By Brian Brooks | Indiewire January 4, 2011 at 6:28AM
Continuing with indieWIRE's "Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers" series, four additional films and filmmakers are being spotlighted from the festival's U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition and World Cinema Documentary Competition.
Tuesday's films include Carlos Moreno's "All Your Dead Ones," Asif Kapadia's "Senna," "BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer's Journey" by Constance Marks and "HERE" by Braden King.
Soon after the Sundance Film Festival unveiled its 2011 lineup, indieWIRE invited directors with films in the Sundance U.S. Dramatic & Documentary Competitions, as well as the World Dramatic & Documentary Competitions and NEXT section, to submit responses in their own words about their films. indieWIRE has been the place to get to know the Sundance filmmakers ahead of the festival for more than a half-dozen years.
Over 50 filmmakers in the four sections provided their responses and indieWIRE will roll them out daily through the start of the festival later this month.
A snapshot of Tuesday's four featured interviews:
In "Dead Ones," (World Dramatic Competition) a Salvadoran peasant wakes up one day as usual to work on his land but instead finds a pile of corpses in the middle of his crops. "I believe that I have become a filmmaker by chance; before learning the trade of filmmaking, the obsession of being a 'storyteller' always lived in me," the film's director told iW. "I tried to express this need through drawings, comic books, music, literature, and right now I am traveling through the labyrinths of filmmaking in search of that enigmatic goal."
"Our story and the characters were real and many times we'd shake our heads and say that if we wrote this story as a fiction film, no one would believe it," noted director Asif Kapadia about "Senna," screening in the World Doc Competition. "Senna" turns the lense on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
"BIG ELMO," meanwhile is the story of the unlikely man behind the celebrated Muppet Elmo, Kevin Clash, who the filmmaker met through her husband's work on "Sesame Street." She told iW about Clash: ""A lovely woman from nearby knew Kevin was going to be in the area and she made a special trip to meet him. She had written to Kevin years prior to let him know that when her baby daughter was dying, an Elmo doll was the baby's greatest comfort." (U.S. Doc Competition)
Talking about his narrative feature debut, "HERE" (U.S. Dramatic Competition) director Braden King recalled to iW his early memories being drawn to filmmaking. "Seeing 'The Breakfast Club' at thirteen or fourteen was the first time I can remember realizing that movies could be something other than escape or entertainment; they could serve as a mirror, a way to work yourself out. From that point on, I just knew."
Just some of the comments in today's full interviews. Check out the links below to learn more about this year's crop of Sundance filmmakers. In addition to today's interviews, the five other films introduced Monday are linked below.
Four new filmmaker interviews below for Tuesday:
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "HERE" Director Braden King (U.S. Dramatic Competition)
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer's Journey" Director Constance Marks (U.S. Documentary Competition)
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "All Your Dead Ones" Director Carlos Moreno (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Senna" Director Asif Kapadia (World Cinema Documentary Competition)
Monday's five Sundance filmmaker interviews:
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Benavides Born" Director Amy Wendel (U.S. Dramatic Competition)
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Crime After Crime" Director Yoav Potash (U.S. Documentary Competition)
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Flaw" Director David Sington (World Cinema Documentary Competition)
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Abraxas" Director Naoki Kato (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)