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“Choosing the Perfect Lens for Us Was the Bigger Challenge”: DP André Jäger on The Persian Version

An Iranian-American family lines up on a dance floor. A mother and daughter stand in front of male relatives wearing tuxedos. The younger woman wears a green gown while the mother wears a red suit skirt ensemble.The Persian Version, courtesy of Sundance Institute.

When Leila’s (Layla Mohammadi) Iranian-American family gathers in New York City for her father’s heart transplant surgery, a secret that she’s been keeping is unceremoniously spilled. What she wasn’t expecting, however, is learning how much her own life parallels that…  Read more

By Feb 1, 2023

“Nothing Is Wasted in the Process of Documentary Editing”: Editor Jean Rheem on Bad Press

A young man wearing a blue t-shirt holds a sign that reads "free press."Bad Press, courtesy of Sundance Institute.

When the 2015 Free Press Act is repealed, Angel Ellis and her colleagues at Mvskoke Media in Okmulgee, Oklahoma begin a long battle to offer transparent journalism for Muscogee Nation readers. Bad Press, directed by Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler,…  Read more

By Feb 1, 2023

“The Storm, the Fog, the Humidity” | Christopher Murray, Sorcery

A woman with long, black hair sleeps on a cot with a burlap blanket.Catarina Oliveira in Sorcery, courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Every production faces unexpected obstructions that require creative solutions and conceptual rethinking. What was an unforeseen obstacle, crisis, or simply unpredictable event you had to respond to, and how did this event impact or cause you to rethink your film?…  Read more

By Feb 1, 2023

“A Family Drama and a Whodunnit at the Same Time”: Editor Robert Grigsby Wilson on Fancy Dance

Two young women walk along a dirt path in a park. One wears a purple fringe jacket, a band t-shirt and black bike shorts with checkered vans. The other wears a sleeveless red t-shirt, black jeans and sandals.Fancy Dance by Erica Tremblay, courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Jax (Lily Gladstone) has been taking care of her niece Roki (Isabel Deroy-Olson) ever since her sister’s recent disappearance in Fancy Dance, the feature debut from Indigenous filmmaker Erica Tremblay. When two weeks pass without word from her, CPS shows…  Read more

By Feb 1, 2023


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