Descendant – Sundance 2022

To learn about U.S. history means to learn about the history behind The Clotilda, the last known and illegal slave ship, in Descendant. I’m going to be 100% honest here. I’m a student of U.S. history but I had never learned about The Clotilda when I was growing up. If a number of Republican politicians get their way, nobody will. There’s this segment of the American population that doesn’t want people to learn about America’s…

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Lucy and Desi – Sundance 2022

Amy Poehler explores Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s legacy in the new documentary, Lucy and Desi, premiering at Sundance. Sundance audiences will get to watch the film before Amazon Studios releases on Prime Video in March. This film was one of my high priority films going into the festival simply because it’s about sitcom pioneers Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Well, this and the fact that Amy Poehler directs it. I’ve seen her narrative features…

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Framing Agnes – Sundance 2022

Framing Agnes is a unique introduction to transgender history as the film brings Harold Garfinkel’s gender health research to the screen. The feature film expands on the short by bringing on additional cast members. To say that the film is unique would not be an understatement. They utilize Garfinkel’s UCLA transcripts by presenting it in a form of a talk show. Meanwhile, the documentary takes us behind the scenes by talking with the cast members…

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Fire of Love – Sundance 2022

Fire of Love celebrates the love story between volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft through the archival footage they left behind. I’ve been on a natural disaster thriller kick of late so it’s only natural that I end my first day of Sundance with this unique love story. What a beauty it is! I mean, sure, it’s a sad ending with their deaths coming at the hands of a volcanic explosion at Japan’s Mount Unzen in…

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When You Finish Saving the World – Sundance 2022

Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg makes his directorial debut at Sundance with the A24 film, When You Finish Saving the World. Evelyn Katz (Julianne Moore) runs a shelter for domestic abuse survivors. But when it comes to her home life, she struggles when it comes to finding a connection with her son, Ziggy (Finn Wolfhard). She only realizes this when a new family comes to her shelter: Angie (Eleonore Hendricks) and son, Kyle (Billy Bryk). Evelyn…

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Culture Beat – Sundance 2022

Culture Beat is a doc-style prank show that marks Andre Hyland’s fourth time appearing as a filmmaker at the Sundance Film Festival. Cory Palmer (Andre Hyland) is our guide through everything pop culture. In this first episode, he seeks to find out the answer to the question, “What is art?” Hyland also portrays cyclist Phil Gower in the second bit before we get back to the main Culture Beat on art. Following this, Palmer returns with…

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Training Wheels – Sundance 2022

Nearly a month after taking home a Solzy Award for The Other Morgan, filmmaker Alison Rich premieres Training Wheels at Sundance. Her sophomore short is a 15-minute comedy about a socially inept woman, Enid Yarmis (Alison Rich), renting a man, Ricky Mountain (George Basil), in order to prepare for another man, John. Hence, the film’s title! But anyway, that’s the gist of the film in a nutshell. Even though the website allows for discreet dating, Enid…

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Sundance 2022: Film Fest Cancels Park City Portion

The Sundance Institute announced this afternoon that they have cancelled the Park City portion of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. This announcement doesn’t come as a surprise given the high transmission of the new Omicron variant. As cases began to escalate, it was no longer a question of if but when. When Sundance moved their ticket sales from January 6 to January 13, I suspected that an announcement was coming. It was only a matter…

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Sundance 2022: I’m Staying Home Due To Omicron

While the 2022 Sundance Film Festival currently presses forward with in-person, Solzy at the Movies will be covering the festival from home. In light of the Omicron surge and after listening to medical professionals in my circle, I’ve decided against attending the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in person. I’ll still cover the festival virtually and hope to get back to Park City in 2023. (Edit on January 5: The Sundance Institute announced that in-person portion…

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Palm Springs Cancels 2022 Fest–Is Sundance Next?

The Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the Film Festival will not take place this year from January 7-17, 2022. Palm Springs fest organizers made the decision based on the current rise of Covid-19 cases. Many of these cases are tied to the recent arrival of the Omicron variant in the US. I might not be in California but speaking for the Chicago area, the positivity rate is double what it was from…

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