20 items from 2015
While not all receive the golden ticket for a Park City premiere, the invaluable support available at the Sundance Institute is ongoing and takes several shapes and forms. Last year’s batch of Documentary Edit and Story Labs attendees included Anna Sandilands & Ewan McNicol who trimmed Uncertain, while Lyric Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe spliced into shape (T)Error. As underlined in the press release, this year’s eight projects touches of subjects of transgender parents, the aftermath of Sandy Hook tragedy, exonerated death row inmates and AIDS. Among the noteworthy names attending (June 19-27 and July 3-11) we find Lost in La Mancha duo of Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe (see pic above) and Informant director Jamie Meltzer’s tentatively titled Freedom Fighters. Here are the participants and creative folk for ’15.
- Eric Lavallee
The Sundance Institute has announced the eight projects that will take part in their Documentary Edit and Story lab at the Sundance Resort in June and July. All participating projects are in the advanced stages of post-production and will work on their rough cuts in the two-part lab. This year’s Creative Advisors include Marshall Curry (Point and Shoot), Geoffrey Richman (Racing Extinction), Kate Amend (The Case Against 8), Richard Hankin (God Loves Uganda), Victor Livingston (The Queen of Versailles) and more. The full list of projects and synopses is below. The Bad Kids Director: Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe Editor: Jacob Bricca At […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Sundance Institute today announced the eight projects selected for its annual Documentary Edit and Story Labs, taking place in two sessions at the Sundance Resort in Utah from June 19-27 and July 3-11. The Documentary Edit and Story Labs support projects in later stages of post-production work to hone story, structure and character development. Director and editor teams unite under the stewardship of world-class doc filmmakers and Sundance Institute staff. Projects that have gone through these labs include "(T)Error," "The Queen of Versailles," "Rich Hill" and "The Kill Team." Editors serving as Creative Advisors for the June 19-27 session are Marshall Curry ("Point and Shoot"), Ra’anan Alexandrowicz ("The Law In These Parts"), Tom Haneke ("Where Soldiers Come From"), Mary Lampson ("Harlan County"), Geoffrey Richman ("Racing Extinction") and Jean Tsien ("Shut Up and Sing"). Editors »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Sundance Institute today announced the eight projects selected for the annual Documentary Edit and Story Labs in Utah from June 19-27 and July 3-11.
The Labs focus on projects in the latter stages of post-production and this year’s topics include transgender parents, the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and education and poverty.
Recent participants in the Documentary Edit and Story Lab include (T)Error, The Queen Of Versailles (pictured) and The Kill Team.
“The work of this year’s fellows is a reflection of some of the richness and purpose to be found in contemporary non-fiction storytelling,” said Documentary Film Program director Tabitha Jackson.
“We are excited not just about the projects, but also about the alchemy that will happen on the mountain when these directors and editors, first-time and mid-career, national and international come together to form the creative connections that will continue to inspire them in their brave and challenging work.”
Creative Advisors »
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Jackie Siegel attends her daughter Victoria's memorial service in Orlando on June 9 (Getty)
Family matriarch Jackie Siegel was spotted snapping photos of 18-year-old Victoria's casket and greeting fellow mourners with a smile on Wednesday, actions some people questioned during such an occasion. Family attorney Michael Marder addressed the controversy on Thursday with a statement defending the grieving mother's right to process this tragedy on her own terms.
