The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

The festival runs from January 19 - 29 in Park City, Utah.
Sundance 2017: Reviews, Interviews, News, Features and Analysis
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Lineup and Pre-Festival Announcements and News

Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

Chelsea Handler Set to Lead Anti-Trump Inauguration March During Sundance

Sundance 2017 Announces Late Additions, From The Collection Films and Quentin Tarantino Q&A

‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel Will Open the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival to Connect Inauguration Gatherings with Park City to Organize

Sundance 2017 Announces Short Selections, With New Films From Kristen Stewart, Laura Poitras and Many More

Sundance 2017 Gets Episodic With Special Events Lineup, Featuring Jill Soloway and Rashida Jones

Sundance 2017 Announces Premieres, Spotlights, Midnights and More, Including New Films From Michael Showalter, Dee Rees and Lone Scherfig

Sundance 2017 Announces New Frontier Lineup, Including 22 VR Experiences and 11 New Installations

Sundance 2017 Announces Competition and NEXT Lineups, Including Returning Favorites and Major Contenders

Sundance 2017: ‘Newness’ and ‘Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time’ Added to Lineup

Coca-Cola and Regal Cinemas Announce Return of Program For Aspiring Filmmakers

Tom Quinn and Tim League Brand New Distribution Company ‘Neon’ Just In Time for Sundance

Sundance 2017 Jury Members Include Gael García Bernal, Larry Wilmore, Athina Rachel Tsangari and More

A24’s Mystery Project Discovered to Be Futuristic Japanese Short ‘Toru’ Heading to Sundance

Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club Documentary Pulled From Sundance

Pre-Festival Analysis

Sundance 2017: 10 Reasons Why This Year’s Festival Is Essential for Queer Cinema

Sundance at the Box Office: Here’s Why ‘Birth of A Nation’ Isn’t Enough To Scare Buyers In 2017

Bring On the Bidding Wars: 14 Movies That Could Sell Big at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance 2017: 10 Must-See Shorts At This Year’s Festival

Sundance 2017: 20 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

Sundance 2017: 13 Talents Poised to Break Out At This Year’s Festival

Sundance 2017 Market Takes Flight: 7 Hot Acquisition Titles at the Festival

10 Surprises and Hidden Gems from the 2017 Sundance Lineup

Why the Post-Donald Trump Sundance Film Festival Will Be Even Stronger

Sundance Wish List: 53 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2017


‘Beach Rats’ Director Eliza Hittman on Why a Director’s Sophmore Sundance Film Can Be More Difficult Than the First

‘To the Bone’: How Marti Noxon Turned Her Anorexia Battles Into a $8 Million Netflix Buy — Sundance 2017

Why ‘Golden Exits’ Director Alex Ross Perry Doesn’t Fear The ‘Commercially Worthless’ Movie — Sundance 2017

‘Lemon’ Director Janicza Bravo On The Art of Rejection and Why Her Movie’s Not Weird — Sundance 2017

How ‘Patti Cake$’ Star Bridget Everett Went From Cabaret Motorboater to Sundance Showboater

‘Before I Fall’: Why Indie Auteur Ry Russo-Young Embraced the YA Genre

Sundance Live: Watch Rory Kennedy Discuss ‘Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton’

Jill Soloway on the Audacity of ‘I Love Dick,’ and How It Might Create ‘Radical Feminist Sleeper Cells’

Sundance Live: Shooting ‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ in 4k — Watch

How ‘Patti Cake$’ Director Geremy Jasper Went from Indie Rocker to Breakout Filmmaker — Sundance 2017

Girl Talk Live: Female Cinematographers on How They Made Their Sundance Films — Watch

‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Filmmakers on Al Gore and Fighting Climate Change in the Trump Era

Sundance 2017: Inside Drake Doremus’ Secretive Online Dating Film ‘Newness’

Sundance Past & Present: Seven Hair-Raising Lessons from Returning Filmmakers

Supercut Guru Kogonada: How He Leapt from Small Screens to Sundance NEXT with the Mysterious ‘Columbus’

Features and Analysis

2017’s Sundance Sales Are In Overdrive: Here’s Why, Plus See Our Full Deal Scorecard

