MIAMI (AP) — The protagonist of an award-winning documentary chronicling the plight of immigrants held at a for-profit facility was supposed to be celebrating at a film premiere in Miami. Instead,...
‘Clemency,’ ‘One Child Nation’ take top Sundance jury prizes
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A fiction film about a prison warden on death row duty and a documentary about the generations affected by China's' one-child policy have won the top jury awards at the 2019...
Sundance: Riding along with the excited ‘To the Stars’ cast
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — It's the first Friday night of the Sundance Film Festival and the Deer Valley condominium housing the five 20-something actresses of the black-and-white period drama "To the...
Female directors of color finding a spotlight at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In the ecosystem of who directs Hollywood's top-grossing films, women of color are the rarest kind.
But the 2019 Sundance Film Festival is proving to be a referendum...
‘Fast and Furious’ spin-off promises ‘belly laughs’
Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A new documentary called "Gaza" is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory. But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won't be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances depicted in the film.
Amazon buys ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ at Sundance for $14M
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In its third major buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Amazon Studios has acquired the world rights for the inspirational comedy "Brittany Runs a Marathon " for $14 million.
Deadline first reported the news of the acquisition Wednesday.
The film stars Jillian Bell as an aimless 20-something who decides to start getting her life together and train for a marathon.
‘SNL’ star Pete Davidson hits Sundance
Sundance: Anton Yelchin celebrated in intimate documentary
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Anton Yelchin died in a freak accident at age 27, but a new documentary seeks to put the focus back on the actor's extraordinary life.
"Love, Antosha," which is seeking theatrical distribution, premiered Monday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to tears and applause. His parents, Viktor Yelchin and Irina Korina, the driving force behind the documentary, were there as well.
Before it hits Netflix, Sundance previews ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Dan Gilroy's satirical contemporary art world thriller "Velvet Buzzsaw" will be available to Netflix subscribers worldwide this Friday, but he and his team gave audiences at the Sundance Film Festival a sneak peek at the film Sunday night where the most-common word used to praise it was "weird."
"Dan is crazy," Rene Russo, who is married to Gilroy, said in Park City, Utah. "He's got this crazy imagination and he's just kind of outside the box."
Jake Gyllenhaal teams with ‘Nightcrawler’ director for ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’
‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ gives Jillian Bell the spotlight
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — When Jillian Bell is offered roles that have to do with body issues, they usually fall into two buckets: They're either making fun of the character's weight, or, they're not presenting it in a way that she finds compelling or authentic.
Sundance: An ode to Springsteen in ‘Blinded by the Light’
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "Bend It Like Beckham" director Gurinder Chadha knows a little bit about being a Bruce Springsteen fan, having seen The Boss at Wembley Stadium in 1984 where she proudly stood atop her chair and sang her heart out to his songs. So when she came across Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor's memoir about being a British Muslim boy who finds inspiration, comfort and understanding of his own circumstances in Springsteen's lyrics, she knew it would be perfect for a film.
Mindy Kaling brings ‘Late Night’ to Sundance
Awkwafina gets dramatic at Sundance
Zac Efron takes on Ted Bundy in new movie
‘Babadook’ director grapples with divisive follow-up
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — There's an early scene in director Jennifer Kent's film "The Nightingale" that is so relentlessly brutal, it's become almost infamous and has evoked the most extreme reactions, both positive and negative.
And it's not at all what Kent expected to happen. She thought she'd made a film about love. So why, she wondered, are some saying it is, "needlessly punishing" and that they'll never watch it again.
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Sundance: A different side of Awkwafina in ‘The Farewell’
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Awkwafina's dramatic turn in "The Farewell" has quickly become one of the must-sees at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. After rising to household name status last summer with breakout comedic roles in "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Ocean's 8," audiences in Park City, Utah, have been raving over the discovery that she's got the chops to make you cry, and not just from laughter.
Still, the 30-year-old New York native wasn't entirely sure she could even pull it off.
‘Untouchable’ charts the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's name was intrinsically linked to the Sundance Film Festival for years, which makes it somewhat fitting that 14 months after his career began to unravel the festival played host to the world premiere of a documentary about his rise and fall.
"I'm so happy it's at Sundance," said "Untouchable" director Ursula Macfarlane, whose film debuted Friday night in Park City. "It's the perfect place for a film about Harvey."
With a record acquisition, ‘Late Night’ is a Sundance hit
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling comedy "Late Night" is already one of the biggest hits of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with an acquisition price to match.
Shia LaBeouf turned rehab into a writing room for new film
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Shia LaBeouf latest film was born in an unusual place — court-ordered rehab.
The actor spent time writing the script for his semi-autobiographical "Honey Boy" while he...
Jackson accusers’ film gets standing ovation, estate rebuke
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — It's not uncommon for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give standing ovations, but the ceremonial act took on a solemn air as two men who accuse Michael Jackson of...
Study says number of female filmmakers at Sundance improving
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A new study released Friday found that female filmmakers are submitting to and being accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in significantly greater numbers than they were...
Sundance: Documentary dives deep into the fraud of Theranos
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has always been interested in the psychology of fraud and self-deception. So when HBO CEO Richard Plepler and Graydon Carter proposed...
Sundance is homecoming for Julianne Moore and husband
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — For director Bart Freundlich and Julianne Moore, having their film "After the Wedding" premiere opening at the Sundance Film Festival holds a special significance. Moore and...
Redford says he’s ready for smaller onstage role at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Robert Redford has been kicking off the Sundance Film Festival with an opening day press conference for 34 years, but Thursday, he said he was ready to take a backseat...
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At Sundance, powerhouse documentaries will be everywhere
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For documentary filmmakers, there's no place like the Sundance Film Festival.
The mountainside festival which kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah, has become known for...
The Latest: Jackson estate denounces Sundance documentary
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Sundance Film Festival's addition of a documentary featuring Michael Jackson's accusers (all times local):
The estate of Michael Jackson is denouncing a documentary about two of his sexual-abuse accusers that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, calling it "just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations."
Sundance Film Festival unveils 2019 feature film slate
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Annette Bening plays Senator Dianne Feinstein, Zac Efron takes on Ted Bundy, Awkwafina dives into a dramatic role, and Harvey Weinstein gets a documentary spotlight in films that will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January.
The Sundance Institute revealed on Wednesday 111 feature films, culled from 4,018 submissions, set to screen at the annual festival this January in Park City, Utah.
Missouri professor named new face of independent film
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When Ismaeel Bilal got off a Greyhound bus to move back to his old Columbia neighborhood and live with his parents, his older brother started filming.
That scene is the start of a 13-minute film by MU professor Kamau Bilal who documented his little brother's unsettling, exasperating, often emotional experience of wedging himself back into the family at age 23.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival increased dramatically over the previous year, according to an economic impact study released on Tuesday.
Nearly 125,000 people attended some part of the 11-day Utah event last year, a growth of more than 70 percent over the estimated 71,600 attendees in 2017, the study from Y2 Analytics estimated.
Higher Education Notes: Film based on UNL alum’s book wins Sundance award
University of Nebraska-Lincoln alum Emily Danforth’s 2012 novel has led to an award-winning film.
Her book, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” is the basis for the film of the same name. The film won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the top honor of the event, on Jan. 31.
There was a different feel to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this year, which ended last weekend. The streets weren't as crowded with pedestrians. The traffic was much less congested. And the lines to attend the films didn't seem too terribly long. Perhaps the addition of "The Ray" theater and better traffic management explains this calmer, quieter feeling. Or has attendance dropped precipitously from last year? Either way, I can attest to the fact that the energy level certainly seemed less intense overall.
