There’s more that goes on at the Sundance festival beyond traditionally formatted film - this year VR was the biggest buzzword.
RBG and Minding the Gap are American testimonies of truth and power from both a public and personal point of view.
Thomas Balmès won the Cinematography Award at Sundance Film Festival for his disturbingly beautiful Happiness. A film featuring characters with no sense of (self)representation, Balmès doesn’t think in terms of beauty.
We are drawing a line through three films from Sundance this year: politics, economics, and the Occupy Movement.
Is the lure of materialism too strong? Who’s not paying federal income tax, an estimated 100 billion US dollars a year? ExxonMobil? Check. Bank of America? Check. Google? Apple? Fedex? The list runs deep.
As usual, social issue docs had a strong showing at the festival this year. A notable thread for DoX’s Harriette Yahr was “writing history” – she looks at three films in this regard.
American writer and filmmaker Harriette Yahr travelled to the world of food at CPh:DOX in Denmark.
The New Frontier programme offers both installation space and film section. The space showcases media works that straddle the boundaries between art, cinema and new technology. DOX saw two films from the programme: "Double Take" is a history lesson and a cinematic art. The brilliance of "Utopia in Four Movements" is in the truth it mines, the exploration itself; Sam Green narrates the four utopias found and lost. Our favourite at Sundance.
Frederick Wiseman is still captivating his audience with his long observations of institutions and the people within them
Toronto International Film Festival remains strongly devoted to documentaries and even included two docs in its Gala section this past September.
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