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Sundance 2015: ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ a claustrophobic tale of ego and wits under duress

6 February 2015 4:36 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “The Stanford Prison Experiment” Image Courtesy of the Sundance Institute

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Written by Tim Talbott

USA, 2015

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment is a darkly comedic dramatization of a frightening real life experiment conducted in 1971 by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo. It spun wildly out of control over the course of just 5 days. Two dozen Ivy league men are drawn to the experiment for money. Screened for good mental health and randomly assigned positions as guards or prisoners, conformity is set to be examined under the the microscope in the basement of prestigious Stanford. The experiment starts out informally as they are given uniforms and plopped into their cells and guard rooms. It soon spirals into degrading mental abuse and physical deprivation. That this happened is not in question but how systematic torture ensued couldn’t have been anticipated. »

- Lane Scarberry

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Sundance 2015: My Top Five Picks of Sundance 2015

6 February 2015 10:55 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

My first Sundance is in the books and it went much too quickly.  As evidenced by the fact I’m still publishing reviews, my eyes were obviously bigger than my stomach.  Still, I’d rather see too many movies than too few, and there were some hidden gems in this year’s lineup.  Here are my Top Five films, along with a couple of honorable mentions because I’m feeling generous (and sleep deprived).

Honorable Mentions:

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Written by Tim Talbott

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

This ultra-glossy dramatization of the infamous Zimbardo psychology experiment didn’t disappoint.  Tense throughout, Alvarez uses an impressive supporting cast and impeccable editing to create a palpable sense of impending doom.  It’s a frightening peek into the human psyche executed with relentless precision.  With the right marketing, this film could make a serious awards run next autumn.

 

The Forbidden Room

Written by Guy Maddin, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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6 films to watch from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

2 February 2015 3:59 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The question on everyone's lips at this year's Sundance Film Festival was, of course, "What's the new Whiplash?" Now that Damien Chazelle's 2014 Sundance favourite has landed a Best Picture nomination (alongside four other Oscar nods), the industry stakes for Robert Redford's indie fest have never been higher.

Digital Spy takes a look at nine of the buzziest movies coming out of this year's Sundance.

1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Here's your answer to the Whiplash question. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's oddball teen drama pulled off the same double-whammy that Whiplash did at last year's awards, winning both the Grand Jury Prize for drama and the Audience Award.

Described by Rolling Stone as "The Fault in Our Stars for people who like a dose of quirk with their Ya weepies", Earl follows an awkward high schooler (Thomas Mann) and his partner in student filmmaking (Rj Cyler), who befriend »

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Sundance Festival: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl sweeps Sundance Awards

2 February 2015 3:05 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Sundance breakout Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film-lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.

Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler and Olivia Cooke lead the cast of the idiosyncratic tearjerker from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who dedicated the audience award to all the filmmakers and artists in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Nick OffermanConnie Britton, and Molly Shannon also star.

"My love goes out to the entire cast and crew," Gomez-Rejon said. "This movie was about processing loss, but really to celebrate a beautiful life and a beautiful man, which is my amazing father ... to celebrate his life through humor."

The WolfpackCrystal Moselle's documentary about six movie-loving teenage boys isolated from society picked up the »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Sundance ’15: ‘Me & Earl and the Dying Girl’ wins Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award

1 February 2015 8:17 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Following a bidding war that netted the film a sale of $12 million, a record at Sundance, the much hyped Me & Earl and the Dying Girl won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival Awards Saturday evening. The previous film to win both prizes was 2014’s Whiplash, which is now up for an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (our own Dylan Griffin raved about it) tells the story of an anti-social high school senior who is forced by his mother to become friends with a girl suffering from leukemia. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Glee, American Horror Story), the film stars Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon.

Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush are now planning a 2015 release for the film. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was selected by a jury that included Cary Fukunaga, »

- Brian Welk

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Sundance Award Winners: Slow West and Earl and That Diary Girl

1 February 2015 7:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Michael and Nathaniel are both safely back in New York but a few more Sundance reviews are forthcoming as well as an Oscar discussion about the first possibilities for the new film year. The festival closes up tonight for another year and last night, they announced the winners. As with last year when Whiplash one both the Jury and the Audience award, one film took both again this year: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, based on the best seller by Jesse Andrews. Can we expect a similarly Oscar friendly trajectory? 

