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Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | Three to Cap Off the Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 14, 2011 at 3:36AM

For almost two weeks, indieWIRE has published interviews from 2011 Sundance filmmakers in the event's competition and NEXT sections. In addition to the 36 full length profiles (links below), indieWIRE is profiling four additional filmmakers to cap off the week. These include Sam Levinson ("Another Happy Day"), Susanne Rostock ("Sing Your Song") and Göran Hugo Olsson ("The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975").
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Stills from all three of today's Sundance films. Images courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival.

For almost two weeks, indieWIRE has published interviews from 2011 Sundance filmmakers in the event's competition and NEXT sections. In addition to the 36 full length profiles (links below), indieWIRE is profiling four additional filmmakers to cap off the week. These include Sam Levinson ("Another Happy Day"), Susanne Rostock ("Sing Your Song") and Göran Hugo Olsson ("The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975").

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 three new featured interviews:

First up is Sam Levinson's family drama "Another Happy Day" (U.S. Dramatic Competition) starring Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore and Ellen Burstyn. Levinson, who also penned the screenplay, revealed to indieWIRE that characters are what inspire him to write. "When I write, I have certain emotions that are present within me at the time that I’d like to explore," he said, "but mainly I create a character or characters and then allow them to lead the way. At this point in my writing, I want my characters to create the structure, the plot, their circumstances and their reactions."

Over in the U.S. Documentary Competition is Susanne Rostock's "Sing Your Song," an inspiring biographical documentary that surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. Rostock shared the reason behind her involvement in the project: "When I was fifteen years old I begged my parents to let me march from Selma to Montgomery with Dr. King," she said, "I now have a fifteen-year-old daughter who has my same desire and courage to change the world but who is guiding her? I felt the role Harry Belafonte played in the many struggles for human rights throughout 20th/ 21st century history could have a profound, inspiring effect on the viewer – especially the young."

Another documentary, Göran Hugo Olsson's "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" (World Cinema Documentary Competition), compiles footage shot by Swedish journalists who traveled to America to follow the Black power movement. "In my opinion, the people in the film changed the world for the better," Olsson said of the people profiled in his film, "not only for Black people in America, or any other marginalized group, but for all people. These leaders and risk takers showed us all that you cannot just sit around and wait for someone to give you your rights - you have to stand up and realize them."

Three Sundance filmmaker interviews for Friday (1/14)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Another Happy Day" Director Sam Levinson (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Sing Your Song" Director Susanne Rostock (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Thursday's four Sundance filmmaker interviews (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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