Welcome to a new series here at Cinematical where we'll shine a spotlight on different films premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in January.
Jeffrey Blitz probably isn't a name you know right off the bat, but I guarantee you've seen his work. The writer-director exploded onto the scene back in 2002 with his documentary Spellbound, which followed a group of kids competing in the National Spelling Bee and was nominated for several awards including an Oscar for Best Documentary. Blitz then wrote and directed the unique and compelling Rocket Science (his first Sundance film), which, among other things, helped introduce the world to actress Anna Kendrick. After helming several episodes The Office and Parks and Recreation, Blitz has returned to his documentary roots with the film Lucky.
Premiering in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Lucky follows several regular folks whose lives instantly change after winning the lottery. We caught up with Blitz and asked him a few brief questions about the doc ahead of its world premiere in Park City next month.
Cinematical: Give us the "dude on the street" description of your film.
Jeffrey Blitz: Everyone dreams of winning the lottery. Lucky is a documentary about what actually happens if you do.
Cinematical: What's the craziest thing you learned about the lottery and its winners while making this film?
Jeffrey Blitz: As someone in the movie says, 'Winning the lottery is like throwing Miracle-Gro on your character defects; everything is magnified." We discovered that it's not just defects but many inherent traits that suddenly get writ large. Sometimes, that's wonderful. Sometimes it's much more than people bargained for.
Cinematical: What's the first non film-related thing you're going to do once you get to Sundance?
Jeffrey Blitz: There's something non-film-related at Sundance? Since when?
More from Blitz:
Rocket Science Trailer
For more on Lucky, as well as its screening times at Sundance, check out its official festival page.