Since 1981, the Sundance Institute has been dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, the Institute is heading to London for the second time and we have a long list of films, music and discussions we are dying to attend.
Here are some of our top picks of this year’s Sundance Festival in London:
MUSCLE SHOALS – Documentary
When Rick Hall got a call from Paul Simon requesting the black players that played on I’ll take you there by The Staple Singers, Hall said yes but explained that they would be 'a little pale'. In a time of severe racial hostility, Stacks Records helped some of the greatest artists, black and white, to create bestselling albums and iconic songs such as Mustang Sally and Wild Horses. This extraordinary documentary tells it all, featuring incredible interviews with Keith Richards, Aretha Franklin, Bono and Alicia Keys.
THE LOOK OF LOVE – Film
Hailed as this year’s best Brit flick, the true story of adult magazine mogul and entrepreneur Paul Raymond (played by Steve Coogan) shows his rise to one of England’s richest men and, as he became known, the “King of Soho”. Through the movie you see Raymond push the boundaries of sexually morality in Britain, and bringing with it a litany of obscenity charges, a failed marriage, troubled children, and personal tragedy. We'll be watching for sure.
Images coutesy of Sundance Festival London