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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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On today’s #TheSundanceReel, psychiatrist turned Filmmaker Kenneth Paul Rosenburg discusses his film Bedlam – a look that examines our broken mental health policies. He is joined by Patrice Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, whose brother Monte is featured in the film.  

The Sundance Reel - January 30, 2019 Photograph

Jan 30, 2019

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, Ritesh Batra is the Director of the premiere, Photograph, that looks at a struggling street photographer in Mumbai being pressured by his grandmother to marry.

The Sundance Reel - January 30, 2019 Sea of Shadows

Jan 30, 2019

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, the Director of the documentary Sea of Shadows Richard Ladkani discusses how the world’s smallest whale as become “the cocaine of the sea.” 

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, the Director of Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements Irene Taylor Brodsky is joined by her son Jonas and Producer Tahria Sheather to talk about the film that their personal memoir.  

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, Joe Berlinger, discusses his new film – Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – from the point of view of Ted Bundy’s long time girlfriend Liz Kloepfer. 

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, director Alison Klayman discusses her new film, The Brink , a documentary about former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. 

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, director Gurinder Chadha talks about her new film, Blinded by the Light, which chronicles a young Muslim boy growing up in the 1980‘s and the impact Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics had on him.

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
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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".