PLEDGE NOW
Live From The Sundance Film Festival

From the Sundance Film Festival, stories of complicated relationships—and hard times.

Snow falls on the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP)

Snow falls on the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP)

Ah, to be in the mountains right now!  Snow-covered peaks.  Park City, Utah.  Gorgeous in winter.  Funky and fabulous for the Sundance Film Festival.  Sundance has turned out years of indie films that are now part of the cool canon.  sex, lies and videotape.  Reservoir Dogs.  American Splendor.  Hoop Dreams.  Super Size Me.  The Blair Witch Project.

This year, big themes are complicated relationships and hard times.  You can mock the Sundance swag and hip tones.  But it’s in the tough stuff, too.

This hour, On Point:  we go live to the Sundance Film Festival, 2012.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Krista Smith, the West Coast Editor for Vanity Fair, she has spent the last week at the Sundance Film Festival.

Steve Zeitchik, arts and entertainment writer at the Los Angeles Times.

Mark Duplass, a filmmaker with three films in this year’s Sundance Festival.

From Tom’s Reading List

L.A. Times “Step inside any theater at the Sundance Film Festival this week and you’ll find directors unspooling tales of economic despair, food shortages, collapsing healthcare and a broken justice system. But if the troubles of so many American have-nots leave you in the dumps, the festival’s corporate hangers-on have just the cure: endless canapés, on-the-house snow boots and iPads, and enough Grey Goose vodka, Sugar lip exfoliations and Paul Mitchell hairstyling touch-ups to make you feel like a million bucks.”

Boston Globe “Tracy Morgan was briefly in the Park City Medical Center after collapsing Sunday outside an event here. A weekend blizzard had moviegoers staggering and limousines spinning through the worst weather in festival memory. And Spike Lee is mad as hell.”

GQ “Mark Duplass is the unofficial prom king of Sundance. He had his first film at the festival back in 2003, and has been back to Park City almost every year since—with the improvised bro-comedy, Humpday, the John C. Reilly-Jonah Hill face-off Cyrus, and now again this year with at least three films (that we know about, anyway).”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jul 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jul 31, 2015
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jul 31, 2015
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

 
Jul 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: July 31, 2015
Friday, Jul 31, 2015

A regular reminder that RTs are not endorsements, links have specific authorship and patience is a virtue.

More »
2 Comments
 
Q & A: Scott Walker On The Iran Deal, Huckabee Comments
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker explains his opposition to the Iran Deal, his record of statewide electoral victory and why he feels he’s set to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

More »
Comment
 
Q & A: Carly Fiorina On Trump, Sexism, And Being Cut From The GOP Debate
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, joined guest host John Harwood to talk Donald Trump, the upcoming Republican candidate debate and sexism in modern life.

More »
Comment