3 items from 2013
As much as genres like Westerns and musicals, the social issue historical drama often arrives in theatre as part of a cycle, one strong box office performance spurring on other producers’ projects. Sometimes a cycle can be re-started thanks to real-world events. The civil rights movement prodded the studios into releasing films that addressed the headlines, films like In The Heat Of The Night and Guess Who’S Coming To Dinner (and of course, the rise of the “blaxplotation” low-budget flicks) in the late sixties. By the mid 1970′s, most of the studios rarely tackled race relations, until a few late 80′s films like Driving Miss Daisy and the incendiary Do The Right Thing. But that subject popped up again just a few years ago, perhaps in part in response to the 2008 presidential elections. Most of these new films took a look at race through the lens of still fairly recent history. »
- Jim Batts
Boasting 14 World Premieres, 5 International Premieres and 10 European Premieres, this year’s programme ranges from family friendly blockbusters (Monsters University and Jurassic Park 3D), right through to the more obscure, art-house documentaries (“10″ and Natan).
The Bling Ring, Frances Ha, Upstream Colour and What Maisie Knew are among the films likely to attract wider audiences, all of which are in contention for the Audience Award and have picked up glowing reviews from their time on the festival circuit.
Other strands include Directors’ Showcase, which presents classics of the future and includes The Deep, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and When Night Falls; New Realities, the best in new documentary filmmaking, represented by The Turtle’s Rage, Consequence and Before You Know It; and Films on Film, »
- Jamie Neish
When Dermot Mulroney last visited the Sundance Film Festival 13 years ago, he was co-starring in an Alan Rudolph film titled Trixie, opposite Emily Watson and Nick Nolte. “I think it was a little less commercial then,” says Mulroney, who returns to Park City, Utah, next week with a trio of films. One other thing that’s also changed since 2000: the “Park City at Midnight” showcase, which specializes in some truly bizarre, outside-the-box filmmaking. (Think last year’s Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.) When night falls at Sundance, the cool-crazies come out, and Mulroney arrives this year with a potential doozy. »
- Jeff Labrecque
3 items from 2013
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