Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

Art vs. commerce isn’t necessarily an either/or proposition. The two aren’t always at odds. Sometimes both can peacefully co-exist, if not flourish. And a couple prime examples of such flourishing emerged front and center at the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival.

Consider CODA...

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

I’m so honored to be a part of the Sundance Film Festival 2021, participating in Tabitha Jackson’s first festival and the very first virtual Sundance festival. Jane (animation director Samborski) and I were previously in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with an animated short we did called ...

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021

Questlove accepted his documentary grand jury prize and audience award from his car on the way to work and “CODA” director Sian Heder accepted her top awards in American Sign Language from her own home with her kids by her side and her husband filming. The 2021 

Sundance Film Festival...

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

Rebecca Hall came across Nella Larsen's novel "Passing" at a time when she was grappling with her own family history. 

She'd become aware that her maternal grandfather was "white passing," and it might have gone back even further. Then someone handed her this book, from 1929, about two...

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021

Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West first came across the name Pauli Murray while working on their Oscar-nominated documentary "RBG." Ruth Bader Ginsburg had written "Pauli Murray" on the front cover of her first women's rights brief before the Supreme Court to give credit for the idea she'd be...

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

Ever heard of the band Sparks? If you haven't, you're not alone. If you have, it's not unlikely that they're one of your favorite bands. 

The pop rock duo formed by brothers Ron and Russell Mael has in their five-decade run gained a cult following of some seriously creative people, from...

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

Questlove responded with incredulous disbelief when he was first told about the footage. 

A landmark 1969 Harlem concert series that he hadn't heard of? With Stevie Wonder? With Nina Simone? With Sly and the Family Stone, B.B. King and the Staples Singers?

"I was like, 'Yeah, right...

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021

Peter Nicks had for months been documenting the students of Oakland High School, in California, when the pandemic hit. 

"It's in the Bay," says one student of the virus as he and others mill together in a classroom, excitedly contemplating the cancellation of school.

Soon, the...

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

A tale of two directors who are coming to Sundance, each with a milestone career debut. 

One already has a history at the festival with a short film--her first directorial effort--that was well received three years ago. Fast forward to today and her feature-length version of that short...

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

Three years ago, filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West got a dream Sundance debut. They premiered their film "RBG" to a sold-out crowd with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only in attendance but seeing it for the first time. There was a standing ovation, a bidding war and a big sale. It also...

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