Day 8 at Sundance is up and running as the film festival nears its end…
8:30PM: Sundance Triple Threat Brit Marling: The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has played host to a slew of fresh faces who have multiple films in the lineup. British up-and-comer Juno Temple appeared in “Kaboom” and “Little Birds.” The other Olsen sister, Elizabeth Olsen, had lead roles in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Silent House.” Kyle Gallner, meanwhile, came to Park City to hype his work in “Red State” and “Little Birds.” But none can hold a candle to blond, brainy beauty Brit Marling, who quickly emerged as this year’s Sundance marvel by arriving with two critically acclaimed films under her belt (sci-fi romance “Another Earth” and the tense thriller “Sound of My Voice”), both of which she co-wrote, co-produced and stars in.
Marling, a valedictorian from Georgetown University where she majored in Economics and Studio Art, took some time out her packed Sundance schedule to chat with indieWIRE about how she came onto both projects and what it feels like to be the talk of the festival.
For full interview click here.
7:50PM: “Salvation Boulevard” SOLD: IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions have partnered to acquire North American rights to George Ratliff’s religious comedy “Salvation Boulevard,” which had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival earlier this week in the Premieres section. For full story click here.
6:15PM: “Buck” and “Page One” Find Home Overseas: Madmen Entertainment has acquired all rights in Australia and New Zealand to two U.S. Documentary Competition Sundance films, Cindy Meehl’s “Buck” and Andrew Rossi’s “Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times.” For full story click here.
6:00PM: Daily Sundance Links!: Included today: Eugene Hernandez talks Sundance business, Spout likes what they see in Rutger Hauer, Cinema Blend interviews a very opinionated James Marsh, and Oscar coverage from Moviefone. For full story click here.
5:45PM: “Sound of My Voice” Reviewed: Eric Kohn gave this NEXT entry a B+. In his review he singled out Sundance breakout Brit Marling who co-wrote, stars in and co-produced the film. “Marling has emerged as the breakout wonder girl of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival,” Kohn wrote, “having also starred and co-written the metaphysical sci-fi indie “Another Earth,” which premiered in competition. Both movies toy with imaginative concepts in the service of obtaining philosophical depth, at times suffering from overextending their heady conceits, but neither one falls apart as a result its density.” For full review click here.
5:20 PM: I Wasn’t There: Sundance Doc “We Were Here” and the Importance of HIV/AIDS in Film: Peter Knegt has a personal take on David Weissman’s “We Were Here” and his relationship to HIV/AIDS representation in cinema. Read the full story here
4:15 PM: More Rights Sold for Sundance’s “Mountain” In the second deal of the day for Sundance U.S. doc competition title “The Last Mountain,” New Video announced that it has acquired U.S. DVD and Digital Rights to the film, directed by Bill Haney. More here.
3:35 PM: HBO has partnered with Roadside Attractions for U.S. theatrical and DVD rights to Oscar winner James Marsh’s “Project NIM,” Sheila Nevins, president, HBO Documentary Films and Howard Cohen, co-president, Roadside Attractions said Thursday. More here.
2:30 PM: Watch The Emotional Q&A From David Weissman’s “We Were Here”:
“I was trying to find a way to make a movie that was illuminating and healing for the audience, and also a process of healing for myself as well,” David Weissman said before yesterday’s screening of “We Were Here,” chronicle of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. “I moved to San Francisco in 1976 and found myself in this community of gay hippy boys that are politically active and naked at the beach and taking acid. We were just enjoying this exuberant period in this emerging gay movement in this incredibly beautiful and amazing city… Then as the epidemic came in, life changed. It’s taken a period of time for me personally and for the community to be willing to go back and revisit what we went through, both the horrors and the beauty of it.”
Watch the emotional Q&A from the screening below:
12:45 PM: “Gun Hill Road” Picked Up: Start-up distributor Motion Film Group has acquired the worldwide rights to Rashaad Ernesto Green’s debut feature “Gun Hill Road,” which is currently screening in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. A seven-figure deal will see “Road” hit theaters in early summer, 2011. Full story here.
11:30 AM: Sundance Video: Generation in Crisis: LGBT Youth in Film and the Media Panel: Check out some clips from a panel in Sundance earlier this week that examined depictions of queer youth in several of this year’s Sundance Film Festival films and expanded on how those stories relate to the recent media attention of suicide and queer youth in crisis. Gregg Araki (Director/Writer, Kaboom), Dee Rees (Director/Writer, Pariah), Erica Dunton (Director/Writer, to.get.her), and Daniel Sladek (Executive Producer, Prayers for Bobby) were all on the panel. Have a watch.
11:15 AM: Sundance Video: Zachary Quinto and J.C. Chandor Talk Margin Call: “Margin Call is one of several low-budget ($3.5 million), accessibly commercial smart films for adults debuting at Sundance that got made with a major cast willing to work for nothing against the promise of worthy material and a decent back end,” Anne Thompson writes at Thompson on Hollywood. Check out more from Thompson and video interview with Quinto and Chandor here.
11:00 AM: Sundance Announces Awards Venue; Presenters: The Jury, Audience, NEXT! and other special award winners of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival will be announced at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony at Basin Recreation Fieldhouse. Normally, the event is held at the Racquet Club but due to that venue being under construction it’s been moved. Tim Blake Nelson will host the ceremony, while Vera Farmiga, Clark Gregg, Joshua Leonard and Ray Liotta have all been announced as attending. indieWIRE will be reporting live from the ceremony.
10:50 AM: “Mountain” Picked Up: U.S. theatrical rights to Bill Haney’s Sundance 2011 doc, “The Last Mountain,” has been acquired by Dada Films, the distributor’s MJ Peckos said Thursday morning. The film had its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition last Friday and Dada plans a June 3rd theatrical release in the “top 20 U.S. markets. More here.
10:45 AM: Buying is Back at Sundance: Has the tremendous success of “Winter’s Bone” – box office plus Oscar nominations – boosted the business here at Sundance this year? Read more here. [eugonline via iW Blog Network].
10:00 AM: Kohn on “Like Crazy”: “An unorthodox purchase by Paramount Pictures, the naturalistic style of ‘Like Crazy’ doesn’t seem to mesh with the studio’s usual slate,” Kohn writes. “However, it could do decent business if marketed as a smart date movie—'(500) Days of Summer’ with less snark. Yelchin, currently planning on appearing in the ‘Star Trek’ sequel, could also help raise the movie’s profile.” Full review here.
9:30 AM: criticWIRE @ Sundance: Hundreds of grades have been entered, and hundreds are still coming, so be sure to check out indieWIRE’s guide to all the Sundance films for a look at what critics and bloggers are thinking about this year’s slate.
9:00 AM: The Olsen Twins Better Watch Their Backs: Elizabeth Olsen, the lead in two very well received films at the fest – Chris Kentis and Laura Lau’s haunted house thriller “Silent House” and Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” a drama exploring a young woman’s experiences in an abusive cult – is profiled in our SUNDANCE FUTURES column. To read full interview click here.
Overnight: Sundance Institute Teams With Kickstarter in Three-Year Deal: Starting this spring, all Institute artists and alumni—and that includes lab participants, grant recipients and festival filmmakers—can place their projects on Kickstarter.com with Sundance branding and social media support. Learn more about the new program here.