What should I be doing instead of this?


0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) has been rather quiet since Brown Sugar back in 2002, with only one other feature as a writer-director (2010’s Our Family Wedding) and a screenplay credit for Talk to Me in 2007.   

The Lasting Legacy of Roger Ebert

Crowdfunded documentary captures legendary film critic's final days and enduring influence

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I am Life Itself community member #888. There are at least 1,656 others. All of us, although we may never know each other by name, are bound together by one of the most influential people film history has ever known: film critic Roger Ebert.    

Sundance Kid

Cincinnati native Andre Hyland takes his locally shot short film to Park City

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Andre Hyland is a really funny guy. He’s also a relentlessly creative, DIY-influenced artist who’s spent the last 15 years honing his unique talents through a variety of media.  

Music Industry ‘Reference’ E-Book Due in 2013

'Musician’s Desk Reference' announces 2013 launch and Kim Taylor goes to Sundance

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Brian Penick, musician turned music-biz entrepreneur with his two-year-old promo company, the Counter Rhythm Group, announces the 2013 release of an expansive and ambitious interactive e-book to help musicians navigate the modern music industry. Plus, singer/songwriter Kim Taylor preps a new album, but first visits the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for the world premiere of the feature film, I Used to Be Darker, in which she co-stars.  
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Friday Movie Roundup: Sundance Lineup Edition

I haven't done an exhaustive study, but it seems for the first time since I've been writing the words that appear in this space, there are no new movies opening in theaters this week. Zero. But that's not to say there aren't plenty of worthwhile options currently residing in local theaters. As I pointed out last week, there have been an uncommon number of strong movies released of late, including four last week: The Descendants, Hugo, The Muppets and My Week with Marilyn. That quartet follows the recently released Martha Marcy May Marlene and Like Crazy, which means a half-dozen movies in the last three weeks have garnered an A- or better from CityBeat's typically stingy crew of critics.

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Here Comes the Sun

Sundance 2011 noteworthy for its generally positive sensibility

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 1, 2011
There was something in the air in Park City, Utah, as the 2011 Sundance Film Festival picked up steam — and, thankfully, it wasn’t several feet worth of falling snow. In 2010, roads and sidewalks were snarled with one storm after another. This year, the sun shone brightly for all but a few brief, furious flurries. The relative meteorological peace seemed to mirror what evolved as a generally positive sensibility.  

Winter's Bone (Review)

Sundance winner a tense, well-crafted naturalistic thriller

0 Comments · Thursday, July 8, 2010
Based on Daniel Woodrell's novel, 'Winter's Bone' tells of 17-year-old backwoods Ozarks girl named Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) who needs to get her missing meth-cooking father to a court date or her family will lose their log-cabin-style home because he jumped bail. The film incorporates an insightfully sociological sense of place yet doesn't get bogged down by it. Grade: B-plus.  

Off to See the Blizzard

When the snow cleared at Sundance, the documentaries were way ahead of the fiction films

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 2, 2010
As the films in the Sundance Film Festival's U.S. Dramatic Competition category — the centerpiece for potential discoveries — started to roll, it was easy to wonder if it was all worth it. Thank heavens for the documentaries, which again provided the brilliance so often missing from the fiction features.  

Sundance Rewind

Funny films topped a funny year at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
From the bad economy to a Proposition 8 backlash, many reasons were offered as why this year's Sundance Film Festival would be less crowded, less frantic, less everything. Indeed, the vibe was just a bit different in Park City in 2009 compared to past years. Press screenings were noticeably less crowded throughout the festival, and even public screenings during the second half of the festival were more likely to feature empty seats. Maybe even the global warming thing was in play, as 2008's nonstop week of blizzards was replaced by glorious sunshine for nearly the duration.