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0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efaf6e0000KPCW Radio will be back on the streets and in the theaters for the 41st Sundance Film Festival.We'll cover all the news before, during, and after the festival - helping listeners make decisions on traffic, film choices, celebrity sightings and weather.2019 Sundance Film FestivalThursday, January 24 - Sunday, February 3, 2019Townie Tuesday - Tuesday, January 29, 2019Best of Fest - Monday, February 4, 2019 KPCW's coverage includes:0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efaf6f0000The Sundance Reel, featuring KPCW News Director paired with local co-hosts.Friday - Friday, January 25- February 1 from 9 to 10 AM.The Sundance Reel meets with directors, producers, screenwriters and festival organizers to give an in-depth perspective on films during this year's festival.Links to 2018 podcasts:Friday, January 19, 2018Saturday, January 20, 2018Sunday, January 21, 2018Monday, January 22, 2018Tuesday, January 23, 2018Wednesday, January 24, 2018Thursday, January 25, 2018Friday, January 26, 20180000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efaf700000Sundance on the Weekend, featuring Rick Brough and local co-hosts.Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 from 8 to 10 AM.The fun continues with pop culture savant Rick Brough and his movie-savvy co-hosts. Quirky films, returning directors and reviving careers find their way on this show.Press Agents:To request an interview on one of KPCW's shows, contact producer Beth Fratkin.CONTACT BETH2016 Coverage of the Sundance Film Festival is sponsored in part by0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efaf710000sundance.org

Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

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As the Sundance Film Festival handed out awards Saturday night, the big winners included a drama centered on a death-row execution; a documentary about China’s one-child policy; a drama featuring young undocumented migrants as the heroes; and the story of a beekeeper in Macedonia.

During the 2019 Festival Awards, held at the Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse, the Grand Jury Prize for a U.S. dramatic Feature went to “Clemency” staring Alfre Woodard as a prison warden facing the psychological toll of carrying out years of death-row executions.

The director and writer of the film, Chinonye Chukwu accepted the award with an impassioned speech to the audience.

“I wrote this because I wanted audiences, I wanted us, I wanted myself to connect with the ecosystem of humanity connected to incarceration. So, we as a society can stop defining people by their worst possible acts. That we can end mass incarceration and dismantle the prison industrial complex and through our societies in true justice, and mercy and freedom which is all tied to our joy inside that nobody can ever incarcerate or execute.”

The Grand Jury honor for a U.S. Documentary went to “One Child Nation.” Film-maker Nanfu Wange delved into the secrets of China’s one-child policy and those affected by it.

A multiple winner from the night was “Honeyland” about a beekeeper in Macedonia who struggles to preserve her livelihood, and the delicate balance of nature. The film not only won the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary but was honored for its Cinematography and received a Special Award for “Impact For Change.”

The Grand Jury Prize for a World Cinema Drama went to “Souvenir” about a young woman trying to find her voice as an artist and working through a dangerous relationship.

The Next program at Sundance had one big winner. The film “The Infiltrators” about a group of Dreamers infiltrating a for-profit detention center, wont the Audience Award. It also was given an Innovator Award from Juror Laurie Anderson.

The co-director, Alex Rivera, said the credit belongs to the undocumented activists behind the film.

“When you do documentary, you’re always a bit of a vampire. You’re living off, in some sense, someone else’s story and trying to represent it and re-tell it and bring life to a story that is already being lived. So this story rests on the imagination of the undocumented activists who are really trying to teach us what America is. There’s one vision of America which is that you’re born here, because you happen to come out of your mama you’re an American. That’s one America, but the characters in our film teach us of a different America where if you fight to be here, if you bleed to be here, if you cross a desert to be here, if you cross an ocean to be here that’s why you get to be an American. We learn from them, so thank them.”

Honors also went out to films chosen by the festival-goers. The Audience Awards for U.S. Documentary went to “Knock Down the House” about a group of upstart political challengers including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  The U.S. Drama “Brittany Runs a Marathon” about a woman taking charge of her life by running; the World Documentary “Sea of Shadows” about the environmental crisis facing the world’s smallest whale; and the World Drama “Queen of Hearts” which showed the tragic consequence as a woman seduces her teen stepson.

The Directing Award for U.S. Documentary went to Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for “American Factory” the story of culture clash as a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in Ohio with American workers.

Reichert said they made a small film with big ambitions.

“We Hope it can serve to turn down some of the steam between the two great economic superpowers right now. I don’t need to say who they are.  We also hope that our film can really speak to working people who really make the world run and are most of us on this planet, working class people. We hope to be part of building a platform for working people to see themselves as protagonists in their story. To see themselves and to support their fight for agency and a strong voice in the future of all of us that we have to build.”

The Directing Award for a U.S. Drama went to Joe Talbot for “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”. Talbot also received a Special Jury Award for Creative Collaboration.

Another multiple winner was the Narrative film “Share” the story of a girl who has gone viral on some illicit cell-phone videos. The film got a Screenwriting Award for Pippa Bianco, who also directed, and an acting award for star Rhianne Barreto.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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