Sundance: Day 2

Continued accumulation of daily dispatches from Park City, updated throughout the day:

“In advance of the Monday night Sundance debut screening of Hounddog (aka “The Dakota Fanning Project”), which contains a graphic scene of Fanning (who was 12 at the time) being raped, the Catholic League is calling for a federal investigation of possible child pornography, the biggest controversy to explode to date at the festival.” – Gregg Goldstein, Risky Biz

“Oh. This is that rape movie. Who is gonna pay 10 bucks to watch a kid get raped? So what if you’ve got Dakota Fanning. None of her fans are going to come to see it anyway.” – L.A. Times on filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier and the eleven years, four failed financing attempts, and 21 producers credits between finished script and controversial release.

  • David Poland: “Just saw what might well be this Sundance’s You, Me & Everyone We Know. It’s called Expired and it is a romance of broken people [Samantha Morton and Jason Patric] who, in this case, happen to be ‘meter maids'”.  Also features Terri Garr and Illeana Douglas.
  • Reid Rosefelt of Zoom In describes the rigamarole of day one, and posts a video interview with indieWire’s Eugene Hernandez as he describes his manic schedule, and vows to trim out the number of parties visited while holding himself to a curfew.
  • “(I’m) actually invigorated by the prospect of attending a film festival in which an over-hyped (and over-priced) Vacation retread steals headlines (and potential aquisition dollars) from ten or twelve films more deserving of market share”. – Karina Longworth, in response to early reports that the festival is effectively dead on arrival, and devoid of commercial prospects.
  • indieWire rolls out their first audio/visual segment for iW Video, with opening night featured director Brett Morgen, on his partially animated documentary, Chicago 10, focusing on the seven anti-war protesters put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The film features voice-overs by Hank Azaria, Nick Notle, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, and Jeffrey Wright, though Morgen lost me at Rage Against the Machine. Also, in an opening night conference, Robert Redford talks about the overreliance on buzz.
  • “A vibrantly crafted evocation…’Chicago 10‘ is far less interested in offering a fresh, probing look at what took place on the streets during the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the circus trial that followed than it is in celebrating the stars of the anti-war movement and rallying the current generation to follow their examples.” – Variety review.  Screengrab collects more, mixed reviews of the film.
  • “While it still produces its share of successes, a Sundance victory is not the passport to the mainstream of popular imagination. Nor is it the melting pot of new talent that many imagine.” – The Guardian (via Hollywood Elsewhere)
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