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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Three More Filmmakers from the Upcoming Event

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Three More Filmmakers from the Upcoming Event

Another three filmmaker interviews join indieWIRE’s “Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers” series today, continuing this year’s series spotlighting the festival’s filmmakers ahead of the event, which opens January 20th.

Thursday’s crop include Jarreth Merz’s IDFA 2010 acclaimed “An African Election” (World Cinema Documentary Competiton), Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” (U.S. Dramatic Competition) and Marshall Curry’s “If a Tree Falls” (U.S. 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 will roll them out daily through the start of the festival later this month.

For Friday, there will be another four filmmakers on indieWIRE…

A snapshot of Thursday’s three featured interviews:

Jarreth Merz’s “An African Election” exposes the rarely seen, nitty-gritty of political electioneering in Africa. The film focuses on the intrigues of political campaigns and their near carnival-like atmosphere that is nevertheless tainted by fear. ” I am inspired by the intimacy that one can create through the lense, the voyeuristic eye that can make the audience travel into different worlds, places they would normally never get to see, and that is especially true for documentaries,” commented Merz.

Back in the U.S., Marshall Curry’s doc competition film, “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” is a behind the scenes look at the radical environmental group, Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorist threat.” Said Curry about his penchant for non-fiction, “I think I’ve always just been curious about people, and being a documentary filmmaker gives me an excuse to poke around in people’s lives and learn about them.”

Jeff Nichols’ haunting “Take Shelter,” meanwhile, revolves around a husband who channels his fear of his re-occurring dreams by obsesively building a storm shelter. The fear threatens his marriage, but that drama is only the beginning. “I had the image of a man standing over an old storm shelter in his backyard,” noted Nichols.

Three new Sundance filmmaker interviews for Thursday:

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

Wednesday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews:

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)

Tuesday’s four Sundance filmmaker interviews:

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)

Monday’s five Sundance filmmaker interviews:

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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