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Sundance Film Festival Restores Movie Magic in 2014
Written by Matthew McGuire
The 37th Sundance Film Festival is set for this January 16-26 in the ski resort town known as Park City, Utah. The event moved to the ski resort in 1981 after starting in Salt Lake City in 1978. Robert Redford created the original festival to entice filmmakers from California to Utah. After decades of growth, the event now has an annual operation going in London, England. The festival origins still carry on, but the event now brings in over 40,000 people, and provides a platform for producers to reach audiences, and distribution channels worldwide.
Sundance Music Café
In addition, the annual event hosts panel discussion on films and music, A Celebration of Music in Film, Roundtable Discussion: Music and Film, the Creative Process Produced by BMI, Music Showcases, Stop by the Music Café in Park City or visit the Salt Lake City Café. Stop in during the day to hear a range of talented songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum in a program produced by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). We interviewed The Devil Makes Three in 2012, and look forward to hearing their new music live Tuesday, January 21 at 4:00 p.m. Preview their latest track ‘Stranger’ streaming live on YouTube, and available on Amazon.
The Devil Makes Three ‘Stranger’
Six Dozen Films in Competition
Find out all about the films in the running for the 2014 US Sundance Film Competition in the 15 separate categories. Candidates are put into 15 categories including: Documentary World Premier, The Free Fail Workshop, Late Night Screenings/Horror (Midnight), Experimental (New Frontier), Innovative (Next), Premier, Short Films, Short Programs, Spotlight, The Sundance Collection, Sundance Kids, US Docs, World Docs, US Dramatic and the World Dramatic category.
Nick Offerman: American Ham
Born in Minooka, Illinois, Nick Offerman, comedian, sets the Town Hall theatre stage on fire during his 2013 comedy tour. This film will most likely host one of the more energetic crowds of the weekend at Sundance with screenings on 1/23/2014 at 6:00 p.m. in Salt Lake City at Library Theatre, 1/24/2014 5:30 p.m. at The MARC in Park City and on 1/26/2014 1:30 p.m. at Egyptian Theatre in Park City.
In addition to Offerman’s success with ‘Parks and Recreations’, his film with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing and Julien Lemaitre producing will be featured by Entertainment Weekly during the Sundance festivities.
Photo Courtesy of Sundance Institute and by Matt Garrett.
Film Forward 2014 Trailer
Film Forward at Sundance
Film Forward is an international touring program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of films, workshops and conversations with filmmakers.
2014 Featured Films with Film Forward
Directed by Srdan Golubovic
Dancing in Jaffa
Directed by Hilla Medalia
Directed by Ryan Coogler
If You Build It
Directed by Patrick Creadon
Directed by Kim Mordaunt
Twenty Feet From Stardom
Directed by Morgan Neville
Directed by Marta Cunningham
The World Before Her
Directed by Nisha Pahuja
Hoop Dreams Rebounds in High Definition
Steve James, Producer and Filmmaker, has teamed up with the event to provide a screening of a film he worked on in 1994 titled “Hoop Dreams”. He is a fellow Southern Illinois University Carbondale alumni. It is an honor to be apart of this high definition special screening during our first year covering the event. James spoke with the Sundance Institute about his first screening of the movie, and the growth of the film.
“As this film went along and turned into its mini epic of its own, I reveled in that, I loved that.” -Steve James
Steve James on Hoop Dreams with TIFF
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