2007 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FINAL EVALUATION (PART 4)

Despite there remaining a few more reviews to come in, and an interview or video still pending, it’s time to hand in our final Sundance 2007 coverage. If you follow a link and the review doesn’t appear, don’t worry, it will within the next day or two. If it’s not listed at this point, we didn’t see it. But before we get there, I’d like to take this time to say thank you to all the Film Threat writers who came on and rocked the house this year. We couldn’t have done any of this without you:

Sally Foster – You tackled as many films as you could before sickness intervened, so thank you.

Chris Gore – You’re the man who made all this FT nonsense possible, so we’re forever indebted to you.

Zack Haddad – Rookie showed he’s got the passion and power to survive the roughest festival experience we’ll face this year, so we’re taking suggestions for new nicknames since “Rookie” doesn’t apply anymore.

Phil Hall – You weren’t in PC, but you covered many of the online shorts, making sure the Film Threat love extended to all manner of filmmaking, as it should.

Don Lewis – Thank you for being on top of the distribution deals for what turned out to be one of the most frenzied deal-making festivals I’ve ever been a part of. You brought the coverage full circle, my friend.

Jeremy Mathews – You rocked the festival before it even got started, and managed to keep up the intensity and flick watching throughout. You’re an MVP, thank you for all the coverage.

Jamie Tipps – I know the workload was surprising, but you handled it with class and covered some of the best (and worst, sadly) of the festival.

Felix Vasquez Jr. – Teamed with Phil for the online shorts, you kept up daily as if you were in PC with the rest of us and if the shorts filmmakers aren’t singing your praises, they very damn well should be.

Pete Vonder Haar – What festival goes by without a taste of Vonder Threat? Thanks for the editorial back-up and for handling those extra films that wound up being the difference between us watching 4 films a day rather than 5 films.

FILM REVIEWS
All the films we’ve seen so far are linked below.

Opening Night Feature
Chicago 10

Salt Lake City Gala Feature
Away From Her

Documentary Competition Features
Banished
Chasing Ghosts
Crazy Love
Everything’s Cool
For the Bible Tells Me So
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
Girl 27
Hear and Now
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
My Kid Could Paint That
Nanking
No End in Sight
Protagonist
War/Dance
White Light/Black Rain
Zoo

Dramatic Competition Features
Adrift in Manhattan
Broken English
Four Sheets to the Wind
The Good Life
Grace is Gone
Hounddog
Joshua
Never Forever
On the Road with Judas
Padre Nuestro
The Pool
Rocket Science
Snow Angels
Teeth
Weapons

World Documentary Competition Features
Acidente
Cocalero
Comrades in Dreams
Crossing the Line
Enemies of Happiness
Hot House
In the Shadow of the Moon
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten
Manufactured Landscapes
The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun
On a Tightrope
Three Comrades
A Very British Gangster
VHS-Kahloucha
Welcome Europa

World Dramatic Competition Features
Blame It on Fidel
Buried Dreams
Drained
Driving With My Wife’s Lover
Eagle vs. Shark
Ghosts
How Is Your Fish Today?
The Island
Khadak
The Legacy
The Night Buffalo
Noise
Once

Premieres
An American Crime
Away From Her
Black Snake Moan
Chapter 27
Chicago 10
The Good Night
King of California
Life Support
Longford
The Nines
Resurrecting the Champ
The Savages
Son of Rambow
Summer Rain
Trade

Spectrum
Angel-A
Bugmaster
Dark Matter
Dedication
Delirious
The Devil Came on Horseback
Fay Grim
The Go-Getter
If I’d Known I Was a Genius
Interview
Reprise
The Unforeseen
Waitress
Wonders Are Many

Midnight
Fido
It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE.
The Signal
Sk8 Life
Smiley Face
The Ten

Shorts
A Nick in Time
Black and White Trypps Number Three
Bomb
Conversion
Cubs
Dad
The Dawn Chorus
Death to the Tinman
Der Ostwind
Destiny Manifesto
Duct Tape and Cover
God Provides
The Grass Grows Green
Happiness
I Want to Be a Pilot
In Passing
Infinite Delay
Interview
Light Work I
Little Farm
Magnetic Poles
Make a Wish
Master of Reality
Move Me
One Rat Short
Scaredycat
To Whom It May Concern
The Tragic Story of Nling
Trout
Windowbreaker

Special Screenings
Autism Every Day
Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

New Frontier
The Last Dining Table
Offscreen
Slipstream
Strange Culture
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

VIDEO REPORTS
Team Film Threat discusses each day amid other lunacy in the Film Threat Video Reports from Sundance 2007.

2007 Sundance: Morning Report (01/20/07)
2007 Sundance: Morning Report (01/21/07)
2007 Sundance: Lunch with Rotten Tomatoes
2007 Sundance: Jeff Goldsmith’s “Zoo” Review
2007 Sundance: Morning Report (01/22/07)
2007 Sundance: “A Very British” Interview with Donal Mac Intyre
2007 Sundance: Morning Report (01/23/07)
2007 Sundance: Gore Sighting
2007 Sundance: Morning Report (01/24/07)

CHRIS GORE’S 2007 SUNDANCE COVERAGE FOR G4
Chris Gore saw films, interviewed filmmakers and wore an awesome hat during his Sundance 2007 coverage for G4’s Attack of the Show

Chris Gore’s Sundance 2007 Report (01/22/07)
DVDuesday with Chris Gore (01/23/07)
Chris Gore’s Sundance 2007 Report (01/24/07)
Chris Gore’s Sundance 2007 Report (01/25/07)

BLOG ENTRIES
Not quite feature stories, this is the place to go for the candid feelings of the Film Threat writers as they experienced Sundance 2007.

1st Day of Sundance Down
Sundance REALLY starts today…
Something I’ve noticed…
Crispin Glover’s sequel to “What Is It?” made me faint…
I dislike Nick Cannon even more now
I thought Sundays were supposed to be days of rest…
Another day done…and Matisyahu
Wherein the Yarrow continues to own my soul…
Three days ’til the END!!!
Rookie vents, and it’s all good…
Running on empty…
Wasting away on the thin ice of the parking lot of the Marriott…
My first big trip has come and gone.

There you go, if this doesn’t whet your appetite for all things Sundance 2007, I can’t help you anymore. Thank you to all the readers that make this work and coverage worth it, and thank you to all the filmmakers that keep making films. Keep pushing the envelope, keep making the good shit and we’ll be there to cheer you on!

– Mark Bell, Editor-in-a-Coma (I know, I know, it’s serious…)




Posted on February 3, 2007 in Features by
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