The Sundance Reel

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Sundance Interviews on KPCW-2019

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 2019 Sundance Film Festival, running from January 24th through February 3rd. Once again, our veteran news team brings fresh interviews every orning with filmmakers, industry professionals, and film festival insiders.

 Times, dates, and names are subject to change.


 ​Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz
 9:00-10:00 AM

Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary

Director Jennifer Baichwal, Ed Burtynsky,  Nicholas de Pencier,  ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH. Spotlight.

Director Ryan White. ASK DR. RUTHDocumentary Premiere. 

Director A.J. EatonDAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME. U.S. Documentary Premiere. 

Director Ben Berman with subject Johnathan Szeles, UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY. 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 and Volnteer Coordinator at KPCW host on Sunday.

 SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th, 2019 
  8:00-9:00 AM

Hail Satan?

Writer Emelie Mahdavian, MIDNIGHT TRAVELER. World Documentary Competition.

Director Mads Brugger, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJOLD. World Documentary Competition.

Director Penny Lane, HAIL SATAN? U.S. Documentary Competition.

Anne Thompson of IndyWire, Bob Berney from Amazon Studios and John Sloss from Cineticmedia.


9:00-10:00 AM

Anne Thompson of IndyWire, Richard LorberChairman and CEO of Kino Lorber Inc.and John Sloss from Cineticmedia.

Director Joshua Rofe,  LORENA. Special Events.


Where's My Roy Cohn?

Director Rachel LearsKNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Matt TyrnauerWHERE’S MY ROY COHN? U.S. Documentary Competition.

 SUNDAY, JANUARY 27th, 2019
8:00-9:00 AM 


Director May el-Toukhy, QUEEN OF HEARTS. World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

Director Stanley Nelson, MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF COOL. Documentary Premiere.

Director Ross Kauffman, TIGERLAND, U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Jacob Estes, RELIVE. Premiere.

 9:00-10:00 AM


Late Night

Director Chiwetel Ejiofor, THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND. Premiere.

Directors  Andre Hormann and Anna Samo , OBON.  Animation Spotlight.

Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM, Documentary Premiere.

Director Nisha Ganatra, LATE NIGHT. Premiere.


MONDAY, JANUARY 28th, 2019
Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Linda Jager
9:00-10:00 AM 


Producer Rafael Marmor, MIKE WALLACE IS HERE. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Janice Engel, RAISE HELL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOLLY IVANS. Documentary Premiere.  

Directors Steven Bogner and Julia Reichert, AMERICAN FACTORY. U.S Documentary Competition.

Director Ursala MacfarlaneUNTOUCHABLE. Documentary Premiere.



Hosted Leslie Thatcher and Katie Eldridge 9:00-10:00 AM

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Director Roger Ross Williams, TRAVELING WHILE BLACK. New Frontier Exhibitions.

Director Gurinder Chadha, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT. Premiere.

Director Alison Klayman, The Brink U.S. Documentary Competition.




Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Katy Wang 9:00-10:00 AM


Director and Producer Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tahria Sheather, MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS. U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Richard Ladkani, SEA OF SHADOWS. Documentary Premiere.

Director Ritesh Batra,  PHOTOGRAPH. Premiere.

Director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg with Patrisse Cullors. BEDLAM. U.S Documentary Competition.

Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz
9:00-10:00 AM

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Director and Producer Petra Costa and Joanna Natasegera, THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY. World Cinema Documentary Competition.

Director Henrik Georgsson, STIEG LARSSON: THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. World Cinema Documentary Competition.

Directors Ivete Luras and Patrick Bresnan, PAHOKEE U.S. Documentary Competition.

Director Jacqueline Olive, ALWAYS IN SEASON. U.S Documentary Competition.


Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Mark Harrington
9:00-10:00 AM

Sister Aimee


Director Alex Lehmann, PADDLETON. Premiere.

Writers and Directors Samantha Buckand Marie Schlingmann, SISTER AIMEE. Next.


