Back to IndieWire

The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

The year's first big festival serves as a showcase for indie talent, on the rise, on its way to mainstream dominance, and everything in between.

Snow piles up as people walk past the Egyptian Theater at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA, 26 January 2017. The festival runs from 19 to 29 January.2017 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Usa - 26 Jan 2017

The Sundance Film Festival

George Frey/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

Lineup and Pre-Festival Announcements and News

IndieWire Announces Our First-Ever IndieWire Studio at Sundance

Sundance 2018 Indie Episodic Preview: The Most Anticipated TV Pilots and Premieres at This Year’s Festival

Sundance 2018 Jury Includes Jada Pinkett Smith, RuPaul Charles, and Co-Stars from ‘The Shape of Water’

RuPaul is Heading to Sundance for a ‘Drag Race’ Retrospective, Cementing Icon Status Across Industries

Sundance Adds Standalone Episodic Section For 2018 Festival

Sundance 2018 Adds New Films From Lynne​ ​Ramsay, Hannah Fidell, Tamara​ ​Jenkins, and More

Sundance 2018 New Frontier Further Pushes Into Future Entertainment With Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence

Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up

Sundance 2018 Shorts Lineup Includes New Films From Don Hertzfeldt, Dev Patel, Anna Margaret Hollyman, and Many More

Sundance 2018 Premieres Include New Films From Gus Van Sant, Debra Granik, Morgan Neville, and Many More

Sundance 2018 Midnight and NEXT Slate Offers New Films About Murders, Witches, and Crazy Teens

Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

Pre-Festival Analysis

Sundance Questions: Here’s What We’re Wondering as the 2018 Festival Begins — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

8 Surprises and Hidden Gems From the 2018 Sundance Lineup

Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues

Top 20 Acquisition Titles of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Star Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke, and More

Why Sundance Is Showcasing Television Like Never Before With New Indie Episodics Line-Up 

Sundance 2018: 10 Must-See Short Films, From Armie Hammer to Don Hertzfeldt

19 Movies From Female Filmmakers to See At Sundance, From ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ to ‘Shirkers’

Sundance 2018: 21 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival, From ‘Wildlife’ to ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Film Reviews

‘Blindspotting’ Review: Daveed Diggs Is an Instant Movie Star in Intense, Uneven Oakland Buddy Movie — Sundance 2018

‘Leave No Trace’ Is A Rock-Solid Coming-of-Age Story from ‘Winter’s Bone’ Director Debra Granik — Sundance 2018 Review

‘Bisbee ’17’ Review: Robert Greene’s New Film Is an American Riff on ‘The Act of Killing’ — Sundance 2018

Nicolas Cage Is Batshit Insane in Psychedelic Revenge Movie ‘Mandy’ — Sundance 2018 Review

‘Nancy’ Review: Andrea Riseborough Breaks Loose in Twisted Kidnapping Drama — Sundance 2018

‘Lizzie’ Review: Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart Swing and Miss in a Listless Take on the Murder Legend — Sundance 2018

‘Juliet, Naked’ Review: Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke Are Way Too Charming for This Lifeless Rom-Com — Sundance 2018

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix Endears in Gus Van Sant’s Meandering Biopic — Sundance 2018

‘On Her Shoulders’ Review: A Documentary About Yazidi Activist Nadia Murad Becomes an Essential Portrait of the Strength Required to Speak Up — Sundance 2018

‘Eighth Grade’ Review: Bo Burnham’s Directorial Debut Is An Achingly Real Modern Coming-of-Age Story — Sundance 2018

‘American Animals’ Review: A True Heist Story About Four Idiot Kids Who Fowled Up — Sundance 2018

‘The Long Dumb Road’ Review: Jason Mantzoukas and Tony Revolori Charm in Road Trip Comedy That Runs Out of Gas

‘Three Identical Strangers’ Review: Triplets Separated at Birth is a Charming Story Until It Turns Into a Dark Conspiracy — Sundance 2018