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Jackie and David Siegel want to make one thing clear as they mourn the loss of their 18-year-old daughter Victoria: The teen's death should not be declared a suicide. "I don't think [she] had any intentions of killing herself. I think she just wanted to soothe the pain she was going through," Queen of Versailles star Jackie, 49, said in an interview with local Florida news station Wftv shortly after the grieving parents buried their daughter on June 10. The Queen of Versailles and Celebrity Wife Swap [...] »
Victoria Siegal, who appeared in the 2012 Sundance documentary The Queen Of Versailles, which followed her family as they built a 90,000 square foot mansion modeled after the Palace of Versailles, died Saturday. She was 18. Her mother, Jackie Siegal announced her daughter's death in a Facebook post on Sunday. "It is with great sadness that we ask you to respect our privacy during this tragic time and the loss of our beloved daughter, Victoria," Jackie Siegal wrote. "Thank… »
Victoria Siegel, who starred in The Queen of Versailles documentary with her family, was found dead over the weekend. She was 18. Victoria Siegel Dies Siegel was found unresponsive at the family’s mansion in Windermere, Fla., Saturday at roughly 2 p.m., a sheriff’s office spokesperson told the Orlando Sun Sentinel. Siegel was rushed to a […]
The post Victoria Siegel, ‘Queen Of Versailles’ Subject, Dies At 18; Reports Suggest Drug Overdose appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
Victoria Siegel was found unresponsive at the family’s home in Windermere, Fla. on Saturday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. The cause of death is currently being determined by a medical examiner.
Jackie Siegel announced her daughter’s death in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“It is with great sadness that we ask you to respect our privacy during this tragic time and the loss of our beloved daughter, Victoria,” Jackie Siegel wrote. “Thank you all for your prayers and for your support. As more information comes out, the family will share it; until that time, there is no comment.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
Victoria Siegel, daughter of “Queen of Versailles” subjects David and Jacqueline Siegel, died on Sunday. She was 18. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Victoria was found unresponsive in the family’s home around 2 p.m. before being taken to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida where she died. An autopsy has been completed, but details of the death have not been released. Also read: 'The Queen of Versailles' Director Isn't Interested in a Bravo Series Jacqueline confirmed her daughter’s passing and asked for privacy in a Facebook post published Sunday. “It is with great sadness that we ask »
- Reid Nakamura
Update: Us Weekly confirms that an autopsy has been completed by the medical examiner's office. Details on the findings have not yet been released. A cause of death could take eight to 12 weeks to be determined. Victoria Siegel, the 18-year-old daughter of David and Jackie Siegel was found at the family's home in Florida on Saturday, June 6, Us Weekly confirms. The Siegel family are the stars of the documentary film The Queen of Versailles and the owners of the Westgate resorts. Victoria was found unresponsive just [...] »
Victoria Siegel, whose family was the subject of the 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles, has died, the Orlando Sentinel reports. She was 18. Siegel was found unresponsive in her family's Windermere, Fla., home on Saturday at around 2 p.m., a sheriff's office spokesperson told the Sentinel. She was taken to a hospital in Ocoee and was pronounced dead. The medical examiner did not yet know the cause or manner of her death, the publication reports. Read More Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 On Sunday, Victoria's mother Jackie Siegel took to Facebook to address her daughter's death. "It
- Ryan Gajewski
Sundance. Berlin. Tribeca. Cannes. Venice. Toronto. New York. Once saved for occasional weeks out of any given year, “film festival season” has now become a year-long event. Be it the aforementioned biggest of the big, or the ever growing slate of must-attend smaller festivals like Hot Docs, True/False, Stanley or Telluride, film festivals are cropping up across the globe.
But very few of them are set against a beautiful landscape quite as glorious as the Mammoth Lakes region of California.
Marking their debut this year, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will launch their inaugural lineup this week, with a hotly discussed documentary from Alex Gibney leading the way.
Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine will open the festival this Wednesday. “We are blessed to have gotten such a strong lineup this year,” says Shira Dubrovner, founder of the festival. She, along with veteran programmer Paul Sbrizzi »
- Joshua Brunsting
The first annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will make it’s debut this week. Set in the scenic and majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes, California, and will take place May 27-31, and will open with acclaimed Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s new documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine.
