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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Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry — a division of the LIbrary of Congress — has added films to its roll of movies that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.”
This year’s roster of twenty-five choices features a typically diverse collection, including inclusions whose significance can hardly be disputed (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Matrix, Dirty Harry, The Times of Harvey Milk), persistent cultural touchstones (A Christmas Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), pleasing if slightly surprising inclusions (Two-Lane Blacktop, Slacker) and a few left-field choices, such as A League of Their Own.
The full list, with text about each movie from the NFR, is below. You can also visit the Registry website to nominate films for the 2013 list. Read More »
Without Richard Linklater‘s slice of life film Slacker, the independent film boom of the 1990s might not have happened. Unlike almost anything American audiences had seen before, it inspired a generation of filmmakers to go out and make their own movies. Kevin Smith often credits seeing the film at the Angelika Film Center in New York as his inspiration to make Clerks, the film’s success gave Linklater the ability to make Dazed and Confused and so much more. First released in 1991, Slacker celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the Austin Film Society and the Alamo Drafthouse are teaming up for a remake.
In typical Austin and Drafthouse style, though, isn’t a by the book remake. There aren’t any big special effects or A-list actors. Instead, 23 Austin filmmakers will reshoot scenes using the same dialogue and locations from the original film and string them together as a meta-homage. Read who the filmmakers are and more about it after the break. Read More »
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