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Former U Professor and Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

Former U Professor and Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey

April 30, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah film professor Sterling Van Wagenen pleaded guilty in an initial Utah County court appearance on Tuesday to a count of the sexual abuse of a child. Van Wagenen's attorney stated that he will als...

Filmmaker, Former U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Filmmaker, Former U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

April 12, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah professor and noted filmmaker, Sterling Van Wagenen, was charged on April 2 with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first degree felony. Court documents allege that 71-year-old Van Wage...

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Christina Giardinelli

March 7, 2019

  Film professor Sterling Van Wagenen has resigned following the release of a recording during which he is heard admitting to molesting a minor in 1993, according to spokesperson for the University of Utah's College of Fine Arts, Marina Gomberg. The recording is the result of an interview...

Faith and Films at Sundance

Faith and Films at Sundance

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

February 13, 2019

  The Sundance Film Festival isn’t the first place that you’d think that a group of Christians would gather. Sundance is more known for pride, celebrity and cutting-edge films than for explorations of faith. For the organizers and attendees of the 2019 Windrider Forum, however, Sundance is a p...

Sundance: ‘Late Night’ Dares Audiences to Resist Mindy Kaling’s Charm

Sundance: ‘Late Night’ Dares Audiences to Resist Mindy Kaling’s Charm

By Josh Petersen

February 6, 2019

  In “Late Night,” a new comedy that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is at a career crossroads. She is a legendary comedian and late-night talk show host with years of experience at her own show and plenty of acclaims. However, she has become...

Sundance: ‘Paradise Hills’ Is Gorgeous But Empty Feminist Science Fiction

Sundance: ‘Paradise Hills’ Is Gorgeous But Empty Feminist Science Fiction

By Josh Petersen

February 6, 2019

  In the opening scene of “Paradise Hills,” a young bride, with her enormous veil extended like a spider web, sings a ballad of feminine subjectivity. She sings lines about self-sacrifice and undying devotion — at one point promising, “I’ll cater to all your needs” — while her face...

Sundance: The Highly Anticipated and Controversial ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Leaves Audiences Silent

Sundance: The Highly Anticipated and Controversial ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Leaves Audiences Silent

By Alaikia Marielle

February 5, 2019

  Zac Efron and Lily Collins take the lead in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a highly anticipated film premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival chronicling the life and crimes of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger is known for his true crime documentarie...

Sundance: ‘Always in Season’ Explores the Horror of Lynching, Both Past and Present

Sundance: ‘Always in Season’ Explores the Horror of Lynching, Both Past and Present

By Josh Petersen

February 4, 2019

  On Aug. 29, 2014, Lennon Lacy, a black teenager living in the small town of Bladenboro, North Carolina, was found dead, hanging from a swing set. He was just 17 years old. Local police quickly ruled his death a suicide, but Lacy’s mother Claudia and his brother Pierre were immediately suspicious...

Sundance: ‘The Farewell’ is a Moving, Gently Funny Family Portrait

Sundance: ‘The Farewell’ is a Moving, Gently Funny Family Portrait

By Josh Petersen

February 1, 2019

  Hiding your true emotions is hard. Losing a loved one is harder. To face both at the same time might be impossible. In “The Farewell,” a warm and winning film from writer-director Lulu Wang, twenty-something Billi (Awkwafina) is a struggling writer living in New York City. When Billi...

Sundance: ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’ Takes a Deep Dive into the Science Fiction Epic

Sundance: ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’ Takes a Deep Dive into the Science Fiction Epic

By Alaikia Marielle

February 1, 2019

  Director Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary “Memory: The Origins of Alien” takes the viewer to unexpected and sometimes disturbing places in his quest to parse out the origins of the iconic chest-burster scene in the science fiction epic “Alien.” The documentary opens in perhaps the most su...

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