Today marks the start of Sundance 2018. The festival runs until the 28th of January and will feature many of 2018's most promising new films. This year there are four LFS alumni involved in the event.
'Thursday Night', directed by Portugese writer-director Gonçalo Almeida (MAF 175) has been selected as a part of the festival's International Narrative Short Film special event. 'Thursday Night's logline descibes the plot as: "An elusive stranger pays Bimbo a visit in the middle of the night to deliver a vital message." The film's runtime is eight minutes long and has been selected by ten other festivals.
Also a part of the International Narrative Short Film Event is Spanish writer-director Álvaro Gago's (MAF 175) 'Matria'. The film's logline states, "Faced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter." Matria's runtime is twenty-one minutes and has been accepted to seven other festivals. On Gago's website he explains the film in more detail:
"Matria is a film about a defective everyday heroine. I didn’t want to portray her from a panegyric point of view. My intention was to document her reality under the illusion of a fiction veil. An adverse reality that doesn’t have an apparent ending in the film, because Matria is a continuous tragedy engraved with fire in the routine."
(Film still from Desiree Akhavan's 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'. Director of Photography Ashley Connor)
Olivier Kaempfer (MAF 156), who is both an MA Filmmaking alumnus and current school governor is an excutive producer for a film selected. 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post', is the fourth feature Kaempfer has executive produced, and is based on the 2012 Emily Danforth novel of the same name. The story, which follows a Montana teenager sent to a gay conversion camp by her conservative aunt, will be directed by Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour), and funded by Beachside Films. Cameron Post stars Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Sasha Lane (American Honey).
The last LFS alumni involved in the festival is Christos Massalas (MAF 156) who has been selected as a Sundance Institute's Screenwriters Lab Fellows. The script that Christos has been selected for is 'Broadway', which is about "A band of young street performers and pickpockets find an unlikely home in an abandoned mall in Athens. The balance of their makeshift family is threatened when a former member of their group returns after being released from prison."
Best of luck to all involved in Sundance 2018!