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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Ice, Bengali, Tyrannosaur & Voice

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire January 13, 2011 at 3:19AM

For almost two weeks, indieWIRE has published interviews from 2011 Sundance filmmakers in the event's competition and NEXT sections. In addition to the 32 full length profiles (links below), iW is profiling four additional filmmakers Thursday, including Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's "On the Ice" (U.S. Dramatic Competition), Philip Cox's "The Bengali Detective" (World Cinema Documentary Competition), Zal Batmanglij's "Sound of My Voice" (NEXT) and Paddy Considine's "Tyrannosaur" (World Dramatic Competition).
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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Ice, Bengali, Tyrannosaur & Voice
Outside the Eccles Theater in Park City. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

For almost two weeks, indieWIRE has published interviews from 2011 Sundance filmmakers in the event's competition and NEXT sections. In addition to the 32 full length profiles (links below), iW is profiling four additional filmmakers Thursday, including Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's "On the Ice" (U.S. Dramatic Competition), Philip Cox's "The Bengali Detective" (World Cinema Documentary Competition), Zal Batmanglij's "Sound of My Voice" (NEXT) and Paddy Considine's "Tyrannosaur" (World Dramatic Competition).

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:

MacLean's "On the Ice" centers on three friends who go out for a hunt in their northern Alaska town, but one of them dies following a tussle. "We're probably the only film set in recent history that had to have a guy with an AK47 on watch for polar bears," observed Maclean about production on the film. "Springtime in Barrow, which is when we filmed, is prime seal hunting season for bears."

"I was searching for a character based film, where a character who could act as a catalyst to allow me to enter into other peoples' lives. I was looking at lawyers in Russia, psychoanalysts in Mexico and then private detectives in India. Whilst teaching in India I came across the rise in popularity of the private detective through billboards everywhere and hearing from friends who were using them," noted "The Bengali Detective" director Philip Cox about his film. His World Cinema doc follows the life of one and his team who investigates counterfeit hair products to a brutal triple murder.

"Low budgets are liberating. Movies reflect real life. And real life happens all around us, all the time. And it’s free," noted "Sound of My Voice" director Zal Batmanglij about his experience making his NEXT section film. His film revolves around a couple who successfully infiltrate a cult.

"No tricks, no devices. Before I turned over on this people expected kitchen sink business, improvisations and documentary camera work," "Tyrannosaur" director Paddy Considine offered up about her approach to the film. I wanted to make cinema. The documentary approach has been bastardised too much over the years. In actor Considine's directorial debut, Joseph (Peter Mullan), a tormented, self-destructive man plagued by violence, finds hope of redemption in Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity-shop worker he meets one day while fleeing an altercation.

On the Ice" (U.S. Dramatic Competition), Philip Cox's "The Bengali Detective" (World Cinema Documentary Competition), Zal Batmanglij's "Sound of My Voice" (NEXT) and Paddy Considine's "Tyrannosaur"

The full-length interviews for "The Bengail Detective," "On The Ice," "Sound of My Voice" and "Tyrannosaur" follow for for Thursday (1/13):

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "On The Ice" Director Andrew Okpeaha Macle (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Bengali Detective” Director Philip Cox (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Tyrannosaur" Director Paddy Considine (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Sound of My Voice" Director Zal Batmanglij (NEXT)


Wednesday's four Sundance filmmaker interviews (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

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


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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