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Filmmakers

Interview with Derek Hallquist, filmmaker behind DENIAL – Documentary About First Trans CEO Christine Hallquist’s Efforts to Transition Herself & Energy Industry’s Future

Q&A with Derek Hallquist, filmmaker behind DENIAL, an introspective documentary about the transgender transformation and the intricacies of it’s impact on family and business. Official Synopsis: Every day our changing climate pushes us closer to an environmental catastrophe, but for most the problem is easy to ignore. David Hallquist, a Vermont utility executive, has made it his…

Filmmakers and Cast talking at DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (Day 1)

Directors, Actors, Filmmakers talking at DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (Day 1), with film parties for “Honey Boy,” “The Farewell” and “To the Stars,” cast lunches at the Jon & Vinny’s pop up and Variety Studio presented by AT&T.    

Interview with Melissa Stephens, Director and Creator behind Finding The Asshole (Releasing Today!)

Q&A Interview with Melissa Stephens, Director and Creator behind Finding The Asshole, releasing today at Slamdance Film Festival and on Vimeo! (Finding The Asshole: Chapter 1, Chapter 2,  Chapter 3) “I think it’s very important for everyone to know that we are all assholes.” – Melissa Stephens Finding The Asshole is a series of 3 short films created…

Conversation With Director and Co-Writer Julius Onah about LUCE – World Premiere US Dramatic Competition Sundance 2019

LUCE (World Premiere US Dramatic Competition Sundance 2019 / Co-Written and Directed by Julius Onah Starring Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr. Dir. Julius Onah Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Luce (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) is a star athlete and debate-team captain in his suburban Virginia high school. Raised by loving adoptive white parents Amy and Peter…

Q&A with JB Ghuman, Jr. (Director / Writer / Editor / Creator / Performer) about “The (ART) oF BE(i)NG” premiering at Sundance 2019

Q&A with JB Ghuman, Jr. (Director / Writer / Editor / Creator / Performer) about “The (ART) oF BE(i)NG” premiering at Sundance 2019. It’s not a traditional film at all with a beginning, climax, end, protagonist and antagonist. It’s more of an existential experience rather than, which I personally kind of see as a new cinematic…

Sundance Film Festival: Juries, Awards Night Host Announced

20 Jurors to Award 12 Prizes, Including Return of the NEXT Innovator Award Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute will gather 20 celebrated and revered expert voices across film, art, culture and science to award feature-length and short films shown at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with 12 prizes, announced at a ceremony February 2 that will…

Interview with filmmaker Jimmy Lee Combs, filmmaker behind Horror Anthology Terror Tales

Interview with Jimmy Lee Combs, filmmaker behind Terror Tales. Terror Tales, the highly-anticipated new horror anthology from writer-director Jimmy Lee Combs and High Octane Pictures is now on demand. The film, which brings together cast from Friday the 13th, Maniac Cop 1 & 2, George Romero’s The Crazies, Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs, Sleepaway Camp, Critters 2and other horror classics, stars Lynn Lowry,…

Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation Select 9 Artist Fellows for Grants

Fellowships Foster the Talent of Diverse Artists in Film, Theatre, Music and New Media  80 Independent Artists Supported Throughout 12-Year History of Fellowship Los Angeles, CA — Nine diverse independent artists will receive support from the 2018 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship, the Institute announced today. These Fellowships, and accompanying grants, are part of the…

2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: INDIE EPISODIC, SHORTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED

12 Episodic Works, 73 Short Films, 4 Special Events Join Festival Slate Park City, UT — Works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival were announced today, underlining Sundance Institute’s commitment to showcasing bold independent storytelling regardless of form, format or length. Kim Yutani, the Festival’s Director…

Interview with Chris Mul, Director and Co-Writer behind ASTRAL: where a detached university student faces the consequences of astral projection

ASTRAL was co-written by Chris and Michael Mul and is Chris Mul’s directorial debut.  The film stars Frank Dillane (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD) and more. It came out on Nov 23rd in LA and NY in Theaters, and is now on all digital platforms also. ASTRAL is the story of a detached university student faces the…

2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: 112 FEATURES ANNOUNCED

RECORD-BREAKING 14,259 SUBMISSIONS FROM 152 COUNTRIES Park City, UT — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the showcase of new independent feature films selected across all categories for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 24 – February 3, 2019. The Festival…

Interview with Actress DEBBIE ROCHON on Giallo-style Horror-Thriller BLOODY BALLET

BLOODY BALLET (fka Fantasma) is a Giallo-style horror-thriller in the tradition of Suspiria, and features horror icon Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger, Death House), along with Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Halloween II), Katie Carpenter (“The Haunting of Hill House”), Brett Wagner (The Happytime Murders), and Rob Springer (Bombshell Bloodbath). It is being released by High Octane Pics…

