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Shot on RED - Sundance Edition

January 28, 2013

RED films at Sundance

At the Sundance Film Festival we’ve been excited to see the sheer number of films shot on RED. In 2008, only 1 movie shot on RED appeared at Sundance. In 2010, there were about 40 movies. In 2011, it doubled to about 80. For the past two years, we haven’t been able to count all the films shot on RED cameras and equipment.

Several films shot on RED are garnering a lot of buzz around the festival:

We Are What We Are — an American re-imagining of the Mexican film shown at Cannes in 2010 — was the midnight showing last weekend and was snapped up for distribution by Entertainment One this week. The film tells the story of a family beset by tragedy whose younger generation must find a way to continue their ancestral customs in the face of law enforcement suspicion.

Concussion — whose foreign rights were acquired by Content at Sundance — tells the story of a forty-something lesbian housewife who, after being hit in the face with a baseball, confronts her life and stretches to find herself again. Director Stacie Passon was spotlighted by Sundance in their Meet The Artists series.

C.O.G. is the first film adaptation of David Sedaris’s work. Based on Sedaris’s experience working in an apple orchard, C.O.G. follows “David” as he encounters a series of questionable mentors.

Other notable films shot on RED include:

A Teacher — the feature-length debut of director Hannah Fidell who was recently named by Filmmaker magazine as on of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” The movie follows a young female teacher who begins to unravel as she pursues an affair with her teenage student.

Ass Backwards — a road movie about two best friends who travel back to their hometown for the anniversary celebration of of a beauty pageant in which they tied for dead last as children.

Big Sur — a biopic focusing on Jack Kerouac’s time at his publisher’s retreat in Big Sur that resulted in Kerouac’s novel of the same name.

The Spectacular Now — adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel, the film concerns a pair of disparate teenagers who are drawn together by circumstance.

Newlyweeds — the debut film of director Shaka King meditates on “the habits that hinder modern relationships.”

Ted Schilowitz was at Sundance all week. He posted about these films and his personal experiences at the festival on REDUSER.