The festival will present sixteen films in Narrative and Documentary Competition. I recently spoke with Artistic Director/Director Shira Dubrovner about choosing the films for the festival. She said:
“[The films] have a common thread. The one thing I did with this festival is give the full power to Paul Sbrizzi, who is a veteran at programming. He’s been programming for Slamdance for the past fifteen years, he programs for La film fest and many other film festivals in the country. I knew his artistic taste, and I know that he also has an eye for talent. He »
- Melissa Howland
Before she directed the critically lauded documentary "The Queen of Versailles," about the construction of the largest mansion in the country and the wealthy weirdoes who contracted it, filmmaker Lauren Greenfield made her feature debut with "Thin," a nonfiction portrait of four anorexia sufferers. Greenfield returns to the hazards of beauty in an episode of Kcet's "Artbound" called "Beauty CULTure." Women and Hollywood has an exclusive clip from the 30-minute program that features Jamie Lee Curtis, porn actress Cindy Margolis, "Toddlers & Tiaras" star Eden Wood and her mother, and Greenfield herself discussing what beauty -- and its dictates -- mean to them. Here's the press description for the episode: "Beauty Culture investigates our obsession with beauty and the influence of photographic representations on female body image. Film subjects hail from diverse points on the beauty landscape....
- Inkoo Kang
Sundance Institute has decided to revive its London festival next year after canceling it this year.
Sundance will hold the London event at the new Picturehouse Central facility. The spinoff festival had been held in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at Aeg’s O2 arena in East London.
The institute has also decided to continue its Hong Kong festival for a second year and dated it for Sept. 17-27.
Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute, said, “We’ve nurtured filmmakers around the globe for many years now, and these experiences have brought a rich perspective to all we do. Exploring international opportunities for the diverse landscape of American independent storytelling is an exciting proposition, and something to which we are equally committed.”
Exec director Keri Putnam said, “There are too few opportunities for independent artists to connect with international audiences, despite the increasing importance of this in building sustainable careers. Our events »
- Dave McNary
Documentary “The Wolfpack” has won this year’s Candescent Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The award is a grant given in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute and Candescent Films. Created by Candescent’s Lilly Hartley, the award goes to “powerful social-issue films” that screen at the festival and have been supported during production by the Tfi.
Directed by Crystal Moselle, “The Wolfpack” centers on six teenage brothers who have spent their lives locked in a Manhattan housing project. All they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they obsessively watch.
- Dave McNary
Read More: 6 Ways Virtual Reality Will Change Filmmaking The Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program, which doles out more than $1 million in grants annually to documentary projects such as "Citizenfour" and "The Queen of Versailles," has made a major adjustment to its application process. This year, the Institute has introduced a rolling open call -- meaning that filmmakers can apply and be selected for the program at any time. Previously, the application process Additionally, films that submit through early April will be eligible to participate in this summer's Documentary Labs. To see which films earned grants last summer, click here. Filmmakers can get more info and apply for the program by visiting the Institute's website. Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Essential Film Festival Tips »
- David Canfield
Documentaries “How to Change the World” and “(T)error” have won this year’s Candescent Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
The grant is awarded by Candescent Films in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Created by Lilly Hartley, the award goes to “powerful social-issue films” that premiere at the festival and have been supported during production by the Dfp.
“How to Change the World,” from Day One Film and directed by Jerry Rothwell, centers on the eclectic group of young pioneers who founded Greenpeace organization and defined the modern green movement.
“(T)error” is directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe and exec produced by Eugene Jarecki. It marks the first time that filmmakers have had access to an active counterterrorism sting, documenting the action as it unfolds on the ground.
Candescent Films supports documentaries that illuminate social issues through character-driven stories. Past projects include »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Deadline can exclusively reveal that Bill Hader is narrating the feature documentary Beaver Trilogy Part IV, a meta-movie centered on cult director Trent Harris that’s set to come full circle when it premieres Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
Director Brad Besser’s new docu explores Utah filmmaker Harris’ years-long obsession with the story of Groovin’ Gary, an enigmatic performer from Beaver, Utah. The two met by chance in a parking lot in 1979 and Harris started filming, resulting in the cult documentary The Beaver Kid, a study in hopes and dreams highlighted by Gary’s performance in drag singing Olivia Newton-John’s “Please Don’t Keep Me Waiting.” A distraught Gary shot himself soon after the first film, but survived.
The film went on to earn cult status on the underground circuit, where fans traded VHS tapes of Harris’ once-in-a-lifetime film and the subsequent shorts he made re-creating it, »
- Jen Yamato
20 items from 2015
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