The Winners

U.S. Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Michael's review coming later today. It's said to be a bit Fault in the Stars-ish young people and terminal illness only better. 

Directing Award The Witch, Robert Eggers 

Michael's rave review. A 1630s set horror film about a religious family in Salem. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Me & Earl & the Dying Girl takes top prize at Sundance Film Festival

1 February 2015 6:54 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The winners of this year's Sundance Film Festival awards have been announced, with Me & Earl & the Dying Girl scooping the Us Dramatic Grand Jury Prize.

Starring Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler and Olivia Cooke, the film also received the Audience Award, a double award feat managed last year by Whiplash.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon said (via Deadline): "I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas."

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl centres on high school student Greg and his only friend Earl, who make quirky films together. Greg's life soon threatens to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia.

The Directing Award was presented to Robert Eggers for The Witch, a movie about a devout Christian family whose newborn son vanishes, leading them to a supernatural evil lurking in the nearby wood.

The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award was won »

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Daily | Sundance 2015 Awards

1 February 2015 5:21 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The jury for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance—Lance Acord, Sarah Flack, Cary Fukunaga, Winona Ryder and Edgar Wright—has presented its Grand Jury Prize to Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The Directing Award goes to Robert Eggers for The Witch and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award goes to Tim Talbott for The Stanford Prison Experiment. Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack takes the top U.S. Documentary prize, while the World Cinema Documentary prize goes to Chad Gracia's The Russian Woodpecker. We've got the full list of Sundance award-winners, plus: What the critics have been saying about them. » - David Hudson »

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Sundance 2015. Awards

31 January 2015 10:07 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

 

U.S Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Audience Award

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Directing Award

The Witch (Robert Eggers, U.S./Canada)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

The Stanford Prison Experiment (Tim Talbott)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Cinematography

Diary of a Teenage Girl (Brandon Trost)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Editing

Dope (Lee Haugen)

Special Jury Award – Collaborative Vision

Advantageous (Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang)

U.S. Documentary

Grand Jury Prize

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)

Audience Award

Meru (Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi)

Directing Award

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, U.S./Mexico)

Special Jury Award — Social Impact

3 1/2 Minutes (Marc Silver)

Special Jury Award – Verite Filmmaking

Western (Bill Ross, Turner Ross)

Special Jury Award – Break Out First Feature

(T)error (Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe)

Special Jury Award – Cinematography

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll)

World Cinema Dramatic »

- Notebook

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Sundance ’15: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Find Friends at Sundance, James White Receives Audience Embrace

31 January 2015 9:55 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Following in the footsteps of Fruitvale Station and Whiplash before it, the most talked about title in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl claimed both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Crystal Moselle’s audience favorite might not have claimed the Audience Award (Meru), but the family featured in The Wolfpack landed a much coveted U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Matthew Heineman’s unfathomably constructed Cartel Land landed to Jury Prizes in Best Director and Excellence in Cinematography. In stellar Next, the unique prize went to Josh Mond’s brilliant directorial debut James White. Here is the press release and all the winners.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Gordon Quinn to:

The Wolfpack / U.S.A. (Director: Crystal Moselle)

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Edgar Wright to:

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- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

31 January 2015 8:22 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival concluded on Saturday (January 31) night with a Tig Notaro-hosted award ceremony in which it seemed like nearly everything was given an award by one of the Festival's juries. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, won both the Us Dramatic Jury Prize and Audience Prize, an increasingly less rare double. On the Us Documentary side, Crystal Moselle's "The Wolfpack" won the Grand Jury Prize, but "Meru" won the Audience Award. John Maclean's "Slow West" won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, while Chad Garcia's "Russian Woodpecker" was the World Cinema Documentary Grand Prize winner. While "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" was one of the most buzzed-about titles in the Us Dramatic Competition, several other rave-winners picked up key prizes on Saturday night, including the Grand Jury Directing Award to Robert Eggers for "The Witch," the Waldo Salt »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List

31 January 2015 8:15 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.

“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But »

- Dominic Patten and Patrick Hipes

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Sundance: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Wins Grand Jury, Audience Awards

31 January 2015 6:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s visually inventive comedy-drama about the friendship between a misfit teenager and a classmate diagnosed with leukemia, received both the grand jury prize and the audience award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. Part cancer-themed tearjerker and part tribute to obsessive movie love, “Me and Earl” was acquired by Fox Searchlight earlier this week in one of the festival’s biggest deals.

