Winter 2009 Table Of Contents
Having already been praised at Cannes, Toronto and New York film festivals, Steve McQueen's Hunger is a visually stunning look at the final months of Irish Republican Bobby Sands's life, who lead a hunger strike in 1981 for the right to live free from British rule, is a striking portrait of the human spirit. By Peter Bowen
After directing one of the biggest hits of 2007, the Judd Apatow-produced Superbad, Greg Mottola returns to his indie roots with a tender coming-of-age love story set in a 1980s amusement park in Pittsburgh, Adventureland. By Nick Dawson
Close friends for decades, James Toback and Mike Tyson are both the most improbable of pairings and the most likely. With Tyson, Toback drew on his own demons as well as his relationship with the boxer to create a gripping account of the rise and fall of one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. By Jason Guerrasio
THE URBAN CONDITION
In his debut feature, Medicine for Melancholy, writer-director Barry Jenkins tells a charming love story that at the same time examines San Francisco's gentrification and housing issues meshing for a beautiful thought-provoking film. By Scott Macaulay
PLUS: Q&A's with stars Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins; and d.p. Justin Laxton
In Latin America young boys grow up with only one goal, to play Major League Baseball. But unlike most American boys, their hopes to make it are not just their own but their poverty stricken families as well. With an authentic touch rarely seen in sports films, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden chronicle the journey of one Dominican pitcher's path to the bigs in Sugar. By Brandon Haris
LIFE AS A CANVAS
Lauren Wissot explores the similarities between Jeremiah Zagar's In a Dream and Pamela Tanner Boll's Who Does She Think She Is?, two documentaries that highlight the challenges involved in creating art as well as the eternal plight of struggling artists.
MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT
Eric Kohn speaks to director Alex Rivera and visual effects artist Mark Russell about how they brought to life their vision of a near-future filled with closed borders and technological barriers in Sleep Dealer.
AM I BLUE?
Karina Longworth talks to Nina Paley about her film Sita Sings the Blues and how her struggle with music rights has hindered the film from playing for audiences outside of the festival circuit.
On the Sundance Film Festival's 25th anniversary, "story" is the theme, so we decided to ask its incoming filmmakers how their films' specific stories were shaped by the social, technological and economic forces affecting cinema today. PLUS: Click here to see our coverage of the festival.