Sudden Impact: How Sundance Documentaries Have Gained (or Lost) Relevance in the Trump Age

Make Sundance Great Again: Why Festival Disasters Couldn’t Sink A Slate Filled With Politically Woke Cinema

Sundance 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year’s Acclaimed Films

The Big Gamble on ‘The Big Sick’: Why Amazon Spent $12 Millon Dollars on Kumail Nanjiani’s Passion Project

A Sundance Sale, Revisited: Miguel Arteta Looks Back on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Star Maps’

‘Quest’: How a Photo Essay Turned into a Documentary About 8 Years in the Life of a North Philly Family

How These 20 Sundance Festival Films Got Their Start in the Sundance Labs

Buyer or Seller, Selling a Movie At Sundance 2017 Is More Complicated Than Ever

Michael Showalter’s Second Act: How the ‘The Big Sick’ Filmmaker Reinvented His Career — Sundance 2017

Sundance 2017: Why the Dealmaking Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story — Critic’s Notebook

Sundance After Trump: How The Election Changed the Filmmakers and Their Films

Here’s Why ABC’s Talking-Dog TV Show Belongs At the Sundance Film Festival

Tragedy, Neurosis, Sundance: The Long, Strange Journey of ‘Person to Person’ Director Dustin Guy Defa


‘Burning Sands’ Review: HBCU-Set Hazing Drama Is Gripping, If Difficult to Stomach — Sundance 2017

‘Unrest’ Review: A Personal Look at Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, With Powerful Results — Sundance 2017

‘Where Is Kyra?’ Review: Michelle Pfeiffer Gives Her Best Performance in Years in This Sad Little Drama — Sundance 2017

‘Trumped’ Review: Relive the 2016 Election, Since That Sounds Like a Good Time — Sundance 2017

‘Casting JonBenet’ Review: When a Murder Fuels a Fascinating Documentary Experiment — Sundance 2017

‘Thoroughbred’ Review: Anton Yelchin’s Final Performance Highlights Cory Finley’s Remarkable Debut — Sundance 2017

‘Psycho,’ Analyzed: Hitchcock’s Famous Shower Scene Gets Scrutinized In the Perceptive ’78/52′ — Sundance Review

‘The New Radical’ Review: This Bitcoin Documentary Is a Real-Life ‘Mr. Robot’ — Sundance 2017 Review

‘Step’ Review: This Dance Documentary Uplifts The Girls, But Is a Better Story About Community — Sundance 2017

‘Chasing Coral’ Review: Gorgeous Underwater Exploration is ‘The War Room’ for Environmental Advocacy Docs — Sundance 2017

‘Band Aid’ Review: Zoe Lister-Jones And Adam Pally Rock Their Marriage Back To Life In a Sincere Music Comedy — Sundance 2017

‘Brigsby Bear’ Review: The Lonely Island’s Sundance Debut Is a Sweet Movie, But It’s a One-Joke Slog — Sundance 2017

‘Sidney Hall’ Review: This Narcissistic Mystery Is a Manipulative Mix of Cinema’s Ugliest Tropes — Sundance 2017

‘Deidra & Laney Rob a Train’ Review: A High School Caper Comedy That Loses Steam — Sundance 2017

‘Rebel in the Rye’ Review: Nicholas Hoult Is a Worthy J.D. Salinger, But the Drama Is a Phony — Sundance 2017

‘Beatriz at Dinner’ Review: Salma Hayek Assails Trump’s America — Sundance 2017

‘Strong Island’ Review: Yance Ford’s Powerful and Personal Look at Race in America — Sundance Review

‘Marjorie Prime’ Review: Jon Hamm as a Hologram Can’t Save This Lifeless Adaptation — Sundance 2017

‘Newness’ Review: Nicholas Hoult And Laia Costa Can’t Save Drake Doremus’ Dating App Drama — Sundance 2017

‘Get Out’ Review: Jordan Peele’s Directorial Debut Is A Horror Movie Unafraid To Call Out Racist Bullshit — Sundance 2017

‘God’s Own Country’ Review: A British ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ But Better — Sundance 2017

