The three-year-old cable channel seems to have hit its stride and become a home for risk-taking filmmakersJanuary 1st, 1999 | Shelley Gabert
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.
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 doand then we forbade it. It was liberating," recalls 29-year-old director Thomas Vinterberg, one of the authors of whats grandiosely dubbed "Dogma 95."
Catch the WaveJanuary 1st, 1999 | Eugene Hernandez
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).