10 Days of Sundance Archive for January, 2009

Sundance Review: Daddy Longlegs

By Kim Voynar Daddy Longlegs, written and directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, and ostensibly from memories of their own experiences with their father when they were growing up, reminded me a lot of another Sundance film from a couple years ago, Azazel Jacobs’ simultaneously irritating and enchantingMomma’s Man. Both movies are filmed in a verite style…

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Sundance: It's a Wrap (views)

In the year of its 25th anniversary, the Sundance Film Festival coincided with the inauguration of a new president who offers hope to a country beaten down by war and a tough economic climate; it’s the first time in my own adult life I’ve ever cared enough about the inauguration to block out time on…

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DP/30 @ Sundance – Carey Mulligan (content)

Carey Mulligan was this year’s IT Girl at Sundance, with her debut as a lead in An Education helping that film to the Sundance Audience Award and her performance in The Greatest, opposite Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, showing that she can keep up with the industry’s big guns. The video interview, with a cameo…

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Arthouse Nabs Art & Copy in Ninth Sundance Sale

By Gregg Goldstein In the ninth (and probably last) sale during Sundance, Arthouse Films nabbed worldwide rights to Doug Pray’s history-of-advertising documentary Art & Copy. The deal, announced in the wee hours of Sunday morning, is said to be in the low six figures. Its fate – and how high those low six figures were…

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OnePiece: Marina Zenovich and Theo Morgan on optimism

Marina Zenovich, director of Independent’s Day and Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired, was a 2009 Sundance juror. With her, Theo Morgan.

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DP/30 @ Sundance – How A Waldo Salt Winning Script Gets Written (news)

44 seconds of insight.

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Sundance Winners Press Release (content)

We Live in Public, Push, Rough Aunties and The Maid (La Nana) Earn Top Jury Prizes; Audience Favorites Feature Afghan Star, An Education, The Cove and Push January 24, 2009 Park City, UT–The jury and audience award-winners of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s closing Awards Ceremony hosted by actor…

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DP/30 @ Sundance – The Greatest (content)

Susan Sarandon, Pierce Brosnan, and writer/director Shana Feste sit down to chat about their Sundance premiere, The Greatest. The interview after the jump…

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Short Takes and Reviews– Sundance 2009

Adam Kim Voynar My immediate reaction to this was to roll my eyes and inwardly groan at the set-up that this film was going to be about a magical differently-abled person who shows a “normal” person some wonderful and mysterious things about life through his different perspective, thus teaching her important life lessons she couldn’t…

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Sundance Sales Chart 2009

Film Section Sales Co Odds Pros Cons First Screening Today’s Top Five Brooklyn’s Finest Prem WM/ CAA 2:1 Gere, Cheadle, Hawke, Snipes, Barkin and “Training Day” director doing what they’ve done best: cop drama With all these surefire elements, why does it need a Sundance rampup to sell? 1/16, 6:15p. Eccles Spread Prem CAA/ End…

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A list of the top picks from Sundance 2009

Edited by Kim Voynar TITLES A V G Moon 8 (James Rocchi) – – 8 10 10 – 8 (Scott Weinberg) 5 44 8.8 Humpday 9 9 7.5 9 9 9 – — 6 52.5 8.75 In the Loop 9 – 8.5 – – – – – 2 17.5 8.75 The Girlfriend Experiece 9 9…

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Sundance Sales Chart Day Ten

by Gregg Goldstein Film Section Sales Co Odds Pros Cons First Screening Today’s Top Five Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire DrComp Cin 2:1 Standing O for audacious portrait of abused girl; vivid performances by Mo’Nique and wacky supporting cast (Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz). A TWC/BET partnership one of several possibilities; hoped-for…

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Review: Adam (views)

Adam opens with a female voiceover talking about how her favorite book when she was growing up was The Little Prince (you know, the book about the pilot who crashes in the desert and meets a little prince from a tiny distant planet who teaches him all sorts of interesting and meaningful things), and how…

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Spread closes at near $4m

By Gregg Goldstein In the biggest sale of this year’s Sundance fest, the Ashton Kutcher sex dramedy, Spread, sold US and Australian rights to Overture’s sister company Anchor Bay and Canadian rights to TVA in a deal totaling just under four million dollars. It’s a rare case of the top Sundance sale coming just before…

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Moon waxes Theatrical With Sony

In what could be viewed as a victory for a film potentially headed to DVD shelves – or a film’s failure to find outside distribution – Sony Pictures Classics will handle the theatrical release of Duncan Jones’ sci-fi psychological thriller “Moon.” The film arrived at its Friday night Sundance premiere with all rights pre-purchased by…

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DP/30 @ Sundance – Black Dynamite (content)

The co-writers and, respectively, director (Scott Saunders) and star (Michael Jai White) of Black Dynamite. take some time off from kicking ass for a chat. The video interview is after the jump…

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Sundance Sales Chart – Day Nine

by Gregg Goldstein Film Section Sales Co Odds Pros Cons First Screening Today’s Top Five Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire DrComp Cin 2:1 Standing O for audacious portrait of abused girl; vivid performances by Mo’Nique and wacky supporting cast (Mariah Carey, Sherry Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz). A TWC/BET partnership one of several possibilities; expected…

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Short Take: 211: Anna (views)

211: Anna, a documentary by Italian directors Paolo Serbandini and Giovanna Massimetti, has an interesting subject but unfortunately fails to shed much new light on the life and death of its subject, murdered Russian political journalist Anna Politkovskaya. I first became familiar with Politkovskaya through Eric Bergkraut‘s 2005 documentary Coca: The Dove from Chechnya, which…

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OnePiece: talking future with Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Mike Plante

Lucille Hadzihalilovic was one of five winners of the NHK award, helping her get her new film Evolution made. She directed Innocence (2004) and co-produced and edited Gaspar Noe’s I Stand Alone. [Below the fold, Mike Plante on keys to getting work done.]

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Short Take: The Vicious Kind (views)

Lee Krieger‘s second feature, The Vicious Kind, is a tale of forgiveness and redemption told through the character of Caleb Sinclaire (Adam Scott), an intensely unpleasant construction worker whose bitterness and misogyny masks a deeply wounded man whose outward anger acts as a shield against the world.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon