Vivian Bang talks White Rabbit, Asian-American Representation

Performance artist Vivian Bang spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the weekend about White Rabbit, Sundance, and Asian-American representation in film. Thanks for joining Solzy at the Movies today.  How are things treating you? Vivian Bang:  You know it’s funny, after Sundance, anyone from the industry who saw White Rabbit keeps telling me that  it’s a game changer for me, and although that’s very sweet,  I think I already shifted my career when I…

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Sundance 2018: Hal – The Life of Hal Ashby

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…

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Sundance 2018: The Queen of Fear

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…

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Sundance 2018: Never Goin’ Back

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…

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Sundance 2018: The Price of Everything

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…

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Sundance 2018: White Rabbit great for representation

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…

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2018 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

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…

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Sundance 2018: Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Hearts Beat Loud

Gunpowder & Sky announced the acquisition of North American rights to Brett Haley’s new film, Hearts Beat Loud, premiering this week at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres program.  Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) previously acquired the international rights. The press release follows: PARK CITY, UT – January 24, 2018 – Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, announced today that it has acquired the North American rights to Sundance veteran Brett Haley’s (I’ll…

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2018 Sundance Film Festival: Lineup Announced

The lineup for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival was just announced this afternoon.  The Festival will be hosting screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 18–28, 2018. Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities. This year’s Festival is full of artfully-told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the…

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What happened with Indie Films at the Box Office in August?

August has been a down month at the box office even as we head towards a Labor Day weekend that won’t see the studios release a huge film.  But for so many films selected for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, it’s been an even bigger struggle to make a dent. Throw in the wide releases this past month and the box office is really telling.  Overall weekend grosses have dropped from $122,787,691 at the start…

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