‘Toru’ Review: The Secret A24 Sci-Fi Short Chooses Lyricism Over Twists — Sundance 2017

‘Menashe’ Review: A Hasidic Community Sets the Stage for a Touching Father-Son Drama — Sundance 2017

‘Crown Heights’ Review: Lakeith Stanfield Shines In A Messy Docudrama That Doesn’t Do Justice — Sundance 2017

‘Beach Rats’ Review: A Very Gritty Sex in the City From Director Eliza Hittman — Sundance 2017

‘Lemon’ Review: A Bizarre Comedy of Confused People From Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman — Sundance 2017

‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Here’s the Best Hip-Hop Movie Since ‘Hustle & Flow’ – Sundance 2017

‘Wind River’ Review: Jeremy Renner Is An Ice-Cold Cowboy In Taylor Sheridan’s Solid Noir — Sundance 2017

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Review: Luca Guadagnino Delivers A Queer Masterpiece — Sundance 2017 

‘Quest’ Review: A North Philadelphia Family Perseveres in Slow-Burning Verité — Sundance 2017

‘A Ghost Story’ Review: Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Star in David Lowery’s Best Movie

‘L.A. Times’ Review: An Occasionally Funny Riff on Frustrated (and Frustrating) Angelenos

‘Fun Mom Dinner’ Review: Even Toni Collette and Bridget Everett Can’t Save This Buddy Comedy

‘My Happy Family’ Review: A Wife and Mother Escapes Her Trap

‘It’s Not Yet Dark’ Review: The Moving Portrait Of a Man Who Made a Movie With ALS

‘The Hero’ Review: Sam Elliott Carries Brett Haley’s Drama of an Aging Movie Star

‘Bitch’ Review: Marianna Palka’s Vicious Feminist Satire Has Plenty of Bark and Bite

‘The Discovery’ Review: Rooney Mara And Jason Segel Find Life After Death

‘Person To Person’ Review: Tavi Gevinson And Philip Baker Hall Shine In This Charming New York City Mosaic

‘In Loco Parentis’ Review: The Cutest Documentary That Frederick Wiseman Never Made — Sundance 2017

‘Novitiate’ Review: Margaret Qualley Is Stellar As A Young Nun In Love — Sundance 2017

‘Trophy’ Review: This Big-Game Hunting Exposé is Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful, and Appalling — Sundance 2017

‘Oklahoma City’ Review: This Bombing Doc Is a Terrifying Warning for Trump’s America — Sundance 2017

‘Dina’ Review: An Asperger’s Doc That Dares To Find Sex On The Spectrum — Sundance 2017

‘Landline’ Review: ‘Obvious Child’ Duo Reunites For A Bigger, Better, Messier Comedy That’s Totally Off The Hook

‘The Big Sick’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani’s Real-Life Story Is a Major Crowdpleaser

‘I Don’t Feel At Home in this World Anymore’ Review: Melanie Lynskey Is A Frustrated Vigilante In Macon Blair’s Delightfully Dark Directorial Debut

‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ Review: Al Gore Drops the Mic (Again) On Climate Change

‘Dayveon’ Review: Amman Abbasi’s Debut Pulls A Powerful Coming-Of-Age Story From The Rural Heart Of Arkansas

‘Whose Streets?’ Review: Ferguson Doc Shows the Birth of Black Lives Matter With Unrelenting Power — Sundance 2017

‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Review: Jessica Williams Makes a Bid For Movie Stardom — Sundance 2017

Aubrey Plaza Leads a Hilarious Cast of Sexually Deviant Nuns In Jeff Baena’s ‘The Little Hours’ 

‘When the Street Lights Go On’ Review: Eerie ’80s Murder-Mystery Blends ‘Stranger Things’ with ‘The Night Of’

‘Icarus’ is an Alarming Look at Russia’s Secret Doping Operation — Sundance Review


Watch the Park City Women’s March in One Amazing Time-Lapse Video

GALLERY: Sundance Filmmakers and Locals Unite for Women’s March on Main

‘The Big Sick’ Is Very, Very Warmly Received at Sundance, and a Buyer Frenzy Ensues

