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
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! 🙂