The holidays are over… But Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner! We have one of the festival’s Senior Programmers David Courier with us to preview and talk about some of the amazing documentaries they have screening this year. Together David, Ondi and Vlad discuss what to look forward to and what to watch out for.  So get ready for all things Sundance by tuning in and getting the scoop on this insider episode of B.Y.O.D.!

Watch new episodes of BYOD live each week on Tuesdays at noon on TheLip.TV, or tune in for the archived replay starting here on the following Thursday.

BYOD is co-hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice, and Vladimir Radovanov, entertainment attorney, and executive producer of “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.” Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi and Vladimir share their insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.

David Courier is the senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival as well as the writer and producer of the Sundance Awards Ceremony.  David has been with the festival for 12 years, since 2000, and focuses on US and World Documentaries.


00:00 Intro
03:40 How long have you been involved with Sundance?
04:35 How many films are submitted now compared to when you started?
08:20 What is the process like for determining what films get chosen out of the huge amount that are submitted?
13:00 Eugene Jarecki’s film “The House I Live In”
24:50 Lauren Greenfield’s film “The Queen of Versailles”
29:05 “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare”
35:40 David France’s film “How to Survive a Plague”
41:54 Emad Burnat’s “Five Broken Camera’s”
46:32 Jeff Orlowski’s “Chasing Ice”
51:30 Malik Bendjelloul’s film “Searching for Sugar Man”
54:52 The Daily Digdown and The Doc Side Segments.
55:00 What do you think about The Academy Awards not giving documentary a fair shake?
58:05 Do you have any interest in seeing a new Cannon Films documentary?
59:07 Keanu Reeves is making a new documentary film about digital vs. film.
1:00:03 What do you think about Newt Gingrich pushing a Mit Romney documentary?
1:02:20 RJ Cutler is making a documentary about Cheney.
1:03:22 A list of documentaries opening theatrically in January.
1:05:30 3D Documentaries.
1:06:00 Wrap Up and David’s closing thoughts.

Posted on December 29, 2011 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

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