WATCH LIVE STREAMING FROM 2012 SUNDANCE
Yesterday was day six of the Sundance Film Festival — it’s half over! — and it’s great seeing so many women-directed and women-written films getting picked up for theatrical distribution: director Katie Aselton’s Black Rock (with a VOD component, I think), director Lise Birk Pedersen’s doc Putin’s Kiss, writers Katie Anne Naylon and Lauren Anne Miller’s For a Good Time, Call…, co-writer Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, star and co-writer Rashida Jones’s Celeste and Jesse Forever, and the first film announced as having been sold at Sundance: opening night’s The Queen of Versailles documentary from director Lauren Greenfield.
Check out the great Take Action page for the Sundance documentary The Invisible War about rape in the U.S. military. Get involved! Watch the trailer below. (One of the film’s cinematographers is Kirsten Johnson.)
Hollywood heavyweight producer Scott Rudin will adapt Lisanne Pajot’s documentary film Indie Game for television, turning it into a fictionalized 30-minute series for HBO. Lisanne Pajot is co-director and co-writer, plus one of the cinematographers, a producer, and editor, of Indie Game which, according to what I’ve read, has had a lovely reception at Sundance. Check out the story on Pajot’s doc and Rudin’s involvement over at Geeks of Doom. Watch the trailer below.
HBO has also picked up ME @ The ZOO_ for distribution, a feature-length documentary co-directed and produced by Valerie Veatch. Check out a brief mention of this and some other Sundance deals over at Boston.com. Watch the trailer below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, co-writer Susan Burke’s film Smashed also has some heat on it and may be poised to sell soon.
Sundance Jury Prizes were announced today. Check out the entire list over at indieWIRE.
The Jury Prize in Short Film, Non-Fiction:
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (director: Lucy Walker) – Oscar nominee
The Jury Prize in Short film, International Fiction:
The Return (Kthimi) (director: Blerta Zeqiri)
Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling:
The Arm (directors Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos, Jessie Ennis)
Among the films by women screened at Sundance on day six were the following titles. Many of the films previously listed here on Her Film also screened, but as they’ve been mentioned before, they will not be listed along with other titles which are premiering. Titles previously mentioned which screened on day six include Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, So Yong Kim’s For Ellen, and Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, among others. Check out the trailers for the films by clicking on the highlighted links below.
Gypsy Davy (writer-director Rachel Leah Jones, also a cinematographer, editor, producer and sound recorder on the film)
We’re Not Broke (writers-directors Victoria Bruce & Karin Hayes)
whiteonwhite (director and co-writer Eve Sussman; co-cinematographer Angela Christlieb)