Today marks the 10th anniversary Sundance Film Festival hit, Little Miss Sunshine! The directing duo, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, premiered their film at the 2006 Festival. It later received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt along with the Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin. Happy Anniversary, Little Miss Sunshine! 

Stills and gif courtesy of Little Miss Sunshine; © 2006 George Pimentel/WireImage



NOTABLE FILMS: Little Miss Sunshine

Valerie Faris: We knew the guys that ran this record company—IRS Records. And I think they said to a couple people they knew, “Hey, do you want to do a one-hour, once-a-month show on MTV?” And we had already been doing some, like, documentaries together. So they gave us this opportunity, and we just kind of said, “Okay, well here’s what we would do” and we got the job. It was sort of surprising to us, and we really didn’t know what we were doing, but MTV was still new enough that, you know, nothing was really figured out at that point. So it was actually a really great time to kind of learn, and we met all kinds of musicians and it was a really great place to start. - (via)


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Little Miss Sunshine (2006) dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Steve Carell, at the time he was cast for Little Miss Sunshine (2006), was a relative unknown in Hollywood. According to an article in Entertainment Weekly, the producers of the film worried that he wasn’t a big enough star and didn’t have much acting experience. However, between the time the film was shot in the summer of 2005 and its release in the summer of 2006, Carell became a huge success as the star of the high-grossing film The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) in August 2005 and the leading character of the popular NBC Emmy-winning television series The Office (2005), which premiered in March 2005 and for which Carell won a Golden Globe in 2006 for best lead actor in a comedy television series. In the span of just one year, Carell had become such a star that the producers had gone from protesting his casting to tapping him to do prominent promotion for the film.