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
Director Eliza Hittman, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS. U.S. Dramatic Competition.
Directors Jesse Moss & Amanda McBaine, BOYS STATE. U.S. Documentary Competition.
Director Matt Yoka, WHIRLYBIRD. U.S. Documentary Competition.
Director Alison Ellwood, THE GO-GO'S. U.S. Documentary Competition.
SUNDANCE ON THE WEEKEND
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.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25th, 2020
Hosted By Rick Brough and David D'Arcy
Director Alexander Nanua, COLLECTIVE. Spotlight.
Director David France WELCOME TO CHECHNYA. U.S. Documentary Comeptition.
Director Marina Zenovich, LANCE. Special Events,
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
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.
Directors Nicole Newnham & Jim LeBrecht. CRIP CAMP. U.S. Documentary Competition.
Director Bao Nguyen, BE WATER. U.S. Documentary Competition.
Director Benjamin Ree, THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. World Cinema Documentary Competition
MONDAY, JANUARY 27th, 2020
Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Katie Eldridge
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.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28th, 2020
Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Linda Jager
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Director Mark Manning & Producer Langdon Page, THE COST OF SILENCE. U.S. Documentary Competition.
Director Euros Lynn, DREAM HORSE. Premiere.
Director Heidi Ewing, I CARRY YOU WITH ME. Next.
Director Kirsten Johnson, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD. U.S. Documentary Competition.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29th, 2020
Leslie Thatcher and Katy Wang
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.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2020
Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz
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 POCKETS. U.S. Documentary Competition.
Director Eugene Ash, SYLVIE'S LOVE. U.S Dramatic Competition.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2020
Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Mark Harrington
Sean Means, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC.
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.
In this inspiring, emotionally powerful documentary, "Twice Colonized," the beautiful lens of director Lin Alluna journeys alongside an extraordinary human being as she plumbs through the social and personal wreckage of sanctioned white dominance to find the strength — within her abilities, her community, and her own vulnerabilities — to transform her hardships and painful experiences into something amazing that can inspire others who also struggle with the poisonous effects of colonialism.
Film critic Mark Harrington and Salt Lake Tribune culture editor Sean Means discuss the best of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.
Director Sarvnik Kaur takes a deeply humanistic and intimate approach in her profile of these two men at a crossroads in both their friendship and profession in "Against the Tide."
Sing J. Lee’s striking visuals and mood-driven aesthetic set the tone for unnerving intensity, punctuated by moments of humor and warmth in "The Accidental Getaway Driver." Inspired by a true story, this is not just a crime film, but a stirring portrait of this lonely old man and his relationship with Tây.
In tandem with Frédéric Tcheng ("Halston," "Dior and I"), Bethann Hardison is a force at the helm of her own story in "Invisible Beauty." Together, the co-directors trace Hardison’s impact on fashion from runway shows in New York and Paris in the ’70s to roundtables about lack of racial diversity in the early 2000s.
In filmmaker Anna Hints' "Smoke Sauna Sisterhood," the history of the smoke saunas as a place of giving birth inspired them to focus on women who come together in the protective darkness of the smoke sauna, share their deepest secrets and wash off the shame that has accumulated in their bodies.
Digging into exclusive archives, as well as Shere Hite’s personal journals and the original survey responses, filmmaker Nicole Newnham ("Crip Camp," Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, 2020 Sundance Film Festival) transports viewers back to a time of great societal transformation around sexuality in "The Disappearance of Shere Hite."
Director Elaine McMillion Sheldon explores how coal has had a profound influence on Appalachia's identity. Sheldon dares to consider what future stories might look like out of the shadow of coal, now that relationships to coal are changing.
Filmmaker Noora Niasari’s powerful debut feature "Shayda" is a beautifully crafted, poetic vérité portrayal of courage and compassion, anchored by a heart-rending performance by ZarAmir Ebrahimi (2022 Cannes’ best actress award winner for "Holy Spider.").
Director and producer Laura Gabbert and producer and author Ruth Reichl talk about their documentary "Food and Country" and how COVID-19 forced the food production industry to adapt.