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.
What’s it like to attend two of the premier independent film festivals of the year? It’s truly exciting! As the Kodak regional account manager for studio & independent feature films / film schools, I get to meet new talent, and be one of the first to see a film that may go on to be a box office hit – and possibly win an Oscar®. From the moment I pull into Park City, I am happy to see fellow filmmakers, watch screenings, talk production, and soak up the creative energy.
Here are some of the highlights from my journey to this year’s Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals:
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival wrapped this past weekend, with director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale winning the festival’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for a drama. The film, which was shot on Kodak Super 16mm by cinematographer Rachel Morrison, was one of many independent movies produced on Kodak film and picked up for distribution.
“We feel privileged these innovative filmmakers chose Kodak film to create their unique stories.” says Kodak’s Judith Doherty. “Film is a superb medium for a wide range of productions and budgets. The Super 16mm and 35mm in both three-perf and two-perf formats offer a range of efficient and cost-effective options for capturing maximum image information for post production. And Kodak’s new color asset protection film provides all indie producers – regardless of origination medium – a way to future proof their projects, ensuring they are compatible with whatever distribution platform they get seen on today, or decades from now. We want filmmakers to know they don’t have to compromise their vision.”
DP Rachel Morrison (Center)
The indie flick Fruitvale Station premiered at Sundance and will soon be headed to theaters with a deal with The Weinstein Company.
Fruitvale Station is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Pull on your snow boots and wool cap, pick up some popcorn, and get ready to be wowed in theaters in Park City, Utah. The Sundance and Slamdance film festivals get underway this week, revealing a new collection of poignant dramas, heartwarming comedies, and enlightening documentaries. Not too far from the ski slopes, some of the year's most anticipated films are debuting for eager audiences.
You only have to look back as far as 2012 to see the impact that films premiering in the next few weeks can make. Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild electrified the crowds at last year’s Sundance festival. The powerful story of 6-year-old Hushpuppy, which premiered against the backdrop of snow drifts, is now basking in the golden glow of four Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Picture.