Things really slowed down on Saturday. That may have allowed some people to catch up on films they'd missed earlier in the week, but left very little to report on, not even -- sorry to say -- in the blogs. Call this "Sundance in 30 Seconds." The festival concludes tomorrow.
Deals. Nothing reported. Zero. Nada. But that doesn't mean negotiations aren't continuing on various films. Here's hoping that a few more interesting titles in the coming weeks will get picked up for distribution of some kind (whether theatrical, online, download, VOD or DVD), and not just disappear.
News. Sundance handed out a slew of awards tonight, and Elisabeth Rappe posted the list of winners as they happened. As indieWIRE pointed out, the big winner was Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire, which snagged "the Dramatic Jury Prize, the Audience Award, and special acting prize for Mo'Nique. Lee Daniels' drama is still seeking U.S. distribution, as is U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner We Live in Public.
Reviews. Jay DiPietro's relationship movie Peter and Vandy features Jason Ritter and Jess Weixler as "young New York City lovers," Erik Davis wrote in his review. "it's a quieter character piece about the complexities of love." Scott Weinberg flipped for The Cove, Louie Psihoyos' documentary about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. Scott says: "This is easily one of the most powerful, heartfelt, and (yes, I'll say it) important 'nature' documentaries I've ever seen." Not so coincidentially, the film also won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award.