Police: Complaints to Sundance hotline prompt investigations
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Police in the Utah community that hosts the Sundance Film Festival says two complaints to a hotline set up to report sexual misconduct during the event have prompted investigations.
Feedback on Facebook: Imagine Dragons’ lead confronts the LDS Church — his church — in Sundance doc ‘Believer’
”It’s not a slam piece, it’s not a take-down piece on the Mormon Church by any stretch. It’s about people within the community wanting something more from their religion. And I think in that respect, it’s kind of hard to argue with it.”
Chloe Grace Moretz LGBTQ pic gets Sundance grand jury prize
The Chloe Grace Moretz film "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" has won the Sundance Film Festival's grand jury prize.
Awards were announced Saturday evening in Park City, Utah.
Adapted from a 2012 novel by Emily M. Danforth, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is about a teenage girl who is sent to a gay conversion center. Moretz dedicated the award to LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy.
With few breakouts or Oscar pics, the Sundance market cools
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival had a lot of cultural forces working in its favor with #MeToo and a batch of the previous year's films celebrating Oscar nominations. But as the annual indie film showcase inches to a close, Sunday, with few big deals and even fewer potential breakouts, it seems the excitement has cooled and a marketplace is in flux.
Park City, Utah The Sundance Film Festival, launchpad for some of the most innovative American directors working today, is kind of like Forrest Gumps eclectic box of chocolates. You never know what youre gonna get.
Hamm: men need to concentrate on listening
PARK CITY, Utah - TV's king of comedy is showing his serious side at the Sundance Film Festival. Houston native Jim Parsons, the star of the CBS hit "The Big Bang Theory" and TV's highest paid actor, has chosen a transgender family drama with an all-star cast as his first starring role in a film.
With one week gone and just four days remaining in the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, your window of opportunity for checking out some of the hottest up-and-coming films is quickly closing. But you don’t have to brave the cold and crowds of Park City to experience the festival at its finest. Really all you need to do is take a trip up Provo Canyon to the Sundance Mountain Resort and the Sundance resort Screening Room.
Jada Pinkett Smith praises Jessica Chastain for wage fight
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Jada Pinkett Smith is praising Jessica Chastain for fighting for pay equity in Hollywood.
During a diverse storytelling panel at the Sundance Film Festival, Pinkett Smith on Sunday relayed the story that Chastain negotiated raises for both her and actress Octavia Spencer, who are co-starring in an upcoming comedy.
"Jessica stood up for Octavia and I want you to know because they stood together, they got three times what they were asking for as a unit," she said.
Q&A: Andrea Riseborough finds a female anti-hero in ‘Nancy’
English actress Andrea Riseborough ("Birdman," ''Battle of the Sexes") may be the MVP of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, with four films playing in Park City, Utah.
Sundance Film Festival highlights musical storytelling at ASCAP Music Café
Utah’s annual Sundance Film Festival is a celebration of stories, and not just those told through film.
Imagine Dragons front man advocates for LGBT Mormons in film
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Mormon front man of the rock band Imagine Dragons hopes the Sundance Film Festival documentary that follows his journey to becoming an advocate for LGBT Mormon youth triggers real change by his church's leaders and puts an end to what he calls "shaming" of gay and lesbian kids in the faith.
3 trailblazing women get the spotlight in Sundance docs
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Fonda and Gloria Allred were all born within eight years of one another — 1933, 1937 and 1941. While their trajectories couldn't be more different, they're also similar in some ways. Each went on to defy expectations of their time and become powerhouse representatives of women, and all are getting the spotlight this year in three films playing at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance Notebook: Robin Williams was ‘a very, very shy person,’ longtime manager says
Among the films premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” a new documentary about the late comedian's life and career.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes facing sexual harassment
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she has experienced sexual harassment.
The 84-year-old told a crowd at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday that women her age are familiar with sexual harassment but didn't have a name for it.
When Ginsburg was a student at Cornell University in the 1950s, she says a professor gave her a practice test that was identical to the real test.