‘Monsters and Men’ Review: A Compelling Study of Racial Turmoil to Fit Our Confused Times — Sundance 2018

‘Private Life’ Review: Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn Are Brilliant in Tamara Jenkins’ Crushingly Honest Fertility Epic — Sundance 2018

‘The Happy Prince’ Review: Oscar Wilde Is a Depressed Loner in Rupert Everett’s Humorless Biopic — Sundance 2018

‘The Tale’ Review: Jennifer Fox Directs Laura Dern in an Unspeakably Powerful Story About Her Own Sexual Assault — Sundance 2018

‘RBG’ Review: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gets an Energetic Documentary Befitting the Supreme Court Justice — Sundance 2018

‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ Review: This Beautiful Coming-of-Age Story Is Mike Pence’s Worst Nightmare — Sundance 2018

‘Burden’ Review: Garrett Hedlund’s Best Performance Anchors Searing True-Life KKK Redemption Drama — Sundance 2018

‘Shirkers’ Review: The Fascinating Mystery of a Stolen Movie Gives Rise to a Great One — Sundance 2018

‘Tyrel’ Review: Jason Mitchell is the Only Black Guy at a Party in This Realistic Variation on ‘Get Out’ — Sundance 2018

‘A Kid Like Jake’ Review: Silas Howard Directs a Simple but Effective Drama About Raising a Non-Binary Child — Sundance 2018

‘Minding the Gap’ Review: Bing Liu’s Lovely and Personal Movie is the ‘Boyhood’ of Skate Videos

‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn’ Review: Three Stooges Meets David Lynch in Latest from ‘Greasy Strangler’ Director — Sundance 2018

‘Puzzle’ Review: Kelly Macdonald Puts the Pieces Together in Good-Hearted Midlife Crisis Drama — Sundance 2018

‘This Close’ Review: Deaf Best Friends Make Familiar Stories Fresh Again in Charming New Series — Sundance 2018

‘Damsel’ Review: Mia Wasikowska and a Pony Rule Zellner Brothers’ Poetic Take on ‘Blazing Saddles’ With a Feminist Twist — Sundance 2018

‘Madeline’s Madeline’ Review: Josephine Decker Has Made a Mind-Scrambling Masterpiece — Sundance 2018

‘Beirut’ Review: Jon Hamm Stars in Standard-Issue Spy Thriller From Resurrected Tony Gilroy Script — Sundance 2018

‘Skate Kitchen’ Review: ‘Kids’ Meets ‘Girls’ In Lighthearted Skater Portrait With a Bit Part for Jaden Smith — Sundance 2018

‘The Guilty’ Review: Hollywood Will Want to Remake This Riveting 911 Thriller — Sundance 2018

‘America To Me’ Review: Steve James’ Absorbing High School Docuseries on Race is Absolutely Vital — Sundance 2018

‘Ophelia’ Review: Daisy Ridley Is a Reimagined Shakespearean Heroine, but the Drama Wastes Its Best Ideas

‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ Review: This Beautiful Coming-of-Age Story Is Mike Pence’s Worst Nightmare — Sundance 2018

Interviews

‘American Animals’ Director Bart Layton Reveals the True Story Behind His Stranger-Than-Fiction Sundance Caper — Watch

Carey Mulligan Talks About Being Directed by Longtime Friend and First-Time Filmmaker Paul Dano — Sundance

‘Sorry to Bother You’: Armie Hammer Explains His Character from Sundance’s Craziest Debut

Idris Elba’s Biggest Lesson for His Directorial Debut Came from Ridley Scott — Sundance

Nicolas Cage Explains the One Thing His Bloody Insane Movie ‘Mandy’ Has in Common with ‘Raising Arizona’ — Sundance

Ethan Hawke on Directing His New Film ‘Blaze’: ‘It’s What I Want to Be Alive For’ — Sundance 2018

Keira Knightley Says Streaming Services Are Helping Create More Compelling Roles for Women in Film — Sundance 2018

