film that just came out they can casually go, “Is that finally out? It seems like Ages since I saw it at Sundance. Also did I tell you that Ava DuVernay walked by me this year? I did? Okay.”

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is entering closing weekend with a decent number of those dream sales already under its belt. As »

- Siân Melton

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2017’s Sundance Sales Are In Overdrive: Here’s Why, Plus See Our Full Deal Scorecard

27 January 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Sundance Festival reveals the state of the indie film market, and 2017 will be remembered as the year of Amazon Studios and Netflix. And given the festival’s robust TV and Vr programs,, which were dominated by Google and Facebook/Oculus, there’s further digital disruption ahead.

According to one indie distributor, Sundance 2017’s valuations and sales are almost a third higher than last year. Put the same titles into the Sundance market two years ago, and they would have sold for far less. That’s because Netflix and Amazon Studios on the narrative side are dramatically driving up prices. “It’s just ridiculous what the digital guys are doing to the marketplace,” said one veteran indie CEO. “‘The Big Sick’ is a great little movie but it’s a $4 million -$6 million buy. There’s no logic to this model.”

However, Sundance has always been about the haves and the have-nots. »

- Anne Thompson

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2017’s Sundance Sales Are In Overdrive: Here’s Why, Plus See Our Full Deal Scorecard

27 January 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Sundance Festival reveals the state of the indie film market, and 2017 will be remembered as the year of Amazon Studios and Netflix. And given the festival’s robust TV and Vr programs, which were dominated by Google and Facebook/Oculus, there’s further digital disruption ahead.

According to one indie distributor, Sundance 2017’s valuations and sales are almost a third higher than last year. Put the same titles into the Sundance market two years ago, and they would have sold for far less. That’s because Netflix and Amazon Studios on the narrative side are dramatically driving up prices. “It’s just ridiculous what the digital guys are doing to the marketplace,” said one veteran indie CEO. “‘The Big Sick’ is a great little movie but it’s a $4 million -$6 million buy. There’s no logic to this model.”

However, Sundance has always been about the haves and the have-nots. »

- Anne Thompson

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Sundance 2017. Correspondences #6

26 January 2017 11:28 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Long Strange TripDear Josh,If there's one minor upside to Sundance, it's that the films typically aren't very long. Since the festival is dedicated to indie film—or whatever mutated strain that it's become in recent years—runtimes typically average around 90 minutes, sometimes less. (This certainly isn't Cannes, where three-hour art films are the norm.) So when I was making my schedule, Amir Bar-Lev’s four-hour Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip immediately stood out. (It apparently did so for a lot of other critics, too, given that this was, by far, the most sparsely attended press screening I went to.)Split into six “acts” (plus an intermission), the film chronicles the Grateful Dead from their start in the 1960s (“Act I: It's Alive!”) to the death of founding member Jerry Garcia in 1995 (“Act VI: It Becomes Everything”). Given the wealth of detail in the film—which covers everything from their time in Haight Ashbury, »

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Sundance 2017: Grateful Dead Doc 'Long Strange Trip' Is Heartbreaking Tribute

24 January 2017 11:52 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

You could argue that most folks – or at least those who'd care enough to nab tickets to a documentary about the Grateful Dead – already know the band's story backwards and forwards. They can tell you that Jerry Garcia started out as a boho banjo player in a jug band, and that he enlisted avant-composer Phil Lesh, fresh-faced folkie Bob Weir, blues aficionado Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and drummer Bill Kreutzmann to form a band. They'll tell you about the acid tests and becoming the San Francisco scene's poster boys. They'll chart »

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Sundance Cues Up a Chorus of Music Docs and Features

20 January 2017 6:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From “Once” to “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “Whiplash,” Sundance has long been a key launchpad for music features and docs, and this year’s edition is primed with a slew of music-infused entries, from documentaries to features.

Even though Lucy Walker’s follow-up to “The Buena Vista Social Club” was forced to withdraw from the program at the start of the fest, one Sundance music doc managed to make ripples before films had even started screening, as Amir Bar-Lev’s four-hour Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” was picked up for distribution by Amazon. Singers Adam Levine and Mary J. Blige will both be in town as castmembers for “Fun Mom Dinner” and “Mudbound,” respectively, and L.A.’s electronic music wizard Flying Lotus makes his directorial debut with “Kuso,” in Sundance’s Midnight section. Documentaries touch on everything from early rock icon Link Wray (“Rumble: »

- Andrew Barker

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Sundance 2017: $6 Mill Grateful Dead Docu Deal? Will Streaming Services Drive Deal Avalanche?

