In 1985, Robert Redford created a festival that would celebrate the works of indie movie makers, and give them a few tips from the professionals. “That first year, the festival showed a couple of dozen films. This year, Sundance is playing 119 feature films from 32 countries, culled from about 4,000 that were submitted.” (cbsnews.com) Starting off this year, as with every year, in Park city, Utah, the festival turns the tiny little ski town into a central movie hub for the entire country, and even some parts of the world. The festival has led to various film super-stars such as; Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino just to name a few.
Until recently, Sundance has always started off with a major film to set the tone of the festival and get things rolling. Three years ago, founder Robert Redford and festival director John Cooper decided to get rid of that idea and go with a multiple showing of films at different venues. This allowed for a sense of true competition within the festival and not a star-studded premier showing to steal the show right away. It also allowed them to really show the diversity of what everyone was bringing to the table each year, which is mainly what the festival is about.
Not only are the likes of indie filmmakers there and unknown actors and actresses waiting to show off their talent to the world. But a few stars have managed to make it this year into the festivals line-up of films. These include; Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs, Shia Lebouf in a romance, Daniel Radcliffe, and Ethan Hawke. All of these very popular actors and very successful at what they do. What I think is cool is that they are supporting the indie film community by being a part of it.
The Sundance Film Festival is a great time, and fun way to experience the beauty of film making as an art form, and not just a form of entertainment. It is also a great way for future successful actors, actresses, directors, producers, e.t.c all to get noticed and possibly make it big in the film business and do what they love to do on a major scale. As a person who has personally experienced this wonderful showing of art, I highly recommend anyone who loves the art of film making and some of the raw talent behind it all to experience this once a year festival for themselves.
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