Sundance 2013 Preview with Programmers David Courier & Caroline Libresco





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Published on Jan 9, 2013

As Sundance is set to premier a wave of films that will define 2013, BYOD welcomes festival curators David Courier and Caroline Libresco to show some of the best. We talk about over a dozen of the movies scheduled to show this year.
They also offer some advice to filmmakers on submitting their work, and how to know when a film is really 'done.'

David Courier is the senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival as well as the writer and producer of the Sundance Awards Ceremony. David has been with the festival for 12 years, since 2000, and focuses on US and World Documentaries.

Caroline Libresco is feature film programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, where she coordinates the World Cinema program. Prior to joining Sundance, she was a programming and communications specialist for the Independent Television Service (ITVS). She was also associate director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, senior publicist for the San Francisco International Film Festival and development director at U.C. Berkeley and the Library Foundation of San Francisco. She has served on juries at Silverdocs and the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and on the funding panel for IFPís Radziwill Documentary Fund.


00:01 Welcome to BYOD Pre-Sundance 2013
00:38 Sundance-the before and after fest
03:42 Films that split audiences and cause dialogue.
04:30 Valentine Road, by Marta Cunningham.
06:30 Different opportunities for women among doc filmmakers.
07:16 Salma, by Kim Longinotto.
09:46 Salma, Clip.
11:58 The Sundance Institute, and the commitment to documentary.
14:13 American docs and innovation.
16:03 The Summit, by Nick Ryan.
17:12 The Summit, Clip.
18:39 Who is Dayani Cristal? with Gael Garcia Bernal.
20:50 Sarah Polley's, Stories We Tell.
21:54 Google and the World Brain, by Ben Lewis.
23:35 Google and the World Brain, trailer.
28:12 Alex Gibney's Wikileaks film.
29:22 Submission deadlines and lies filmmakers tell to themselves.
31:09 Watching 2000 films and remaining positive.
33:35 Maintaining a steady team producing the festival.
35:48 Some background on Caroline and American Revolutionary, The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.
38:53 God Loves Uganda, by Roger Ross Williams.
41:24 Making films and curating festivals at the same time.
43:30 When a film is finished, "There's no shortcut for documentary filmmaking."
45:30 More on God Loves Uganda.
47:43 God Loves Uganda, Trailer.
49:29 When magic happens and the festival gets money for needy subjects.
50:58 Narco Cultura, by Saul Schwarz.
53:19 Narco Cultura, trailer.
55:58 Blackfish, by Gabriela Cowperthwaite a film about an orca that killed three trainers.
1:00:00 20 Feet From Stardom, the story of background singers.
1:02:56 After Tiller, about late-term abortion.
1:06:08 Anita by Freida Lee-Mock
1:07:21 Inequality For All, Robert Reich on the economy.
1:09:21 99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film.
1:10:30 Burning Man documentaries.
1:11:20 Couple and team filmmakers.
1:12:28 Life According To Sam, by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix.
1:14:50 Dick Cheney and the Hemingway family in doc films.
1:15:40 Thanks and Goodbye!


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