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Let Sundance Begin!

Let Sundance Begin!

The world renowned Sundance Film Festival will begin it’s ten day run on January 24th. Last years festival saw over 124,000 festival goers with an economic impact of nearly 200 million dollars. Eager festival goers are delighted to see the most talked about and the most obscure films of the year. Sundance is easily independent cinemas biggest event and it has introduced global audiences to break out films like Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Eighth Grade, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, and the list could go on and on.

The festival is held in Park City, Utah, a small city with a population of less than 8,000. Festival goers, celebrities, and sponsors, will descend upon the small town for a smörgåsbord of films, panels, virtual reality experiences, music, and parties. Year after year we see more diversity at the festival and this year is no different. Forty percent of films were directed by women and 36% of films were made by people of color. The festival continues to be a launch pad for talented filmmakers. In six years, Director Ryan Coogler has gone from premiering his film Fruitvale Station to directing the box office mega hit Black Panther. Ava Duvernay premiered her film Middle of Nowhere at Sundance 2012 and she has become a Hollywood Juggernaut with A Wrinkle in Time, Selma, Queen Sugar, and 13th under her belt.

Three films that are getting pre-festival buzz are Native Son, Velvet Buzzsaw, and Little Monsters.

 

Native Son, directed by Rashid Johnson and written by Suzan-Lori Parks is a modern day re-imagining of Richard Wright’s seminal novel where a young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever. Cast: Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Bill Camp, and Sanaa Lathan. U.S. Dramatic Competition

Little Monsters, written and directed by Abe Forsythe, is a film dedicated to all the kindergarten teachers who motivate children to learn, instill them with confidence, and stop them from being devoured by zombies. Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, and Josh Gad. Midnight

 

 

 

 

Velvet Buzzsaw, written and directed by Dan Gilroy is a thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collete, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturbridge, and Natalia Dyer.

Premiere

Lapalme will be on the ground in Park City to bring you reviews, interviews, and celebrity photos from the red carpets to the most exclusive events. Festival favorites The Kia Telluride Supper Suite, Wanderluxxe, and Tao return to Park City to host dinners and parties for festival films.

The Kia Telluride Supper Suite with cuisine by Greene St. Kitchen will celebrate the top films and Hollywood A-list attending the film festival. LIFEWTR is the featured sponsor of the annual Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala benefit for funding for the Arts. LIFEWTR has impacted more than 1 million students through arts education initiatives and this year’s dinner will honor Josh Gad, Kyra, Sedgwick, Tony Hale, Alfre Woodard, Tom Skerritt, Anna Chlumsky, and Fisher Stevens.

Wanderluxxe, the luxury membership concierge service in partnership with Essential Costa Rica will play home to film premiere parties, a daytime wellness lounge, filmmaker panels and media lounge by exclusive media partner TheWrap, #tellblackstories podcast series by Color of Change. The Wanderluxxe Filmmaker Lounge will present an array of film premiere parties, performances, and panels such as “Diversity Representation”, “Women, in Entertainment”, and “Industry Innovation.”

Photos courtesy of Sundance Institute

 

William Roebuck
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