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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Anticipated Docs & More

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire January 12, 2011 at 5:09AM

Sundance Film Festival 2011 filmmakers in the event's U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and NEXT sections are the highlights for Wednesday in indieWIRE's ongoing series profiling this year's crop of filmmakers.
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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Anticipated Docs & More
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Sundance Film Festival 2011 filmmakers in the event's U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and NEXT sections are the highlights for Wednesday in indieWIRE's ongoing series profiling this year's crop of filmmakers.

Two from the U.S. Doc competition, Andrew Rossi's "Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times" and "Hot Coffee" by Susan Saladoff as well as Oscar-winner James Marsh's "Project Nim" (World Doc competition) and Andrew Dosunmu's "Restless City" (NEXT) join iW's group of 28 previously published filmmaker interviews.

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 in the four sections provided their responses and iW will roll them out daily through the start of the festival later this month.

A snapshot of Thursday's new featured interviews:

Andrew Rossi's "Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times" offers an "Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom." The film offers up a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity. "...I went to a private dinner in New York City with media executives and journalists, kind of a Facebook of the New York City media establishment. The discussion after dinner was all about what would happen if the New York Times went out of business. I was shocked at the earnestness with which this group entertained the possibility. And immediately the narrative to a film seemed clear."

"I represented injured people in the civil courts as a trial lawyer for many years. I wanted to help people who were wrongly harmed by no fault of their own," noted "Hot Coffee" filmmaker Susan Saladoff. "For most of those years, it was difficult to find an unbiased jury. Many believed that there were too many frivolous lawsuits and that injured people were trying to cash in on so-called 'jackpot justice.' What most people used as the basis for their beliefs was the case of a woman who spilled coffee on her lap, sued McDonald’s, and got a big verdict." As Saladoff alludes to, her film uses the famous lawsuit to investigate the American civil justice system.

Oscar-winner James Marsh's ("Man On Wire") latest, "Project Nim" story of one chimpanzee's extraordinary journey in the 1970s through human society and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way. "This was in the early '70's and it was part of an experiment conducted by a Professor at Columbia University. The idea was to bring up the baby chimp in a human family and nurture him exactly like a human child in the expectation that he would learn language and grammar in the way that human children do."

Andrew Dosunmu's "Restless City" is an immigrant story about an aspiring young musician from Senegal who lives in New York. Although he dreams of greatness, imagining the day his own child might be president of the United States, his path is unstructured, and he glories in the chaos of the street. "The script was the catalyst and inspiration for the film. I felt it perfectly captured the nuance of the young and displaced in NYC. The characters have made their own isolated society, while yearning to both assimilate and go home," said Dosunmu on his film, which will debut at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

The full-length interviews for "Page One," "Hot Coffee," "Project Nim" and "Restless City" follow for Wednesday (1/12):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Page One" Director Andrew Rossi (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Hot Coffee" Director Susan Saladoff (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Project Nim" Director James Marsh (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Restless City" Director Andrew Dosunmu (NEXT)


Previously published interviews below

Tuesday's four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/11):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Homework" Director Gavin Wiesen (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Another Earth" Director Mike Cahill (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Little Birds" Director Elgin James (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Mad Bastards" Director Brendan Fletcher (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Monday's four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/10):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Higher Ground" Director Vera Farmiga (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Like Crazy" Director Drake Doremus (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Resurrect Dead" Director Jon Foy (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Position Among the Stars" Director Leonard Retel Helmrich (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Friday's four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/7):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Ledge" Director Matthew Chapman (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Buck" Director Cindy Meehl (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Family Portrait in Black and White" Director Julia Ivanova (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "to.get.her" Director Erica Dunton (NEXT)

Thursday's three Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/6):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “If a Tree Falls” Director Marshall Curry (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “An African Election” Director Jarreth Merz (World Cinema Documentary Competiton)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Take Shelter” Director Jeff Nichols (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Wednesday's four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/5):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Gun Hill Road" Director Rashaad Ernesto Green (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Prairie Love" Director Dusty Bias (NEXT)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "A Few Days of Respite" Director Amor Hakkar (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Hell and Back Again" Director Danfung Dennis (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Last Tuesday's four Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/4):

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)

Last Monday's five Sundance filmmaker interviews (1/3):

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 | "Bellflower" Director Evan Glodell (NEXT)

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)

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