Sundance 2014 is about to launch and we look at some of the documentaries that are poised to set the festival on fire in this preview episode full of trailers and footage from the movies that people will be talking about for the rest of the year. Festival programmers Caroline Libresco and David Courier return to the world’s only documentary talk show, BYOD hosted by Ondi Timoner.
Watch new episodes of BYOD live each week on Tuesdays at noon on TheLip.TV, or tune in for the archived replay starting here on the following Thursday.
BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
David Courier is the senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival as well as the writer and producer of the Sundance Awards Ceremony. David has been with the festival for 12 years, since 2000, and focuses on US and World Documentaries.
Caroline Libresco is feature film programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, where she coordinates the World Cinema program. Prior to joining Sundance, she was a programming and communications specialist for the Independent Television Service (ITVS). She was also associate director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, senior publicist for the San Francisco International Film Festival and development director at U.C. Berkeley and the Library Foundation of San Francisco. She has served on juries at Silverdocs and the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and on the funding panel for IFPís Radziwill Documentary Fund.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:50 Introducing David Courier and Caroline Libresco.
02:30 Films that expose the dark side of the Internet at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
04:30 Clip: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz trailer.
12:00 Clip: My Prairie Home trailer.
14:10 Films about Nick Cave, Roger Ebert, and other artists, at this years festival.
17:20 Ivory Tower and other documentaries about education systems.
25:20 Clip: Dinosaur 13 excerpt.
29:10 Happy Valley and seeing trends on the same topics when screening submissions.
33:30 Films about revolution, pacifist activism, and fighting back against resistance.
40:50 The Green Prince and making dense topics more accessible.
45:00 Sundance U.S.A. and gaining participation for Sundance.
46:50 Rich Hill and other films about poverty in America.
55:30 Clip: Rich Hill trailer.
56:00 Thanks and goodbye.