After having a few days to reflect on our Sundance experience, I wanted to see if the group agreed or disagreed with the Sundance Grand Jury’s selections.
The Elon at Sundance “Grand Jury” is a bit different given that we did not see all of the competition films, by a long-shot, and we all saw different films (with a fair amount of overlap). This obviously made consensus a bit difficult at times, but that just means more films get the recognition they deserve. Nominees are for the Academy…everything people saw at Sundance was eligible in our jury.
The Elon version also changes up some of the categories a little bit so that we can recognize some of the non-competition films and make these awards slightly more unique.
Elon at Sundance Grand Jury Awards/Recognition
Most AMAZING Films
World Documentary: Hell and Back Again
World Dramatic: Happy, Happy
Short (US or World): Living for 32
The Token “Oscar” Categories
Best Actress: Felicity Jones (Like Crazy)
Best Director (Feature): Drake Doremus (Like Crazy)
Films the Jury feel are most destined for box office success: Like Crazy and Cedar Rapids. Also watch out for Flypaper and The Details
The Jury also identified a handful of films that the Academy should have on their radar for next year (for a variety of categories): Living for 32, Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Like Crazy and Pariah
Finally we offer our best “name drops” (celeb sightings): Elmo/Kevin Clash, Tobey Maguire, Judy Reyes, Patrick Dempsey, Robert Redford, Academy Award Nominee Vera Farmiga, Esme from “Twilight”
Thanks to Sam, Blair, David, Leigh and Hannah for sharing their opinions with me to form the Elon at Sundance Jury. While some of our picks did overlap with the official Sundance jury, hopefully we shed light on some of the other great films that make up the Sundance class of 2011.
What Sundance 11 film(s) do you think deserve recognition?