Randall Park Sundance Feature ‘Shortcomings’ Lands at Sony Pictures Classics
Shortcomings — the directorial debut from Randall Park that screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the Sundance Film Festival — has landed at Sony Pictures Classic in a worldwide deal. The feature, which is based on Adrian Tomine’s graphic novel of the same name, is from Tango and Topic Studios. Justin H. Min, […]
Guest Column: How the Use of Open Captions Can Enhance Creativity, Not Just Accessibility
A year ago, amid CODA’s groundbreaking run on the awards circuit, writer/director Sian Heder frequently expressed her hopes that the film’s success could be one of the “rocks that starts the avalanche” of the wealth of talent that exists within the Deaf community, heralding a new wave of deaf talent in Hollywood not only in […]
Sundance: From Barista to Award-Winning Documentary Director
Pipelines are always a popular topic of conversation when it comes to the Sundance Film Festival, thanks to how the festival funnels and supports talent by way of grants, labs, fellowships and other Sundance Institute programs. But not everyone has that sort of traditional path to Park City. While on the ground during this year’s […]
‘Magazine Dreams’ Pushed Jonathan Majors and Filmmaker Elijah Bynum to the Limit
Elijah Bynum didn’t want to look the man in the eye. No one at the gym did. He was massive, a bodybuilder who inspired fear because of his size. “No one wanted to be caught in his path, I think because he made us uncomfortable,” says Bynum of the feeling of his fellow gym patrons. […]
Sundance Winner ‘The Persian Version’ Lands at Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed the North American rights to the Sundance award-winning film The Persian Version, a mother-daughter dramedy written, directed and produced by Maryam Keshavarz. The film’s critical acclaim at Sundance, where it earned the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the same sidebar, brought […]
‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’ Review: Tiffany Haddish in a Sci-Fi Comedy That Lacks Bite
Asante Blackk and Tiffany Haddish star in the latest from 'Thoroughbreds' and 'Bad Education' director Cory Finley.
‘Milisuthando’ Review: Poetic Meditations on a Complicated South African History
Filmmaker Milisuthando Bongela reexamines her childhood in apartheid South Africa in a documentary that doubles as a lyrical memoir.
‘Mami Wata’ Review: A Nigerian Allegory’s Energizing Experiments in Black and White
C.J. 'Fiery' Obasi's third feature, which won the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize in Cinematography, weaves the lore of a water deity into a propulsive narrative of village change.
‘Rotting in the Sun’ Review: Sebastián Silva Skewers the Shallow Solipsism of the Queer Artist in Dark Comedy
Playing a version of himself, the Chilean director teams with social media influencer Jordan Firstman on this existential farce about sex, suicide and the creative void.
‘In My Mother’s Skin’ Review: Folk-Horror Feast Evokes ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ in the Best of Ways
Selected for the Midnight section at Sundance, Philippine director Kenneth Dagatan’s feature sold to Amazon Prime before the festival began.
‘Invisible Beauty’ Review: A Trailblazing Model Combats Industry Racism in Thoughtful Doc Self-Portrait
Bethann Hardison teams up with Frédéric Tcheng to direct a documentary chronicling her legendary modeling career and efforts to tackle discrimination in the industry.
How W. Kamau Bell Feels About Bill Cosby’s Announced Return to Stand-Up Stage
Sundance kicked off its fest with a mountain-chic opening night fundraiser whose slate of honorees included We Need to Talk About Cosby creator W. Kamau Bell. The comic and filmmaker, who picked up the nonfiction Vanguard Award presented by Acura at the IMDbPro-presented event, offered his take on the news that disgraced comedian Bill Cosby […]