The SXSW Film Festival announced the feature lineup and opening night selection for the 25th edition of the Film Festival, running March 9-18, 2018 in Austin, Texas. While more titles will surely be announced, what is known for now is that there are a 132 features confirmed with the lineup currently including 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres and 5 U.S. Premieres. SXSW selected these titles from 2,458 feature-length film submissions, with…"2018 SXSW Film Festival announces Feature Films, Opening Night title"
In the aftermath of the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, filmmaker Morrisa Maltz took some time to talk to Solzy at the Movies about her new film, Ingrid, which just premiered at the festival. Danielle Solzman: Thanks for joining us today. How are things treating you? Morrisa Maltz: Thanks Danielle! I’m great, mostly been catching up on sleep since I’ve been back from Park City which is a good thing 🙂 Danielle Solzman: You just got…"Slamdance 2018: Morrisa Maltz talks Ingrid"
Premiering at Sundance, Hal is a documentary that–break your heart as it may–offers closer a look at the career of the underrated director, Hal Ashby. In her directorial debut, editor-turned-director Amy Scott assembled a wide array of interviews, archival footage, and a soundtrack heavy on Cat Stevens over the last five years to give movie fans the long-overdue documentary on Hal Ashby. The documentary in itself is a reminder that many directors don’t get to…"Sundance 2018: Hal – The Life of Hal Ashby"
An official Sundance selection, The Queen of Fear features a stellar acting performance from actress Valeria Bertuccelli. Bertuccelli, who also wrote the film, co-directs the absurd comedy with Fabiana Tiscornia. For a film that comes off as an absurd comedy, The Queen of Fear is surprisingly so dark in terms of lighting–whether that’s due to cinematographer Matías Mesa or the co-directors, I don’t know. As with any foreign film, to truly be able to understand what’s going…"Sundance 2018: The Queen of Fear"
Because of the Disney/Freeform background of star Maia Mitchell, Never Goin’ Back has that Spring Breakers vibe to it but these two films couldn’t be any more different. Never Goin’ Back isn’t without drugs or vulgarity and there’s a lot of it throughout the film. A first feature from writer-director Augustine Frizzell, it’s another film in which one can show their support of a female director. Just as Sean Baker brought light to underrepresented low-income families with…"Sundance 2018: Never Goin’ Back"
An official Sundance selection, The Price of Everything is a documentary that goes into the art world and examines what art is worth, be it for the collector or the artist. The film is a fascinating documentary, directed by Nathaniel Kahn, and explores a world in which one may only hear about in the news in passing but outside of the die-hard art collectors, that’s just about it. Art collecting is a different world in…"Sundance 2018: The Price of Everything"
Ingrid tells the fascinating story of Ingrid Gipson, a fashion designer who left the comforts of life in Texas and escaped into the woods of Oklahoma. Directed by Morrisa Maltz, the documentary is just shy of an hour. Among the eight films selected as a Documentary Feature, Ingrid was the only one to be solely directed by a female filmmaker. This comes at a time in which it is so hard for the studios to…"Slamdance 2018: Ingrid (dir. Morrisa Maltz)"
Selected by the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, Pick of the Litter contains an overload of puppy cuteness as the documentary offers a glimpse into the rigorous training of guide dogs for the blind. Co directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, Pick of the Litter is a touching film that makes you wish that you could place your hands through the screen. A project that was birthed at Slamdance in 2015 following the premiere of…"Slamdance 2018: Pick of the Litter – Puppy Cuteness Overload"
An official selection of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, White Rabbit is one of the more unique films to play the NEXT program. Directed by Daryl Wein from a script co-written with Vivian Bang, White Rabbit shines a light on a segment of the population that doesn’t have the opportunity to be represented much on the big screen in leading performances. Things may be changing on the small screen but there’s still a lot work…"Sundance 2018: White Rabbit great for representation"
The awards ceremony was held tonight for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The winners follow. 2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE FILM AWARDS The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Simon Chin to: Kailash / U.S.A. (Director: Derek Doneen, Producers: Davis Guggenheim, Sarah Anthony) — As a young man, Kailash Satyarthi promised himself that he would end child slavery in his lifetime. In the decades since, he has rescued more than eighty thousand children and built a…"2018 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners"