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Sundance Film Fest is for Kids

What many people don’t know about the Sundance Film Festival is that for several years it also has offered screenings of kid movies. Better yet, the Utah Film Center collaborates on the festival’s “Kids” section and shows the films later in Salt Lake City at the Tumbleweeds Film Festival. This year the films include a documentary, an…

Utah-based Drama in Sundance Fest

Since the days of the earliest “oaters,” Utah has been a shooting location for Hollywood. Who can forget The Searchers? Things haven’t changed much, considering a Utah western is part of Sundance Film Festival 2018. Damsel, the story of Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer (what else in Utah?), ventures across the American frontier to marry…

Sundance for Kids

Babe (xxxx) proved that some of the most entertaining cinema is made with kids in mind. And in the last couple of years, the Sundance Film Festival, in cooperation with Utah Film Center, has been showcasing great cinema for kids. (The Utah Film Center annually offers the Tumbleweeds Film Festival for children and youth.) At…

Sundance Fest Foreign Lineup Includes Idris Elba Film

Sundance Film Festival is Utah’s connection to global filmmaking. The 2018 line up includes drama and documentary films, including the world premier of the drama Yardie directed by British actor Idris Elba (below) that follows a young boy who witnesses his brother’s assassination. — The Guilty (Denmark) is a drama of an alarm dispatcher who…

Sundance Review: ‘The Nile Hilton Incident,’ Egyptian Noir

Winner of this year’s Grand Jury prize in the World Cinema, Dramatic, category, Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident is a wonderfully tense homage to mid-century noir and an incisive reflection upon this particular story’s time: January 2011, the turning point in Egypt of what’s come to be known as the Arab Spring. Nile Hilton‘s…

Sundance Review: ‘Sámi Blood’ Identity and Persecution

Director Amanda Kernell’s debut feature, Sámi Blood, based on her grandmother’s life, offers audiences a story about identity and persecution, an education on a culture rarely seen on American screens (Frozen doesn’t count) and an excellent performance by a talented young actress.  Lene Cecilia Sparrok as Elle-Marja in Sámi Blood, an official selection of the Spotlight program…

Sundance Review: ‘Tokyo Idols,’ a Creepy but Necessary Outlet

A few years ago, while traveling in Tokyo, I couldn’t miss the massive banners around the city, filled with the grinning faces of pigtailed teenage girls and bearing the obscure text “AKB48.” I finally learned the meaning of this logo one evening, wandering around the Akihabara neighborhood (abbreviated as AKB), the capital of otaku (often…

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