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If you thought Slumdog was good…
January 25, 2009, 7:34 pm
Filed under: Film

In the wake of the recent historical inauguration, some have forgotten that the biggest independent film festival also took place in a quieter part of the country, Park City Utah.

Yep the annual Sundance Film Festival welcomed in a refreshing line up of new documentaries, dramas and comedies made by well-known and soon-to-be-known fresh faces in the Independent film industry. For many, Sundance is a refreshing break from the blown up world of Hollywood celebrities, although you can be sure to catch almost everyone who is anyone at the exclusive screenings.

One of the biggest winners, Push directed by Lee Daniels, based on the book by Sapphire, dominated the awards by winning the Audience and Grand Jury awards in the U.S. Dramatic competition. The film tells the story of Precious Jones, an obese illiterate adolescent mother living in Harlem who is sexually and emotionally abused by both her mother and father. The Special Jury Prize was also awarded to the Mo’Nique who plays Jone’s abusive mother, for her outstanding raw performance.

“It is about hope. It is about survival. It’s about overcoming obstacles of the highest proportion and being happy and seeing a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.”
– Director Lee Daniels on Push. Click here for the whole interview.

Looks very provocative and edgy, I can’t wait to see it.

Other notable mentions:

I Love You Phillip Morris
directed by Glen Ficarra staring Jim Carrey as a gay con-artist who finds his true love, Phillip Morris played by Ewan McGregor, in prison after a tumultuous on again off again relationship with his wife. Looks entertainingly hilarious and maybe a movie where Jim Carey’s obnoxious demeanor might actually be genuinely funny.

500 Days of Summer directed by Marc Webb and stars Zooey Deschannel and 3rd Rock from the Sun’s Joseph Gordon Leavitt in a one-sided romantic off-beat comedy.

The September Issue– Recipient of the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary follows the notorious Anna Wintour and the rest of the Vogue staff for a year as they plan for the highly anticipated September issue of the fashion bible. Directed and produced by R.J. Cutler and has been highly anticipated in the fashion industry for months along with the rest of the avid Vogue readers, like my friend Marcus.

Cold Souls
written and directed by Sophie Barthes follows an overly-anxious actor, Paul Giamatti playing himself, who enlists his soul to a high tech company specializing in alleviating stress by deep freezing people’s souls. The company inevitably ends up loosing his soul and the quest to return his essence sends the actor back to his hometown to learn some valuable life lessons about life and happiness.

The Cove– Recipiant of the Audience Award presented by Honda: U.S. Documentary is the highly anticpated documentary that received national attention when Hayden Panettari was nearly arrested in Japan, trying to rescue captured dolphins. The crew under the direction of Louie Psihoyos travels to the town of Taijii, Japan to uncover the secret dealings that kill thousands of endangered dolphins every year.


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thanks for this! I want to check them all out!

Comment by 20s Enthusiast

Oh my God. You have no idea how excited I am for “The September Issue.” Seriously. (They all look great, by the way.)

I watched another fashion doc from my Netflix last night. (Thank you Netflix Instant Watch!) It’s called Seamless. Check it out.

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