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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.

Things We Shouldn’t Do (Part 2 of ?)

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Summary: “The history between the two of you is well known,” Marcus went on, talking over Clarke’s continued splutters.  “And it hasn’t escaped the notice of certain news organizations–”
“What, you mean fucking TMZ?” Clarke interjected.
Marcus sighed.  “It would be in the best interest of the show and I think both your careers if you were to be seen as a couple.”
“A dating couple,” Marcus added as if that hadn’t been clear.
Bellamy and Clarke exploded simultaneously.“If we what?” Clarke demanded at the same time that Bellamy just started laughing.  He slipped sideways, dangerously close to falling out of his chair.

Clarke is at the bottom of a downward spiral and Bellamy is riding an all-time career high when they’re cast as the leads of Marcus Kane’s newest drama.  The entertainment world expects a blowup of immense proportions between the two feuding actors but get a hard to explain romance instead.  Or: a fake dating celebrities AU.

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Clarke was sprawled across the couch in her trailer when her phone rang.  Groaning, she fumbled for it, lifting it to her ear.

“Yes, Anya,” she said.

“I have your press tour information for the summer,” Anya replied in lieu of a hello.

Clarke groaned again. “Okay?”

“They’re sending you to SDCC.”

Clarke rolled upright, all fatigue from the day of shooting gone.  “What?  I thought the CW already announced the shows they were sending.”

“Last minute addition?  I don’t know, Clarke, all I know is that Kane and the entire main cast is going.”


“The CW’s being really stingy on their details for this year but I heard some buzz that that’s where the pilot’s being premiered.”

Clarke choked.

“Welcome to the big leagues, Clarke.”  There was a smile in Anya’s voice.

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The artistic design theme for the upcoming 2017 Sundance Film Festival is “illumination.” Inspired by Pablo Picasso and Gjon Mili’s “light drawings,” the poster image was created through the use of long exposure photography at the Sundance Mountain Resort. The mountain crest forming the upper silhouette is Mt. Timpanogos, an iconic peak of Utah’s natural landscape.

Below you can see all of the official Sundance Film Festival posters from throughout the years, starting at 1985 (back when it was called the U.S. Film Festival). Do you have a favorite?

In observance of National Pink Day we bring you Mr. Pink

Quentin Tarantino brought Steve Buscemi to the 1991 Directors Lab at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Provo Utah to workshop his first feature film, Reservoir Dogs. The iconic film later premiered at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. 

© 1991 Sandria Miller for Sundance Institute 


Today The Eagle Huntress is released to theaters nationwide! The film came to the Park City for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and premiered in the Sundance Kids program. Speaking of eagles, Robert Redford is pictured above with an eagle at the Sundance Mountain Resort in this archival gem. You can watch a trailer for The Eagle Huntress here.

For 2,000 years, the Kazakh people of the Altai region in western Mongolia have practiced a tradition of hunting with golden eagles, whose wingspan can reach up to 7.5 feet wide. Though this practice has traditionally been the domain of men, Aisholpan decides that she wants to become an apprentice hunter after spending her childhood helping her father, a renowned eagle hunter, care for his birds. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather—and very few others—Aisholpan learns all aspects of falconry, from taming her very own eagle to training for an annual competition, where she will compete against 70 eagle hunters on her quest to gain acceptance. —P.H.

© 1980 for Sundance Institute, © 2016 Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage, 


Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, better known as Daniels, came to the Sundance Mountain Resort in 2014 to workshop their film, Swiss Army Man. The film later debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it won the award for US Directing: Dramatic. Tomorrow, July 1st, two years after leaving the Directors Lab, the film will be nationally released to a theatre near you! Click here to watch the trailer. 

Film still courtesy of Swiss Army Man.  Daniels at the Directors Lab gif © 2014 Sundance Institute, © 2014 Sundance Institute | Photos by Ryan Johnson. © 2016 Kim Raff/WireImage, © 2016 Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage.