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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Martha Marcy,” “Guard” & “Knuckle”

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Martha Marcy," "Guard" & "Knuckle"

With the 2011 Sundance Film Festival opening tomorrow, indieWIRE’s preview profiles of filmmakers screening in the event’s U.S. and World competitions and NEXT section is nearing its final stretch. Joining the roster of over 50 filmmaker interviews today are Sean Durkin (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), John Michael McDonagh (“The Guard”) and Ian Palmer (“Knuckle”).

Soon after the Sundance Film Festival unveiled its 2011 lineup, indieWIRE invited directors with films in the Sundance U.S. Dramatic & Documentary Competitions, as well as the World Dramatic & Documentary Competitions and NEXT section, to submit responses in their own words about their films. indieWIRE has been the place to get to know the Sundance filmmakers ahead of the festival for more than a half-dozen years.

Over 50 in the four sections provided their responses and indieWIRE has been rolling them out daily through the beginning of the festival later this week.

A snapshot of Wednesday’s new featured interviews:

In the U.S. Dramatic Competition writer/director Sean Durkin follows up his 2010 Cannes award-winning short “Mary Last Seen,” with the feature “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which tells the story of a woman unraveling after escaping an abusive cult. As Durkin revealed to indieWIRE, he’s aiming for the big guns with this thriller. ““Rosemary’s Baby” is my main inspiration,” he said. “It encompasses everything I’d like to achieve in filmmaking. It’s such a precise film, it is perfectly directed and beautifully shot. It’s simultaneously frightening and entertaining and always maintains a dash of humor. It doesn’t scare you with cheap scares, it frightens you by going deep into her physiological experience.”

John Michael McDonagh’s debut feature “The Guard” (World Cinema Dramatic Competition), transcends the rules of the buddy cop comedy to follow Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a village cop in Ireland, who teams up with a straitlaced FBI agent chasing an international drug-smuggling ring. McDonagh has a family member in the business he told indieWIRE. “My brother’s film, “In Bruges,” received a simultaneously appreciative/pissed-off response when it premiered at Sundance,” he said. “I’m hoping for the appreciative part.”

Meanwhile over in the World Cinema Documentary Competition is Ian Palmer’s raw “Knuckle,” a documentary that sheds a light on the Travelers, a nomadic ethnic group residing in Ireland and parts of the UK, who have their own customs and deep sense of clan pride. As Palmer said to indieWIRE he abides to a rule most documentary filmmakers live by. “Documentary is all about casting, I can’t remember where I read that line,” he said. “But I was very fortunate to find a group of charismatic, articulate people who were willing to let me into their lives for a long period of time. Some people might be attracted by the fighting others might be put off by it but I hope the audience in Sundance and elsewhere appreciate that this film is about a community of people whose culture and traditions require their men to fight for their family name.”

The full-length interviews for follow for Wednesday (1/19):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Martha Marcy May Marlene” Director (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Guard” Director John Michael (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Knuckle” Director Ian Palmer (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Three Sundance filmmaker interviews from Tuesday (1/18)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Lord Byron” Director Zack Godshall (NEXT)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Salesman” Director Sebastien Pilote (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Last Mountain” Director Bill Haney (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Three Sundance filmmaker interviews from Monday (1/17):

Meet The 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Redemption of General Butt Naked” Directors

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Green Wave” Director Ali Samadi Ahadi

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Lie” Director Joshua Leonard

Three Sundance filmmaker interviews from Friday (1/14)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Another Happy Day” Director Sam Levinson (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Sing Your Song” Director Susanne Rostock (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Thursday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/13):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “On The Ice” Director Andrew Okpeaha Macle (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Bengali Detective” Director Philip Cox (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Tyrannosaur” Director Paddy Considine (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Sound of My Voice” Director Zal Batmanglij (NEXT)

Wednesday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/12):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Page One” Director Andrew Rossi (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Hot Coffee” Director Susan Saladoff (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Project Nim” Director James Marsh

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Restless City” Director Andrew Dosunmu

Tuesday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/11):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Homework” Director Gavin Wiesen (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Another Earth” Director Mike Cahill (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Little Birds” Director Elgin James (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Mad Bastards” Director Brendan Fletcher (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Monday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/10):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Higher Ground” Director Vera Farmiga (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Like Crazy” Director Drake Doremus (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Resurrect Dead” Director Jon Foy (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Position Among the Stars” Director Leonard Retel Helmrich (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Friday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/7):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Ledge” Director Matthew Chapman (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Buck” Director Cindy Meehl (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Family Portrait in Black and White” Director Julia Ivanova (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “to.get.her” Director Erica Dunton (NEXT)

Thursday’s three Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/6):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “If a Tree Falls” Director Marshall Curry (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “An African Election” Director Jarreth Merz (World Cinema Documentary Competiton)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Take Shelter” Director Jeff Nichols (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Wednesday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/5):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Gun Hill Road” Director Rashaad Ernesto Green (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Prairie Love” Director Dusty Bias (NEXT)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “A Few Days of Respite” Director Amor Hakkar (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Hell and Back Again” Director Danfung Dennis (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Last Tuesday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/4):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “HERE” Director Braden King (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey” Director Constance Marks (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “All Your Dead Ones” Director Carlos Moreno (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Senna” Director Asif Kapadia (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Last Monday’s five Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/3):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Benavides Born” Director Amy Wendel (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Crime After Crime” Director Yoav Potash (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Bellflower” Director Evan Glodell (NEXT)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Flaw” Director David Sington (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Abraxas” Director Naoki Kato (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

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