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19 items from 2016

[Montclair Review] Actor Martinez

4 May 2016 8:37 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There are indie film scenes like the one chronicled in Actor Martinez everywhere, ones where those with a day job have ambitions that cannot and never will pay the rent. Surely, Actor Martinez is a little cruel to these micro industries of regional film bolstered by film clubs that support each other regardless of just how poor the acting, directing and cinematography can be.

Enter Nathan Silver and Mike Ott, filmmakers that seem obsessed with the freedom such non-traditional, off-the-map filmmaking offers. Who knows, a masterpiece may exist somewhere in Denver’s amateur film community, kept from us by John Cooper and Janet Pierson. Actor Martinez, like Nathan Silver’s previous feature Stinking Heaven, also feels like an artifact, documenting the process of a process: here the every day life of Arthur Martinez, an professional computer repairman by day and actor/film producer by night.

The result is a comedy »

- John Fink

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Sundance Film Festival: London unveils 2016 line-up

20 April 2016 4:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance chiefs reveal plans for the UK offshoot of the indie film festival and how they worked with Picturehouse on this year’s programme.

The line-up for the 4th Sundance Film Festival: London (June 2-5) has been revealed and includes a raft of international premieres, shorts and panel discussions.

The festival will comprise 11 UK and international feature film premieres from this year’s Sundance Film Festival as well as 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to UK shorts screened at Park City in January.

Titles include Weiner, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary following the scandal surrounding Anthony Weiner’s NYC mayoral campaign, which won the Us Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and will receive its European premiere in London.

International premieres include Sian Heder’s Tallulah, starring Ellen Page; Clea DuVall’s The Intervention, which won Melanie Lynskey the Us Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance; and Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary Author: The Jt LeRoy Story.

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- (Michael Rosser)

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Full programme for Sundance Film Festival: London 2016 announced

20 April 2016 3:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have announced the programme for the Sundance Film Festival: London 2016, which includes eleven UK feature film premieres direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, along with a programme of 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to UK shorts. Check out the full details below…

Feature Film Programme

Author: The Jt LeRoy Story (Director / screenwriter: Jeff Feuerzeig) .The definitive look inside the mysterious case of 16-year-old literary sensation Jt LeRoy . a creature so perfect for his time that if he didn.t exist, someone would have had to invent him. Perhaps someone did? The strangest story about story ever told.

The Greasy Strangler (Director: Jim Hosking) – When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet lone female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie.s Disco Walking Tour.the best and only disco walking tour in the city.a fight for Janet.s heart erupts between father and son, »

- Gary Collinson

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Sundance Next Fest Returning to Los Angeles in August

12 April 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Sundance Institute has set its Sundance Next Fest for Aug. 12-14 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

It’s the fourth year that the festival, launched with the idea of getting attention for independent films outside the confines of the Sundance Film Festival in January, has been held in Los Angeles. The events pair six new independent films with either a special music act that shares a complementary artistic sensibility, or conversations between the filmmakers and those who inspired them.

Last year’s events included showings of “Cop Car,” Noah Baumbach’s “Mistress America,” “Finders Keepers” and “Turbo Kid,” along with conversations with Aubrey Plaza and Thomas Middleditch, and performances by Sharon Van Etten and Sky Ferreira. In 2014, the Next Fest included the premiere of “Life After Beth,” screenings of “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” and “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” as well as »

- Dave McNary

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo To Direct Haunted For DreamWorks

11 March 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, director of Intacto, 28 Weeks Later, and Intruders, has been selected to helm Haunted, a new adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, according to Deadline. This is apparently a passion project for Steven Spielberg, and is based on a script by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring). Roy Lee, John Middleton and Scott Bernstein are on board as producers. Fresnadillo is one of Spain's most successful filmmaking exports: Intacto a cult favourite among cinemaphiles, a strange and surreal film (in Spanish and English) about luck and gambling; 28 Weeks Later was a well-made film and much better than the usual sequels to popular genre films. He has been busy of late working in television, directing the pilot for...