Interview with Dylan Avery, Filmmaker behind BLACK AND BLUE, Documentary on Police Brutality Featuring Method Man, Charlie Murphy, and Flavor Flav

Black & Blue is by acclaimed filmmaker Dylan Avery – director of the renowned 911 documentary Loose Change. Black & Blue is a documentary about police brutality that follows a DJ beat up by off duty DEA agents, a man arrested for filming a police officer, and many others as they fight for justice for their loved…

Sundance Institute and Adobe Announce 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellows

Sundance Institute and Adobe Announce 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellows Fifteen Filmmakers Ages 18 to 24 Selected from Short Film Competition to Receive Year of Creative and Professional Mentorship, All-Expenses-Paid Trip to 2019 Sundance Film Festival Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute and Adobe announced the class of 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellows today, chosen from a broad…

Interview with Joseph Culp, Director of Welcome To The Men’s Group

Joseph Culp

Interview with Joseph Culp, Director of Welcome To The Men’s Group. Joseph Culp and Scott Ben-Yashar bring you a film that explores what happens in a men’s group when people are no longer willing to hide behind social conventions. Welcome to the Men’s Group is a comedy-drama that explores real-life issues that affect everyone (not just men). The modern male is…

Interview about “Chicks, Man” – Indie Film of Modern Love Stories

“Chicks, Man” is a ‘collection of modern love stories set in Los Angeles about the struggle of falling in love at a time when most people don’t listen when you speak.’ It’ll be premiering on October 25th in Los Angeles. Joe Black and Christina Myers Hepburn have forged an unusually productive partnership over the course…

Interview with Director Orson Oblowitz about The Queen Of Hollywood Blvd (Tarantino-esque crime drama)

Interview with director Orson Oblowitz about The Queen Of Hollywood Blvd, brutal but brilliant Tarantino-esque crime-drama starring Rosemary Hochschild (SUPERGIRL) and Michael Parks (KILL BILL). Additional info below the Q&A. Q&A with Filmmaker Orson Oblowitz Arthur Glover: So why did you choose to make The Queen of Hollywood Blvd as your debut feature as a director? Orson…

Five Independent Artists Bring Art and Science Together

Inventing Tomorrow

Five Independent Artists Bring Art and Science Together Sundance Institute and Science Sandbox Celebrate Innovative, Nonfiction Storytelling With Tailored Financial and Creative Support Park City — Sundance Institute, in collaboration with Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, announced the inaugural five filmmakers and projects being supported by the Science Sandbox Nonfiction Initiative, a new…

Interview with Jenni Gold Filmmaker behind CINEMABILITY: THE ART OF INCLUSION,  featuring Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck, Bill Macy, Geena Davis, and more

Interview with Jenni Gold, filmmaker (Writer, Director, and Producer!) behind documentary CINEMABILITY: THE ART OF INCLUSION,  featuring Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck, Bill Macy, Geena Davis, and more. It was on Oct. 5th and is available -.  The trailer and more info about the filmmaker are below the Q&A. Enjoy! Q: Do you feel that discluding…

Interview with Filmmaker Michael Doneger, Director of Romantic Baseball Drama BRAMPTON’S OWN

Q&A with Michael Doneger, Director of BRAMPTON’S OWN. BRAMPTON’S OWN stars Alex Russell (Chronicle, Only The Brave) who plays Jim Street on CBS’ SWAT and Rose Mclver (CW’s iZombie), and in supporting roles; Spencer Grammer (Rick and Morty), Scott Porter (Dear John), with John Getz (The Social Network), and Jean Smart (FX’s Legion). The film was written and directed by…

Applications Now Open for 2019 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab

Sundance Institute’s Theatre Program is thrilled to announce an open call for submissions to the 2019 Theatre Lab, which will convene in Utah for most of July 2019. WHAT: The Program will select and support up to eight projects for the 2019 Theatre Lab, including one project and an additional playwright-in-residence from the Middle East &…

2018 LA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND THANKS ITS SPONSORS

LOS ANGELES (September 28, 2018)— Today the LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, announced the winners of the 2018 Festival at the Awards Reception at the W Hotel in Hollywood presided over by Festival Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh. Cochis and Welsh also took the opportunity to thank the more…

ReFrame and IMDbPro Invite TV and Streaming Series to Submit for Consideration for the First-Ever ReFrame Stamp for Television

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ReFrame and IMDbPro Invite TV and Streaming Series to Submit for Consideration for the First-Ever ReFrame Stamp for Television The ReFrame Stamp will Highlight Gender-Balanced Shows from the Past Year ReFrame and IMDbPro invite broadcast television and streaming series from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018 per the Emmys calendar to…