Sundance 2016 — That’s A Wrap!

Rounding up the events, screenings and fun at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah

With the Sundance Film Festival’s Feature Film Awards Ceremony set to end the festival tomorrow, Saturday the 30th, featuring director Taika Waititi of What We Do In the Shadows as host, the festivities come to a close. This year had a bit of exciting news as one film, Birth of a Nation, set a Sundance record for acquisition at $17.5 million, while... Read more

Sundance 2016 — A Steady Stream Of Purchases

HDVideoPro editor Simon Wakelin breaks down the movers and shakers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – Original content seems to be the media darling at Sundance 2016, with streaming services outbidding traditional studios to garner the rights to cutting edge material… Tallulah starring Ellen Page – Photo by David Newsom Case in point is Netflix and Amazon. Netflix have so far scored features such as Tallulah... Read more

Sundance 2016 — Dinner With Family With Brett Gelman And Brett Gelman’s Family — Q&A With Brett Gelman And Director Jason Woliner

Dark comedy at its best with the Adult Swim short Dinner With Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman’s Family, which ran at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

Created by Eagleheart series director Jason Woliner and titular comedic actor Brett Gelman, Dinner with Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman’s Family is a darkly absurdist comedy that follows in the footsteps of their previous short together, Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends. First aired on [adult swim], Dinner with Family with... Read more

Sundance 2016 — White Girl — Review

Debuting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, White Girl is a story of decadence and drugs based on director Elizabeth Wood’s own life

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – The Sundance screenings continue with White Girl, an unflinchingly real portrait of drug use based on the experiences of Elizabeth Wood, the film’s director. In the U.S. Dramatic Competition, White Girl is the story of Leah, a student fresh out of college for the summer who goes to extremes to get her drug dealer... Read more

Sundance 2016 — WILD — Review

Testing the limits of taboo in cinema, WILD from director Nicolette Krebitz debuts this year at the Sundance Film Festival

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – After the hypnotic mermaid-horror-musical The Lure comes WILD, a powerful and emotional journey that rides a razor sharp edge between offensive and evocative. WILD is the third film directed by German actress Nicolette Krebitz, the story of a rebellious woman who turns away from her mundane existence to embrace the... Read more

Sundance 2016 — The Lobster — Review

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival 2016 and starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, The Lobster is one of the most unusual premises ever committed to film

The Lobster was just about one of the blackest dark comedies I’ve ever seen. Oftentimes funny and oftentimes totally disturbing, the plot is loosely based around a near-future dystopia where animals are scarce and people are forced to mate. The film starts with a schlubby Colin Farrell, who easily added thirty to forty pounds for this role, as he... Read more

Sundance 2016 — The Lure — Review

Musical, horror and fantasy mix in director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s film, which debuts this year at Sundance

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – This 1980s-set musical horror film is a bizarre yet riveting feature. Sundance is renowned for screening films that push the boundaries of filmmaking, and The Lure is no exception. A Polish entry in the World Drama section, it will warm the hearts of David Lynch fans, which is to say that it will disturb, offend... Read more

Sundance 2016 — Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You — Q&A With Cinematographer Ronan Killeen

A documentary on the legendary producer and his work from directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady premieres at this year’s Sundance

Producer Norman Lear has been making a lot of waves at this year’s Sundance film festival, which is ironic considering that he just turned 93. Famous for fostering a string of progressive, provocative and extremely successful television series programs during the golden age of television like Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good... Read more

Sundance 2016 — The Insider

Editor Simon Wakelin reports from this year’s Sundance Film Festival

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – Greetings from Sundance! Attendees are arriving in Park City for this year’s festival to celebrate original, powerful and unique storytelling. While some obnoxious guests land via Uber’s latest helicopter service, most are focused on one of the biggest questions at this year’s event, namely: ‘What films will... Read more

Sundance 2016 — United Shades Of America — Q&A With Executive Producers W. Kamau Bell And Jimmy Fox As Well As Director Of Photography Patrick Higgins

Using the Sony F55, W. Kamau Bell and a tight crew traveled the United States to document and confront race relations

United Shades of America is a new original CNN series hosted by comedian W. Kamau Bell. Currently slated as an eight-part season of hour-long shows, the production follows Bell, who is also the ACLU’s Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice, on a cross country trek as he converses with diverse populations around the US on race relations while confronting... Read more

Sundance 2016 — Suited — Q&A With Documentary Cinematographer Bob Richman

Shot with the Canon C300 and premiering this week at the Sundance film festival, an HBO documentary from director Jason Benjamin follows tailoring company Bindle and Keep who customizes clothing for a unique market of LGBT clients

Suited is an HBO documentary premiering next week at Sundance 2016. Produced by HBO series Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s production company, A Casual Romance, Suited centers on a New York tailoring company that caters to a unique clientele of gender-nonconforming clients. Director Jason Benjamin, who has done sound work on the... Read more

Sundance 2016 — Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper — Q&A With Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz (ASC)

Shot with the Canon C300 and premiering this week at the Sundance film festival, an HBO documentary from director Liz Garbus centers on the legacy of Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper

Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper is an HBO documentary premiering this coming weekend at Sundance 2016. Director Liz Garbus just received an Oscar nomination for her film What Happened, Miss Simone?, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance and is streaming via Netflix now. Told through archival footage and interviews with Vanderbilt... Read more
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