The Sundance Reel

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Sundance Film Festival Interviews on KPCW-2020

It's Sundance time again!

Park City's favorite local radio station and NPR affiliate is once again in the middle of the action, emotion, and filmmaking of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, running from January 23rd through February 2nd. Once again, our veteran news team brings fresh interviews every morning with filmmakers, industry professionals, and film festival insiders.

 Times, dates, and names are subject to change.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 24th, 2020

Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz

9:00-10:00 AM

The Go-Go's

Director Eliza Hittman,  NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS. U.S. Dramatic Competition. 

Directors Jesse Moss & Amanda McBaine, BOYS STATE. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Matt YokaWHIRLYBIRD. U.S. Documentary Competition. 

Director Alison Ellwood, THE GO-GO'S. U.S. Documentary Competition. 

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KPCW's Rick Brough, year-round movie buff and Friday Film Review host, talks film, Sundance, and storytelling during the first weekend of this year's festival, joined by cohosts in the film industry. Producer and Writer David D'Arcy cohosts on Saturday and John Burdick, Assistant Program Director cohosts on Sunday.



Hosted By Rick Brough and David D'Arcy

8:00-9:00 AM


Director Alexander Nanua, COLLECTIVE. Spotlight. 

Director David France WELCOME TO CHECHNYAU.S. Documentary Comeptition.

Director Marina Zenovich, LANCE. Special Events,

9:00-10:00 AM

Director Ron Howard, REBUILDING PARADISE. Documentary Premiere.  

Bob Birney, Picturehouse, John Sloss, Cineticmedia,  INDUSTRY TALK.



SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th, 2020


Hosted By Rick Brough and John Burdick


8:00-9:00 AM


The Earth is as Blue as an Orange

Director Ramona S. Diaz, A THOUSAND CUTS. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Writer/Director Amanda Kernell, Actors Ane Dahl Torp, CHARTER. World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

Writer/Director Writer/Director Iryna Tsilyk, THE EARTH IS AS BLUE AS AN ORANGE. World Cinema Documentary Competition.

 9:00-10:00 AM

The Painter and the Thief

Directors Nicole Newnham & Jim LeBrecht. CRIP CAMP. U.S. Documentary Competition.

 Director Bao Nguyen, BE WATER. U.S. Documentary Competition.


Director Benjamin ReeTHE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. World Cinema Documentary Competition




MONDAY, JANUARY 27th, 2020

Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Katie Eldridge

9:00-10:00 AM

Miss Americana

Directors Ron Cicero/Kimo Easterwood HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY- The Ren and Stimpy Show. Documentary Premiere.

Director and Lead Artist Giles Jobin & Lead Artist and Creative Director Camilo De Martino, DANCE TRAIL. New Frontier Exhibitions.  

Director Jeff Orlowski, THE SOCIAL DILEMMA. Documentary Premiere.

Director Lana Wilson, MISS AMERICANA. Documentary Premiere.





Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Linda Jager

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Dick Johnson is Dead


Director Mark Manning & Producer Langdon Page, THE COST OF SILENCE. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Euros Lynn, DREAM HORSE. Premiere.

Director Heidi Ewing,  CARRY YOU WITH ME. Next.

Director Kirsten Johnson, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD. U.S. Documentary Competition.




Leslie Thatcher and Katy Wang

9:00-10:00 AM


Hey Lady!

Director and Screenwriter Michael Angelo Covino & Kyle Marvin, THE CLIMB. Spotlight.

Director Sam Soko, SOFTIE. World Cinema Documentary Competion

Director Kim Synder , US KIDS. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Producer Tara Ellis & Principal Actor Jayne Eastwood, HEY LADY! Indy Episodic.




Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz

9:00-10:00 AM

Sylvie's Love

Director Arthur Jones and Producer Giorgio Angelini, FEELS GOOD MAN. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Shalini Kantayya, CODED BIAS. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Directors Bill Ross & Turner Ross BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETSU.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Eugene Ash, SYLVIE'S LOVE U.S Dramatic Competition.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2020

Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Mark Harrington

9:00-10:00 AM

The Truffle Hunters


Directors Cristina Costantini & Kareem Tabsch, MUCHO MUCHO AMOR. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Catherine Grund, AGGIE. Documentary Premiere.


The Sundance Reel and Sundance on the Weekend are produced by Beth Fratkin .2020 Coverage of the Sundance Film Festival is sponsored in part by The Sundance Institute and Acura.

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Rick Brough hosts this film panel discussion with Friday Film Reviewers; Mark Harrington, Libby Wadman and Barbra Bretz. They discuss everything cinema in this post pandemic landsacape of film going from the 2021 Oscars to their own memories of the last Blockbuster video store.

KPCW's Fabulous Film Panel wraps up the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and this years Academy Awards.   Rick Brough is joined by KPCW Program Director John Burdick, reporter Emily Means, and Friday Film Reviewers Barbara Bretz and Libby Wadman.

In the final segment of The Sundance Reel 2020, Director Catherine Gund discusses her documentary, AGGIE

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Director Kareem Tabsch, discusses his film Mucho Mucho Amor.

In our opening segment of the Sundance Reel on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune Movie Critic Sean Means, talks to Leslie Thatcher and Mark Harrington about his favorite films in this year’s festival.

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Director Eugene Ashe discusses his film Sylvie’s Love.

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Directors Bill Ross and Turner Ross, talk about their film Bloody Nose Empty Pockets.

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Director Arthur Jones and Producer Giorgio Angelini talk about the origin of Pepe the Frog and their film Feels Good Man.

Shalini Kantayya, Director of Coded Bias, a film about the problems with artificial  intelligence and algorithms, talks to Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz on The Sundance Reel

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Director Tara Ellis and actor Jayne Eastwood discuss their Indy Episodic series Hey Lady!

In this segment of the program, Leslie Thatcher and co-host Katy Wang visit with Sam Soko, the Director of Softie.

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In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Director Kim Snyder, talks about her film Us KIDS.

Leading off The Sundance Reel on Wednesday, hosts Leslie Thatcher and Katy Wang talk to Director Michael Angelo Covino and Screenwriter Kyle Marvin about The Climb.

In this segment of The Sundance Reel Director Kirsten Johnson talks to Leslie Thatcher and Linda Jager, about her documentary, Dick Johnson is Dead.

The director of I Carry You with Me, Heidi Ewing, discussed her film on The Sundance Reel.