Sundance Film Festival 2018: Women in Film

Guidance on the road to gender parity in cinema, plus a film finishing fund, all courtesy of Stella Artois

Since 1973, advocacy and mentorship organization Women in Film has sought gender parity in Hollywood. From mentorship to research and even funding, they’re a gravitational force toward balance. In the last year, much necessary change has occurred in the media industries that may impact equality for the better. This includes the highly publicized #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, but other manifestations stem from several messages …

Sundance Film Festival 2018: New Frontier Immersive Works

VR, AR and more developments in the future of storytelling

With more than two dozen virtual and augmented reality projects, as well as exhibitions and more traditionally formatted filmic work, New Frontier commenced last week at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In its 12th annual iteration, New Frontier and its cutting-edge roster of programming continue to be a declaration of advancements in many future-forward storytelling platforms. Much of what we have observed through New Frontier …

Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT FEST 2016 Programming

This year's LA offshoot will feature six films, music video premieres, VR and more

Now in its fourth year in LA, the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT FEST once again offers an outlet for independent artists across many mediums—and for audiences craving acclaimed cinematic programming. For those who can’t make it to Park City, Utah in the winter, it’s become an offshoot that allows access to the festival’s NEXT section. That said, there’s also a slew of original work making …

How Netflix and Amazon are Transforming Sundance

After this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it became evident how tech giants like Amazon and Netflix could completely change the industry of filmmaking. Both companies poured a combined $30 million into picking up films from the festival for their streaming services—significantly more than traditional distributors were willing to dish out. And because these multi-billion dollar companies have stockpiles of cash sitting in the bank, their …

The Sound Design of Swiss Army Man

At Sundance, directing duo Daniels discuss how their lush soundscapes keep things weird but authentic

One week ago, just an hour after we disembarked a plane, we sat in Park City, Utah’s Eccles Theater for the world premiere of “Swiss Army Man” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. No viewer knew exactly what to expect, and even now it’s not easy to explain. Ultimately, however, it’s a highbrow dark comedy, albeit occasionally steered by potty humor—all of which ultimately supports …