Sundance 2014

Logo courtesy of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival website

Logo courtesy of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival website

Returning to Sundance after skipping last year’s event, I found the movies in general to be of higher quality than in the past. Over a little more than four days during the premier weekend, I watched 17 movies, broken down as follows:

U.S. Dramatic Competition (6 of 16, 38%)

U.S. Documentary Competition (3 of 16, 19%)

World Dramatic Competition (2 of 12, 17%)

World Documentary Competition (2 of 12, 17%)

Others (NEXT, Premieres)

Note on rankings: I’ve separated the dramatic films from the documentaries because I find the two categories to be so different as to be almost incomparable (though ultimately in choosing which movie to watch, you have to compare them). The movies are listed in the order of most liked to least, though the ranking is less important and meaningful for the documentaries. While dramatic features can be hit or miss (mostly hits, but the misses are painful), I’ve never watched a documentary at Sundance for which I felt no emotional or intellectual connection. That said, I am always still more attracted to the dramatic films.

Dramatic Features

  1. Blind
  2. Whiplash
  3. Hellion
  4. Wetlands
  5. Song One
  6. I Origins
  7. Ping Pong Summer
  8. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  9. Life after Beth
  10. Jamie Marks Is Dead
  11. Frank
  12. White Bird in a Blizzard


  1. The Overnighters
  2. Web Junkie
  3. The Green Prince
  4. Marmato
  5. Private Violence