7 items from 2014
The Sundance Film Festival has come to a close in snowy Park City, Utah, and the institute has announced its winners for 2014. The big winner on the night was a film called Whiplash starring Miles Teller. The film picked up the big Grand Jury prize as well as the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Whiplash sees Teller as a young musician who struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer (see main pic).
Dramatic effort The Skeleton Twins which stars comedy stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in serious roles, won the Waldo Salt Screening Award for writers Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman, while the big directing award, went to Cutter Hodierne and his drama Fishing Without Nets, which revolves around a young father who turns to pirating in Somalia to support his family.
Here’s the full release with the complete list of the 2014 winners:
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- Paul Heath
Michael Cera stars in a 17-minute short film written and directed by the young, gifted, and black Janicza Bravo, in which he plays a young man in an almost-street-ready electric wheelchair who lives by the Salton Sea and wants nothing more in life than to leave the home he shares with his mothering sister to hang out with his too-cool big brother and hit on some skirts. The dark-comedy-slash-sad-story titled Gregory Goes Boom comes complete with an ominous score and was uploaded to YouTube back in May 2013 under the banner of the exclusive YouTube multi-channel comedy network Jash. It’s good, too. You should watch it. And if you don’t trust me, trust the three-person panel of professionals at Sundance. They just awarded it the Short Film Jury Award in U.S. Fiction. Bravo took home the accolade by making the favorite of Short Film jurors Vernon Chatman (producer, »
- Joshua Cohen
Jury prizes and and honorable mentions were presented to short films at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Sundance Institute announced. Of 8,161 submissions, 66 were chosen to part of this year's Short Film program, presented by YouTube. The short films jury was comprised of writer-producer-voice actor Vernon Chatman ("Wonder Showzen"), actor Joshua Leonard ("The Blair Witch Project" and "Higher Ground") and Ania Trzebiatowska, artistic director of the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema. Short Film Award Winners (Descriptions provided by Sundance Institute): Short Film Grand Jury Prize: "Of God and Dogs"/Syrian Arab Republic (Director: Abounaddara Collective) — A young, free Syrian soldier confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. He promises to take vengeance on the God who led him to commit the murder. Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction: "Gregory Go Boom"/U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Janicza »
- Eric Eidelstein
Rj Cutler directed the film, based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 novel about a 16-year-old who has an out-of-body experience following a car accident that puts her in a coma and kills the rest of her family. Screenplay was written by Shauna Cross (“Whip It”), Marc Silverstein & Abby Kohn (“The Vow”) and Cutler.
Alison Greenspan of Di Novi Pictures is producing, with Denise Di Novi, Forman and Brad Van Arragon exec producing. Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Stacy Keach, Liana Liberato and Joshua Leonard also star.
The project had originally been developed at Summit.
Moretz starred in MGM’s “Carrie,” which was distributed through Sony’s Screen Gems in the fall.
- Dave McNary
The Sundance Institute announced Thursday 24 jurors who will sit on six separate committees at the 2014 film festival, including directors Bryan Singer and Lone Scherfig, sitting on the U.S. dramatic jury, as well as domestic doc juror, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman.
This year’s list of jurors includes the usual mix of filmmakers and film commentators, including Leonard Maltin and film critic Dana Stevens, both of whom round out the dramatic jury, along with “Little Miss Sunshine” producer Peter Saraf.
Joining Chapman on the U.S. documentary jury is “20 Feet From Stardom” director Morgan Neville, as well as Jonathan Oppenheim, the film editor of such classic docs as “Paris Is Burning,” the producer of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, »
- Andrew Stewart
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Well, 2013 has come and gone and it was a pretty darned good year for horror, both at the theaters, as well as on TV with more horror television programming than ever and the exponential growth of VOD releases. This year may have just started, but 2014 doesn't show any signs of slowing down in terms of genre offerings. Alyse has got you covered with Four New TV Shows We Can't Wait For. How 'bout we take a look at feature length movies due out this year? Get your calendars out and let's break down some of the most anticipated horror titles arriving later this year.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Jan 3rd)
We may have missed out on getting another 'Paranormal Activity' film last Halloween, but Blumhouse is wasting no time this year as the Latino-centric spin-off film 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' is now playing in theaters as of today! »
- Rob Galluzzo
7 items from 2014
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