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Nearly the entire line-up for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has already been revealed including the Premieres for narrative and documentary films, the Spotlight and Park City at Midnight programming, and the official in-competition selections. However, a few more additions have been made. Today Sundance announced that they've added Zach Braff's sophomore directing effort, the Kickstarted feature Wish I Was Here, to the Premieres category. In addition, Sundance is also including a new From the Collection category that will feature 20th anniversary screenings of Clerks and the documentary Hoop Dreams. Both films premiered at the 1994 Festival, which will be the subject of “Class of ’94,” a Power of Story panel. Here are the two official additions to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (as of December 18th): Premieres: Wish I Was Here / U.S.A. (Director: Zach Braff, Screenwriters: Zach Braff, Adam Braff) — Aidan Bloom, a 35-year-old struggling actor, father, and husband, »
- Ethan Anderton
Sundance Institute has added two films to next month’s film festival — Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded film “Wish I Was Here” to the Premieres section and Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” for a special “From the Collection” midnight screening.
The Sundance showing will be the world premiere for “Wish I Was Here,” raised $3.1 million earlier this year via a month-long Kickstarter campaign. Besides Braff, cast includes Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons and Josh Gad.
Braff portrays a struggling actor, husband and father trying to find his identity and purpose at age 35. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs.
- Dave McNary
10 years after Garden State‘s bow, Zach Braff will return to Sundance with his follow-up, Wish I Was Here. The plot line may sound familiar: Aidan Bloom, a 35-year old struggling actor, father and husband, aimlessly gropes for purpose in his life after the death of his father. If you’ll recall, Braff raised over $3 million on Kickstarter to fund the film this past April, spurring the heated debate over whether or not celebrities should crowdsource. In addition to Wish I Was Here, Sundance also announced a special screening of Kevin Smith’s Clerks, as a “From The Collection” selection, alongside Steve James’ seminal Hoop Dreams. Synopses from […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Sundance has added one late-breaking title to its Premieres section of the upcoming 2014 fest: Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here," which he (controversially) funded partially via Kickstarter. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith's cult classic "Clerks" has been added as a From the Collection midnight screening. The 2014 Festival runs January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah."Clerks" joins the previously announced From the Collection screening of Steve James' "Hoop Dreams." (James' new doc "Life Itself" on Roger Ebert is premiering at this year's fest.) Both "Clerks" and "Hoop Dreams" premiered at the 1994 festival, which will be the subject of “Class of ’94,” a Power of Story panel at the Park City Egyptian Theatre on Friday, January 24, with director Smith in person.Meanwhile, check out the 2014 lineups for Sundance's Us and World Competition, Premieres, Shorts and Spotlight, Midnight and New Frontiers sections.PREMIERESWish I Was Here / U.S. »
- Beth Hanna
Above: Bill Siegel and Khalilah Camacho-Ali
Unlike other films about the controversial boxer, the recent documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali makes no pretense of telling Ali’s whole story. It presumes that most of us in the audience already know it and those of us who don’t can easily fill in the gaps with the wealth of other movies, books, and TV specials devoted to his legend. Produced by Chicago-based documentary company Kartemquin Films, Trials focuses on Ali’s conversion to the Nation of Islam and the controversies associated with his religious and political convictions. These subjects are addressed in Michael Mann’s Ali (2001) and referenced in other documentaries about him, but Trials examines them in greater depth, generally neglecting his athletic achievements to better focus on his radicalism.
- Ben and Kathleen Sachs
Title: Lenny Cooke Directors: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie Steve James’ superb documentary “Hoop Dreams” set the bar for complex examinations of high school basketball players with lofty aspirations of making it to the NBA. But of course just as new dreams of playing professional basketball are realized each year, more are dashed against the shoals of cold, hard reality. A sobering if terrifically frustrating look at a kid who went from can’t-miss to never-was arrives in the form of “Lenny Cooke,” a nonfiction film about the same-named, top-rated teenage hoops prospect, a contemporary of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, who maxed out his high school eligibility early and then spurned [ Read More ]
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Sundance Institute today announced that the newly-restored, acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams will screen in the "From the Collection" program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 20 years after the film made its world premiere at the 1994 Festival. The recently completed restoration represents the collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films. Filmmakers Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx and subject Arthur Agee are expected to participate in an extended Q&A immediately following the January 20 screening. The 2014 Festival will be January 16-26 in Park City, »
- Natasha Greeves
Festival top brass will mark the 20th anniversary of Steve James’ celebrated basketball documentary with a screening in From The Collection.
