Not all of Sundance’s docs were created equally, but they were made in mostly the same mold: some TV-ready combination of first-person interviews, verité observations, archival footage and informational text. Whether it’s the tyranny of broadcast television executives or the conventional training of most documentary filmmakers, Sundance was awash in issues, not artistry.
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For cinephiles, the most exciting aspect of Sundance’s nonfiction programming is the showcasing of the head-scratchers, the outliers, the genre-busters—films that seemingly came from out of nowhere, about topics that are completely outside of the media-sphere and that manage to kick-start entirely new cultural conversations.
Thanks to a unique program started earlier this year, ten films that span 20 years of the Sundance film festival and Sundance Institute have been made available for rent, download or purchase through SundanceNOW—effective immediately.
Eight years later, you might think Caouette’s bravura experimental montages and eye-popping digital manipulations would have penetrated the language of nonfiction filmmaking to a greater extent. But not so. In the intervening years, there’s been nothing quite like it.
As we’ve been talking about here on the blog, today is a very special day in the evolution and growth of SundanceNOW.
Right now, registered SundaceNOW users can access a sneak preview of the erotic thriller The Ledge starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Charlie Hunnam and Terrence Howard before it’s available anywhere else. After embarking on a passionate affair with his evangelical neighbor’s wife (Tyler), Gavin (Sons of Anarchy‘s … Read More
“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems.
Buck, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life “horse-whisperer”, he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people … Read More
One step can change a life forever in The Ledge, a sexy and suspenseful thriller, starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard. After embarking on a passionate affair with his evangelical neighbor’s wife (Tyler), Gavin (Sons of Anarchy‘s Hunnam) soon finds himself in a battle of wills that will have life or death consequences. As a nonbeliever, Gavin is lured by his lover’s husband (Insidious‘s Wilson) to the ledge of a high rise and told he has one … Read More