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to Direct DreamWorks’ ‘Haunted’

9 March 2016 7:06 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is set to direct the film “Haunted” for DreamWorks, TheWrap has learned. The Oscar-nominated director of “28 Weeks Later” will helm the film based on Henry James’ 1898 ghost story “The Turn of the Screw,” using a script by Chad and Carey Hayes. John Middleton, Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee will serve as producers. Also read: Syfy Gives Pilot Order to Original Thriller 'Prototype' Fresnadillo recently directed the pilot for USA’s “Falling Water” from writers Blake Masters and Henry Bromell and executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”). He will also direct and executive produce the Syfy pilot “Prototype” from Tony Basgallop. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo To Helm Ghost Tale ‘Haunted’ For DreamWorks

9 March 2016 6:07 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Amblin Entertainment is hiring Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct Haunted, a film that is inspired by the 1898 Henry James gothic ghost story Turn Of The Screw. Scripted by Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes, this is a passion project for Steven Spielberg, who really wanted to make a scary film. The pic’s being produced by Roy Lee, John Middleton and Scott Bernstein. The Spanish filmmaker’s breakout pic was 28 Weeks Later; his Spanish-language directing debut was Intacto,… »

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Future Tense: Sifting Through the Patterns of Vr Storytelling at Sundance

1 February 2016 12:25 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival It may seem all the buzz around virtual reality at this year’s Sundance Film Festival came out of nowhere, but it’s actually the culmination of the decade-long vision of New Frontier Curator and Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Shari Frilot to guide the fest in evolving the section into a showcase of innovation and visionary forward thinking about how tech and story might work together.  Back in 2007, Sundance Film Festival launched New Frontier, a new iteration of the experimental Frontiers section that had been around since 1996. If festival attendees and press have sometimes struggled with what to make of New Frontier, that’s probably part of the point. In the festival’s first press release announcing the 2007 curation, fest director John Cooper noted the expanded program was to "provide a platform not only for filmmakers, »

- Kim Voynar

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Robert Redford addresses diversity

21 January 2016 8:29 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Speaking at the opening day press conference for the Sundance Film Festival 2016 the founder weighed in on the hot topic of the day.

After initially telling reporters he did not want to talk about Oscars when asked for his views on the all-white acting nominees roster this year, Redford reconsidered and gave an elliptical reply.

“Diversity comes out of the word independence,” he said. “It’s a word I operate from principally for most of my life. Diversity comes out of it. It’s an automatic thing. If you’re independent-minded, you’re going to do things differently than the common form.”

Redford went on to say the festival did not play an advocacy role, echoing a sentiment known to be held by festival director John Cooper.

Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have all said they will not attend the 88th annual Academy Awards on February 28 after a number of worthy contenders were excluded »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance Programmers Flag Some Festival Must-Sees

21 January 2016 2:39 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When choosing Thursday's opening night features in Park City, Utah —World Cinema's "Belgica" (Felix van Groeningen), comedy writer-director Chris Kelly’s semi-autobiographical "Other People" and Kevin Macdonald's documentary "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo­-Qiang" —Sundance director John Cooper and chief programmer Trevor Groth were looking for diverse movies that would "inspire inspire and excite audiences, that were different," Cooper told Indiewire.  Read More: The Best Things Robert Redford Said on the Opening Day of Sundance 2016 The programmers work long and hard figuring out which sections to place the films each year. And always, they reflect a range of changes and shifts going on in the independent marketplace. They were impressed this year with the innovative storytelling, such as competition titles "Swiss Army Man," starring unlikely duo Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe ("It's a wild film, creating both »

- Anne Thompson

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The Best Things Robert Redford Said on the Opening Day of Sundance 2016

21 January 2016 1:45 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival As is tradition, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival kicked off this afternoon with the annual Day One Press Conference. Sundance Institute Founder and President Robert Redford joined Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper for a lively discussion about this year's lineup and the evolution of Sundance over the decades, moderated by Sean P. Means, Movie Critic and Columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune. "The palette for indie storytellers is widening," said Putnam in what could more or less be the thesis for this year's festival. Featuring narrative films, shorts, documentaries and virtual reality programs, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival is embracing the changing technologies and formats to give rise to a new class of discoveries. The »

- Zack Sharf

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Sundance 2016: Opening press conference by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-01-21 21:30:17

21 January 2016 1:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

John Cooper, Keri Putnam and Robert Redford The Sundance Film Festival got under way today with the annual press conference, featuring festival director John Cooper, Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam and festival founder Robert Redford.

Redford said that the thing he was most looking forward to is "the audience response" to the films. He added: "You wait to see what the audience takes away."

Cooper agreed that he was "looking forward to the hand-off".

The trio avoided being drawn into political debate, with Cooper saying, when asked about the prevalence of issue-driven films this year - on subjects including gun control and abortion - "We show the films that are on the filmmakers' minds."

They also refused to be drawn into the #Oscarssowhite racial diversity row raging over the Academy Awards that has seen Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith say they will not attend and led to »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Watch the Sundance Film Festival Opening Press Conference Live

21 January 2016 12:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you can’t be in chilly Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival opening press conference, don’t worry — you can watch a live stream of all the action here.

Fest founder Robert Redford joins Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper at the Egyptian Theater to talk the current state of indie films and more.