19 January 2017 10:51 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Today marks the start of a 2017 Sundance Film Festival that many feel could be dominated by the streaming services that are reshaping the independent film ecosystem. The signs of brisk action are there already, even before the auctions start this weekend. Yesterday, Amazon paid a whopping sum in excess of $6 million for Long Strange Trip, the 4-hour documentary on The Grateful Dead by director Amir Bar-Lev and producer Martin Scorsese, before the film's premiere. Amazon… »

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Amazon Video Direct: Here’s What the Deal Really Means for Sundance Filmmakers

18 January 2017 3:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon has announced a special distribution deal exclusively for Sundance filmmakers, but weighing the pros and cons can be tricky. As a new feature of Amazon Video Direct, the video distribution service launched last May, Amazon is offering all official Sundance selections a one-time cash bonus and increased royalty rates for filmmakers who hand over worldwide streaming VOD rights to their films for 24 months, with the first 12 months exclusive to Amazon.

Under the program, which is called Film Festival Stars, Sundance’s U.S. Premieres and U.S. Dramatic Competition films are eligible to receive $100,000 for their rights, while U.S. Documentary Premieres and U.S. Documentary Competition films will receive $75,000. Films in the World Dramatic, World Documentaries, Next, Spotlight, Kids, Midnight, and New Frontier sections would receive $25,000. The royalty rates offer 30 cents per hour for movies viewed in the U.S. and 12 cents per hour for movies viewed internationally, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Newswire: Amazon takes a Long Strange Trip towards distributing Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 12:16 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Four-hours might seem like a long running time for documentary about a rock band, unless that band is the Grateful Dead—unnecessarily drawn-out is kind of its brand. Jerry Garcia & Co. logged performances of “Darkstar” back in the early ‘70s that went on practically that long. With that in mind, Amazon Studios probably knew what it was doing when it picked up Long Strange Trip, the new film from documentarian Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story)

“I first reached out to the Grateful Dead about this film back in 2003,” the filmmaker said via press release. “Since then, everyone who has come aboard has treated this project with a renegade spirit of cooperation and ingenuity worthy of the subject matter.”

One of those people on board the project is another filmmaker known for blurring the line between music and cinema. Martin Scorsese—who dabbled in rock documentary with The Last ...

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- Dennis DiClaudio

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Amazon picks up Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 8:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Amazon picks up The Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 8:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Grateful Dead Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Bought by Amazon

18 January 2017 7:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has acquired Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” and plans to debut the film on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K.

Amazon made the announcement Wednesday ahead of the world premiere of “Long Strange Trip” at the Sundance Film Festival. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir will be in attendance, as well as Trixie Garcia, daughter of the band’s founder and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.

Weir said, “Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages. Here’s the movie…”

Hart added, “Stranger than fiction — a user’s guide for an impossible journey.”

The documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, has been in the works since 2003 when Bar-Lev first reached out to band members. Bar-Lev’s credits »

- Dave McNary

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Grateful Dead Sundance Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Acquired By Amazon

18 January 2017 6:57 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ahead of its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Amazon Studios has acquired Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about the Grateful Dead from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence). Long Strange Trip will debut May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six part documentary, with additional territories to be announced. With never-before-seen footage and candid interviews, the docu… »

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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’

18 January 2017 6:46 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Studios has acquired “Long Strange Trip,” the four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead playing in the Documentary Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” Scorsese said in a statement. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force—a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”

Amazon will release the movie on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six-part documentary. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as »

- Graham Winfrey

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Martin Scorsese-Produced Grateful Dead Documentary Goes to Amazon

18 January 2017 6:31 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amazon has acquired the Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” ahead of its premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. The four-hour movie is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The six-part “Long Strange Trip” will debut in the U.S. and U.K. on May 26. The world premiere is right around the corner at Sundance, where band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir — as well as Trixie Garcia — will be in attendance. The 30-year look-back is produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Blavatnik who also financed the project. Additional producers include Ken Dornstein and Justin. »

- Tony Maglio

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Lrm's 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Film Festival Premieres

17 January 2017 10:15 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.

Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.

Most of the films I’ve selected »

- Edward Douglas

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Sundance: Grateful Dead Doc 'Long Strange Trip' Goes to Amazon

17 January 2017 8:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Amazon is ready for a Long Strange Trip, acquiring the Grateful Dead documentary ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, the doc charts the rise of the band from its roots in the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture to the top of the rock and roll charts. Encapsulating the group's quintessential character and three decades of legendary concerts-cum-spiritual experiences, the film includes archival stills, film footage, audio recordings and rare live tracks — much of which has never been seen or heard. »

- Ashley Lee

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Cinema Eye Honors 2017 Winners List: ‘Cameraperson’ and ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Lead Awards

11 January 2017 4:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Awards season keeps ticking right along, but tonight’s Cinema Eye Honors promised at least a tiny respite from narrative-based filmmaking, as the New York City-set ceremony is all about honoring the best in the year’s documentary filmmaking.

Big winners included Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson,” which picked up Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, along with editing and cinematography wins. Right behind it was Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America,” which earned Edelman a directing win, along with a production win for Edelman and Caroline Waterlow. Best TV offering went to “Making a Murderer.”

Nominations were lead by Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” and “O.J.: Made in America,” which each pulled in five nominations apiece, though Johnson’s “Cameraperson” and Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea” aren’t far behind, with four nominations each. Both Peck and Rosi’s features ultimately walked away without an award. »

- Kate Erbland

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