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Best of Sundance 2021

From pandemic-era stories, via portraits of grief, to the serendipitous 1969 trilogy, the Letterboxd crew recaps our favorite films from the first major festival of the year.

Expanded Universe: 2020 As a Turning Point for Film Lovers

Sundance attendees: drop into the Film Festival Alliance’s space at the festival village to see Gemma Gracewood, editor-in-chief of Letterboxd, in conversation with filmmakers Jim Cummings (Thunder Road, The Wolf of Snow Hollow) and Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca), plus writer Keith Phipps, on the evolution of audience building and the changing landscape of film (from distribution, criticism, and discovery) to be more inclusive and representative of film fans around the world. Originally presented as part of Film Festival Alliance’s FilmEx…

Just a Bunch of Texans

Selome Hailu reports on the Austin Film Society’s satellite Sundance program, with Richard Linklater and Channing Godfrey Peoples. 

Run's Natalie Qasabian Wins Sundance Producers Award

Congratulations to Natalie Qasabian on winning the 2021 Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for Fiction Filmmaking for Run. The awards “honor bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the independent space”. Qasabian’s husband and partner Sev Ohanian won the award two years ago for his work on Searching, which they produced together. Both films were directed by Letterboxd member Aneesh Chaganty.

Sundance Dailies

Be sure to follow the Letterboxd's team's Twitter thread of daily short-takes from the Sundance Film Festival. Coverage provided by: Gemma Gracewood, Aaron Yap, Ella Kemp, Selome Hailu, Jack Moulton, and Dominic Corry.

Sundancing

From hitting the StairMaster between screenings to eating nothing but finger foods for the week, filmmakers share their best tips for at-home Sundance attendance.

Exclusive Clip! Greg Barnes' Mormon Masturbation Comedy

A young Mormon missionary confesses a personal habit in this exclusive clip from Sundance Short The Touch of the Master’s Hand, directed by NYU alumni (and Letterboxd member) Gregory Barnes. Raised Mormon, Barnes is influenced by the comedic absurdity present in his former faith. Shot at a Mormon church that was built by Gregory’s great grandfather in 1935, his film uses comedy to spark a conversation about sexuality shaming and toxic masculinity. The Touch of the Master’s Hand screens in Sundance Shorts…