The Day for Night series traveled to Sundance to talk to some filmmakers with films playing at the festival this year.
Before Kurt Russell was a grown-up movie star, he was a ballplayer. The Battered Bastards of Baseball tells the story of an independent minor league team started by his father, actor Bing Russell, and the eccentric characters whom it comprised. The team was the Portland Mavericks, for which Kurt played and was vice president. The team of outcasts shattered attendance records, produced the most successful batboy in baseball (filmmaker Todd Field), hired the first female general manager in baseball, and inspired bubblegum Big League Chew. Bing's grandchildren, Chapman and Maclain Way, made the doc, and here they share stories about the team with their uncle Kurt:
In Happiness, documentary filmmaker Thomas Balmès (Babies) follows a young boy in a remote village in Bhutan, which is on the verge of getting electricity and television for the first time. In imagery both compelling and disturbing, he charts the anticipation and reaction once it arrives. Here Balmès talks about making the film and what he discovered:
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