Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival, perhaps the most sporty/mainstream of all the cinema fests (Cannes more about getting drunk in the sun and being weird, SXSW is more about being the next Lena Dunham), is currently full swing. Which means that all the celebrities have mercifully vacated the premises for a week and are up in Utah, pretending to know what those white, flaky stuff on the ground happens to be. Though we haven’t seen the film selection this year because we’re still not allowed in NC-17-rated films, we do have our own Grand Jury selection awards to hand out for Excellence in Sundancing. Take a look.
DFA Records’ co-founder and retired LCD Soundsystem bandleader James Murphy has always exhibited a certain stripe of self-awareness that other musicians could probably take lessons from. In one of two films to feature Mr. Murphy at this year’s Sundance Film Festival—the other one being the documentary about his band’s final concert—he has a cameo role as a guy stuck between two obnoxious, aging hipsters in a taxi.
You know about spirit animals right? Like our spirit animal is the Honey Badger, because it doesn’t give a shit and it can eat bees without getting sick, just like us.
Sundance Film Festival
Walking down the main drag in Park City, The Observer remembered one thing: This place is tiny. We’re talking NoLita tiny. Nestled between Park City and Deer Valley Ski Resorts, the diminutive town transforms itself once a year, at the crack of Robert Redford’s whip, into the epicenter of the Sundance Film Festival. It’s 10:30 p.m. on the first night (sort of), and this frigid hamlet is slammed.
Kevin Smith got his start by selling Clerks at Sundance in 1994, but he’s biting the hand that fed him and going against the film festival’s standard system. Instead of selling Red State to distributors, Smith bought his new film for $20 and plans to market it himself.
This might rankle the powers that be Read More
With mutton-chop sideburns, a gone-fishing hat and a Ratatouille-style accent, Thierry Guetta is a character that documentary filmmakers pray for: gregarious, oddball, dogged and hungry for fame. In April, a documentary about Mr. Guetta—who’s either an overnight art-world sensation, or wholesale bogus creation—opens in New York, directed by British art-star Banksy. But fans of Mr. Read More
PARK CITY, UTAH—On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 26, during the first and welcome lull of the Sundance Film Festival, novelist Russell Banks met The Observer after finishing an early run in the snow.
Mr. Banks is one of five jurors—among them, Park Posey (The Actress); Jason Kilot (The Producer); Karyn Kusama (The Writer/Director); Read More
PARK CITY, UTAH—At 449 Main Street, about a half-mile from the Egyptian Theater, Entertainment Weekly has set up something of a publicity oasis—all patent leather couches atop faux arctic pelts, with young attractive types in matching flannel and black berets bringing you your double-espresso and bison chili free of charge. On the floor above, they’ve been photographing actors Read More
While the success of films like Little Miss Sunshine, Once and Precious prove that the Sundance Film Festival still holds some pretty serious weight in Hollywood, something about the grandaddy of them all has—shall we say—dulled. Perhaps Sundance lost some edge around the same time it featured heavily in a plotline on Entourage. Sensing this, Read More
Today in The Los Angeles Times, Chris Lee interviews John Krasinski—Jim on NBC’s The Office—about his feature film directorial debut, an adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men which is screening at this week’s Sundance Film Festival.
Here’s how Mr. Krasinski managed to get the rights to Mr. Read More