By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 21, 2011 at 8:3AM
Every day at Sundance, indieWIRE posts a rundown of news from our blog network as well as other outlets. Included today: Christopher Campbell at Spout offers his take on "Silent House," Anne Thompson shares an exclusive trailer and poster from "The Nine Muses," a Hollywood Reporter interview with rising star Elizabeth Olsen and Movieline reports on Sundance opener "Project Nim."
indieWIRE Blogs: Spout caught last night's midnight screening of "Silent House," from "Open Water" writer/director team Laura Lau and Chris Kentis: "The words creaky and bored come into play because the story and particularly the reveal are extremely timeworn, and because of this I was extremely bored."
In a video interview, Reverse Shot's Eric Hynes spoke with photojournalist-turned-filmmaker Danfung Dennis, whose "Hell and Back Again" is in the World Documentary Competition.
Other Outlets: The Hollywood Reporter talked with Sundance rising star Elizabeth Olsen (sister to the famous twins), who has two movies in the festival ("Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Silent House"). While her films are notably darker than, say, "Full House," she sounds every bit as girly as her siblings: "I’m so excited! I was very happy to hear 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' made the competition. We actually just finished filming 'Silent House' in November, so that was a thrill too."
The Los Angleles Times reported on the premiere of "Pariah" at the Eccles Theater, where the film received a standing ovation. "While the movie avoids the melodrama of a "Boys Don't Cry" or a "Precious" (a hit here two years ago)," Steven Zeitchik wrote, "it was hard for some in the audience to resist the comparisons." The LAT also sat in on the premiere screening of the documentary "Sing Your Song," which traces the life of performer and social activist Harry Belafonte.
Movieline, meanwhile, opted to cover another opening night film, "Project Nim," from "Man on Wire" director James Marsh. "Because of 'Man on Wire'’s tremendous critical reception two years ago here at Sundance, Marsh is something of Sundance nobility — not quite royalty yet, but if 'Project Nim' is any indication, he’ll get there," wrote Jen Yamato. "Sharply but not judgmentally observed and dynamically edited, the documentary follows the remarkable and tragic life of Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee raised from infancy to behave, communicate, and sometimes even smoke joints like a human person by a (mostly) loving assembly of hippie academics in 1970s New York."
Finally, The New York Times tackled this year's buying trends. "Among other factors, the strong box-office performance of specialty films over the last six months has created optimism that the art house sector has emerged on the other side of a correction," wrote Brooks Barnes. "After a glut of mediocre titles pushed as masterpieces ravaged the indie market, there came the likes of 'Black Swan,' which cost $13 million to make, has sold more than $75 million and is still playing."
Sundance Goody for the Day: Anne Thompson at Thompson On Hollywood shared an exclusive poster and trailer from "The Nine Muses," which makes its Sundance premiere today. Click here to view both.