In Utero is a cinematic rumination about life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. The film brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive.
As a filmmaker attending the 2016 LDS Film Festival in Orem, Utah (Life Under The Horseshoe, Official Selection), I’m excited about this documentary written and directed by Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal. As the film’s website suggests, “Experts in the fast-growing field of epigenetics explain that we are not only our genes but a product of our environment as well, a proven fact that changes our perception of stress and exposures to the environment during pregnancy. The film looks at how these environmental effects are passed down through the generations through our genes, making it scientifically plausible that a traumatic event that affected your grandma could leave a mark on your genes.”
In Utero looks like a powerful film with new, amazing evidence from, “experts in the fast-growing field of epigenetics that explain we are not only our genes but a product of our environment as well, a proven fact that changes our perception of stress and exposures to the environment during pregnancy.” I’m a HUGE fan of thought-provoking films and it looks like from the film’s trailer, reviews and synopsis, In Utero will fall into the “transformative” film category. Similar to the powerful and thought-provoking films that I covered the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, I’m excited to see what other filmmakers are producing and creating. Most of the time I don’t get the chance to ‘mingle’ with other filmmakers and to really understand why they produce the films they do. The LDS Film Festival gives the public the chance to view amazing films along with it’s filmmakers the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas and to network with similar creative professionals. Their website reads, “The LDS Film Festival has grown tremendously over the last few years. What began as a short film festival, is now a major event that showcases an impressive array of feature films, special screenings and short films. Over the last ten years, attendance has been constantly increasing, now averaging 5000-7000 visitors. Since its inception, the LDS Film Festival has premiered dozens of theatrical releases and screened hundreds of films. Regional, national, and international media have all reported from and about the festival, including The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Premiere Magazine.”
In Utero will screen on March 3rd, at 5:15pm at the LDS Film Festival. If you are unable to attend the festival at the SCERA Center in Orem, Utah, In Utero has additional screenings in 2016. Metamora Films will be there earlier in the day on March 3rd at 12:15pm as the festival screens our film, Life Under The Horseshoe. We are excited to be apart of this amazing film festival!
Producers Matt Duhamel and Heather Duhamel were excited to hear that their latest documentary film, Life Under The Horseshoe, is now an Official Selection at the 15th Annual LDS Film Festival. The film festival is being held at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah on March 2nd through the 5th. The film will be shown on Thursday, March 3rd at 12:15pm
The LDS Film Festival also offers a unique atmosphere with dozens of filmmakers attending the festival and mingling with each other and the audience. Experienced filmmakers share their knowledge with younger filmmakers in informative presentations, and almost every screening at the festival is followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Additionally, the festival draws industry professionals, distributors, and broadcast media looking for content.
Come and check out all the great films being presented along with Metamora Films’ latest, Life Under The Horseshoe, an entertaining and historical look at Spring City, Utah’s only live FM stage radio show. The film teaches us a little about history while taking us back to the golden age of radio. Produced over 5 months during the summer of 2015 by Metamora Films, the documentary interviews Mark and Vicki Allen, the show hosts while learning more about their interesting, but opposite family history. The film also highlights the historical Victory Hall, a one-hundred-year-old restored vaudeville theater on Main Street, and “Spit & Whittle” Avenue, where Charlie (1885-1936), son of Simon Beck, had a bench the women of the town called the “Bummer’s Bench.”
Contact Metamora Films for more information on this exciting event.
Here’s our coverage video of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Interviews with Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez, Spike Lee, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Ewan Mcgregor and more!
LOOK FOR OUR HIGHLIGHT VIDEO ABOUT OUR TIME AT SUNDANCE NEXT WEEK!
I was excited, along with my wife Heather, to cover the Sundance Film Festival this year as a press outlet. As filmmakers ourselves, we enjoy collaborating with indie filmmakers, actors and crew, and Sundance is no exception. We ventured out to various “press lines” and red carpets during our first week at Sundance to discover filmmakers that are creating thought-provoking films, similar to our own mission statement that reads: “transforming hearts and minds through film.” From documentaries to dramatic premiers, we found a lot of interesting projects that speaks to transformative, inspiring and thought-provoking messages.
