As this year's Sundance Film Festival nears its close, we thought we'd check in with our myriad NFF alumni in attendance. Lynn Shelton, whose Touchy Feely and Your Sister's Sister both screened at NFF, sold her latest, Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz, to A24 for a summertime release. Happy Christmas, the new Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, NFF '13) film, was picked up by Magnolia Pictures and Paramount, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, exhibits "a dedicated focus on character development" and "ample humor."
Andrew Rossi (Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, NFF '11), director and cinematographer of Ivory Tower, spoke to Indiewire about the technical aspects of shooting his documentary on higher education. Meanwhile, Marjane Satrapi (Chicken With Plums, NFF '12) chatted with New York Magazine's Kyle Buchanan about her kooky new film, The Voices, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick.
Creative Planet has a cool interview with Taylor Johns, the associate producer of Last Days in Vietnam, which was directed by a former recipient of our Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling award, Rory Kennedy. Johns oversaw the editing of archival content for the historical documentary.
Over in the Shorts Competition, The Boldest, The Bravest, winner of last year's Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition, was included in Indiewire's list of "5 Must See Shorts at Sundance 2014."
Finally, Zach Braff, who was at both Sundance and NFF ten years ago with Garden State, scored a multi-million dollar sale for his Kickstarter-funded follow-up, Wish I Was Here.