Sundance 2017 Live Stream: Watch Robert Redford’s Opening Day Press Conference Live Online

Park City Women’s March: What to Know If You’re Attending the Event During Sundance’s First Weekend

Robert Redford Downplays Trump: ‘We Don’t Occupy Ourselves With Politics’ — Sundance 2017

Clips, Trailers, Posters and More

Winnie’ Trailer: Pascale Lamche Spotlights Winnie Mandela’s Controversial Life in Sundance Documentary

‘The Discovery’ Trailer: Rooney Mara and Jason Segel Find Love in a Time of Suicide

‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Trailer: Animated Cannes Favorite Battles Trauma with Whimsy

‘Manifesto’ First Look: Cate Blanchett Channels Lars Von Trier and Jim Jarmusch In Sundance Premiere

Sundance 2017 Premiere ‘Bad Day for the Cut’ Gets a Retro-Styled Poster Hellbent on Revenge (Exclusive)

‘Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)’ Exclusive Trailer and Poster: A Young Man Finds Love In a Dominican Republic Prison

‘Night Shift’ Trailer: Viola Davis-Produced Short Starring Tunde Adebimpe Goes Inside Strange World of Night Club Attendants

‘Killing Ground’ Exclusive Trailer: A Young Couple’s Remote Weekend Getaway Turns Into a Waking Nightmare

‘Bad Day for the Cut’ Trailer: An Irish Farmer Avenges His Mother’s Murder In New Sundance Film

‘Golden Exits’ Teaser Trailer: Emily Browning Charms in Alex Ross Perry’s Sundance-Bound Drama

‘My Happy Family’ Exclusive Clip: Georgian Woman Leaves Her Family Behind To Live On Her Own


Sundance 2017 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases

Roadside and FilmNation Buy ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ — Sundance 2017

Amazon Buys Wrongful Conviction Drama ‘Crown Heights’ — Sundance 2017

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Brigsby Bear’ — Sundance 2017

Netflix Buying Anorexia Drama ‘To the Bone’ For $8 Million — Sundance 2017

Gunpowder & Sky Buys ‘The Little Hours’ — Sundance 2017

Fox Searchlight Buys Documentary ‘Step’ For More Than $4 Million — Sundance 2017

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Catholic Nun Drama ‘Novitiate’

Sundance 2017: HBO Acquires War Documentary ‘Cries From Syria’

Amazon Wins ‘The Big Sick’ Bidding War With $12 Million Buy — Sundance 2017

Sundance 2017: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Luca Guadagnino’s Gay Romance ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Netflix Acquires Worldwide Rights To Sundance Documentary ‘Casting JonBenet’

‘A Ghost Story’: David Lowery’s Sundance Drama Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Acquired by A24

Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’

Content Media Acquires ‘Legion of Brothers’ for International Distribution — Sundance 2017

Netflix, Momentum Pictures Acquire ‘Fun Mom Dinner’

FilmRise acquires Amman Abbasi Debut ‘Dayveon’ — Sundance 2017

IFC Midnight Acquires ‘Killing Ground’ — Sundance 2017

The Orchard and CNN Acquire Documentary ‘Trophy’ — Sundance 2017

The Orchard Acquires ‘The Hero’ Starring Sam Elliott — Sundance 2017

Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Legion of Brothers’ — Sundance 2017

Netflix Close to Acquiring Hulk Hogan Doc ‘Nobody Speak’ — Sundance 2017

Netflix Acquires ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ — Sundance 2017

Netflix Acquires Documentary ‘Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower’ — Sundance 2017

Kino Lorber Acquires ‘Pop Aye’ — Sundance 2017

Netflix Buys Russian Doping Doc ‘Icarus’ For $5 Million — Sundance 2017

Focus Features Acquires ‘Thoroughbred’ — Sundance 2017

Amazon Picks Up ‘Landline’ Starring Jenny Slate — Sundance 2017

Fox Searchlight Buys ‘Patti Cake$’ in Huge $10.5 Million Deal — Sundance 2017
The festival runs from January 19 – 29 in Park City, Utah.

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