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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Friday's Four Filmmakers

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 7, 2011 at 4:25AM

Another four filmmaker interviews join indieWIRE's "Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers" series today, continuing this year's series spotlighting the festival's filmmakers ahead of the event, which kicks off January 20.
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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Friday's Four Filmmakers
Scenes from Friday's four Sundance films. Images courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Another four filmmaker interviews join indieWIRE's "Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers" series today, continuing this year's series spotlighting the festival's filmmakers ahead of the event, which kicks off January 20.

Friday's crop include Matthew Chapman's "The Ledge," Erica Dunton's "to.get.her," Cindy Meehl's "Buck," and Julia Ivanova's "Family Portrait in Black and White."

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 indieWIRE will roll them out daily through the start of the festival later this month.

A snapshot of Friday's four featured interviews:

Director/screenwriter Matthew Chapman makes his Sundance debut with his thriller "The Ledge," competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard, "The Ledge" is billed as a "nuanced character study of love, fait, and convictions." On working with his starry cast, Chapman told indieWIRE, "I was very insistent when it came to casting. Charlie Hunnam and Patrick Wilson carry these long scenes with skill and conviction, and I find them mesmerizing. So does my mum."

In the NEXT series, Erica Dunton presents "to.get.her," a sexy, visually luscious mystery thriller centered around five beautiful teenagers during a night of drinking, dancing, self discovery - and murder. "I knew four out of the five lead girls already and I wrote their parts for them," Dunton revealed to indieWIRE. "I wanted to make something that reflected a teenage girl's world today, a film that anyone any one of these actresses would be able to relate to. I think as a filmmaker if you have first hand access to the world you are creating then your story will mean more to it's audience."

Director Cindy Meehl used the inspiration behind "The Horse Whisperer," cowboy Buck Brannaman, as the subject for her documentary U.S Documentary Competition film "Buck." As Meehl explained to indieWIRE, it wasn't just Brannaman's day job that interested her. "While his techniques are spectacular, it’s the life lessons he slips into his teachings that really seep into your soul," she said. "One of his big messages is, “If it’s not working, change it!” He doesn’t want excuses. He doesn’t let you be a victim. He makes you tougher."

Meanwhile in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, director Julia Ivanova profiles Olga Nenya and her 23 biracial foster children. Ivanova, who grew up in the Soviet Union, revealed her personal ties to the material. "It didn’t take much observation, even for a child, to sense that the worst thing in that society was to be born mixed-race," she told indieWIRE. "I saw just a few black kids back then, but I remember how unfair the societal rejection felt to me."

Four new Sundance filmmaker interviews for Friday:

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:

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:

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)

Tuesday's four Sundance filmmaker interviews:

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 | "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)

This article is related to: Features, Filmmaker Toolkit, Interviews, to.get.her







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