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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 4, Fall

A Letter from Ken Brecher
There is a genre of contemporary Sundance stories that are told and re-told wherever independent filmmakers gather. Some of these tales are clearly apocryphal, while many others are either true, or, as the historian of ideas, Isaiah Berlin, might remind...
A Note from the Guest Editor
Introducing the Most Interesting Filmmakers and Theatre Artists You Don't Know We live in a time defined by the language of discovery. We are told of an emerging technological frontier, and imagine or dread or try to comprehend its possibilities. And...
Becoming a Director
In 1994, then twenty-one-year-old Tony Bui made his short Yellow Lotus, the first fiction film allowed to be freely shot in Vietnam since the end of the War. The film opened for Zhang Yimou's U.S. premiere of Shanghai Triad on the closing night of the...
Budapest to Buenos Aires
The Sundance Institute has conducted programs around the world in support of emerging film artists for a decade. Sundance-organized Screenwriters Labs, Producers Symposia, and Festivals abroad have generated creative exchange among filmmakers and screenwriters...
Classroom Assessment: Pervasive, Pivotal, and Primary
In my first column, I promised readers that I would use this space to summarize some of what educators know, from research and from observations of practice, about various aspects of teaching and learning. I also promised to discuss the implications...
Denzel Washington (Sundance Board Member and Creative Advisor) on the Place of the Arts in American Society
Film in particular - but any expression in the arts - is absolutely necessary to create a well-rounded individual. We don't have a strong enough system developing our arts - and specifically our filmmakers and our actors and our theatre actors. This...
Doing It All
The Sundance Labs and Festival When I arrived at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in January of 1996, I had little understanding of the challenge in store for me as a writer/director. I certainly didn't imagine that just a year later I would be sitting...
Filmmakers Journals from the 1997 Sundance Film Festival
A handful of filmmakers tracked their thrills, terrors, anxieties, adventures, and amusements during the 1997 Sundance Film Festival on the Sundance Channel's Festival web-site, using computer outposts set up around Park City. Following are excerpts...
Journal from the 1997 Sundance Filmmakers Lab
Boston-based filmmaker DeMane Davis worked with partner Khari Streeter on their second feature project at Sundance's June 1997 Labs. Davis was asked to keep a journal documenting her daily challenges and changes, as their film, Lift, made its way through...
State of Documentary
American documentary has always been a genre unduly affected by circumstances outside of its control but determinant of its fate. First came the invention of lightweight synchronous-sound equipment, which made on-the-spot filming possible and severed...
Sundance Theatre Lab 1997
Nineteen-ninety seven marked a turning point for theatre at Sundance. The Sundance Playwrights Lab, which had offered intensive script development to writers since 1984, became the Sundance Theatre Laboratory, a program aimed at developing plays and...
The Oxford History of World Cinema
GEOFFREY NOWELL-SMITH (ed.). The Oxford History of World Cinema. New York Oxford University Press, 1996. 824 pages. $45. In this uniformly excellent critical history, Geoffrey NowellSmith has produced a diverse yet even-handed global perspective on cinema...
To This Year's Theatre Lab Participants:
If you could have your heart's desire, what would American theatre look like in the coming decades? And, given the landscape of theatre in the United States today, what do you think is actually accomplishable? Marisa Chibas (Actor): I think it's important...
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