Hoop Dreams premiered in Park City in 1994 where it won the audience award for best documentary.
The film has been restored under the auspices of the Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films.
“Hoop Dreams completely changed the way we experience documentary films and the stories they tell,” said Sundance senior programmer John Nein. “And that profound impact is still being felt 20 years later.” »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The critic Roger Ebert was a fixture at Sundance, such a fixture that the towing of Ebert’s car on once-sleepy Main Street in Park City years back was bellwether evidence that Sundance was outgrowing its ski town origins. Now, nine months after Ebert’s death from cancer in April, "Life Itself," the new bio-doc directed by fellow Chicagoan Steve James will debut in Sundance’s Documentary Premieres section. James’s own debut film, "Hoop Dreams" (1983), which Ebert and Gene Siskel championed on television, will also show in a restored version at Sundance on its twentieth anniversary. Toh! talked to Steve James about putting Ebert on the screen. David D’Arcy: Where did the idea for the film come from?Steve James: The idea for the film came from Steve Zaillian. Steve and his producing partner, Garret Basch, read Roger’s memoir, and thought it would make an interesting documentary. »
- David D'Arcy
2014 is turning out to be a damn fine year for docus in Park City and we’re not even mentioning the Competition line-up here. Amir Bar-Lev, Alex Gibney, Joe Berlinger, Stanley Nelson, Greg Barker and Steve James (pays the ultimate homage to the critic who launched Hoop Dreams into the stratosphere with a docu on Roger Ebert called Life Itself) all have their latest films landing at the festival.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball / U.S.A. (Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way) — Hollywood veteran Bing Russell creates the only independent baseball team in the country—alarming the baseball establishment and sparking the meteoric rise of the 1970s Portland Mavericks.
Finding Fela / U.S.A. (Director: Alex Gibney) — Fela Anikulapo Kuti created the musical movement Afrobeat and used it as a political forum to oppose the Nigerian dictatorship and advocate for the rights of oppressed people. This is the story of his life, »
- Eric Lavallee
The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd »
- Jeff Labrecque
If you thought the first wave of Sundance Film Festival announcements was promising, get ready for today's batch: The fest just disclosed which films will be playing in the out-of-competition Premieres section, and they've basically got everything you want to see in 2014. David Wain's rom-com spoof They Came Together, starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd? They've got that. Life Itself, the Roger Ebert documentary from Hoop Dreams director Steve James? That's in. There's so much that's enticing here (including Michael Fassbender wearing a mask in the rock comedy Frank, Shailene Woodley in a Gregg Araki movie, a Nick Offerman stand-up comedy film, and a project where Ryan Reynolds receives murderous instructions from his evil pet cat) that we'll just get out of the way and let you take in the whole lineup. Start picking your favorites now.Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is »
- Kyle Buchanan
Feature Ryan Lambie 6 Dec 2013 - 06:27
It's always a pleasure to see unusual, niche ideas find support, and ideas don't come much more unusual and niche at least in videogame terms, than an Mmo inspired by the world of Jane Austen.
Called Ever, Jane, the game successfully managed to cross the $100,000 threshold it required before its campaign ended on the 2nd of December. This means that, thanks to the generous donations of 1,600 backers, this Regency-set online RPG will be able to set sail in the next couple of years.
There's good news, too, for the thousands of fans who backed the Veronica Mars movie campaign. Having acquired an incredible $5.7m on Kickstarter earlier this year, it's been announced that the film, which is currently in post-production, will be out »
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Lindsay Anderson brought to bear on his adaptation of David Storey's first novel, all the poetic-realist instincts he had been honing for the previous decade as a documentarian in the Humphrey Jennings mould. (Anderson had won the 1953 best doc Oscar for Thursday's Children.) Filmed partly in Halifax and Leeds, but mainly in and around Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Club, one of its incidental attractions is its record of a northern, working-class sports culture that would change out of all recognition over the next couple of decades.
