When It Melts Sundance Film Festival 2023 Veerle Baetens

Sundance 2023: ‘When It Melts’ Challenges the Audience and Reflects on Trauma

Reflecting on our past life can yield troubling memories. However, those who suffered as children are unlikely to see their lives through a positive lens. Even when we try to overcome these obstacles, the world rarely lets us move on in productive ways. First-time director Veerle Baetens uses her debut When It Melts to showcase … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘When It Melts’ Challenges the Audience and Reflects on Trauma

The Tuba Thieves Derek Howard Sundance Film Festival 2023 Allison O'Daniel

Sundance 2023: ‘The Tuba Thieves’ Explores the Fallible Reliance on Sound

For non-d/deaf audience members, we often take the presence of sound for granted. It is not until it is stripped away that we find our lives disoriented by its presence (or lack thereof). Yet as d/deaf and hard-of-hearing artists have grown their representation in the film and television world, an inclusive cinematic approach has spawned. … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘The Tuba Thieves’ Explores the Fallible Reliance on Sound

Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘Christopher at Sea’ Is a Stunning Visual Explosion

Finding ourselves in unique settings can alter our understanding of self. Sometimes, the mere shift to another environment allows us to become different people. After all, society may define us one way, but a different culture and perspective may view us in a completely different light. While onboard a transatlantic cargo ship, Christopher lets his … Continue reading Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘Christopher at Sea’ Is a Stunning Visual Explosion

Sundance 2023: ‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ – The Women are Talking

Sometimes it's odd when works of art feel as if they were made to co-exist. The 2022-2023 Oscar season featured continual discussions of Sarah Polley's Women Talking, a film where women discussed the harms men do to them. While it was a fictional tale, the stories are too common to ignore. Meanwhile, thousands of miles … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ – The Women are Talking

Sundance 2023: ‘Murder in Big Horn’ Asks Hard Questions About the Epidemic of Violence Against Indigenous Women

Across America, there are issues of hate crimes and violence against non-white citizens. For indigenous communities, there has been a full epidemic of violence against women. A new documentary series, Murder in Big Horn seeks to draw attention to rising rates of death and disappearance in Big Horn County, Montana. From directors Razelle Benally and … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Murder in Big Horn’ Asks Hard Questions About the Epidemic of Violence Against Indigenous Women

Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘The Family Circus’ Asks How Far Will You Go For Family

The holiday season puts most people in a good mood. However, being in too good of a mood causes trouble. Director Andrew Fitzgerald uses the pressures of the season, ethnicity, and morality to craft a surprisingly effective short thriller. His ability to build and diffuse tension, as well as a very talented cast, helps The … Continue reading Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘The Family Circus’ Asks How Far Will You Go For Family

Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘Walk of Shame’ Explores Grief and the Process of Moving On

Losing a loved one is never easy. Yet the process of going through your lost one's mementos challenges us in our rawest state. For a widow in a small town, the choice to part with her husband's former jacket is exceedingly difficult. In the short "Walk of Shame," director Dane Ray shows a strong eye … Continue reading Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘Walk of Shame’ Explores Grief and the Process of Moving On

Sundance 2023: ‘Against the Tide’ Effectively Pits Modernity Against Tradition

Men fighting to provide for their families can lead some to take drastic measures. However, it's important not to lose oneself in the process. For Against the Tide, documentary filmmaker Sarvnik Kaur follows two men driven to that line. One man traveled the world while his childhood friend began fishing at a young age. As … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Against the Tide’ Effectively Pits Modernity Against Tradition