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On today’s #TheSundanceReel, Director Roger Ross Williams talks about his VR documentary Travelling While Black,  which immerses the viewer in the history of what it was like for black Americans to travel  in America. 

The Sundance Reel - January 28, 2019 Untouchable

Jan 28, 2019

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, director Ursula MacFarlane talks about her film Untouchable about the rise and fall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert talk about their documentary American Factory – a story that shows what happens when blue collar workers from the Mid-West are hired to work for a Chinese billionaire.

The Sundance Reel - January 28, 2019 Raise Hell

Jan 28, 2019

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, director Janice Engle talks about her film Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins – the acclaimed and witty journalist who thrived in the cut-throat world of Texas politics.

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, Producer Rafael Marmor discusses the documentary, Mike Wallace is Here. The film explores the complicated legacy of one of the most fearsome interviewers ever.

KPCW's Rick Brough and John Burdick host the #TheSundanceReel Weekend today, dipping into the narrative category.

First up is May el-Toukhy and Trine Dyrholm from "Queen of Hearts", then Stanley Nelson joins the guys to talk about "Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool", followed by Ross Kauffman of "Tigerland". Finishing up the first hour is an iunnterview with Jacob Estes of "Relive".

Sundance Reel Weekend - January 26, 2019

Jan 27, 2019
Monika Guendner/KPCW

KPCW's Rick Brough is joined by critic and arts journalist David D'Arcy for the Saturday edition of #TheSundanceReel Saturday.

In the first hour, the guys talk with Sue Kim and Emelie Mahdavian of "Midnight Traveler", Penny Lane from "Hail Satan?" and insudtry insiders Anne Thompson, John Sloss and Richard Lorber.

The conversation continues with Thompson, Sloss and Loeber in the second hour, followed by interviews with Joshua Rofé with "Lorena", Mads Brugger of "Hammarskjöld",  and Rachel Lears of "Knock Down The House".

On Today's #TheSundanceReel Director Ben Berman discusses his film,  the Amazing Jonathan. He  discusses what’s been described as the “most bizarre” film in this year’s lineup.   

On today's #TheSundanceReel Director of the film,  AJ Eaton, talks about the making of his documentary, David Crosby: Remember My Name.

The Director of Ask Dr. Ruth, Ryan White, talks about his film chronicling the life of America’s most famous sex therapist.

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, Directors Jennifer Baichwal, Ed Burtynsky, and Nicholas de Pencier talk about Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, in the Spotlight category. 

The Sundance Reel - January 26, 2018

Jan 26, 2018

On today’s Sundance Reel, Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz visit with Salt Lake Tribune film critic Sean Means; Tim Wardle, director of Three Identical Strangers; and, finally, Cameron Yates, director, and Laura Coxson, producer, of Chef Flynn.

The Sundance Reel - January 25, 2018

Jan 25, 2018

Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz first interview Elan and Jonathan Bogarín, directors of 306 Hollywood.  Then Qasim Basir and Samantha Tanner talk about their movie, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.  Next the directors of Wild Wild Country -- Chapman and Maclain Way -- stop by to chat.  The show concludes with Shoshana Ungerleider’s update on the short film End Game.

The Sundance Reel - January 24, 2018

Jan 24, 2018

This morning, Leslie and Linda first visit with Jeremiah Zagar, director of We the Animals.  Also on the program today is Stephen Maing, director of Crime + Punishment”; Kimberly Reed, who directed Dark Money; and David Wain, Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern from the film A Stupid and Futile Gesture.

The Sundance Reel - January 23, 2018

Jan 23, 2018

On today’s Sundance Reel, Leslie and Katie visit with Betsy West and Julie Cohen, in town for the premier of their documentary, RBG.  The second guests on the program are Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman, directors of Seeing Allred.  Then, Amy Adrion drops by to talk about her documentary, Half the Picture.  The final guests are Kevin Kerslake, and Joel Marcus from the film Bad Reputation.