Bears Rebecca Fonté,
Other Worlds Film Festival,
Hammer to Nail,
Sundance Film Festival 2021 Report
Unlike past years, when you had to go to chilly Park City in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, the nation’s most famous celebration of cinema came to you this year. The Sundance Film Festival went virtual Jan. 28-Feb. 3 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing many first-time attendees to watch many high-profile independent narrative films and documentaries from the comfort of their home. The Sundance Film Festival also screened selections at satellite venues across the country, with the Austin Film Society holding drive-in screenings at Pioneer Farms. Many buzzy titles found distribution during the film festival, with Apple spending a record $25 million on the Marlee Matlin family drama CODA. Sony Pictures Classics picked up director Clint Bentley’s Texas-shot Jockey, which features a script cowritten by Austin-based Greg Kwedar. Neon also bought Jamila Wignot’s Ailey, a documentary about dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, and Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated docudrama Flee. Sundance also screened many films that obtained distribution in advance of the film festival, including Ben Wheatley’s In the Earth, Nicolas Cage’s Prisoners of the Ghostland, Robin Wright’s directorial debut Land, and Oscars contender Judas and the Black Messiah. Bears Rebecca Fonté attended this year’s virtual Sundance Film Festival both as a reviewer for Hammer to Nail and as the artistic director of The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) and the Other Worlds Film Festival. During this interview, Bears Rebecca Fonté not only shares her thoughts about this year's Sundance Film Festival but also discusses her recent hiring as aGLIFF's artistic director and how it may impact her role with the Other Worlds Film Festival.
Aired: Feb. 4, 2021