As filmmakers, we are always searching for powerful films that speak to the heart and soul. The films that we are searching for can come from various genres of productions including, documentaries, dramas, short films, and even music videos. With one of the largest films festivals in the world coming to Park City, Utah on January 21, 2016, the Sundance Film Festival has a massive selection of independent films that have the potential to fit in what we call the “transformative” category…in other words, films that inspire.
We are excited at Metamora Films to continue our hunt for meaningful films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as an official media outlet. This means we’ll be covering the red carpet, film premieres and holding interviews with actors, directors and producers! So, what films are we covering? At Metamora Films, our mission is: “transforming hearts and minds through film”, and it’s this mission that we are empathizing at the film festival.
A film that caught our eye, As You Are, directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, is a “refreshing take on the coming-of-age tale boasts a plethora of young talent with boundless potential.” Set in the early 1990s, As You Are unfolds as a series of disparate memories. Prompted by a police investigation, we witness alternating perspectives of pivotal moments in the relationship between three teenage friends: Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Bound by their aversion to the culture around them, Jack and Mark explore the limits of friendship and love until Mark’s judgmental father tears them apart. We like the sound of the film’s synopsis and the emphasis on friendship, family and the challenges of growing up.
Another film that we plan to cover is Maya Angelou And Still I Rise, a documentary directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack. Skillfully crafted with heart and ease, this film reflects the vibrant spirit of an American legend who was determined to live her philosophies and fought for what she believed in her whole life.
The Fundamentals of Caring is a premier narrative feature starring: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson and Frederick Weller. Directed by Rob Burnett, every wrong turn is a surprise and every misadventure a new possibility in the film. In The Fundamentals of Caring, an unlikely gaggle of misfit travelers turns a personal journey into a joyride of a film.
More films we plan to cover are: Resilience, Under the Gun, Certain Woman, starring Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams, and the film The Hollars, starring John Krasinski and Anna Kendrick. Though mostly a comedy, The Hollars looks at the importance of family. Directed by John Krasinski, this is a feature film that we don’t want to miss this year at the festival.