The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just a film festival, but a look into the future of cinema. As we travel to Park City Utah this year, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at the last 30 years of the festival. Today I begin part one of my two-day, two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. In part one I will focus on the first 15 years of the festival* as the small independent film festival grew into the launching pad for new filmmakers and ground zero for the independent movie boom of the 1990’s.
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If you’re a Kevin Smith fan, then you know that the filmmaker’s career was launched after he made the black-and-white indie comedy Clerks for a measly budget. We’ve known for awhile how little it cost Smith to direct his first feature, but the director recently posted the actual budget breakdown that he sent to Miramax in hopes that they would buy the movie, and the rest is history. See it below! Read More »
Whether you like him or not, Kevin Smith made some big waves with his indie comedy Clerks back in 1994, and it launched the career that Smith still has today as an outspoken filmmaker, comic book writer and pop culture mouthpiece.
Clerks led to a sequel back in 2006, with a third film potentially on the way after Mallrats 2, and a short-lived animated series back in 2000. But did you know that Clerks almost became a live-action television series? In 1995, a pilot was put together for a live-action Clerks TV show, but it wasn’t picked up to series. And once you see the full abysmal pilot that has made its way online, you’ll understand why.
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A few years back, Kevin Smith said he was retiring. That changed when a spark ignited new passion in the filmmaker; now we’re getting movie after movie from Smith. He first had that inspiration in the early ’90s when he raised $27,000 to make a little black and white movie called Clerks. Now, over twenty years later, that incredible story is becoming a movie. It’s called Shooting Clerks, and after going the crowd-funding route in 2014, the first Shooting Clerks trailer is now out. See it below. Read More »
NOTE: We ran this article in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and have updated it for 2015.
The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?
More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?
For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.
Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »
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Since the release of his first film Clerks, Kevin Smith has cultivated a group of incredibly loyal, vocal fans. It makes sense, considering Smith’s story: that of the everyman going after the American dream; it’s a rags-to-riches story fueled with big risks, pop culture references and dick jokes. This is a man we could all relate to and be happy for.
That fandom just took a whole new leap, though, as Christopher Downie and Brett Murray have begun to crowdsource a film on IndieGoGo called Shooting Clerks. It’ll be a biopic of Smith and the struggles he encountered making his first film. This is no unauthorized effort, however. Smith fully endorses the project and will even cameo. (If it gets made, of course.) This is crazy, awesome, weird, meta stuff. Check it out below. Read More »
Sundance 2014 just got a something new and something old. The festival, which takes place January 16-26 in Park City, UT just added the world premiere of Wish I Was Here, Zack Braff‘s comedy, which the writer/director created through KickStarter. It co-stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene and Joey King.
The festival also confirmed Kevin Smith‘s reveal from a few weeks back that a 20th anniversary screening of Clerks will be part of the programming. Sundance, of course, is where Clerks first debuted, kicking off Smith’s career. Read more details below. Read More »
Have you ever flipped your TV to a movie and been delighted it was one of those presentations with facts that pop up on the screen? If so, you might want to know about a new site just launched that provides that sort of presentation all the time.
The site is called Yeah! and is run by AMC Networks, which own AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Basically, the site allows you to stream movies like Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pulp Fiction, and This is Spinal Tap. Along with each film are 400-500 pieces of new, original context and facts that appear on the screen during the film. Check out a video and read more below. Read More »
Kevin Smith has one more movie in him and then he’s done with filmmaking. But that doesn’t mean his stories are going to end. At a recent Q&A in Los Angeles, Smith revealed there is one way he’d make a third Clerks: if he could do it on Broadway. Watch the video of Smith’s reveal and more after the break. Read More »