The story of Frank Machin, a miner who becomes a star on the rugby field, »
Martin Scorsese gives it two thumbs up — and thinks you should too.
In an EW exclusive, the Oscar-winning director shares his thoughts on film critic Roger Ebert and the upcoming documentary on Ebert’s life and legacy, Life Itself. Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), the documentary is based on the well-known critic and film lover’s eponymous memoir. It chronicles his life as an advocate for great cinema and his inspiring battle with cancer.
The video also marks the launch of Life Itself’s Indiegogo campaign to complete the film, currently in post-production. One of the key »
- Maricela Gonzalez
Through his work documenting the lives of young athletic hopefuls in Hoop Dreams and community organizers attempting to curb street violence in The Interrupters, director Steve James has established himself as one of the most important windows through which the world has seen and understood the city of Chicago over the last few decades. The Windy City is a large and complex metropolis that contains more types of stories than just those that are occurring in its most struggling neighborhoods though, so James has a lot more work to do when it comes to fully dissecting the burg, and the most recent chunk of work he’s been doing is likely going to be of particular interest to fans of film. James has been hard at work putting together a documentary focused on the life of famed Chicago film critic Roger Ebert called Life Itself, which is loosely based off of Ebert’s engaging and insightful memoir »
- Nathan Adams
The latest high-profile project to take the crowdfunding route is the Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself," to be directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. But unlike Spike Lee, Zach Braff or the "Veronica Mars" project, "Life Itself," based on Ebert's memoir of the same title, is heading to Indiegogo. As of writing this, the "Life Itself" campaign has raised a bit over $7,000 in its second day of funding. Creativity has clearly gone into its conception, with a cool goal of hitting 7,202 backers -- the same number of reviews Ebert wrote throughout his lifetime. As part of the thank you process once the campaign is over, each backer will be notified of which review number their backer number corresponds to. And will get an early shot at streaming the movie --before everyone else. The main obvious appeal of Indiegogo over Kickstarter is its flexible funding option. »
- Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
"Life Itself," a feature documentary based on Roger Ebert's bestselling memoir of the same name, has launched a crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo with an innovative reward: backers of the film will receive a private streaming link to see the film (via Vhx) in advance of its theatrical release, which is planned for early next year, along with an airing on CNN. Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") will direct the film and Martin Scorsese will executive produce. As of this morning, the campaign had already raised more than $3,500 towards its $150,000 goal. "This movie is a love story really -- Roger's love for movies, for Chaz, and even in his own way, his love for Gene. Ultimately, though, it's a film about Roger's love for life itself," James wrote on the film's Indiegogo page. Read More: Director Steve James Vows to Finish Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' The film, »
- Paula Bernstein
For a $25 donation, the campaign is offering a private streaming link to view the film in advance of its theatrical release, planned for early next year. Fans willing to pay the top amount of $5,000 will be treated to a screening at Chicago’s Lake Theatre, where Ebert reviewed films.
“Everyone, everywhere will have the ability to support the film and participate in its actual premiere,” the filmmakers said. “This is exactly what Roger stood for and exactly what Roger would have wanted: accessibility for all.”
- Dave McNary
The film world lost a titan earlier this year with the passing of Roger Ebert, and his absence has definitely been felt in the ensuing months. Shortly before his death, Ebert was working with director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producer Martin Scorsese on a documentary about his life based on his autobiography Life Itself. It appears that the film is now nearly complete, but in order to finish up a few post-production issues like graphics & animation, audio mixing, music licensing, and hiring a composer, the producers are turning to crowdfunding. An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to raise $150,000 in 30 days so that Life Itself can be ready for a 2014 release. Contributors to the campaign will be granted an early private screening of the film via an online link. The pic is intended to be theatrically released in 2014, and with Steve James at the helm it’s sure to »
- Adam Chitwood
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