It’s that wonderful time of the year when the industry converges in Park City, Utah, to celebrate independent filmmaking. The Sundance and Slamdance film festivals showcase some of the most unique and creative storytelling of our time. And the filmmakers, whose movies are featured, as well as attendees, embody the spirit that both festivals nurture.
Kodak is proud to yet again be at the festivals, joining the filmmakers reveling in the indie spotlight.
At Sundance, we’re keeping an eye on the movies shot on Kodak film. The last two years have been a strong bellwether for identifying new talent and compelling narratives. We saw Beasts of the Southern Wild – shot by newcomer Ben Richardson – win the Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award in 2012. That film went on to receive four Oscar® nominations. Last year, Fruitvale Station (2013) – shot by the burgeoning Rachel Morrison – won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize. Both movies were shot on KODAK Super 16 film, and had overwhelming theatrical success.
This year’s crop of movies is no different. We are thrilled to have worked with many of the filmmakers who chose KODAK film to bring their creative vision to the screen. A sampling includes:
Happy Christmas — Directed and written by Joe Swanberg and shot by Ben Richardson on Kodak Super 16mm, the movie follows a young woman who breaks up with her boyfriend and then moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son. The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, and Swanberg.
Lena Dunham, Anna Kendrick, and Jude Swanberg by Ben Richardson
Low Down — Director Jeff Preiss with cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt could not see shooting Low Down any other way than on KODAK Super 16mm. Most of the movie was shot on KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 7219. Written by Amy Albany and Topper Lilien, this adaptation of Albany’s memoir explores her journey to adulthood while being raised by her troubled father, bebop pianist Joe Albany. The film stars John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and Flea.
Elle Fanning by Low Down Production
God Help the Girl — This is one of two films that cinematographer Giles Nuttgens, BSC has at Sundance. Directed and written by Stuart Murdoch, this film is a musical about some messed-up boys and girls and the music they made. Nuttgens chose KODAK stocks to capture the emotional performances of Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Cora Bissett, and Pierre Boulanger.
Olly Alexander, Emily Browning, and Hannah Murray by Neil Davidson
Listen Up Philip — Directed and written by Alex Ross Perry, this tale tells of a writer who faces various mistakes and miseries affecting those around him, including his girlfriend, many ex-girlfriends and enemies. The cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, and Josephine de La Baume. Cinematographer Sean Price Williams relied on Kodak Super 16mm to bring this drama to the screen.
Elizabeth Moss and Jason Scwhartzman by Sean Price Williams
The Double — This is the story of a shy, nondescript young man who finds himself eclipsed by a much more confident twin in this adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novella. Directed by Richard Ayoade and written by Avi Korine, director of photography Erik Wilson chose KODAK VISION3 200T Color Negative Film 5213, and 500T 5219. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, and James Fox.
Jesse Eisenberg by Magnolia Pictures
Little Accidents — Indie darling Rachel Morrison returns to Sundance after choosing KODAK VISION3 250D Color Negative Film 5207 and 500T 5219 to capture Little Accidents for writer-director Sara Colangelo. The movie follows a series of secrets and lies that shroud a small American coal town still reeling from a recent mining accident. Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloe Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas star. Morrison shot last year’s Fruitvale Station.
Elizabeth Banks and Boyd Holbrook by Rachel Morrison
Young Ones —Nuttgens second film at Sundance this year, Young Ones tells the story of a child who is forced to make choices no child should ever have to make. Directed and written by Jake Paltrow, the filmmakers relied on 35mm KODAK stocks. The compelling drama stars Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Boyhood – Filmed over a decade, writer-director Richard Linklater follows 12 years in the life of a family, focusing on the development of a boy from childhood to adulthood. Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke headline the performances. Cinematographer Lee Daniel chose several stocks on the experimental narrative, including KODAK VISION3 250D Color Negative Film 5207, 200T 5213, and 500T 5219, among others.
Several other films also utilized KODAK film as part of their palette, including Difret – written, produced and directed by Zeresenay Mehari with cinematographer Monika Lenczewska in Ethiopia on Kodak 35mm – and Liar’s Dice, which are screening as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
Over at Slamdance, Kodak will bestow two $5,000 film product grants. They will be given to the Jury Award winners of the Feature Length Narrative and Feature Length Documentary Film categories at the awards ceremony at the culmination of the festival. And we salute Slamdance’s focus and motto – “By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers.” Slamdance is also recognizing Kodak with a special honor for supporting the festival for 20 year.
Kodak also supports Women In Film (WIF) at Sundance, who hosts a panel and a grant during the festival. Kodak provides a product grant to the deserving recipient.
Kodak has had a long-standing presence both on and off the screen at Sundance and Slamdance. Film is still a very affordable medium for a wide range of productions, and we want independent filmmakers to understand that they don’t have to make compromises. Our film stocks offer great options and pristine results for projects at all budget levels.
We look forward to seeing you there!