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Sundance Leaves a Pint of Blood on the Stage


Wednesday wrapped up with a screening of ‘Memphis’ by Tim Sutton at the MARC Theater. The film started off hot and heavy, but ended up as ugly as a fight between Tina and Ike Turner, (please excuse the Memphis reference, I mean not to condone violence).

Thursday popped off with a 3D screening of ‘Under the Electric Sky’ by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz. Rachel Miller, producer for the film held the Q & A following the film.

We really wanted to talk about five intimate stories and make it more than just a concert documentary. – Rachel Miller

Jordan Vogt-Roberts and company helped put together ‘Nick Offerman: American Ham’ for the Sundance community. Jordan mentioned being apart of Sundance the pervious year, and he decided to continue to wear his large fur coat. I was able to catch the Thursday and Friday screening of his film with Nick Offerman. The film so funny, I had to watch it twice in one week. As I walked down Main Street late Friday evening, I ran into Jordan and let him know I appreciated the film, (he was still wearing the coat).



Early Friday morning, I caught the bus to the Temple Theater for ‘Life Itself’ by Steve James. The film was one of the best films of the festival. It was a high mark for James as a filmmaker, and the audience ate up every moment throughout the film. As I was watching ‘Life Itself’ I started to see what being a film critic was all about. The 30th anniversary of Sundance marked my first year covering a large scale film event. It was beyond inspirational to see the impact Roger has left on the world. In some skeptics eyes, online journalism seems like a kiss of death to traditional news reporting, but as Roger and Steve point out, the Internet is not the death of film critiques, but rather a new frontier to find various points of view on different subjects.

The end of my Sundance experience concluded with a special screening of ‘Clerks’ by Kevin Smith. He was joined on stage by Jason Mewes and Brian O’Halloran.

The embedded tweet above connects Internet users to a podcast featuring Kevin Smith’s comedic point of view on the Sundance Film Festival.


After a sweet nugget of Q & A by Smith, Jason Mewes and Brian O’Halloran and a screening of ‘Clerks’ I found myself walking back to my hotel for the last time in Park City. The event has a gravity to it that left me wanting more.

The 2014 Winners from Sundance.org

U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Whiplash
U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary Rich Hill
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic To Kill a Man
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary Return to Homs

Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura Whiplash
Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory
Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic Difret
Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary The Green Prince
Audience Award: Best of NEXT Imperial Dreams

Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic Fishing Without Nets / Cutter Hodierne
Directing Award: U. S. Documentary The Case Against 8 / Ben Cotner & Ryan White
Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic 52 Tuesdays / Sophie Hyde
Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary 20,000 Days on Earth / Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic Low Down / Christopher Blauvelt
Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary E-TEAM / Ross Kauffman & Rachel Beth Anderson
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic Lilting / Ula Pontikos
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary Happiness / Thomas Balmès & Nina Bernfeld

U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent Dear White People / Justin Simien
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter / The Octopus Project
U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking The Overnighters
U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Use of Animation Watchers of the Sky
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance God Help the Girl
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery We Come as Friends

Editing Award: U. S. Documentary Watchers of the Sky
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary 20,000 Days on Earth

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic The Skeleton Twins / Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic Blind / Eskil Vogt
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize I Origins

Short Film Grand Jury Prize Of God and Dogs
Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction Gregory Go Boom
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction The Cut
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction I Think This is the Closest to How the Footage Looked
Short Film Jury Award: Animation Yearbook
Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique Vision Rat Pack Rat
Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-Fiction Love. Love. Love.
Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting Burger
Short Film Audience Award, Presented by YouTube Chapel Perilous

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