Sundance 2019 Special – Part 1 – Our Favorite Picks

In The Cinematography Podcast’s first of four episodes, Illya and Ben discuss the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. We had the opportunity to interview several of the most buzzed about filmmakers while in Park City.  This episode covers some of our personal favorites of the festival

Illya’s pick for the fest is “The Sound of Silence,” acquired by Sony Pictures and directed by Michael Tyburski.  The movie is about a “house tuner” in New York city. Illya interviews Tyburski about directing his first feature film and directing Peter Saarsgard and Rashida Jones.

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Producer Alana Kode’s pick is “The Farewell,” starring Awkwafina and directed by Lulu Wang. It is based on Wang’s own true story about her family conspiring to hide her grandmother’s terminal cancer diagnosis from her. Producer Alana Kode sat down with Wang to talk about how she developed real events in her own life into a story first aired on This American Life, and how it progressed into a film. “The Farewell” has been picked up by A24 for a high seven figures, and is set for wide release on July 12.

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Sundance also offers audiences the chance to engage with an array of filmmakers and artists in an informal dialogue during panels and “cafe chats.” Illya had a rare opportunity to hear Hong Kong action hero and legend Jackie Chan talk about his career, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award, and his charitable causes.

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Twenty years ago, the cult classic horror movie “The Blair Witch Project” premiered at Sundance. Host Ben Rock, who was the production designer on “Blair,” flew in to be on a Q&A after a screening of the film. He talks about his experience of working on the documentary-style movie, scaring the actors, and the rush of excitement when it made it into the festival.

The Blair Witch Project:

Podcast Credits:

Editor in Chief:  Illya Friedman / Contributors Page
Host: Ben Rock / Contributors Page
Producer: Alana Kode
Reporter: Britt Che
Composer: Kays Al-Atractchi
Editor: Ben Katz

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