Bryan Fogel’s “Icarus” starts off like a Morgan Spurlock documentary as the director, a competitive amateur cyclist, explores what will happen if he follows Lance Armstrong’s performance enhancing drug (PEDs) regimen. Can he vastly improve his cycling speed, while also passing drug tests, just like Armstrong did?
His guide through this journey is Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian scientist who runs Russia’s Olympic PED testing lab. What Fogel doesn’t know is that Rodchenkov is the key player in President Putin’s secret efforts to dope Russian athletes and is about to become the center of storm of controversy. What’s most fascinating about Fogel’s film is how, mid-way through its already fascinating plot, it changes gears and becomes a completely different movie as Fogel finds himself in middle of a huge story and his coach/friend finds himself in danger.
We’ll be talking about what this means both from a cinematography and editing standpoint with the film’s DP Jake Swantko and editor Jon Bertain. Considering this story was still unfolding just last month, their collaboration played a large role in the film being ready to premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Icarus” is the film everybody is talking about at this year’s fest and, with Netflix having just picked it for $5 million, along with planning a major awards rollout for this year, that conversation is going to continue well past the festival.
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Editor’s Note: This event is part of the Indiewire and Canon U.S.A. partnership at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where we celebrate cinematography at the Canon Creative Studio on Main Street.