January/February 1999

Sundance in Primetime

The three-year-old cable channel seems to have hit its stride and become a home for risk-taking filmmakers


After three years of operation, the Sundance Channel seems finally to have found its voice and in the process become a haven for risk-taking filmmakers who often don't have anywhere else to go.

EVERY DOGMA HAS ITS DAY


It began almost a lark. Tired of the routines of the filmmaking process four Danish directors decided to set themselves a challenge. "We talked about all that bored us in filmaking, all that we normally do–and then we forbade it. It was liberating," recalls 29-year-old director Thomas Vinterberg, one of the authors of what’s grandiosely dubbed "Dogma 95."

DIGITAL VIDEO

Catch the Wave


Without a doubt, 1998 was a breakthrough year for digital filmmaking. Makers took notice as digital video (DV) projects such as Thomas Vinterberg's The Celebration and Bennett Miller's documentary The Cruise secured theatrical releases from major distributors (October Films and Artisan Entertainment respectively).

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