Sundance Spotlight: “Thunder Road” Awarded Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Magnolia Pictures Acquires Werner Herzog Documentary

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The 2016 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21st through the 31st in Park City, Utah. The festival is a destination for both up-and-coming and veteran filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a showcase for some of the most critically acclaimed and Oscar-worthy films of the year. This year, out of the 12,793 submissions they received, the committee has selected just over 200 feature length and short films to play at the festival. From all of this, there is sure to be plenty of studio deals, bidding wars, trailers, clips and news — and we’re here to give you a daily wrap up of all the big developments from Park City. (And don’t forget to check out our exclusive party and event grid!)

Now that the festival’s biggest purchase has been made, things are starting to get a little quieter at — but that doesn’t mean films aren’t getting snatched up by studios. Acquisitions are still being made on some of the festival’s most buzzed about titles and the first round of awards have been handed out. Read all the news below.


THE BUZZ

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Yesterday, the Institute announced the jury prizes for short filmmaking. Over 8,712 short films were submitted and 72 were included in the the Shorts Program. The jury included Keegan-Michael Key from Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, executive at Amazon Studios, Gina Kwon and chief MTV film critic, Amy Nicholson.

When all the dust settled, THUNDER ROAD, written and directed Jim Cummings, came out on top, winning the Short Grand Jury Prize. Here’s a complete list of winners:

The Short Grand Jury Prize
THUNDER ROAD
/writer: Jim Cummings
Synopsis:Officer Arnaud loved his mom.

The Short Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
THE PROCEDURE
/writer:
Synopsis: A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.

The Short Jury Award: International Fiction
MAMAN(S)
/writer:
Synopsis: Life is disrupted for eight-year-old Aida when her father returns with a young Senegalese woman, Rama, whom he introduces as his second wife. Sensitive to her mother’s distress, Aida decides to get rid of the new visitor.

The Short Jury Award: Non-fiction
BACON & GOD’S WRATH
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Synopsis: A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

The Short Jury Award:
EDMOND
/writer:
Synopsis:Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others is strong—maybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his options, he reflects on his defining moments in search of the origin of his desires.

Short Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance
for HER FRIEND ADAM
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Synopsis: A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

Short Special Jury Award for Best Direction
PEACOCK
: Ondrej Hudecek
Writers: , Ondrej Hudecek
Synopsis: A twisted queer romance set in picturesque 19th-century Bohemia tells the true story of the birth of one of the nation’s most influential , with suspense, laughter, violence, hope, nudity, sex, and a happy ending—mostly a happy ending.


Nate Parker’s THE BIRTH OF A NATION broke records when Fox Searchlight won the bidding war against Weinstein, Sony, and Paramount. But Fox Searchlight’s $17.5 million bid wasn’t the highest bid. Netflix offered $20 million for the title and Byron Allen of Entertainment Studios matched that bid. in the end, Parker thought that Fox Searchlight was the best home for his film.


DEALS

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LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

Synopsis: Does the internet dream of itself? Explore the horizons of the connected world.
Category: Documentary Premieres
: Werner Herzog
Purchased by: Magnolia Pictures

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WIENER-DOG

Synopsis: This film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.
Category: Premieres
/writer:
Cast: , , , , ,
Purchased by: Amazon

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HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Synopsis: Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this heartwarming adventure comedy.
Category: Premieres
/writer:
Cast: , , , ,
Purchased by: The Orchard

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INDIGNATION

Synopsis: It’s 1951, and among the new arrivals at Winesburg College in Ohio are the son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey and the beautiful, brilliant daughter of a prominent alum. For a brief moment, their lives converge in this emotionally soaring film based on the novel by Philip Roth.
Category: Premieres
/writer:
Cast: , , , , ,
Purchased by: Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment

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AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY

Category: U.S. Documentary Competition
Synopsis: The definitive look inside the mysterious case of 16-year-old literary sensation JT LeRoy—a creature so perfect for his time that if he didn’t exist, someone would have had to invent him. Perhaps someone did? The strangest story about story ever told.
/writer:
Cast:
Purchased by: Amazon


ACQUISITION TALLY AS OF JANUARY 27, 2016:

A24: 1
Amazon: 5
Beta Cinema: 1
Brainstorm Media: 1
Fox Searchlight: 1
HBO: 1
IFC: 1
Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment: 1
Magnolia Pictures: 1
Netflix: 3
The Orchard: 1
Oscilloscope Laboratories: 1
Roadside Attractions: 1
Showtime: 1
Sony Pictures Classics: 2


TRAILERS AND CLIPS

 

THE CHICKENING — Short

Synopsis: All pork and no chicken makes Jack a dull boy. Luckily, Jack gets a new as senior chief night manager at Charbay’s Chicken World and Restaurant Resort, the world’s largest fast-food entertainment complex; however, things quickly get very clucked.
Category: Short Programs
Directors: ,


See all of our preview posts for the , and catch up with our full of the festival in our other Sundance Spotlights!

For a complete list of  festival films and details, visit sundance.org

Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff 
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