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. 

Credit KPCW


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.

Credit Sundance Film Festival









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.

The Sundance Reel - January 22, 2018

Jan 22, 2018

On today’s Sundance Reel, Leslie chats with Kenneth Turan film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's morning edition. Jenny Mackenzie, Amanda Stoddard and Jared Ruga about their production of Quiet Heroes.  Then Laura Nix, director of  Inventing Tomorrow, visits the studio. Director Matthieu Rytz talks about his movie, Anote’s Ark.  Final guests are Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin, two of the producers of Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

Sundance Reel - January 21, 2018

Jan 21, 2018
Monika Guendner

Rick Brough and co-host Stacy Dymalski talk with directors, writers and actors from a variety of film styles.

Sundance Reel - January 20, 2018

Jan 20, 2018

KPCW's Rick Brough continues The Sundance Reel on the weekends with guest co-host David D'Arcy. This two-hour special continues interviews with returning and first-time directors, producers and film industry insiders.

The Sundance Reel - January 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018


​Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Mark Harrington

9:00-10:00 AM

Director Reinaldo Marcos Green, MONSTERS AND MEN. U.S. Dramatic Competition

Director Morgan NevilleWON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, Doc Premiere.