Long Live the Independent Party: KCRW Curates New Music Program At Sundance Film Festival

Long Live the Independent Party: KCRW Curates New Music Program...
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KCRW is one of the most prominent independent radio stations in existence. The radio station was invited to curate a new music program, The KCRW Music Café Presented by Acura, at the festival this year. SLUG was given an opportunity to speak to the program director, Jason Bentley, about this newborn program and what we can expect from it.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Muscle Shoals

Sundance Film Review: Muscle Shoals
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 You may have never heard of the rural village known as Muscles Shoals, Alabama, but I can guarantee you’ve heard countless tracks of the magnetic musical masterpieces that have surfaced from the wetland region. Pressed up against the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals was the birthplace of Rick Hall’s legendary FAME record studios. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Sundance Film Review: Who Is Dayani Cristal?
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 A man recites “A Migrant’s Prayer” in Spanish, backpack in hand, as he prepares for a treacherous journey north across the Mexican border, into the USA. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Sound City

Sundance Film Review: Sound City
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Foo Fighters front man and former drummer of Nirvana, Dave Grohl, takes audiences on a wild journey of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll as he energetically recounts the origins of one of the most influential recording studios of all time. … read more

Sundance Film Review: When I Walk

Sundance Film Review: When I Walk
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When I Walk self-documents DaSilva’s entire journey with multiple sclerosis over the past 8 years in one of the most honest and sincere films ever to grace the Sundance silver screen. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Dirty Wars

Sundance Film Review: Dirty Wars
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 Director Richard Rowley shadows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill into the secretive world of covert military operations in the Middle East as the United States attempts to win the war on terror no matter the means or consequences. It is a documentary about “the seen and the unseen” according to Scahill’s monotone and dreary narration. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Fallen City

Sundance Film Review: Fallen City
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In May of 2008, the Sichuan earthquake completely demolished the small mountain town of Beichuan, China, killing 20,000 of its citizens. Director Qi Zhao puts a magnifying glass on the lives of three Chinese families affected by loss after the earthquake in her directorial debut, Fallen City.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Halley

Sundance Film Review: Halley
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Beto (Alberto Trujillo) is a security guard for a gym in Mexico who has an unusual health condition that forces him to resign from his post, even at the discretion of his flirtatious employer (Luly Trueba). Unbeknownst to her, Beto’s illness causes his skin and physical abilities to deteriorate to a gruesome degree unless he injects himself with an embalming fluid concoction. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Austenland

Sundance Film Review: Austenland
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Directed by BYU grad, SLC local and the co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite, Austenland is big. The jokes are over-the-top, the costumes and set are gaudy, Jennifer Coolidge is practically bursting at the seams in both hilarity and bosom, and the flops, well, they’re pretty big, too. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Virtually Heroes

Sundance Film Review: Virtually Heroes
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In the fashion of Disney’s “Wreck-It-Ralph”, G. J. Echternkamp’s “Virtually Heroes” trails a video game character who begins to question his pre-programmed lifestyle, but, unlike the children’s animated feature, gamers can find vulgar pop culture references embedded throughout this R-rated live-action creation. … read more