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This land was made for you and me. We talked with Ariel Tweto, John Herrington and Jennifer Pharr Davis of “Into America’s Wild,” made for IMAX by Greg MacGillivray

Connect to your inner trailblazer

If you can’t physically go to see America’s National Parks and Monuments, the next best thing is to see them in IMAX. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (“Journey to the South Pacific,” “National Parks Adventure”) has returned to the scene of the country’s wildest, most beautiful places with his new IMAX adventure, “Into America’s Wild.” Narrated by Morgan Freeman (who else?), the ... more >

INTERVIEW: “We got a lot of work to do” (The Assistant” director KITTY GREEN)

"The Assistant" premiered at Sundance last month

Much like Jane, the never-named hero of her film “The Assistant,” writer-director Kitty Green began her career in media at a production company. She wanted to be in the film business, where starting off at the bottom was the typical first step to where she now finds herself after years of hard work. Green, who is Australian, screened “The Assistant” at Sundance, and sat down with me in ... more >

Our TOP TEN FILMS from Sundance

"Miss Americana," "The Dissident" "Leap of Faith," "Love Fraud" and the rest

It’s great when enterprising filmmakers put their best foot forward; it’s a hard job, and any and all recognition helps their work to achieve at least some notoriety. Here are some films from Sundance—and a bonus pick from Slamdance—that need to be seen as soon as possible. Keep your eyes peeled for these great films. “The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me” Cedric Cheung-Lau has made ... more >

SUNDANCE 2020: catching up with Andy Samberg and the cast of “Palm Springs” on the red carpet (there’s more)

Park City, Ut. - So many movies, so many stars—and so many red carpets. At Sundance, this week, I was able to get some facetime with the makers and stars of a select few films on the press lines (while being shut out of a few others, naturally). Andy Samberg was in town for the premiere of “Palm Springs,” for which he both starred in and acted as producer. The film stars Cristin Milioti (“The ... more >

SUNDANCE INTERVIEW: “Assassins” is ripe for a series, it’s got so many twists and turns (director Ryan White)

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Park City, Ut. - To even describe it seems ludicrous: recruit two young women, who think they will be part of a hidden-camera prank show, to inadvertently assassinate Kim Jong-nam, the dissident half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In an airport. In broad daylight. With hundreds of witnesses and cameras recording it all. This isn’t the plot for a spy thriller, but rather the ... more >

SUNDANCE | One day, two docs: “All that perishes at the Edge of Land” and “Church and the fourth estate”

These films were shown as part of the "Documentary Shorts Program 2"

PARK CITY, Ut. - Documentaries need not be lengthy to explore a fascinating subject, as I learned at the “Documentary Shorts Program 2” at Sundance. In “All That Perishes at the Edge of Land,” filmmaker Hira Nabi’s camera magnificently captures the “ship breaking” industry of Pakistan, which employs the poorest of the poor to disassemble obsolete carrier vessels for scrap. The ships grounded ... more >

SUNDANCE / INTERVIEW : “The face of the Asian was very much the face of the enemy in America” (Bao Nguyen, director of “Be Water”)

[U.S. Documentary Competition]

Park City, Ut. | Filmmaker Bao Nguyen didn’t mince words when we sat down in a house not far from where his documentary about Bruce Lee, called “Be Water,” premiered at Sundance this week. Nguyen idolized Lee as a young man because there were rather few Asian and Asian-American actors on U.S. television and in movies in those days. When Lee was trying to get his start in Hollywood, World War II ... more >