Our first stop was at the premier of Resilience, directed by James Redford…yes, Robert Redford’s son. The latest film from James Redford (The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia, 2012 Sundance Film Festival) traces the developments in the field, featuring two of the doctors who pioneered this work and the health care professionals that are running the evidence. A simple survey initiates the discussion and provides the basis for a new understanding of what our culture is facing and how to best treat families dealing with “toxic stress.” I asked James about why he decided to produce the film: “Health issue to me are sort of in my fabric. In my own life story I’ve had my own issues with health and I understand the challenges of trying to come back from difficult situations.” An inspiring and life changing project for not just Redford, but the entire cast and crew. The animation and well-placed statistics punctuate the thoughtful film’s message that, now armed with this information, we can act quickly to mitigate the effects of a public health crisis.
We wanted to cover films that also involve the transformative power of music. Academy Award–nominated actor Don Cheadle—co-writer, director, and lead actor—remarkably captures the musical legend on film through an impressively orchestrated use of images and sounds. Varying cinematic rhythms and beats are used to create a singular and intoxicating viewing experience as Cheadle displays a deep understanding of the man and his music. His latest project which premiered at Sundance last week, Miles Ahead, is about inspired by events in Miles Davis’ life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred portrait of one of twentieth-century music’s creative geniuses. Ewan McGregor stars in the film as the character, Dave Brill. McGregor stated during our interview, “His [Miles Davis] is all about the music and his influence in music in never ending.” Just like film, music is transformative for many people.
Equal parts road comedy and coming-of-age drama, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Never short on laughs, this touching story reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way. I wanted to cover the premier of this film due to it’s underlining themes of freedom. When I talked with Waititi he told me that, “I think its the story about renegades and people fighting against the system and fighting for their freedom.” For more information on this film, visit the official website.
Director Spike Lee assembles a wealth of archival footage, interviews with contemporary talents and family members, and Michael’s own words and image to create this insightful chronicle of the star’s early rise to fame. An in-depth look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS records, and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones. An illuminated portrait emerges of how an earnest, passionate, hard-working boy would become the “King of Pop.” During our brief red carpet interview, Lee told me, “It’s music that brings us all together.” I agreed. Lee has created a film that brings forth Jackson’s ability to inspire millions of fans throughout the world through music. Now the original album, and the film, will be released together on CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray on February 26.
Heather and I then covered a couple of drama premiers including, “Love & Friendship”. Adapting Jane Austen’s unpublished early novella Lady Susan, director, Whit Stillman returns to the Sundance Film Festival (where his Metropolitan premiered in 1990) in top form with his latest comedy of manners. Kate Beckinsale excels in her role as the deliciously devious Lady Vernon and delivers each line with relish. With exquisite period detail and a script teeming with bon mots and witty dialogue, Love & Friendship is a rare—and rarified—treat. It’s true that we, as viewers, can pull pretty much anything we want from films…emotion, heartache, laughter, or even anger. I feel that every feel has a potential message if we decide to see it. When I asked Whitman about the underlining theme of the film, he said, “Well, there’s a song..the character is lovely played by Morfydd Clark…the Frederica character. I think it’s a traditional British song called, Love Will Find A Way. I think that might be it.”
We look forward to week number 2 at the Sundance Film Festival in search of powerful and thought-provoking films! We plan to talk to Rachel Weisz, Danny Glover and Kathy Bates about their new film, Complete Unknown. We also have plans to cover the new film, The Fundamentals of Caring starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez, and our last premier will be The Hollars on January 29th starring Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski.
For more information on our films, visit our website.
Imagine the implications if the causes of medical conditions such as heart disease could be linked to adverse childhood experiences, also known as ACEs. That very connection is carefully explored in Resilience, which sheds light on the repercussions of early life traumas. New research shows how the previously unconnected links are evident in the health outcomes of adults.
Matt Duhamel, Film Director at Metamora Films will hold a red carpet interview with the director of the documentary film, Resilience, on Friday the 22nd at the Sundance Film Festival. Duhamel says, “I’m attending Sundance this year to find films that are making a difference in the world. I’m honored to be speaking with James Redford about his film and his goal for his film company.”
Karen Pritzker and James Redford’s produced the film through their production company KPJR whose mission in filmmaking is to make films that not only educate, but make a difference. KPJR’s mission, which is extremely similar to Metamora Films’ mission, seem to be on the same track in terms of making a difference using the power of independent film.
In addition to a red carpet interview with Redford, Metamora Films has plans to attend numerous events and premiers in search of powerful and meaningful films.
Duhamel’s latest film project is a documentary focusing on the difficulties faced by ex-inmates during the search for housing. The film tentatively titled, “NOT FOR RENT!”, is scheduled for an early 2017 release.