For me, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was a lackluster year. I missed some of the big buzz films and whileI saw some good movies (The Big Sick being the best of the bunch), it just didn’t measure up to past years in Park City. I might be that bigger, more depressing things were happening in the world outside of indie cinema. Or it just might be that my schedule was poorly planned.
Either way, I ended up in a press screening for the TV Pilot Showcase, where for the first year in Sundance history they were screening tv pilots without a home. I watched a couple good episodes in this screening, prompting me to write a post titled One of the Best Things I Saw at Sundance 2017 Was a TV Pilot. A trailer for the show in question, When The Street Lights Go On, has now been released online for the whole world to see. Watch it now after the jump.
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In the past few years, the Sundance Film Festival has begun to embrace the narrative art of television. The 2016 festival premiered the first couple episodes of the Bad Robot-produced TV adaptation of Stephen King’s 11.22.63. The 2017 festival has expanded their television category to include an independent pilot showcase, essentially a platform for independently produced television pilots without a home.
I’ve mostly avoided the television programs at the festival because there are just too many promising films to see, but a small gap in my schedule led me to a screening of these pilots this year. There I came across one of the best things I’ve seen at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival so far: a television pilot called When The Street Lights Go On.
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Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has been profiled a few times in film, but no movie has ever had the access that directoror Brett Morgen had to create Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Morgen enjoyed the full cooperation of Cobain’s friends and family, and was able to utilize intimate family videos and films, Cobain’s artwork (some of which is animated), and other materials never before seen by the public to create a profile of the musician. You can see it all in brief in the new Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck trailer, below. Read More »
The Rolling Stones began performing in 1962. That’s a superhuman 50 straight years of rocking, rolling and though they’ve been the subjects of some of the most famous documentaries of all time, a new one will now attempt to tell their five decade long story.
Crossfire Hurricane, directed by Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In the Picture, June 17, 1994) will feature brand new historic footage from the band’s earliest days all the way through their 50th anniversary. It’ll open in the UK this October before premiering on HBO and the BBC later this year. Read more after the jump. Read More »