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Documentary Nominees from Sundance Film Festival that Will Make Oscars Buzz in 2013

I am fond of tracking all of the independent filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival as they received their momentous break in the industry, in which includes badass Quentin Tarantino, atheist Steven Soderbergh and “the Orson Welles of the modern-day” Paul Thomas Anderson (i.e. according to Ben Affleck, who just won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director for Argo but wasn’t even nominated by the Oscars.)

Sundance Film festival is similarly accountable for bringing wider attention to such independent motion pictures such as Myrick-and-Sanchez’s The Blair Witch Project, QT’s Reservoir Dogs,  Dayton-and-Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine and Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Programmed by an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization, Sundance Institute, this film fest is one of the largest independent screening venues in U.S. that showcases innovative films from various directors and artists from outside the Hollywood-sphere who are free to venture their creative minds away from commercial and political pressures.

Here are some of three nominated films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2012 that I am wishfully praying to win on the 85th Oscars for Best Documentary Feature.

The Invisible War
Genre:  Documentary, Crime, Drama
Director: Kirby Dick
Studio: Chain Camera Pictures

Searching for Sugar Man
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Producer: Simon Chinn and John Battsek
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music

5 Broken Cameras
Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Writer: Guy Davidi
Cinematography:    Emad Burnat

The following films are also Sundance Film festival winners (that were correspondingly-worthy-enough-to-be-in-the-Academy-Awards!)

The House I Live In
Directed by Eugene Jarecki

Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Chasing Ice
Written by Mark Monroe

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Directed by Alison Klayman

Who will take home Oscars this year?
Place your bets on the best films and care to share! 🙂

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5 Reasons to Watch Zom-Rom-Com Film, Warm Bodies

Attention romantic comedy and zombie film buffs: Here’s a treat for you.

This zombie romantic comedy (zom-rom-com, for short) film entitled “Warm Bodies”  is written and directed by the young and promising Jonathan Levine, who brought us “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” and “50/50.”

  • Its plot is fresh, although the setting is familiar – almost lifeless America. At least zombies are not limited to grunting and attacking. They are trying to connect with humans. They have a heart.
  • Attractive and deep, lead character “R,” portrayed by Nicholas Hoult, is reminiscent of protagonists like Edward Cullen (Twilight). He falls for Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, the human girlfriend of one teenage boy he attacks.
  • The fun trailer is presented at the lead character’s point-of-view. Drives you curious whether the film would give justice to it.
  • Finally, “Warm Bodies” is adapted from the novel written by Isaac Marion. Love the book? Then you might be interested to check out Levine’s treatment to it.

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