Not a lot of excitement at Sundance this year
It’s been quiet in Park City, Utah, as the Sundance Film Festival entered its second week with little fanfare even amid the ongoing strike. It’s been assumed that Hollywood studios would be stocking up on movies in case labor disputes ran the well dry, but that hasn’t been the case, Reuters reports.
“The story so far is good movies but not commercial movies,” said David Poland, founder of the Movie City News Web site. So it seems reality shows are getting a look on the silver screen as well as TV.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, a doc about the director convicted of unlawful sex with a minor, was bought by Weinstein Co. for international distribution and by HBO’s documentary unit for North America. Young @ Heart, about a chorus of senior citizens who sing rock songs, and Patti Smith: Dream of Life, about the former punk rocker are also popular.
Meanwhile, crowd-pleasing fiction movies like Sunshine Cleaning (sisters who clean up murder scenes), The Wackness (a shrink smokes weed sold by a teenage client) and The Great Buck Howard (an ego-stroke for movie stars) still haven’t found buyers. Because short-sighted studios are probably ramping up another Weekend at Bernie’s film.
[Photo: We're showing George Romero, the mastermind of the upcoming Diary of the Dead, at Sundance because we like zombie movies. AP]