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Four Creative Capital Artists at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah



Jan 22 2015 - Feb 01 2015


LOCATION

Sundance Film Festival

Park City, UT

FORMAT

Screening

Discipline

Film and Video

Michael Almereyda, Jake Mahaffy and Jennifer Reeder present films at Sundance Film Festival and Brent Green participates in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Park City, Utah.


January 23-30: Jennifer Reeder presents A Million Miles Away: Melancholy as survival strategy: A woman on the edge of failing and a pack of teenage girls simultaneously experience a supernatural coming-of-age. The transformation unravels to the infectious beat of a heavy metal anthem rearranged as a lamentation.


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January 25-31: Michael Almereyda presents Experimenter: In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the “obedience experiments” at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster.

Experimenter invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind, beginning with his obedience research and wending a path to uncover how inner obsessions and the times in which he lived shaped a parade of human behavior inquiries, including the “six degrees of separation” findings. Constantly subverting expectations with surprising structural and stylistic choices, writer/director Michael Almereyda transmutes the crusty period biopic form into something playful, energetic, and deeply satisfying—taking bold risks to yield profound insights, like all great experiments.


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January 26-31: Jake Mahaffy presents A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry: A little-known historical catastrophe leads to the definitive end of the era of chivalry and questing.


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Brent Green & co-writer Michael McGinley present Untitled Loveless Fable in the Screenwriters’ LabA young boy living on a farm begins inventing strange, hand-made machines to ease the family’s hard labor, but his ambitions quickly grow. When his most daring invention backfires and changes life on Earth forever, the townspeople struggle to understand whether he has done them harm or shown them what they have been missing.


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