The 2015 L A Film Festival Review: “In Football We Trust”

  By; Vernon Nickerson For the love of the game or for the power and fame? This is one question directors Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn address by telling the stories of 4 Polynesian football players struggling to overcome gang violence and poverty in a world where a contract to play football in the NFL is the only endgame in town as depicted in the documentary … Continue reading The 2015 L A Film Festival Review: “In Football We Trust”

ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU TO RECEIVE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE VANGUARD LEADERSHIP AWARD

  Sundance Institute  announced it will present its Vanguard Awards to Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu and filmmaker Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) at the fifth Sundance Institute Celebration benefit hosted by Acura in Los Angeles, bringing the creative community together to highlight a great visionary in independent film and an emerging artist with unique talent and creative independence. Iñárritu will … Continue reading ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU TO RECEIVE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE VANGUARD LEADERSHIP AWARD

A Tale Of Life’s Journey In The Twilight Years: A Review of “I’ll See you I My Dreams”

  By Lacy Darryl Phillips As one gets older, one tends to say that their life is over. We  forget how to live a full and meaningful life as we age with time. In the wonderfully done film “I’ll See You In My Dreams” it shows that life actually gets better as you get older. There are ups and downs with loss and mistakes, but there … Continue reading A Tale Of Life’s Journey In The Twilight Years: A Review of “I’ll See you I My Dreams”

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE BRINGS $83.4 MILLION TO UTAH WITH 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

  Sundance Institute announced that its 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah in January, generated an overall economic impact of $83.4 million for the State of Utah, according to the independent annual economic and demographic study conducted by theUniversity of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the David Eccles School of Business … Continue reading SUNDANCE INSTITUTE BRINGS $83.4 MILLION TO UTAH WITH 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Hoping that We Are NOT Alone In The  Michael Madsen’s documentary, The Visit

By Vernon Nickerson The Visit showed at the 2015 Sundance film Festival. Watching Director Michael Madsen’s visual feast of a documentary, “The Visit”, I was reminded of the central premise of the Dr. Seuss story, “Horton Hears A Who”.  If our scientists, governments and military officials are to be believed, someday, somewhere out there, someone(thing) that has always been watching  and listening to Earthlings’ version … Continue reading Hoping that We Are NOT Alone In The  Michael Madsen’s documentary, The Visit

Power of Story: Visions of Independence With George Lucas and Robert Redford at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

  By Monteque Pope- Le Beau   The hottest ticket at Sunday 2015 Sundance Film Festival People were willing to give you whatever they had just to get a ticket to this event. I on the other hand I already have my ticket and I was very lucky to get one! Why were people on the edge of madness over such an event? Because of … Continue reading Power of Story: Visions of Independence With George Lucas and Robert Redford at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award $60,000 In Science-in-Film Prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

The Stanford Prison Experiment by Kyle Patrick Alvarez wins Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap (Archive) Receive Sundance Institute / Sloan Fellowship Jon Noble (Tyfus) and Cutter Hodierne and John Hibey (Otzi) Receive Sundance Institute / Sloan Commissioning Grants Sundance Institute today announced the Science-in Film-Prizes that support the development and exhibition of new independent film projects that explore science … Continue reading Sundance Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award $60,000 In Science-in-Film Prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

The Hidden Gems of Sundance 2015

  By: Monteque Pope-Le Beau Images By: The Sundance Film Festival Here in the beauty that is Park City surrounded by tall snowcap mountains The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has returned with an outstanding selection of films, filmmakers and artist of which has made this years festival one to remember. From Robert Redford’s wonderfully fun film “A Walk In The Woods” to Director Adam Salky’s shockingly … Continue reading The Hidden Gems of Sundance 2015

Deep in the Midst of Winter- A review of “Bob And The Trees”, a 2015 Sundance Film Festival NEXT Selection Feature Film

