Documentary Serendipity—Sérgio Mendes: In The Key of Joy

Feature documentary "Sérgio Mendes: In The Key of Joy" recently had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Documentary Serendipity
“Sergio Mendes: In the Key of Joy,” a documentary that I shot in 2017 and 2018 just had its premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It finally happened. Director John Scheinfeld’s feature documentary about the life of Brazilian composer and musical legend Sérgio Mendes, “Sérgio Mendes: In The Key of... Read more

Sundance 2020: “His House” Offers No Refuge From Horror

In this video clip, first-time director describes how he created such a claustrophobic horror film
Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu appear in “His House,” directed by Remi Weekes, an official selection of the Midnight program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Aidan Monaghan. “My House” pulsates with claustrophobic unease, a horror film that disturbed audiences with powerful effect. It’s a remarkable... Read more

Sundance 2020: “The Nest” Premieres At The Festival

Director Sean Durkin returns with a social critique of England
A still from “The Nest,” which premiered this year at Sundance In 2011, Sean Durkin won the dramatic directing award for his directorial debut “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” tapping into the terror of a cult lingering on in the mind of an escaped victim. With his new movie “The Nest,” Durkin returns this year to Sundance with a social... Read more
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Sundance 2020: David Lowery On Inspiring Filmmakers

In this video clip, see what independent films opened David Lowery’s eyes
Director David Lowery, at “The Movie That Blew My Mind” session, a recurring festival panel at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. © 2020 Sundance Institute | photo by Maya Dehlin. During one of “The Movie That Blew My Mind” sessions, in which a filmmaker is asked to share a movie that was hugely formative in his or her development,... Read more

Sundance 2020: The Perils Of Getting Off The Grid In “Save Yourselves!”

Find out how this Rom-Com is actually an ode, of sorts, to our tech-obsessed culture
Sunita Mani and John Reynolds appear in “Save Yourselves!” by Alex Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matt Clegg. To get a sense of what it means to make a zany film like “Save Yourselves!,” check out the following... Read more

Sundance 2020: The Ignored Angst Of “The Assistant”

In Director Kitty Green’s film, Julia Garner adeptly portrays the silent suffering of subordinates
Julia Garner appears in “The Assistant” by Director Kitty Green, an official selection of the Spotlight program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute. Kitty Green’s “The Assistant” plays in the Spotlight category and presents us with the unenviable experience of working on the inside of a prestigious New... Read more

Sundance 2020: What’s the Big Deal? 

Find out which film acquisitions got the most buzz at this year’s film festival
Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti appear in “Palm Springs,” a satirical film by Max Barbakow and an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Chris Willard. By all accounts, it’s been a slow Sundance Film Festival this year. According to some, even foot... Read more

Sundance 2020: Tom McCarthy And The Importance Of Film And Cinema

In this short video clip, see why the award-winner director of “Spotlight” finds “Repo Man” to be an inspiration.
Director Tom McCarthy being interviewed by Tabitha Jackson, documentary film program director at Sundance  In this Sundance Film Festival panel, titled “The Movie That Blew My Mind,” we join hosts John Cooper (festival director) and Tabitha Jackson (documentary film program director) at this special event interviewing Director Tom McCarthy,... Read more

Sundance 2020: Director Of Photography Topher Osborn Talks About Creative Choices In “Bad Hair”

The film’s director of photography discussed why they shot on Super 16 and how they chose their lighting style
Simon Wakelin, who has been roaming the many screening rooms all week at Sundance, captured this informative video at the Zeiss Open House with Topher Osborn, who discussed many of the creative choices he, Director Justin Simien and others on the creative team made in creating “Bad Hair,” a satirical psychological thriller set in Los Angeles in... Read more

Sundance 2020: Did “Possessor” Director And Cinematographer Reinvent The Genre Of Horror?

Director Brandon Cronenberg and Cinematographer Karim Hussain discuss going beyond homage and using practical effects
Andrea Riseborough appears in “Possessor,” by Brandon Cronenberg, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Karim Hussain. Brandon Cronenberg may be virtually unknown to mainstream moviegoers, but connoisseurs of the horror genre are in for... Read more

Sundance 2020: Exploring The Visual Language Of “The 40-Year-Old Version”

Video of Director Radha Blank and DP Eric Branco explaining their lighting, technical and creative choices
In “The 40-Year-Old Version,” Director Radha Blank writes, directs and delivers a powerful onscreen performance in her debut feature film. She discusses it this year at Sundance. This presentation also features DP Eric Branco. Both Blank and Branco discuss a number of production issues, including why the film was shot on black-and-white film, Here’s... Read more

Sundance 2020: “On The Record” Documents Rape & Abuse In The Record Industry

The powerful film focuses on Drew Dixon, a music executive from Def Jam Records and Arista, who was allegedly raped by music-mogul Russell Simmons
From the powerful and emotional Q&A with the filmmakers and the women featured in the documentary film, “On The Record,” including Drew Dixon (center with microphone). The #MeToo movement continues to light up Sundance with “On The Record,” a searing documentary that centers on Drew Dixon, a young music executive from Def Jam Records and... Read more
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