The complete list of prizes is here; with our usual (sigh) astute judgment, we managed to elude almost all of these films at the festival.
We have a few more reviews to dribble out over the week, and our podcast with Matt summing up our festival experiences will be posted this afternoon â€” still, a few thoughts:
We really should try to see more docs at festivals.
We saw few bad films and no thrilling ones; given that we stuck mostly to films in the dramatic competition, the overall quality of what we saw was both very impressive and depressingly practical-minded. Most films had one or two bankable stars, and most kept to safe storytelling territory â€” it’s indicative of the current state of indie film that most of the titles we came across seemed to have been created with specialty distribution divisions in mind â€” there a Fox Searchlight, here a Lionsgate.
We’d like to declare a five-year moratorium on films centered on bright kids being stuck in the one-horse towns in which they grew up.
We are not cut out for high altitudes.
+ 2007 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARDS [PDF] (Sundance.org)