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Sundance Notes: RISE to RUMBLE, must-see TV… from Canada

A still from VICELAND Canada's RISE, directed by Michelle Latimer. All photos below courtesy Sundance Institute. (Photo Michelle Latimer)

Malcolm Forbes, of all people, once memorably said, “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” I’d like to extend that principle: You can easily judge the character…  Read more

By Feb 5, 2017

Justin Chon’s Gook, and Why New, Diverse Voices are Still the Most Exciting Part of Sundance

Gook (Photo: Melly Lee)

“Investors said, ‘But what if one white cop stops by?’” “No man. That’s ridiculous,” said Chon. “Get a white famous friend as a day player?” ”It was intentional,” said Chon on his decision to have an entirely diverse cast. There’s…  Read more

By Jan 28, 2017

Sundance: The Narrative Radicalism of Dee Rees’ Mudbound

Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell in Mudbound by Dee Rees (photo by Steve Dietl).

I implore you to go into Dee Rees’ wonderful Mudbound with an open mind. Here’s a warning to help you do so: this film is more narratively radical than you might imagine. It starts quietly. It’s patient, a true slow…  Read more

By Jan 26, 2017

Five Questions with Golden Exits Director Alex Ross Perry

Golden Exits

The worlds of Alex Ross Perry tend to thrive on confrontation. In 2014, the writer/director arrived at Sundance with Listen Up Philip, an acerbic comedy that showcased his knack for characters at once repellent and compelling. He followed that film with Queen of Earth,…  Read more

By Jan 23, 2017


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