Sundance: Weird, Wild Fest Happenings, From Eating a Rack of Ribs at a Premiere to Attendees “Forgetting How to Cross the Street”
The Sundance Film Festival made a triumphant in-person return to Park City after being held online the past two years because of the pandemic. In the interim, some attendees seem to have misplaced their festival manners. Case in point: At the midnight screening of Laura Moss’ horror film Birth/Rebirth — a twisted look at the […]
Sundance: MTV Documentary Films Takes ‘The Eternal Memory’
MTV Documentary Films has acquired The Eternal Memory, which screened in the world documentary competition section of the Sundance Film Festival. MTV is planning a theatrical release and robust awards campaign later this year. Maite Alberdi, who directed the Oscar-nominated doc The Mole Agent, is behind the movie that follows veteran Chilean TV journalist and […]
‘Fairyland’ Review: Emilia Jones and Scoot McNairy Negotiate Spiky Father-Daughter Ties in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco
Sexual freedom for gay men gives way to the community’s decimation by the AIDS crisis in photographer Andrew Durham’s heartfelt debut feature, produced by Sofia Coppola.
‘Jamojaya’ Review: Justin Chon’s Father-Son Drama Leans on Its Leads to Overcome Flaws
Indonesian rap star Brian Imanuel plays an up-and-coming musician trying to distance himself from his manager, who is also his dad (Yayu A.W. Unru), in Chon's latest.
‘Infinity Pool’ Review: Alexander Skarsgard Gets a Taste of Blood-Drenched Hedonism in Brandon Cronenberg’s Vacation in Hell
Mia Goth also stars in this ultraviolent satire of unchecked privilege at a luxury beach resort on a fictional island where crime yields unique punishment.
‘Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV’ Review: A Comprehensive Profile of a Pioneering Video Artist
Director Amanda Kim’s feature-length portrait of the late Korean American visionary premiered in Sundance’s documentary competition.
‘The Accidental Getaway Driver’ Review: An Unexpected Bond, Portrayed With Tension and Tenderness
An elderly Vietnamese cabdriver (Hiep Tran Nghia) is taken hostage by three men who've escaped from an Orange County prison in director Sing J. Lee's film.
‘Bad Press’ Review: An Eye-Opening Exposé on Democracy and Journalistic Freedom
Directors Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler chronicle the long fight for a free press on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation in Oklahoma.
Barry Jenkins and Raven Jackson on the Visual Poetry of ‘All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt’
It was 2019 and Oscar-winning writer, director and producer Barry Jenkins had been contacted by a friend to help with a new artists residency in Tennessee. It would come complete with room and board and workshops, Miriam Bale, who runs the program at the Indie Memphis Film Festival, would tell him, and would give participants […]
‘Accidental Getaway Driver’ Brings Tears and Asian Pride to Sundance
Tears and Asian pride flowed onstage after the Sundance premiere of The Accidental Getaway Driver, the feature debut of longtime commercial and music video director Sing J. Lee. Based on true events in which a Vietnamese driver was kidnapped by three convicts and made to ferry them in their escape, the story seemed ready-made for […]
‘Past Lives’ Review: Playwright Celine Song Makes a Stunning Move Into Features With This Decades-Spanning Romantic Drama
Greta Lee plays a woman observed at three points in time, with Teo Yoo and John Magaro as the men whose fates are tethered to hers across two continents.
‘Chanshi’ Creator on How Her Series Explores Sexuality, Trauma and the American Jewish Experience in Israel
Show creator and actress Aleeza Chanowitz says she writes what she knows — and what she knows is something TV has rarely offered when it comes to stories about Jewish women. Premiering at Sundance on Tuesday as part of the Indie Episodic Program, her new series Chanshi is drawn from her own experiences as a 21-year-old […]