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Edward James Olmos was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 2017 Platino Ibero-America Film Awards for his countless contributions to the Latino and Latina film community. In addition to his distinguished Hollywood acting career, Olmos is also a staunch social activist and the co-founder of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (celebrating its 20th anniversary this year), co-producer of the Latino Book and Family Festival, and head of Latino Public Broadcasting. He is pictured above at the 1981 Sundance Institute Directors Lab where he volunteered as a resource actor. 

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Twenty years ago, filmmaker Kimberly Peirce came to the 1997 Sundance Directors Lab to workshop her film Boys Don’t Cry. The film is based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena—a trans man from the small town of Falls City, Idaho, portrayed by Hilary Swank—who adopts his male persona among an unaware new group of friends. As he tries to find love and acceptance in his newfound social circle, he begins a relationship with Lana Tisdel (played by Chloë Sevigny), who doesn’t know about his gender history. The intense story eventually culminates with the cruel and violent crimes committed against Brandon by two of his acquaintances. 

Director and writer Kimberly Peirce is pictured above at the Directors Lab at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Provo, Utah, working with actress Summer Phoenix (sister of River and Joaquin) as she workshops the script. Boys Don’t Cry was released two years after her time at the Directors Lab. In 2000, Swank took home both an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Brandon, and Sevigny received nominations for both an Oscar and Golden Globe as well.

© 1997 Fred Hayes for Sundance Institute. Film stills courtesy of Boys Don’t Cry.


Director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s debut and award-winning feature As You Are is now available on iTunes. One of the youngest directors to be accepted into feature-length competition at Sundance, Joris-Peyrafitte co-wrote, co-scored, acted, and directed a stellar, young cast featuring Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, and Amandla Stenberg.

Set in the early 1990s, As You Are unfolds as a series of disparate memories. Prompted by a police investigation, we witness alternating perspectives of pivotal moments in the relationship between three teenage friends: Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Bound by their aversion to the culture around them, Jack and Mark explore the limits of friendship and love until Mark’s judgmental father tears them apart.

Just as Jack and Sarah are adjusting to life without Mark, he gets unexpectedly thrown back into their lives. The two boys struggle to navigate complex emotions that are compounded by the disapproval they feel from all around. Ultimately, tensions rise to a boiling point, and tragedy echoes through their world.

Film still courtesy of As You Are ; Photo credit: © 2016 Sundance Institute | Photo by Calvin Knight.


Yesterday, The Criterion Collection released Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson on home video. Cameraperson premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and then traveled through a highly successful film festival circuit, garnishing 14 awards from festivals across the globe. 

Synopsis: “By exposing her role behind the camera, Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage that she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation into the power of the camera.”

Courtesy of Cameraperson | Photo by Kirsten Johnson ; Courtesy of Cameraperson | Photo by Gini Reticker ; Courtesy of Cameraperson | Photo by Lindsey Addario ; © 2016 Sundance Institute | Photo by Hunter Stone ; Poster courtesy of Cameraperson.


Congratulations to Nicole Kidman for winning the Glamour Award for Best Film Actress! On June 6th, Glamour hosted their annual award ceremony and honored Nicole Kidman for her incredible work this year. She starred in films such as Lion, which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award, and most recently, The Beguiled, for which director, Sofia Coppola, won the Palm D’Or at Cannes. Coppola is the first woman in 54 years to win the Palm D’Or. Kidman has starred in  Sundance Film Festival films Birthday Girl, Dogville, Stoker, and Strangerland. Congratulations, Nicole!

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The 2000 Sundance Film Festival introduced us to the talents of director Karyn Kusama and actress Michelle Rodriguez with the premiere of Girlfight, which won the Directing Award and shared the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. 

“We have to accept that making movies is a never-ending process of occasional progress, frequent setbacks, and unexpected curveballs being thrown our way. Navigating that process requires stamina, curiosity, openness, and creative fire.”  - Karyn Kusama

Still courtesy of Girlfight | Photo by James Bridges ; Photos © 2000 Fred Hayes/WireImage

Guy Pearce Joins Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult in Futuristic Film ‘The Equals’

Here’s the official release:

Producers Scott Free Productions and Route One Films announced today that multi-award winning actor Guy Pearce (“The Rover,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The King’s Speech”) will join the cast of the futuristic feature EQUALS opposite Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.  Filming is set to commence in Japan and Singapore this August.  Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales on the film and launched the project to buyers at the recent 2014 Cannes Film Market. It has so far sold in over 35 territories.  Drake Doremus (“Breathe In,” “Like Crazy”), previous Sundance Grand Jury Award winner, first worked with Pearce on his feature “Breathe In.”

EQUALS is a stylish, futuristic love story set in a society where emotions have been eradicated.  It is about the joy of finding connection, and the fear of having it taken away.  The film is written by Nathan Parker (“Moon”) and is being produced by Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins of Route One, who are also financing the movie, and executive produced by Mike Pruss, Lee Jea Woo,  Choi Pyung Ho and Russell Levine.

Pearce first garnered international prominence for his critically acclaimed roles in  ”L.A Confidential,”“The Adventures of Priscilla the Queen of the Desert.” and the groundbreaking feature “Memento.”  Pearce’s subsequent acclaimed body of work spans film, television and theatre. Currently starring in David Michod’s “The Rover” with Robert Pattinson, which recently premiered at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival and releases in the US this month, Pearce recently starred in the blockbuster feature “Iron Man 3,” Drake Doremus’ Sundance drama “Breathe In,” the Academy-Award® nominated film “Prometheus,” and sci-fi action feature “Lock Out.”  In 2012, he received a Prime Time Emmy Award® for most Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role in the acclaimed drama Mildred Pierce. Additionally, he was nominated for a 2012 Golden Globe in the same category for his role.

Pearce also previously starred in David Michod’s critically acclaimed “Animal Kingdom,” John Hillcoat’s “Lawless,” and Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy-Award® winning feature “The Hurt Locker.”  In 2011, Pearce starred opposite Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush  in the Academy Award® winning film “The King’s Speech” for which the ensemble cast also received a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Guy Pearce is represented by Chris Andrews at CAA, Sally Long-Innes at Independent Talent Group and by Anne Churchill-Brown at Shanahan Management.