Sundance 2019 Special – Part 3 – DRAMA

Episode 3 of The Cinematography Podcast’s Sundance 2019 Special – DRAMA, as in DRAMAtic films.

Ben and Illya discuss some of the dramatic films and documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for The Cinematography Podcast.

Illya interviews prolific cinematographer Thorsten Thielow. Thorsten began his career in documentary at age 16 and it has taken him all over the world. His film “This is Personal” with director Amy Berg premiered at the festival. The documentary follows the leaders of the first National Women’s March in 2017 and how it influenced a new wave of feminists. It provides an insider look at the activists’ struggle across class and culture in the Women’s March leadership.

Director Amy Berg and Thorsten Thielow’s current documentary, “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” is now playing on HBO.

“The Confession Tapes,” about false confessions in homicide cases, is now airing on Netflix. Thorsten is also in production on an HBO documentary series about the Golden State Killer.

Find Thorsten:

Official Website

Instagram: @thorcore

Them That Follow,” directed by Dan Madison Savage and Britt Poulton, explores the Pentecostal sect that handles venomous snakes in rural Appalachia, and a girl who yearns to break free of this repressive religious culture. It stars Academy Award Winner Olivia Colman, Thomas Mann and Alice Englert. Illya talks to Brit and Dan about their collaborative partnership, their challenges as first time filmmakers, and how they worked closely with their DP, Brett Jutkiewicz, to craft scenes on a limited budget and schedule. “Them That Follow” was acquired by 1091 Media, formerly The Orchard.


Find Dan Madison Savage:

Instagram: @dantoaster

Find Britt Poulton:

Instagram: @_brittpoulton

Illya had the opportunity to sit down with director Justin Chon and DP Ante Cheng to talk about their film, “Ms. Purple.” The movie follows a young Korean American woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown while trying to care for her terminally ill father. Justin and Ante discuss the look, color and lenses used on the film, the meaning of purple in Korean culture, director Wong Kar Wai as an influence, and the DP/director relationship. “Ms. Purple” was acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories and will be released in theaters later this year.

Find Justin Chon

Instagram: @justinchon

Find Ante Cheng

Instagram: @anteche

Podcast Credits:

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

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