For 25 years, Sundance has premiered many groundbreaking films, exposing and introducing the world to star talent: actors, directors, producers and writers. Dozens of now famous indie filmmakers, including Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh and Edward Burns landed their big break at Sundance.
The festival has brought major attention to films such as Saw, Garden State,The Blair Witch Project, Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, Thank You for Smoking, sex, lies, and videotape, Napoleon Dynamite and many more. Next month will be no exception. in 2010, from January 21-31, more than 50,000 attendees will screen the latest creations in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
As one can imagine, competition is fierce when it comes to discovering the greatest talent. From more than 9,000 submissions, the Festival selects 200 films for exhibition. Last year, 500 Days of Summer directed by Marc Webb and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber debuted at Sundance. In addition, The Messenger starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson premiered. Oren Moverman directed and co-wrote the script with Alessandro Camon. This year’s selection has not been released yet.
Sundance features dramatic and documentary feature-length films from emerging and established artists to innovative short films to filmmaker forums and informative panels. There is also live music performances ranging from solo acts to film composer events, cutting-edge media installations, and engaging community and student programs.
Actor, producer and director Robert Redford founded Sundance in 1981. The Sundance Institute is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development of original storytelling in film and theatre. Sundance prides itself on uniting the most original storytellers of our time in one location.For further details, log onto www.sundance.org/festival.