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Filmmakers Share Five Things about Sundance

Five Things About Sundance

Filmmakers Share Five Things about Sundance

We asked filmmakers to share five things about Sundance - whether it be things to know before coming to the festival, their five favorite memories or the top 5 trends at this year's events. Find out what they had to say.

Anthony Kaufman's Five Things about Sundance


Bad memories of trudging 20 minutes through 10-degree temperatures to go back and forth from my condo up Empire Avenue.



The opening sequence of Ballast... screaming seagulls, a silent title, a big, lonely black man in a ramshackle house who steps outside to shoot himself.


No Swag

Not a single piece of swag, not even a pen.


A Notion

The notion that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Sugar) are awesome writer-directors who remain committed to film, storytelling and humanity over career or cash. (And as a corollary, that David Poland should never review movies, because he has no idea what he's talking about.)



The idea that family is more important than work, especially when said work is underpaid and underappreciated.

Anthony Kaufman
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Anthony Kaufman has written about films and the film industry for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal and Slate. He writes regularly for Variety, Filmmaker Magazine, indieWIRE, The Wall Street Journal Online, and blogs when he can at Anthony Kaufman's blog.

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