This marks the third year in a row that one movie has taken both top prizes at Sundance, following the lead of “Fruitvale Station” in 2013 and “Whiplash” last year. “Me and Earl’s” victory was even more noteworthy given what many considered one of the stronger U.S. dramatic competitions in recent memory, with strong critical and audience buzz for “Dope,” “The Witch” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” all of which also received prizes.

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- Justin Chang

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Me And Earl triumphs at Sundance

31 January 2015 3:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the Us grand jury prize and audience awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

Earlier in the week Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on the acquisition of world rights.

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack won the Us grand jury documentary award days after Magnolia Pictures moved for world rights.

In the World Cinema categories, John Maclean’s UK-New Zealand entry Slow West prevailed in the dramatic strand while there was joy for UK documentary winner The Russian Woodpecker by Chad Gracia.

Meru by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi triumphed in the Us dramatic audience award. Robert Eggers was a highlight of the directing honours with the Us dramatic prize for The Witch while Kim Longinotto won World Cinema documentary for Dreamcatcher

The festival runs from January 22-February »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Me And Earl triumphs in Park City

31 January 2015 3:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the Us grand jury prize and audience awards.

Earlier in the week Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on the acquisition of world rights.

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack won the Us grand jury documentary award days after Magnolia Pictures moved for world rights.

In the World Cinema categories, John Maclean’s UK-New Zealand entry Slow West prevailed in the dramatic strand while there was joy for UK documentary winner The Russian Woodpecker by Chad Gracia.

Meru by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi triumphed in the Us dramatic audience award. Robert Eggers was a highlight of the directing honours with the Us dramatic prize for The Witch while Kim Longinotto won World Cinema documentary for Dreamcatcher

The festival runs from January 22-February 1 and screened 123 feature-length and 60 short films selected »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance 2015: The Intense & Riveting 'Stanford Prison Experiment'

29 January 2015 4:33 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Would you be a better guard or a better prisoner? How would you act? Most of us are inherently familiar with the "Stanford Prison Experiment", the infamously legendary psychology experiment conducted in the 1970s involving a mock prison testing the limits of prisoners against the guards. Many have been trying to adapt this for years, and we finally have a take on it - literally called The Stanford Prison Experiment. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (of C.O.G. from Sundance 2013) along with screenwriter Tim Talbott bring to life the intense, brutal mock prison setup in the basement of a Stanford building. It's riveting to watch, and will be divisive just based on how crazy it gets. But we all knew it would go this far, right? Right? The setup for the Stanford Prison Experiment is fairly basic - they recruit 18 different students for a study, each to be paid $15 per day for two weeks. »

- Alex Billington

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’

26 January 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An elaborate behavioral simulation spirals shockingly out of control — and to a lesser degree, so does the movie — in “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a grimly staged dramatic reconstruction of Philip Zimbardo’s notorious 1971 scientific inquiry into the psychology of power and the human capacity for inflicting and accepting abuse. In an ambitious step up from his intimate character studies “Easier With Practice” and “C.O.G.,” director Kyle Patrick Alvarez commits to a fully immersive procedural approach that potently conveys the study’s lengthy duration and claustrophobic intensity, making for a viewing experience that is by turns gripping, tedious and deliberately discomfiting. But for all its bludgeoning effectiveness, the film also manages to be at once heavy-handed in some respects and annoyingly vague in others; although sure to have its defenders, it’s probably too strong a dose of foul medicine to catch on significantly with the public.

Perhaps performing their own sort of audience case study, »

- Justin Chang

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