If the films that are released by Hollywood and the larger film companies each year are the major leagues, then the films that show up at Sundance are AAA and AA prospects, looking for their slot on the roster and a shot at the majors. And Sundance is spring training.
I have long been a fan of Robert Redford--since way before the Sundance Film Festival started. It began when I was a little girl of about 10 and the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid came to my town.
Of the five-and-a-half films I took in (I sampled Lovesong for a half-hour while killing time between two other movies and was not sorry to walk out early), the three best ones all dealt with issues of family in emotionally complex, compelling and sometimes funny ways.
The failure of the Academy to select any nominees of color is symptomatic of the larger issues facing the industry.
The rite of passage for any filmmaker is making that first short film, which is where filmmakers cut their teeth and truly come of age. They learn about filmmaking by making a lot of mistakes -- big and small.
My little mountain town of Park City, Utah, will be invaded, as it is every year at the end of January, by the People-In-Black, "PIBs" as they're affectionately referred to by the locals.
Chances are your favorite indie movie of all time -- whether that'd be Reservoir Dogs, Garden State, Memento, Heathers, Tangerine, or American Psy...
My dream has always been to work with talented people in films that made a difference, and it came true.
Good things are happening in the film world. The largest minority group in America is stepping into the spotlight with a record number of films made by or about people with disabilities.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the lack of female directors in Hollywood. For indie director Kris Swanberg, the pressures in filmmaking center more around finding the balance between directing and motherhood.
Now you are ready to see some cinema. And, in this regard, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival does not disappoint. With 200 films on tap, the selection here is among the best of all the Southern California film festivals.
Despite what you've heard about film productions "running away" to Georgia, Louisiana and New Mexico, Southern California (SoCal) is still the world headquarters of global film production. However, what kind of place is SoCal when it comes to film festivals?
To say that this has been a whirlwind year for filmmaker Erica A. Watson would be an understatement.
It's been 5 years since Kathryn Bigelow broke through the glass ceiling when The Hurt Locker won her the Oscar for Best Director.
Festivals keep alive the communal experience of film viewing, considered an anachronism in the age of laptops and cell phones.
This low-budget underdog manages to keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense better than any of the previously mentioned blockbusters could ever hope to do.