It’s Sundance time! Another year of the festival circuit is about to begin and first off the starting block is the well-known Sundance Film Festival. You might be thinking, “Why should I care about what films this reviewer is seeing?” Here’s the skinny on that:
1. You’ll be first to know what films are headed down the pike that are worth seeing
2. I go out of my way to find films that aren’t just big name/big star films. I find indie film gems that may be overlooked because they don’t have big names and big budgets to support them.
3. All festivals have a myriad number of entertaining and informative films that get overlooked by big publications like Entertainment Weekly. Reel Honest Reviews looks first and foremost for quality, not at who’s hot and who’s not. (OK, I’ll admit that it’s still fun to see the “hot” stars sitting next to you at a restaurant!)
4. You’ll have an opportunity to ask a question during one of my interviews!
With that information under your belt, here are the films RHR intends to see and then give you the “reel” scoop. And I’ll even share a few photos of food, parties, music, cool new products, as well as the ski slopes.
With most festivals, this is a competitive one. All films are grouped into respective categories in which to compete. With 9 categories, here are my standouts—and I do tend to pick them each year!
Sundance Film Festival Guide
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION:
THE D TRAIN, THE OVERNIGHT,THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT,STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA, I SMILE BACK, PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS, UNEXPECTED, THE BRONZE, THE WITCH, RESULTS, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, and last but not least, Z FOR ZACHARIAH
U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:
3 1/2 MINUTES; HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO; FINDERS KEEPERS; LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER, and (T)ERROR
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION:
PARTISAN, THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE, GLASSLAND, SLOW WEST, STRANGERLAND, and UMRIKA.
WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:
DREAMCATCHER, SEMBENE, DARK HORSE, LISTEN TO ME MARLON, and THE AMINA PROFILE
BOB AND THE TREES, CHRISTMAS AGAIN, and TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
NEW FRONTIER FILMS:
STATION TO STATION, SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE
COP CAR and KNOCK KNOCK
’71, 99 HOMES, EDEN, WHITE GOD, WILD TALES, ALOFT, and 6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA (I’m a DH Lawrence fan!)
I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, DIGGING FOR FIRE, BROOKLYN, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, MISSISSIPPI
GRIND, SEOUL SEARCHING, GRANDMA, I AM MICHAEL, DON VERDEAN, A WALK IN THE WOODS, and TRUE STORY
THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD FO THE REVOLUTION, WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF, and THE MASK YOU LIVE IN
THE WAY OF THE RAIN, MISERY LOVES COMEDY
Sundance always offers up new technology in the film industry as well as great music at the ASCAP Music Cafe.
There just isn’t enough time in the day to cover everything, but if I give up sleep and food, I should cover quite a bit!
Check back for capsule reviews, photos, and interviews of all things Sundance. With Redford’s “A Walk in the Woods” and a special virtual experience using “Wild,” Merrell boots will be a highlighted cool product this year. I’ll also be posting my interview schedule so please let me know if you have a particular question YOU would like to have asked!
Cheers! (I may not sleep or eat, but I will have a glass of wine…or two!)