Other Worlds Austin
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Sundance Film Festival 2017 Report
For those who follow the Sundance Film Festival from afar, this year’s films, events and sales have been overshadowed by the inauguration of President Trump, the Women’s march on Washington, the back and forth between the new administration and the press, and the Jan. 24 announcements of this year’s Oscars nominations. Sundance has had its own issues to contend with: the film festival was the victim of a cyberattack on Saturday that targeted its box office system, which the FBI is now investigating. The festival, which began Jan. 19 and closes Jan. 29, has included screenings by Austin-based filmmakers: actor/writer/director Macon Blair’s Netflix-bound I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore; Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith's Walking Out; and Laura Dunn’s documentary Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, which enjoyed its world premiere at last year’s SXSW Film Festival under the title of The Seer. Dallas native David Lowery, an Austin Film Society grant recipient, debuted the film he made in secret after Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Ronney Mara. Tim League’s new distribution company with former Radius-TWC chief Tom Quinn, Neon, made it presence felt by bringing last year’s Fantastic Fest favorite Colossal to Sundance and picking up the Aubrey Plaza comedy Ingrid Goes West. Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival founder/artistic director and AM/FM Magazine contributor Bears Fonte reports from Sundance.
Aired: Jan. 26, 2017
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