By: Vernon Nickerson Whether you are a snow lover or just missing the surreal peace and quiet of freshly fallen snow, you will feel right at home with Bob and his family in writer/Director Diego Ongaro’s drama, Bob and The Trees. Bob is a sustainable-forester/logger/farmer/husband/father at odds with his inevitable transition into the world of fifty something men. His love of gangsta rap helps him … Continue reading Deep in the Midst of Winter- A review of “Bob And The Trees”, a 2015 Sundance Film Festival NEXT Selection Feature Film

2014 AFI Film Festival Review: Questions that demand answers….A.K.A. the movie “Girlhood”

  By: Vernon Nickerson The France depicted in Writer/Director Céline Sciamma’s film “Girlhood” (in French with English subtitles) is apparently failing its children of color.  Which is being featured at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. When the main character, Marieme, alias Vic, played by Karidja Touré cannot qualify to continue her education in high school because she has been forced to raise her 2 younger … Continue reading 2014 AFI Film Festival Review: Questions that demand answers….A.K.A. the movie “Girlhood”

Sundance 15: A Power Keg Of Diverse Talent

By: Monteque Pope-Le Beau   Storytellers broaden our minds: engaging, provoking, inspiring and ultimately connecting us.   Robert Redford, President and Founder There was  a deep chill in the air as people trickle into Park City. Some of them were local and some had traveled far and wide to attend the 2015 Sundance film Festival. There was an anticipation in the air which  everyone was captured by. … Continue reading Sundance 15: A Power Keg Of Diverse Talent

Bob and the Trees- A Winter Tale for Guys: In Conversation with Writer/Director Diego Ongaro

  By: Vernon Nickerson Edited By: Calleen Page   The Art of Monteque sat down this week with Diego Ongaro, Writer and Director of the 2015 Sundance NEXT feature film Bob and the Trees. We talked about the making of the film and becoming an artist.  Bob and the Trees seems to have a lot of complex undertones about the struggles of life, did you … Continue reading Bob and the Trees- A Winter Tale for Guys: In Conversation with Writer/Director Diego Ongaro

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES JURY MEMBERS FOR 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Comedian Tig Notaro will host the Festival’s feature film awards ceremony on January 31 in Park City, which will be live streamed at sundance.org. Included on Business Insider’s list of “50 Women Who Are Changing the World” and Rolling Stone‘s list of “50 Funniest People Now,” Notaro was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014 for her sophomore release LIVE. Still a favorite on Conan and This American Life, and host of her weekly podcast, Professor … Continue reading SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES JURY MEMBERS FOR 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ADDS MORE TO THE 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Sundance Institute today announced the addition of 10 films, events and New Frontier installations to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts 24 residency labs and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each … Continue reading SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ADDS MORE TO THE 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SPOTLIGHT, PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT, NEW FRONTIER FOR 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

  Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced the films selected to screen in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight and Park City at Midnight, as well as the films and installations to be featured in the New Frontier program. The Festival, which takes place January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, is the centerpiece of … Continue reading SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SPOTLIGHT, PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT, NEW FRONTIER FOR 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

2015 Sundance film Festival Line Up Announced

  Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections, as well as the selections for a new Special Events section and participants for two panels, at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is the centerpiece of the … Continue reading 2015 Sundance film Festival Line Up Announced

Global Digital Platforms Unite April 28th to Create Worldwide Conversation on Poverty and Hunger

Worldwide “Open Call” for Short Films and Story Ideas on Tongal.com Five Selected Winners will Debut their Films at 2015 Sundance Film Festival Program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Los Angeles — On Monday April 28th, 2014 many of the internet’s most popular websites—including El Pais, Fandor, Huffington Post, Hulu, Indiewire, Reelhouse, RYOT News,Salon, The Guardian, Upworthy, VHX, Vimeo and VICE News —will unite in a common mission to create an international conversation and increase awareness of … Continue reading Global Digital Platforms Unite April 28th to Create Worldwide Conversation on Poverty and Hunger