Discussing the philosophy of Sundance, Redford said the point of the fest has always been to discover “new voices.” The slate backs up this claim: of the 123 features at this year’s Sundance, 49 come from first-time filmmakers.

Speaking on the nonfiction portion of Sundance, Redford said he’s always wanted to “elevate documentaries and see they are much closer to narrative films.”

Redford also touched on diversity, a hot topic in the wake of Oscar’s all-white acting nominees for 2016. “Diversity comes out of the word independence, »

- Variety Staff

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Sundance Opening Press Conference Live Stream – Watch

21 January 2016 12:09 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

You know the Sundance Film Festival has officially started when Robert Redford hits the stage, and that’s what’s happening right now at Park City’s Egyptian Theater. As in past years, the fest founder will discuss the films and philosophy of Sundance, joined by Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam and Sfff director John Cooper. Watch the live stream here. The fest runs through… »

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Sundance: You Don't Have to Be In Park City to Watch the Day One Press Conference Live

21 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival The Sundance Film Festival likes to open its doors and kick off its festivities in a slightly different way than most other film events, eschewing splashy opening night premieres in favor of a chatty and informative press conference in the afternoon and a series of four very different premieres during the rest of the evening. As is tradition, this year's Day One Press Conference will see Sundance Institute Founder and President Robert Redford, Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper addressing the media at a hot-ticket press event, which will also include a conversation and Q&A moderated by Sean P. Means, Movie Critic and Columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune. (Last year's talk ran the gamut from the future of both film and television to attacks »

- Kate Erbland

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Why Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper Is Bullish on the State of Indie Films

21 January 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Since “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” put it on the map nearly three decades ago, the Sundance Film Festival has been synonymous with indie film.

For much of that time, John Cooper has been a key member of the team organizing the Park City, Utah gathering, rising up the ranks to be named the festival’s director in 2009. He’s seen the business around art house film change, as well. The DVD industry has collapsed depriving companies of a major source of revenue, and major studios have shuttered their indie labels and become less interested in backing edgy, commercially risky projects.

But Cooper insists he’s optimistic about the quality of the films being shown at this year’s festival and across the indie spectrum. He notes that there remains a healthy amount of cross-pollination — studios continue to seek out Sundance artists such as Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World”) and Ryan Coogler »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance Welcomes an Influx of TV Programming

20 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If this year’s unprecedented influx of TV series and the direction of the entertainment marketplace is any indication, the Sundance Film Festival may end up having to change its name.

After a few years of dabbling in episodic programming, following in the footsteps of fests like SXSW, Sundance is offering a record number of Special Events section series from the biggest names and networks in the business — including Hulu and Warner Bros. Television’s Stephen King miniseries “11.22.63” from exec producers J.J. Abrams and Bridget Carpenter, Netflix’s Chelsea Handler doc series “Chelsea Does,” CNN’s W. Kamau Bell travel series “United Shades of America” and Starz’s drama “The Girlfriend Experience” from exec producer Steven Soderbergh.

For some, like Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, the fest’s timing and his project’s pedigree (“Girlfriend” springs from Soderbergh’s 2009 Sundance-preemed feature of the same name) proved an irresistible match. “When you »

- Gregg Goldstein

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Sundance Preview: Amazon, Netflix Bring Upheaval to Challenging Indie Market

20 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With a week to go before Sundance officially starts, Netflix swooped in to nab global streaming rights to “Tallulah,” a dramatic comedy that reunites “Juno” stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney.

The deal, wrapped up covertly, swiftly and with a big price tag, signifies the dramatic changes roiling the independent film industry.

Consequently, Sundance and other film markets have become a tale of two competing business models, and the story doesn’t always have a happy ending.

“There’s been an insane influx of money,” says Eamonn Bowles, CEO of Magnolia Pictures. “These bidding wars for high-ticket items, where you’re spending lots of money and hoping for a big breakout hit, is one of the worst business strategies. For every ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ there are five instances of ‘Happy, Texas,’ ” he adds. Both films took Sundance by storm, but the former turned into an Oscar-winning hit, and the latter, »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance: Robert Redford Kicks Off Fest With Diversity Emphasis

19 January 2016 9:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday with a press conference featuring institute founder and president Robert Redford, executive director Keri Putnam and festival director John Cooper. Among the topics covered at the event held at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street in Park City, Utah, were the fest's growth, hot documentaries and diversity in Hollywood.  The latter issue, which has been a point of discussion since the Oscar nominations came out, came up early in the chat. Redford pointed out that diversity has always been a big part of Sundance. { "nid": 857172, "type": "list_index", "title": "The Sundance

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