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Meet The 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Revolution, Redemption & a “Lie”

Meet The 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Revolution, Redemption & a "Lie"

With the 2011 Sundance Film Festival opening Thursday, indieWIRE’s preview profiles of filmmakers screening in the event’s U.S. and World competitions and NEXT section is in its final stretch. Joining the roster of over 50 filmmaker interviews today are Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion’s U.S. Documentary Competition feature, “”The Redemption of General Butt Naked,” Joshua Leonard’s NEXT offering, “The Lie” and “The Green Wave” by Ali Samadi Ahadi (World Cinema Documentary Competition).

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 iW has been rolling them out daily through the beginning of the festival later this week.

A snapshot of Monday’s new featured interviews:

Strauss and Anastasion’s “The Redemption of General Butt Naked” follows oshua Milton Blahyi, aka General Butt Naked, who murdered thousands during a Liberian civil war. Today he has renounced his violent and brutal past and has reinvented himself as evangelist Joshua Milton Blahyi, facing those he once terrorized in a quest for redemption. “…at the core of the story were very profound and challenging questions about the nature of evil, justice and faith,” Daniele Anastasion told iW about the film.

Idealism, an unfulfilling job and an opportunity that begats a lie are themes in Joshua Leonard’s “The Lie,” screening in NEXT. Sundance calls the film a “charming, look at the way seemingly harmless actions can cause a chain reaction of irrevocable proportions.” “I figured we had to turn it into a movie because the chances that anyone else would were slim. And I really wanted to see that movie,” noted Leonard to indieWIRE.

The hotly contested Iranian presidential election of 2009, which many believe illegitimately resulted in the return of incumbent leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, fueled an uprising, especially among the country’s large young population. Fueled by youthful exuberance and media technology, a groundswell – the so-called Green Wave – emerged to challenge the status quo, which takes center stage in this doc. “The unbelievable violence after the election in 2009 in Iran…All these killings, on the streets in Iran…All the informations about torturing and raping in unknown prisons in Iran, brought me to the conclusion that I have to say something,” director Ali Samadi Ahadi told iW about his motivation to make “The Green Wave.”

The full-length interviews for “Butt Naked,” “The Lie” and “Green” follow for 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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