Terence Nance, writer, director and star of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Photo by Eugene Hernandez / FSLC.
The future of Sundance, the war on drugs and Kubrick’s role in “faking” the U.S. moon landing: welcome to this year’s final edition of “The Daily Buzz.”
Our radio collaboration with KPCW from Sundance, the program, hosted by Film Society’s Eugene Hernandez, has sought over the past week to bring the top talents and minds at the festival to people outside Park City. Friday’s edition was packed: it featured filmmakers, leaders of the Sundance Institute and jurors (including the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s chief programmer, Richard Peña). A complete archive of podcasts from the show is available at kpcw.org.
At issue today were diverse concerns: David France and Howard Gertler joined to discuss How to Survive a Plague, a documentary about how a diagnois of HIV has evolved from what it once meant, and Eugene Jarecki broke down The House I Live In, his new film on the so-called “war on drugs.” The film reports that the drug war has cost more than $1 trillion and led to 45 million arrests. “And for all that, it has not reduced the supply of drugs. It has not reduced the demand,” Jarecki said. “It has failed on every promised aspect of its goals.”
Other guests included Chris Horton and Keri Putnam, of the Sundance Institute; Terence Nance, who is behind the festival hit An Oversimplification of Her Beauty; and Sundance jurors Fenton Bailey, Justin Lin and Peña, who attended Sundance for the first time this year.
Perhaps the show’s most entertaining tidbit came from the first segment, which featured writers David Poland (Movie City News), Mark Olsen (Los Angeles Times) and Robert Koehler (Variety). Among many other movies, they spotlighted Room 237, a new documentary that examines a bizarre subculture of conspiracy and in-jokes surrounding the making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The best contention: that the film contains hidden codes that reveal Kubrick’s role in the supposed faking of the U.S. moon landing in 1969.
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