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Still from Writing with Fire (Courtesy Sundance)

Sundance Documentary ‘Writing with Fire’ Investigates Caste and Gender Norms in India

By Paige Gardner, Assistant Arts Editor February 1, 2021

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s "Writing with Fire" premiered Jan. 30 after five intense years of filming, editing and traveling. This powerful documentary depicts a team of 24 female journalists...

A still from How it Ends by Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Daryl Wein)

‘How it Ends’ Brings Joy and Optimism to the Apocalypse

By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor January 31, 2021

  Filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic and featuring apocalyptic and nihilistic optimism, “How it Ends” seeks to answer the question, “How should you spend the last day on earth?” On...

A still from Strawberry Mansion by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley (Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Tyler Davis)

Surrealism and the Power of Human Connection in ‘Strawberry Mansion’

By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor January 30, 2021

  “Strawberry Mansion” is set in a not-too-distant future wherein dreams are recorded and taxed. Arabella “Bella” Isadora (Penny Fuller) is an eccentric old lady who lives in a strawberry-colored...

A still from Summer Of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) by Ahmir Questlove Thompson (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

‘Summer of Soul’ Records a Forgotten Festival and Celebrates a Revolutionary Era

By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor January 29, 2021

  On Jan. 28, the first day of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson made his directorial debut with “Summer of Soul (...Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).”  In...

A still from the short film BJs Mobile Gift Shop, which will premiere at Sundance in Jan. 2021. (Courtesy Brandon Hoeg)

Sundance Film Festival Releases & Adjusts Its Pandemic Plan

By Cade Anderson, Arts Writer January 26, 2021

  As COVID-19 vaccines start to roll out, a new year begins and the Earth spins closer and closer to spring, we have cause for optimism. But the nights are still long — unemployment and homelessness...

2020 Sundance Ignite Fellowship Seeking Film Submissions

2020 Sundance Ignite Fellowship Seeking Film Submissions

By Palak Jayswal, Arts Editor February 25, 2020

  While this year’s world-famous Sundance Film Festival has come to an end, the film world is hardly slowing. In fact, the Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to encourage and guide a...

Devin France appears in Wendy by Benh Zeitlin, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

‘Wendy’ Reframes the Story of Peter Pan Through a Lyrical Modern Lens

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer February 3, 2020

  J. M. Barrie's famous novel and stage play "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" has been adapted countless times into various retellings, between theatre, books and film. It's a tale...

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrel appear in Downhill by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nail Drama with ‘Downhill’

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer February 3, 2020

  There are particular actors that we associate with comedy as opposed to any other genre. Often, it can be difficult to think of these people in more dramatic and heartfelt roles, but skilled...

Adam Ild Rohweder appears in Chemo Brain by Kristian Håskjold, an official selection of the Indie Episodic program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jesper Duelund.

‘Chemo Brain’ Examines Cancer with Staggering Gravitas

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer February 1, 2020

  What's the most you can accomplish in eight days? For myself, this depends on the week at hand — I might get a project finished, meet with some friends or read a few books. However, I can hardly...

Alison Brie appears in Horse Girl by Jeff Baena, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

‘Horse Girl’ Fuels the Imagination with Whimsy and Nightmares

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer February 1, 2020

  Some of the greatest mind-bending films ask us questions about how to differentiate between the real and the unreal, from "Inception" to "The Truman Show" to "The Matrix." How often, however,...