Why the Slamdance Film Festival isn’t more celebrated for its documentary finds each year is a question I ask, well, every year. Sure, its annual feature-doc program isn’t filled exclusively with good movies, but neither is Sundance nor any other festival. There have been at least a few in every crop of eight-or-so titles that I’d recommend, and in most year’s there’s at least one really terrific work.
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I feel like I could sing Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everyone” if it were about film festivals because I am finally at Sundance. While I have hit many small festivals, and large ones like SXSW, Fantastic Fest and Cannes, the Sundance Film Festival never worked out. This year I left the family, imported my father-in-law to take care of my 15-month-old son, and away I went.
While… Continue reading Five Things Every First Timer Should Know About Attending Sundance
What constitutes a family? Since birth, we’re told certain people around us are part of our family, but what does family even mean? We don’t choose these people and they don’t choose us, so at what point does it all click? At what point does someone go from being that other person in my life to being the most important person in my life? Much… Continue reading Sundance: That Amazing Thing 'Boyhood,' 'Happy Christmas' and 'Laggies' All Have in Common
When some gnarly virus gets into the chicken nuggets sent to a small-town elementary school, one girl takes the wrong bite and winds up turning into a flesh-eating zombie. Soon she transforms the other kids, too, and before they can finish their lunch break the school’s teachers find themselves trapped inside the building with no way to escape as the killer kids close in.
That’s the premise… Continue reading Sundance at Midnight: 'Cooties' Finds Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson Fighting a Pack of Zombie First-Graders
On paper the debut feature of twentysomething Iranian-American writer-director Desiree Akhavan seems like a tailor-made Sundance entry: A young Brooklynite with relationship problems, little career aspirations and she’s gay. But Appropriate Behavior has something that no other Sundance title has ever had… Desiree Akhavan.
With striking looks, a dirty mouth, and incredible comedic talents (both writing and acting), Akhavan is sure to be… Continue reading Sundance: Newcomer Desiree Akhavan on Her Debut ‘Appropriate Behavior’ and Dodging Comparisons To Lena Dunham