Imagine Dragons Frontman Dan Reynolds Explains the Personal Journey Chronicled in Sundance Doc ‘Believer’ — Watch

Joaquin Phoenix Speaks Out on #Timesup: ‘It’s Pretty F*cking Obvious That It’s Necessary’

Emmy Rossum Says She ‘Had to Be Willing to Walk Away’ in Order to Receive Equal Pay on ‘Shameless’ — Watch

Chloe Sevigny Reveals Disappointment With Her New Sundance Film ‘Lizzie’ in Candid Interview

Features

Sundance 2018: #MeToo and Time’s Up Conversations Dominate, But the Real Work Is Just Beginning

Sundance 2018: A Slow Marketplace For Commercial Movies is Good News for a Festival Overwhelmed By Hype

A Decade After ‘The Savages,’ Tamara Jenkins Returns to Sundance With a Personal Netflix Film

Sundance 2018: Tessa Thompson, Alia Shawkat, and More Binge Watch the Festival’s First Indie TV Section

‘The Tale’: Sundance’s Most Controversial Sex Scene Is Also Its Most Powerful

Sundance Isn’t the Only Answer: Inside the Fight to Diversify America’s Movie Theaters

Sundance 2018: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year’s Narrative Films

The Best Sundance Films of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

Amazon’s Festival Stars Program: It’s Bigger, Better, and Still Scary for Indie Filmmakers

Sundance 2018: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year’s Documentaries

The Indie TV Dream: Here Are the Ambitions and Realities Facing Sundance’s First Full TV Section

Sundance 2018 Pics: Elle Fanning, Aubrey Plaza, and More Visit the IndieWire Studio Presented by Dropbox

Joaquin Phoenix Speaks Out on #Timesup: ‘It’s Pretty F*cking Obvious That It’s Necessary’

Press Conferences, Panels, and Events

Sundance 2018 Opening Day Press Conference: Robert Redford on the Festival and Industry’s Post-Weinstein Future

Sundance 2018 Live Stream: Watch Robert Redford’s Opening Day Press Conference Online

Octavia Spencer Says Jessica Chastain Helped Her Get Five Times Her Salary: ‘She Is Walking the Walk’

Chloe Grace Mortez Consulted Survivors of Gay Conversion Therapy For ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ — Sundance 2018

Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018

‘Sorry to Bother You’ Star Tessa Thompson: Hollywood Hesitates to Cast Black Actors in Magical Realism Films — Sundance 2018

Chloe Sevigny On the Totally Unexpected ‘Carnal’ Nude Scene in Her Lizzie Borden Drama — Sundance 2018

Octavia Spencer: #MeToo Movement Can’t Devolve Into ‘Women Versus Men’

MoviePass Will Build Its Own Film Catalog Under MoviePass Ventures — Sundance 2018

IndieWire Celebrates Sundance With the First-Time Filmmakers Dinner

Jason Blum to the Sundance Producers Brunch: ‘Don’t Get in the Way’ and 10 Other Pieces of Advice

IndieWire’s First-Time Filmmakers Dinner, Sundance 2018

‘The Tale’: Sundance’s Most Controversial Sex Scene Is Also Its Most Powerful

Chloe Grace Mortez Consulted Survivors of Gay Conversation Therapy For ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ — Sundance 2018

Sasha Lane Discusses Her Gay Identity in ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ — Sundance 2018

Clips, Trailers, Posters, and More

‘Pity’ Trailer: Sundance Dark Comedy Follows An Anti-Hero Who Is Only Happy When He’s Unhappy

‘Holiday’ Teaser: Isabella Eklöf’s Feature Debut May Be the Darkest Film at Sundance — Watch (Exclusive)

Acquisitions

Sundance 2018 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

Darren Aronofsky-Produced VR Series, ‘Spheres,’ Sells to CityLights for Seven Figures — Sundance 2018

‘Assassination Nation’ Sells to Neon and the Russo Bros. for $10 Million-Plus — Sundance 2018

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Film and tagged