Could Sundance be heading to Chicago in 2021?

2+ The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating to business, especially hitting the film and TV industries. The 2021 Sundance Film Festival will now adjust to the pandemic by holding its 40-year-old event not just in Park City, but also in at least 20 different cities across the country, as well as in an online … Continue reading “Could Sundance be heading to Chicago in 2021?”

Mott Hupfel takes ‘The Last Shift’ to Sundance

3+ Mott Hupfel is a cinematographer known for his work on The Savages, The American Astronaut, The Cobbler, and You. When researching the Sony VENICE for an upcoming project, he discovered the camera’s Sensor Extension System, also known as Rialto. Recently, he talked to Albelcine about his latest project, The Last Shift which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival … Continue reading “Mott Hupfel takes ‘The Last Shift’ to Sundance”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

3+ Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

At Sundance w/Kartemquin’s Steve James & Zak Piper

3+ Reel Chicago correspondent, reporter, and film critic Pamela Powell interviews Kartemquin Films’ Oscar-nominated director Steve James and Emmy Award-winning producer Zak Piper at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Chicago-based documentarian Steve James presented his newest endeavor, a four-episode mini series City So Real, to the Sundance Film Festival patrons just days ago in the … Continue reading “At Sundance w/Kartemquin’s Steve James & Zak Piper”

Eight indie projects aim to spark change at Sundance

4+ The Sundance Institute, in collaboration with global philanthropic organization Luminate, today announced six new projects supported by the Sundance Institute | Luminate Fund. The Sundance Institute | Luminate Fund provides non-recoupable grants to independent artists working across documentary, narrative, episodic and emerging media whose work display a strong potential for social and cultural impact. … Continue reading “Eight indie projects aim to spark change at Sundance”

Chicago-made x-ray spider mutant creeps into Sundance

6+ Chicago Filmmaker Brian Andrews’ new film, Hominidæ, about an x-ray spider mutant, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24th at 8:00 p.m. at The Box at The Ray. A CG-animated virtual reality film, Hominidæ depicts an ecosystem of x-ray visibility. It features creatures that have evolved in surprising … Continue reading “Chicago-made x-ray spider mutant creeps into Sundance”

Kartemquin’s ‘City So Real’ to premiere at Sundance

6+ Kartemquin Film’s City So Real, the newest project by two-time Academy Award-nominated director Steve James, will make its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, running January 23-February 2. The four-hour miniseries is a mosaic portrait of current-day Chicago that delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of America’s third-largest city, set … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s ‘City So Real’ to premiere at Sundance”

Ebert sends Black female storytellers to Sundance

4+ Tiffany Walden, Niani Scott, and Whitney Spencer navigate the fast-paced, deadline-driven world of film review Three Chicago-based African American women storytellers with experience in documentary film, multimedia journalism and cultural research are attending the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 24 – Feb. 2 on a coveted Roger Ebert Fellowship, announced Tuesday. The workshop, … Continue reading “Ebert sends Black female storytellers to Sundance”

Tessa Films’ “Work In Progress” to screen at Sundance

2+ Chicago-made pilot is one of four “highly original series-kickoff episodes” that will be featured during the festival’s Indie Episodic Program Tessa Films’ Work In Progress is scheduled to screen during the Indie Episodic Program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. A series pilot directed by Tim Mason and starring Abby McEnany, the plot follows … Continue reading “Tessa Films’ “Work In Progress” to screen at Sundance”

Kartemquin to screen two new projects at Sundance

7+ Two new projects by Chicago documentary powerhouse Kartemquin will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January. Minding the Gap Minding the Gap is the story of a revelation that occurs when director Bing Liu reconnects with two childhood friends in his hometown of Rockford, IL. Recounting their less than ideal upbringings in … Continue reading “Kartemquin to screen two new projects at Sundance”

Sundance to showcase “Trophy,” Chicago-funded doc

SCREENING AT SUNDANCE (Jan, 19-29) will be the 28-minute doc, “Trophy,” that was funded by the Chicago equity firm of CMP Invest / Impact, that invests in documentaries that are aimed at helping to bring about social change.

“Trophy,” from filmmakers Shaul Schwartz and Christina Clusiau, investigates controversial, multi-billion dollar big game industry and the complex consequences of imposing economic value on animals.

Sexton’s Sundance soirees promote Mexican filmmaking

Sundance wouldn’t be the same without a party hosted by Brenda Sexton, who started the tradition of showcasing Illinois at parties in LA and Sundance beginning back in 2005 when she headed the Illinois Film Office.

Her annual Sweet Home Illinois affairs gave the state a glitzier cachet with a hometown flavor, as it brought together Chicagoans from home and Hollywood, where they had achieved status in the motion picture industry.

Kartemquin rewards staffers with a week at Sundance

Among the attendees at the Sundance Film Festival, the mother of all independent film festivals, Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah will be 10 lucky Kartemquin staffers.  Their hard work last year is being rewarded by an all-expense-paid, 5 day trip to Sundance.

“We’ll have some fun before the busiest year in our 48 year history kicks in,” reports Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin director of communications and programs. Horsburgh, however, won’t have much time for that promised fun, as he will be handling details for the screening of two Kartemquin docs, starting Sunday, Jan. 19.

Redford/Sundance to make “Chicagoland” reality series

Robert Redford and his Sundance Productions will produce an eight-part unscripted series about Chicago that examines the challenges the quintessential American city faces as it tries to rebuild from the consequences of the recent economic crisis. 

It will air on CNN early in 2014 and reach worldwide viewers.

Playwright Saracho wins Sundance Theatre Lab slot

IT’S PROBABLY SAFE TO SAY that Mexican-born, Chicago-based playwright Tanya Saracho has emerged. She adds another impressive notch to her professional belt by being selected as a member of the 2012 Theatre Lab at Sundance Institute.

Saracho is in residence through July working on her play Song for the Disappeared, directed by Octavio Solis. It continues the theme of crime cartels in Mexico introduced in El Nogalar and is the second piece in her planned “Border Trilogy.”