Posts Tagged ‘Sundance 2011’

My Sundance Experience

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

In a mainstream cinematic world where cheap thrills, cliched stories, and 3D ridiculousness rules, one town defies Hollywood for ten days in the mountains of Utah, or more importantly Park City, Utah. 

Yes, I am talking about the paradise for all indie film makers, the Sundance Film Festival. The spot to be if you want to be noticed, to make your way into the Hollywood mainstream, or a place to pretend you are somebody for ten days. So, maybe a few of those are cliches in themselves.   (more…)

Sundance Film Review: Sound of my Voice

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

“Sound of My Voice” is roughly a film about a couple who infiltrate a cult. The man (Peter) played by Christopher Denham and the woman (Lorna) played by Nicole Vicius are trying to film a documentary that will expose the leader of the cult as a fraud. The cult leader is played by Brit Marling, who also co-wrote and produced the film. I’ve now seen Brit in two films that she’s co-wrote, produced, and starred in at Sundance this year. I’m convinced that she’s fantastic and a true inspiration. (more…)

Brit Marling: The Sundance “IT” girl

Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Brit Marling and her fellow writer/director of Sound of my Voice

Brit Marling and her fellow writer/director of "Sound of my Voice"

You may not know who she is, which is just fine with me, but I do. Brit Marling is a break out writer and actress who stars in two movies at this years Sundance Film Festival. One of them, which picked up distribution with Fox Searchlight Films “Another Earth”  (the same company that distributed “Black Swan“) and the other in the NEXT category called”Sound of my Voice”. Both of which I enjoyed immensely (which surprisingly enough she worked on both films at the same time because the directors of both films lived in the same house).

 

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My Experience At Sundance 2011

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

First of all taking this class has really broadened my understanding of what it means to make an independent film; also it has filled me with respect, respect for Independent Film makers. For myself, I could never be an Independent film maker, way to stressful. I do like however that they can retain the majority of their creative license. Being at Sundance this year has shown me that no matter your budget, you can still make any kind of film you want. All of the films I saw while at the festival this year were fantastic. I saw thirteen films, my favorites of which were Another Earth, Take Shelter, and Hobo With A Shotgun. My least favorites and that doesn’t mean they were bad they just weren’t as good. They were: Dreaming of Lucid Living, Knuckle, and Position Among the Stars.

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Breaking Barriers at Sundance

Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Director Naoki Kato (right) and his lead actor Suneohair (left)

Director Naoki Kato (right) and his lead actor Suneohair (left)

Sometimes there are unseen barriers at Sundance. For starters there is the distance many filmmakers and film-goers have to travel to get here. The cold is another barrier since many who travel here have never seen and are not used to snow. The last barrier that sometimes poses a problem is language. Since Sundance has decided to stretch its borders outside the United States, it was inevitable that some filmmakers don’t speak English, which is a tiny problem when it comes to question and answers after their movies. Abraxas’ director Naoki Kato had to face this problem.

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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (A Review)

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Lets me do a little test with you. When walking along the street do you look down every so often? Are you a person who notices little odd ball things no else sees? Do you like solving mysteries? If you answered yes these questions then you would enjoy Resurrected Dead directed by Jon Foy. This film focuses on the strange and mysterious tale of the Toynbee Tiles. For me, a person who answered yes to all the questions above, this movie provides enough mystery to keep me on the edge of my seat.

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Kevin Kilner Video Interview

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A few short words of wisdom from TV veteran Kevin Kilner

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Sundance Film Review: Little Birds

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

“Little Birds” tells the story of two childhood friends who runaway from home seeking adventure. All their lives Alison and Lily have lived near The Salton Sea, in my opinion one of the most depressing places I’ve ever seen. One day they meet a group of boys and in some way Lily feels that they could lead her to a better life. A couple days pass and Alison and Lily run away to Los Angeles leaving their families and lives behind; but once there they find that their fantasies of adventure were just that, fantasies.

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Sundance Film Review: Another Earth

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Well it’s the fourth day of Sundance, and I have seen the best film; or at least the best film so far. Today I saw “Another Earth” and it was great! I haven’t seen a film that felt this unique and fresh in a long time. “Another Earth” is about a girl who, after a horrific accident, seeks forgiveness in the man she took everything from. Eventually she learns to love him and because of her, he can turn his grief into a new born spirit. Together they change their lives.

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KNUCKLE

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Knuckle, directed by Ian Palmer, is a documentary about a clan of Irish travelers with a long lasting family feud. In order to resolve the issues they have with each other, the two main families, the Joyce and Quinn McDonough’s, bare knuckle fight each other. Instigated by videotapes, the rivaling families call each other out for a day of brawls and bribes. Palmer follows James Quinn McDonough for 13 years watching his fights and trying to uncover the history of the family feud. James at a younger age was a prized fighter but stopped until he was called back to fight for the McDonough family. He won every match and boasted that no other traveler could beat him. This unfortunately instigated more fights and the clan threw money and men on the table to take on the famed Quinn. (more…)