For the first five days of the Sundance Film Festival here in Utah, I’m hosting a daily talk show on local radio station KPCW (produced by Irene Cho). Joining me for a conversation on the first Friday of the fest were Goran Hugo Olsson (pictured above, left) and Danny Glover (above, center), discussing their exceptional new doc, “Black Power Mixtape,” Liz Garbus with “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” fest veteran James Schamus from Focus Features and a roundtable discussion featuring indieWIRE’s Dana Harris & Eric Kohn, as well as the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Rose Kuo.
Particularly provocative was Focus Features CEO James Schamus (pictured below, left), who pondered the “mercantile spirit” of the Sundance festival, a place where he said, “everything is for sale.” He quipped, “Audiences here exist to fool you into believing that the film you are making a bid on is going to be a massive hit.” And later, he questioned an American independent culture that values youth over experience and then later generally ignores the potential (beyond a first movie) for filmmakers that first made a mark at the festival itself.
Why are their so few grand American masters?
The complete podcast of episode one is available via KPCW.org.
photos by irene cho