sundance film festival


V.22 No.4 | 1/24/2013
pretty corals
Coral images courtesy of Coral Morphologic © Felix Media 2012

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Sundance Goes Under the Sea

“Coral: Rekindling Venus” at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History

The world-famous Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City, Utah, Jan. 17 through 27. Drive fast, and you can still catch the tail end. Most years, though, the average person has no chance of seeing any of the films being screened in this rarified setting. Movie houses are jam-packed with celebrity guests and studio executives looking for the next indie hit. That leaves little room for average Joes. But this year, you’ve got a chance to see a Sundance premiere. And you don’t even have to go to Utah to catch it.

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V.18 No.50 | 12/10/2009
Still from “One Square Mile of Earth”
Jeff Drew Pictures

Alibi Illustrator and PJ Men Selected for Sundance Film Festival!

The Sundance Institute announced its short film program for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and Alibi illustrator and graphic designer Jeff Drew made the esteemed list. (According to Sundance, “This year's international short films were selected from a record 2,588 submissions.”) He animated and directed “One Square Mile of Earth,” the anointed entry. (See all of Jeff’s illustrated, animated and musical projects at JeffDrewPictures.com.)

His anthropomorphic animal comedy was co-written by Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen, better known as The Pajama Men, who are in London right now with their original comedy show The Last Stand to Reason. (Read fresh interviews with them in The Guardian and The Times.) “I was the guy in the audience calling out locations,” says Jeff of his job in the improv-based, living room writing sessions. “It’s ‘A PJ/JDP Joint.’ Just like Spike Lee! ... Just kidding!” Jeff tells me this as he simultaneously designs 20,000 ads and the cover for the Alibi issue going to press today.

This isn’t the first time Jeff’s been to Sundance. His "Walk" animated short screened there in 2002. It’s proof that once you go JD, you never stop craving the flavor. (Or, at least, you crave it once every eight years.)

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival takes place Jan. 21-31 in ice-cold Park City, Utah.