Day 9 at Sundance is up and running as the film festival nears its end…
4:40PM: Daily Links!: Included today: dispatches from Reverse Shot and Dan Nuxoll, Peter Knegt is present for “We Were Here” and Cinematical gives us five minutes with “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus. To read full story click here.
4:15PM: “Another Earth” Scores Again: Mike Cahill’s “Another Earth” is the recipient of the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The award includes $20,000 cash from Sloan, and is presented to an “outstanding feature film focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.” For full story click here.
4:10PM: “The Lie” Reviewed: “Still without a distributor, “The Lie” may eventually land some minor attention in limited release if Leonard is willing and available to spend the time marketing himself as director-actor, but it’s not a crowdpleaser or a critical darling by a long shot,” wrote Eric Kohn in his review of Joshua Leonard’s feature directorial debut “The Lie.” For full review click here.
3:48 PM: Sundance Review | “Being Elmo” Studies Master of Puppets Kevin Clash Eric Kohn reviews here.
2:15 PM: Who’s Going to Win Sundance’s Top Prizes? The Sundance Film Festival is heading into its final hours and there’s much talk around Park City about what films could factor into tomorrow night’s awards ceremony. The U.S. Dramatic prize in particular has recently given a trio of films – Courtney Hunt’s “Frozen River,” Lee Daniels’ “Precious” and Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone” – a significant launching pad for a very successful theatrical release. All three ended up with major Oscar nominations (including a best actress nod hat trick in Melissa Leo, Gabourey Sidibe and Jennifer Lawrence) and respectable to fantastic box office.
So what’s going to win this year? Read about some good bets here.
1:30PM: Doc “The Flaw” Acquired: New Video has acquired rights to Sundance doc “The Flaw,” directed by British filmmaker David Sington (“In The Shadow of the Moon”). It will be released under New Video’s Docurama Films brand later this year.
1:00PM: Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award Winner Revealed: Director of “May in the Summer,” Cherien Dabis, has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Sundance/NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) International Filmmaker Award. For full story click here.
12:45PM: “Another Earth” Has Another Better Deal: Two days ago, Fox Searchlight bought English-speaking territories to Sundance competition title “Another Earth.” However, the distributor has now purchased the rest of the world—and it stands to be a better deal for the filmmakers. For full story click here.
12:00PM: indieWIRE Sundance Poll: What 2011 Sundance film are you most excited to see? Vote here.
11:45AM: Roadside Has “The Future”: Roadside Attractions has acquired Miranda July’s “The Future” out of the Sundance Film Festival, continuing one of the fest’s potent sales years in recent memory.
10:45AM: Eric Kohn Takes On “The Oregonian”: “Calvin Lee Reeder has been churning out intensely psychedelic short films for several years, borrowing liberally from vintage grindhouse movies while turning the genre on its head,” wrote Kohn in his review of “The Oregonian.” “In concise wonders like “The Farm” and “The Rambler,” Reeder places his elaborate, unsettling audio-visual design on par with plot, combining a dark comic sensibility with legitimately frightening images. Unsurprisingly, “The Oregonian,” Reeder’s first feature-length project, extends this bizarre stylistic proclivity, although the director’s familiar approach doesn’t make this zany midnight movie any less delectably strange.” For full review click here.
9:00AM: Big Day for “Pariah”: Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to writer-director Dee Rees’ Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition film, “Pariah.” It’s their first acquisition of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; last year, their sole festival pickup was Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right.” The acquisition includes a deal for Rees to write and direct a feature for Focus, which has been the object of some speculation given their new ownership under Comcast’s NBCUniversal. For full story click here.
8:30AM: Sundance Renaissance Woman Brit Marling Interviewed: indieWIRE sat down with actress/producer/writer Brit Marling, who has two films in the festival (“Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice”). “Some people have said things that are too nice to be true,” she said of her first Sundance experience. “I feel and hope that from here I can get to do a lot of things. It’s the beginning of something.” For full interview click here.