December is an exciting time for many filmmakers--it's when an elite and highly talented group of filmmakers find out if projects he or she worked on have made the big cut onto the Sundance Film Festival roster (and it is a big cut--only 200 films from about 12,000 submissions are accepted).
This coming January, many Seattle-based filmmakers will make return trips to the glitzy event. Local darling Lynn Shelton has been accepted for the fourth time for her feature "Laggies," with prior efforts "Humpday," "Your Sister's Sister," and "Touch Feely" previously screened at the fest. But she'll be visiting Park City as a VIP for at least the fifth time--her first feature "We Go Way Back" showed at Slamdance in 2006.
Cinematographer Ben Kasulke is connected to several projects at Sundance. His credits include Director of Photography of Shelton's "Laggies," Todd Rohal's short "Rat Pack Rat," and as camera operator-2nd unit DP-gaffer-actor in Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' Icelandic-shot "Land Ho!"
Illustrator/animator Drew Christie is bringing his New York Times Op-Doc "Allergy to Originality" to the Festival. But if you aren't planning on braving the scene in Utah, you can watch that one already courtesy of the Times.
In fact, Sundance recently announced that they'll be extending the Festival into their branded cinemas across the country, including our very own outlet here in Seattle. You can catch "The Skeleton Twins" on January 30.
Of course, many excellent films don't make it to Sundance, which is why Seattle is lucky to have so many additional ways to see local productions. Stay tuned for information about Northwest Film Forum's Local Sightings Film Festival in October, and the Seattle International Film Festival's Northwest Connections program in May.