Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences. The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Counting down the best TV of the year, The A.V. Club’s Scott Von Doviak, Carrie Raisler and Genevieve Valentine singled out Sundance Channel for “three boundary-pushing series.”
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES FILMS IN U.S. AND WORLD COMPETITIONS, NEXT<=> FOR 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival will Feature 117 Feature-Length Films Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of…
This week, don’t miss Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut (and one of his most mind-bending films) along with a classic from the Vietnam era and two bonus films that’ll have you reaching for that record button on your DVR remote. See more of what’s in store!
Article: Lisa Bonet joins THE RED ROAD
Sundance Channel announced today that actress Lisa Bonet will guest star in a multi-episode arc in the network’s new scripted drama THE RED ROAD, slated to premiere in early 2014. Bonet plays the role of Sky Van Der Veen, a Lenape Native American lawyer who has come back to her hometown of Walpole, NJ to rally for justice after a terrible crime has been committed against a member of her tribe.
Viewers can still get hooked on the engrossing, stylish eight-part French horror series that Entertainment Weekly gave an “A-” and called “eerie, tense, and highly addictive.” Beginning Sunday December 1st, each week, viewers will have the chance to catch-up on all previously aired episodes during marathons of THE RETURNED in anticipation of each week’s brand new episode on Sundance Channel.
Okay. So I have a theory about this show – and it’s Biblical… In the Bible there is a passage Matthew 12:38-42: "…At judgment time, the citizens of Ninevah will come back to life along with this generation … At judgment time, the queen of the south will be brought back to life along with this generation …"
This week is Simon’s story –the hottie who was searching for Adele (who apparently is now married with a kid and having a nervous breakdown – as you would, I suspect, if you were in that situation). And I have even more questions now than I did last week.
Article: Bring That Moment
It’s Graduation! Or at least the run-up to it. I watched this episode with mixed emotions. I was frustrated that Kyle and Tyla weren’t there – especially when Kyle admitted he wished he’d stayed.
Article: Another One Bites the Dust
Watching this episode was the most frustrating, sad experience for me. Right from the start is bad news: Kyle’s dad confirms he won’t be coming back – and the attention shifts to Tylai.
Tylai’s case is maddening to me. Throughout the episode (and previous ones) you pick up certain clues: she’s 17. She’s about to have a baby, she’s been couch surfing at friend’s houses, her mom lets her do what she wants, she has anger issues… Okay. Fine. But she also used to be a straight A student. She used to be a cheerleader. She used to love school. So what went wrong?
Oh my god. So obsessed with this creepy zombie mountain town show. (and secretly relieved that not all zombies are falling apart and have blood lust). But the show raises more questions than anything… It’s like when you are watching a horror movie and you are screaming at the screen, “NO DON’T GO IN THAT DILAPIDATED HOUSE!” or “RUN YOU SILLY FOOL, HE’S GOT AN AXE!” This show is more subtle than that, but still.
Article: Sundance Channel remembers Lou Reed
In honor of legendary musician Lou Reed who passed away earlier this week, Sundance Channel will re-broadcast the episode of the interview series SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH.. featuring the rock icon and Velvet Underground founder, on Saturday, November 2 at 7pm.
Sundance Channel announced today that it would be the first ever TV channel to use innovative ADVNTR technology to stage an interactive digital storytelling ad campaign. Entitled “Choose Your Own Adventure”, users will interact with an online pre-roll ad and select various scenarios to play out based on their preference. The promotion is pegged to the premiere of the network’s new drama THE RETURNED which will premiere on Halloween, October 31st at 9:00PM ET/PT.
Sundance Channel takes a deep look at the worldwide fascination with beauty in the second of four all-new specials hosted by ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, REVEALING: FACE VALUE, airing Wednesday, December 4th at 9 pm ET/PT. Continuing his hard hitting investigation into the world of glamour, Zee uncovers both the allure and danger of the obsession with looking good. Through compelling social experiments and in-depth interviews with beauty industry insiders, Zee dives into the beauty industry and how it has exploded in recent years.
Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale half-naked in a swimming pool. Need we say more to entice you to watch our featured films this week? Well, for those who do remain unswayed, we’ve also got a Meg Ryan/Mark Ruffalo thriller, a realistic war drama from Kathryn Bigelow, and a Kevin Bacon classic.
Read on for more!
Article: Will They Stay or Will They Go?
It was a hell of a week on Dream School. When this whole project started, I wondered if all the kids would stick with it – or what would happen if things hit the skids. And this week, we found out. Kyle opted to leave in the most infuriating, sad way – walking out because he didn’t want to deal with his self-admitted anger management issue. But what killed me was his Dad let him. The dad – a former Marine – is so wracked with guilt over the issues Kyle and his brother Sean have due to their parents’ divorce, he kowtows to Kyle… when what Kyle really needs is a good kick in the pants. Or an actual Marine.
Article: An Ode to Mary
After watching this episode, I felt like I just needed to take a hot second and love on Mary. While I like all the kids, Mary I love.
For the past three episodes we’ve seen someone like Kyle – who got kicked out of several schools, the last of which for punching a principal – give up at the drop of a hat. In this episode he comes to school hungover and admits to smoking something, which I suspect is weed. He fools around in class, doesn’t pay attention, and then blows up if anyone objects. As the head teacher, Scott, notes: Kyle is his own problem.
Article: The Power of Failure
This episode starts on a low note. The grades are posted from the students’ first test – and almost everyone’s failed.
A moment later, Ellie says, “People said I was stupid… I started believing it. I started becoming it.”
In Episode One, almost every kid in the school said they didn’t study or that they didn’t care – in effect striving for failure… to be the person that they think everyone thinks they are.
They were reaffirming themselves as stereotypical dropouts. Ironic as Soledad O’Brien, their teacher this week, immediately digs into the question of, what do people assume about you when they look at you? And then she asks, “who are you really?” – and the answers are diametrically different from the previous ones.
When I first heard about DREAM SCHOOL – I’m not going to lie – I was skeptical. I might have even rolled my eyes. I mean, high school dropouts being taught by celebrities? “What will be taught – and who will be the teachers?” I wondered. Would Britney Spears teach an auto-tune music class? Would Professor Kim Kardashian teach elocution or videography? Or would Miley Cyrus hold court on sex education? My mind boggled.
Never did Sofia Coppola’s signature formula (angst, angst and more angst) feel so genuine and honest as in LOST IN TRANSLATION, one of our featured films this week. It’s the film that helped bring depth and drama to Bill Murray, and put Scarlet Johansson on the map. Now if only there was some way to have fun while stuck in dull and boring Tokyo…
See more of our featured selections this week below!
Don't miss one of the most unique and mindbending thrillers of the past decade – BLACK SWAN – this week on Sundance Channel. Nina (Natalie Portman) is perfect for the role of the White Swan in <em>Swan Lake</em>, but when rival Lily (Mila Kunis) arrives, Nina begins to lose all perspective. Don't even blink, because by the end, you won't know what's real and what isn't.
Check out BLACK SWAN and the rest of our featured lineup this week!
You like Nicolas Cage? Well, we’ve got Nicolas Cage at his Nicolas Cagey-est this week in two crime thrillers playing slightly off-kilter bad guys on opposite sides of the law (yes, one’s a cop!). If you’re in the mood for something a little more uplifting, we’ve also got a journey of cultural discovery and a Baz Luhrmann musical to maintain balance in our universe.
This week, Kathryn Bigelow takes us deep inside the Iraq War in THE HURT LOCKER, her tense Oscar-winning thriller that shows the chaos of that conflict. But don’t worry – if watching army grunts doing their army stuff isn’t your thing, we’ve also got Christian Bale’s major debut, Jake Gyllenhaal trying to catch an infamous criminal, and more!
Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the supernatural drama THE RETURNED from Music Box Films. The eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM.
The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote “THE RETURNED…is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to…TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.”