Sundance 2019: Nope to “Mope”

Even ardent cineastes will have difficulty remaining in their seats watching this tedious, low-rent feature, which debuts in Sundance’s Midnight section.
The film “Mope,” which is based on real events, appeared in the Midnight section at this year’s Sundance film festival. Sadly, this trashy ride into LA’s porn industry was directed with all the finesse of a dizzy elephant on ice and is replete with uneven performances, abysmal direction and appalling cinematography to boot. It’s simply... Read more

Sundance 2019: Cinematographer Tarin Anderson of “Corporate Animals”

Today, we’ve returned to interview Cinematographer Tarin Anderson here at Sundance and to join Zeiss for its Art Motion Event, a day of interviewing prominent cinematographers and directors who uncover their moviemaking techniques on films screening at the festival.
The setting for the dark comedy “Corporate Animals,” a film directed by Patrick Brice and starring Demi Moore and Ed Helms, is in New Mexico, where a self-centered CEO of an edible-cutlery company leads her long-suffering staff on a corporate team-building exercise. It’s also where disaster strikes: Trapped underground, the mismatched posse must... Read more

Sundance 2019: Director Alma Har’el And Natasha Braier, ASC, of “Honey Boy”

Today at Sundance, we’re back again to interview two crew members of the film “Honey Boy” at the Zeiss Art Motion Event, where prominent cinematographers and directors uncover their moviemaking techniques on films screening at the festival.
This year’s Zeiss Art Motion Event has attracted prominent cinematographers to discuss their approach to the craft of shooting on set, including Natasha Braier, ASC and director Alma Har’el, who broke down the production of “Honey Boy,” which stars Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs and Shia LaBeouf, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is currently... Read more
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Sundance 2019: Cinematographer Jon Keng

This year’s Zeiss Art Motion Event has attracted some prominent cinematographers to discuss their approach to the craft of shooting on set. Jon Keng joined the conversation to reveal his technique of lensing, “Before You Know It,” which is currently competing in the US Dramatic Competition. Keng says that the team completed the film’s color Read more…

This year’s Zeiss Art Motion Event has attracted some prominent cinematographers to discuss their approach to the craft of shooting on set. Jon Keng joined the conversation to reveal his technique of lensing, “Before You Know It,” which is currently competing in the US Dramatic Competition. Keng says that the team completed the film’s color... Read more

Sundance 2019: “Velvet Buzzsaw”

Dan Gilroy captured the attention of audiences and critics with “Night Crawler.” Now the helmer follows up with another movie just as potent, this time with an ironic horror thriller set in the art world of Los Angeles.
Dan Gilroy’s latest cinematic treat, a film that satirizes the art culture with ridiculous aplomb, premiered last night. It’s set in the vacuous art market of Los Angeles, where an unknown artist is discovered after his death, leading to a supernatural force that enacts revenge upon those who profit from his work. Gallery owner Rhonda Haze (Rene... Read more

Sundance 2019: “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”

This important documentary highlights mankind’s effect on the planet and examines in shocking detail how mankind is changing the earth and its systems more than all natural processes combined.
Taking four years to complete, “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” comes from the multiple-award-winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. The docu rolls with powerful effect, opting to reveal rather than lecture, as actress Alicia Vikander (herself an environmentalist) narrates over chilling yet beautiful images... Read more

Sundance 2019: “The Lodge”

Austrian filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala turn up the creep factor in a remote cabin deep in the snow-laden wilderness.
“The Lodge” opens with a slow, meandering shot that peeks around the rooms of a dark house until we see a pair of giant eyes peering in through the windows, which breaks the spell and reveals that the interior is actually a dollhouse. It’s a powerful set up that leads us into a haunting tale of divorce, suicide and claustrophobic dread. We follow... Read more

Sundance 2019: The Immersive Wilderness Lands At Sundance

What “The Wild Immersion” brings to Sundance audiences is an eco-friendly, ethical and educational message by taking them on a memorable virtual reality trip to animals all around the world.
What’s unique about “The Wild Immersion” VR experience is that its the first virtual nature reserve at Sundance. Endorsed by conservationist Jane Goodall, the VR experience delivers a strong message about the desperate situation of species extinction in the world today, particularly to younger generations. “We have created the world’s first... Read more

Sundance 2019: “Animals”

Discussing narratives, formats and color with Cinematographer and Editor Bryan Mason
Sophie Hyde made a splash at Sundance in 2014 after winning the Directing Award in the World Cinema / Dramatic Competition for “52 Tuesdays.” This year Hyde is back with yet another project, this time with the film “Animals,” which has been selected for the “Premieres” section that recognizes highly impressive narrative feature films. Bryan... Read more

Sundance 2019: Midnight Preview

This year’s slate of Midnight films promises wild cinematic rides and intriguing content, mixing murder, revenge and dark comedy
The Midnight section of Sundance is always a mix of madness and mayhem, but it always attracts audiences enticed by bizarre, abstract and way-out-there content. Here’s a quick peek (if you dare) at some of what will be on view and what may be the next cult classic premiering at this year’s event: “Wounds” makes its world premiere this year.... Read more

Sundance 2019 – Editing “Before You Know It”

Film editor Kent Kincannon discusses the experience of editing this new comedy.
In film, editing is often seen as a language, which can be both powerful and subtle, in the same way individual notes of music can produce a captivating or soothing melody. When editing is successful, a movie will communicate the intensions of the director, as well as the script, cast and crew. It’s a notion Kent Kincannon is quite familiar with as... Read more

Sundance 2019 – “Apollo 11” Has Landed

A first look at "Apollo 11," showcasing the first moon landing mission like never before at Sundance Film Festival
“Apollo 11” has touched down, so to speak, at Sundance, and it’s a unique take on the historic Apollo 11 mission: For starters, Todd Douglas Miller’s Documentary Competition feature brings pristine hi-res color and previously unreleased audio to replace the blurry TV transmissions we recall from NASA’s 1969 first flight to the moon. On its... Read more
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