MFF Director Jed Dietz Reports from Sundance 2013!

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Photo still from Don Jon's Addiction. 2013, 90 minutes, color, U.S.A., Premieres.

Photo still from Don Jon’s Addiction. 2013, 90 minutes, color, U.S.A., Feature.

My Sundance 2013 experience began with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature directorial debut, DON JON’S ADDICTION, a comedy about one man’s addiction to pornography, which is full of stars (Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, Glenne Headly and Rob Brown) including Gordon-Levitt in the lead.

Photo still from PUSSY RIOT - A PUNK PRAYER.  Russian with English subtitles, 2012, 86 minutes, color, Russian Federation/United Kingdom, World Documentary

Photo still from PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER. Russian with English subtitles, 2012, 86 minutes, color, Russian Federation/United Kingdom, World Documentary.

Afterwards, I attended PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER, a documentary which offers an incredible snapshot of the Russian radical-feminist punk band that got arrested for protesting the re-election of Vladimir Putin by donning colorful knitted masks and singing “Mother Mary, Banish Putin!” in a Moscow cathedral. It is a fascinating glimpse of a culture trying to figure out new governing and protest norms.

At screening of PUSSY RIOT - A PUNK PRAYER.  Q&A with filmmakers and Katia, one of the Pussy Riot performers, Skyping in from Moscow.

At screening of PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER. Q&A with filmmakers and Katia, one of the Pussy Riot performers, Skyping in from Moscow.

The picture (right) is of the Q&A with filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, along with Katia Samutsevich, one of the Pussy Riot performers, Skyping in from Moscow.

Each year at Sundance, a unique film community comes together in Park City for the span of this 11-day festival that, like Baltimore itself, reminds us that it’s a small world after all.  It just so happened that coming out of the last screening, I ran in to an MFF volunteer, James from Frederick, MD, who volunteers at Sundance every year, too. “Go, Ravens!” we cheer in the midst of a puzzled group.

Stay tuned for more updates from Sundance 2013!

-Jed Dietz, MFF Director


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