The Sundance Film Festival (January 16 through 26) has added one more title to its Documentary Premieres lineup, James D. Cooper’s Lambert & Stamp: “In this crazy, chaotic gospel of chance, aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to search for a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor, and manage the iconic band known as The Who and create rock ‘n’ roll history.”
There’ll be six juries awarding prizes at Sundance, and the jurors are:
- U.S. Documentary Jury: Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman; Charlotte Cooke, director of programming at Hot Docs; Kahane Cooperman, producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; documentarian Morgan Neville; and documentary film editor Jonathan Oppenheim.
- U.S. Dramatic Jury: Film critics Dana Stevens and Leonard Maltin; producer Peter Saraf; and directors Lone Scherfig and Bryan Singer.
- World Cinema Documentary Jury: Filmmaker Andrea Nix Fine; indigenous filmmaker Sally Riley; and Caspar Sonnen, founder of IDFA.tv and the IDFA DocLab.
- World Cinema Dramatic Jury: Journalist, author, and programmer Carlo Chatrian; director Sebastián Lelio; and producer Nansun Shi.
- Short Film Jury: Producer, writer, director, and voice actor Vernon Chatman; filmmaker and actor Joshua Leonard; and Ania Trzebiatowska, artistic director of the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema.
- Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize Jury: Dr. Kevin Hand, deputy chief scientist for Solar System Exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; science journalist Flora Lichtman; Max Mayer, a founder and producing director of New York Stage and Film; screenwriter Jon Spaihts; and astronomer Jill Tarter.
Slamdance has “established a Founder’s Award and will bestow it Saturday, January 18 on Christopher Nolan,” reports Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr. “Before he began making Hollywood’s most ambitious big-budget films from the Dark Knight trilogy to Inception and most recently Interstellar, his debut film Following played at the micro-fest, which this year runs January 17-23 in Park City.”
The Berlin International Film Festival (February 6 through 16) issued a string of press releases today. First up, there’s a lengthy interview with Rainer Rother, who oversees the Retrospective section, the title of which this year is Aesthetics of Shadow. Lighting Styles 1915-1959. The program has been curated in cooperation with MoMA, whose own series, The Aesthetics of Shadow, Part 1: Japan, is on through January 19.
Berlinale Talents, a program of master classes and other activities once known as the Berlinale Talent Campus, has selected 300 “Talents” from 4167 applicants who’ll be taking lessons from cinematographers Christopher Doyle, Agnès Godard, and Franz Lustig. The festival also interviews the program’s manager, Matthijs Wouter Knol, and project manager Christine Tröstrum.
And: “39 new feature film projects from 30 countries will be presented at the 11th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 9 – 11, 2014).” It’s an impressive list, with films by the likes of Sebastián Lelio, Bence Fliegauf, and Veiko Õunpuu.
“Edgar Reitz, best known for Teutonic historical saga Heimat, will be the guest of honor at the second Locarno Film Festival L’immagine e la Parola (Images and Words) spin-off, which will run April 12-15,” reports Variety‘s Nick Vivarelli. “Reitz, 81, will hold a workshop on depicting history through cinematic art at this separate spin-off of the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema.”