The 49ers aren’t the only ones in the Bay Area on a winning streak.
The region’s filmmaking community is on a roll too, especially when it comes to the famed Sundance Film Festival in Utah, which opens today, Jan. 23, and runs through Feb. 2.
Bay Area filmmakers are set to once again make a significant impact on this winter wonderland of a film festival, which for the next 10 days will be overrun with celebs, studio reps, dealmakers, journalists, movie fans and looky-loos with cellphones primed to Instagram. Screenings each day start around 9 a.m. and skate through midnight.
With streaming services creating even more opportunities to get discovered, landing a spot in Sundance is a dream for budding filmmakers. So what’s the secret to getting from here to there?
“It’s talented people telling stories that we haven’t seen before,” says festival programmer Charlie Sextro.
“Crip Camp,” a Sundance opening day documentary film with big Bay Area ties, certainly fits that description. One of nine films launching the fest, it focuses on a summer camp for disabled teens near Woodstock, in upstate New York, as a peg for exploring the history of disability rights activism. The film, directed by Berkeley’s Jim LeBrecht and Oakland’s Nicole Newnham, is entered in the U.S. Documentary Competition.
Getting discovered is not the issue for Crimp Camp, however. The documentary already has some big names behind it. It’s among the first set of releases announced by Higher Ground, the production company formed by Barack and Michelle Obama last year. And it will be streamed by Netflix (no release date has been announced yet).
Among other milestones, “Crip Camp” means that for the fourth year in a row, a film with Bay Area ties is among the opening-day screenings at Sundance.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment