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Before You Know It Filmmakers On How To Get Your Passion Project Made

It’s a rare and difficult thing to write, direct, and star in your own film. But that is exactly what Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock did with their Sundance feature film debut, the comedy Before You Know It. The pair also knows what a tremendous fe...

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How Sundance’s Hala Made Minhal Baig an Honest Storyteller

Minhal Baig is the writer and director of Hala, a movie which, up until its Sundance premiere, she kept secret from her mother.

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The Sunlit Night Screenwriter on the Challenges of Book-to-Screen Adaptation

Rebecca Dinerstein, author of The Sunlit Night, never expected her novel to get published. She never envisioned the book would be made into a movie, and she certainly never thought she would be the one to write the adapted screenplay. “Every phase of...

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Screenwriter Michael Werwie On the Decade It Took To Get His Ted Bundy Biopic Made

Michael Werwie never intended to write a script about Ted Bundy. As he recalls, he was busy writing another screenplay when he decided to procrastinate by picking up a book about the famed American serial killer. Werwie couldn’t put it down. He began...

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Sundance Screenwriters Lab: Eva Vives, Writer-Director of 'All About Nina'

“It was an extraordinary year. The year of Sundance, I call it.”

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Jeremiah Zagar on his Sundance-Winning Film 'We the Animals'

Though Jeremiah Zagar’s adaptation of Justin Torres’ We the Animals made its debut only months ago at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, critics are already praising it.

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Sundance Lab Spotlight: Brett Weiner and Emma Fletcher

Each year, Sundance Institute labs bring together aspiring writers and directors who want to take their projects to the next level. Notable projects that evolved in these labs include Damien Chazelle's Whiplash; Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre and Ryan Co...

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