Sundance Film Festival Announces New TV Centric Section, Unveils 2018 Logo
Comic-Con officially kicks off in two days, but with six months to go until the start of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Robert Redford-founded snowy shindig today revealed a new look, a new award and a new selection that spotlights the ever-growing presence of television at the Utah gathering.
Looking in the best way a lot like a 1970s sitcom title card, the official graphic for the January 18-28 SFF (see above) is intended to convey the fest’s “disruptive… Read
‘Icarus’ Trailer: Bryan Fogel’s Russian Doping Exposé Sets Netflix Date
“Were you the mastermind that cheated the Olympics?” filmmaker Bryan Fogel asks at the start of this new trailer for Netflix’s Icarus. And with the one-word answer from Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov — “Yes” — the doping exposé is off to the races.
Icarus nabbed the Sundance Film Festival’s inaugural Orwell Award this year, and last month it opened the 2017 AFI Docs fest in Washington, D.C. The film won an audience award at Sundance London.
The film chronicles… Read
‘Brigsby Bear’s Dave McCary & Kyle Mooney On The Friendship That Launched Their Careers — Cannes Ones To Watch
It's not often that a high-school friendship blossoms into a successful professional relationship, but writer-director Dave McCary and his best friend Kyle Mooney have pulled it off. After college, the duo founded Los Angeles-based sketch comedy group Good Neighbor (with Beck Bennett and Nick Rutherford), developed a huge YouTube following (Louis C.K. and Steven Spielberg are fans), and were snatched up by Saturday Night Live.
Now, nearly four years later, McCary is… Read
‘Patti Cake$’ Star Danielle Macdonald On Tackling Her First Lead Role Without Killa P’s Self-Confidence – Cannes Ones To Watch
"Lords and ladies of the Royal Court, bow down. The QUEEN is in the building." So announces Jheri (played magnificently by newcomer Siddharth Dhananjay) in Geremy Jasper's Directors’ Fortnight closing-night film Patti Cake$. And for anyone who sees Danielle Macdonald's breakthrough performance as aspiring New Jersey rapper Patricia Dombrowski, it's hard to argue with this assertion. As the titular Patti Cake$ (aka White Trish, aka Juicy Luciano, aka Marilyn Mansion, aka… Read
‘Fear The Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo Among 2017 Sundance Labs Fellows
Fear The Walking Dead returns for its third season on June 4 but star Colman Domingo won't just be on the run from zombies next month. As announced by the Sundance Institute today, the actor will be in Utah to join 15 other newly selected Fellows for the Directors and Screenwriters labs at the Robert Redford founded organization.
A Sundance vet on-screen, Domingo has put his director's hat on to team up with writer Cory Miller for a film on the true story of the… Read
Justin Chon’s ‘Gook’ Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films For August Bow
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Gook, Justin Chon’s Sundance Audience Award winner. An August release is planned. Chon wrote, directed and stars the pic, which is set in Los Angeles just before the 1992 riots break out.
It revolves around Eli (Chon) and Daniel (David So), Korean-American brothers who run their late father's shoe store in a predominantly African-American community of Los Angeles. They strike up an unlikely friendship with an… Read
‘Last Men In Aleppo’ Trailer: Sundance Grand Jury Prize-Winning Documentary
The trailer for the Sundance Film Festival World Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner Last Men In Aleppo just dropped from Grasshopper Film. From Syrian writer-director Feras Fayyad, the film is the second documentary to come along about the White Helmets, the first responders who rush in to rescue victims of the devastating bombings and terrorist attacks that have pushed the civil war-torn country to the brink of collapse.
The film follows volunteers Khaled (in his 40s)… Read
‘The Little Hours’ Redband Trailer: Nuns Go Wild For Dave Franco In Sundance Comedy
Three nuns' lives get disrupted when a young servant who is fleeing from his master arrives at their convent in The Little Hours, the Sundance comedy written and directed by Jeff Baena. Gunpowder & Sky, which acquired the film at this year's festival, unveiled the first decidedly NSFW redband trailer for the comedy starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Dave Franco.
The Little Hours follows medieval nuns gone wild Alessandra (Brie), Fernanda (Plaza) and Ginevra (Kate… Read
‘Bad Day For The Cut’ Duo Ink With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin, the team behind the Northern Ireland-set revenge thriller Bad Day For The Cut, have inked with CAA and management company Plattform.
The pic, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year in the Midnight section, stars Nigel O'Neill (Game Of Thrones) as middle-aged Donal, who lives on a rural farm with his beloved mother. When she is murdered after an apparent home invasion, he sets off on a bloody mission to avenge her… Read
‘Step’ Trailer Showcases The Dance Moves That Charmed Sundance
“Making music with our bodies” is how one of the high-school step dancers describes her group in this trailer for Fox Searchlight’s Step, and that’s as good a summary as any. Amanda Lipitz’s documentary, acquired by Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. Each girl tries to become the first in her family to attend college.
Produced by Lipitz and Steven… Read
Sundance Winner ‘Last Men In Aleppo’ Lands At Grasshopper Film For May Release
Indie distributor Grasshopper Film has acquired U.S. rights to Last Men In Aleppo, the feature-length film that that won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, where it had its world premiere in January. Grasshopper plans a May platform release in New York (the Metrograph) and Los Angeles (Laemmle's Music Hall) ahead of a national rollout and a VOD bow. POV has TV rights and will air the docu later this year.
The film from director Feras… Read
‘Shots Fired’ Stars Talk About Making Timely Series As Real Events Swirled
Shots Fired, the 10-hour event series that bows tonight on Fox, first premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and could not feel more of the moment. From creators Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood and featuring a stellar ensemble including Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James and Tristan Mack Wilds, the series follows a media storm that unfolds in a small North Carolina town after the murder of a white teenager by an African-American cop.
When they sat… Read