Sundance 2017 proved a huge success yet again. This year a number of impressive entries from a broad array of categories caught our attention, including Wind River, The Discovery, I Am Not Your Negro, Mudbound, and the outlandish comedy Wilson with Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Now that the celebration is over and everyone in Hollywood is looking forward to the Oscars at the end of the month, here are a few more mentionable entries you should look for in theaters in the coming months. Continue reading →
Every year, the Sundance Film Festival hosts an impressive number of independent films, documentaries, and short films from all around the world. Titles like The Usual Suspects, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Napoleon Dynamite, Super-Size Me, Saw, and Little Miss Sunshine have all found success at the world-renowned festival. So it’s no surprise that this years line-up is definitely keeping with that reputation. A number of documentaries, including the Amir Bar-Lev’s Grateful Dead tribute Long Strange Trip and Jeff Orlowski’s follow-up to his 2012 Chasing Ice feature, Chasing Coral, have already premiered to great praise from festival attendees and critics alike. At the same time, a number of films have already been purchased for distribution, including Patti Cake$ by former doorman-turned-filmmaker Wass Stevens, which sold to Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million! Here are a few of the festival entries that have caught our eye for expanded release. We’ll post more information about domestic releases as we get further into the year. Continue reading →
Last weekend saw two world records set in the skies overlooking the Chicago River by stunt tight-rope walker Nik Wallenda. Wallenda first performed a 454-foot walk that was also at a 19-degree incline between the Marina Tower West and the Leo Burnett Building on Wacker Drive more than 500 feet above the river. For his second performance Wallenda then blindfolded himself and walked a 94-foot rope between the the two Marina Tower buildings, which was also more than 500 feet above the city streets. The stunt daredevil did both walks without a safety net or harness and the event was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel on Sunday night, even though the producers put a 10-second delay on the video in the event that Wallenda actually fell from the rope. Wallenda has also done walks across locations that include Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. This stunt in Chicago has earned him two new world records, one for largest incline and the other for farthest distance blindfolded. If you missed the live broadcast you can check out Nik’s blindfold walk between the Marina Towers here on MADE.