Sundance alum: James Mangold

Directors remember their first time

I’m incredibly grateful to the festival for giving me a launching pad for my movie (‘Heavy’), but despite the excitement, it still took me eight months to find a distributor. It wasn’t the magic bullet … Sundance is another kind of audience test screening. Studios take mainstream movies to the mall; indies take their films to Sundance. There’s the same kind of laundry list of things that should be in indie movies that exists for studio movies. Sure, they’re different things, but there’s still a list. When the things on that list aren’t in your film, then there’s the same brutality of rejection. And there’s always a moment at the festival when you can feel the guillotine come down, when everyone knows these films got picked up and these films didn’t. I don’t think that’s wrong, but it’s not outside the beltway of Hollywood, it’s not Camelot. Sundance is just the place where people now go to figure out how to leverage new independent voices into the system.”

More Scene

  • Any Bullet Will Do

    'Any Bullet Will Do' Stars Talk Demanding Shoot: 'We Were Literally Living It'

    I’m incredibly grateful to the festival for giving me a launching pad for my movie (‘Heavy’), but despite the excitement, it still took me eight months to find a distributor. It wasn’t the magic bullet … Sundance is another kind of audience test screening. Studios take mainstream movies to the mall; indies take their films […]

  • Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek'Papillon' film

    'Papillon': Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek's New Drama Is 'Somewhat of a Love Story'

    I’m incredibly grateful to the festival for giving me a launching pad for my movie (‘Heavy’), but despite the excitement, it still took me eight months to find a distributor. It wasn’t the magic bullet … Sundance is another kind of audience test screening. Studios take mainstream movies to the mall; indies take their films […]

  • Debra MessingProject Angel Food honoring Debra

    'Will & Grace': Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer's Guest Role

    I’m incredibly grateful to the festival for giving me a launching pad for my movie (‘Heavy’), but despite the excitement, it still took me eight months to find a distributor. It wasn’t the magic bullet … Sundance is another kind of audience test screening. Studios take mainstream movies to the mall; indies take their films […]

  • David Harbour'Stranger Things' event, Los Angeles,

    'Stranger Things' Season 3 Is Inspired by 1985's 'Fletch' (EXCLUSIVE)

    I’m incredibly grateful to the festival for giving me a launching pad for my movie (‘Heavy’), but despite the excitement, it still took me eight months to find a distributor. It wasn’t the magic bullet … Sundance is another kind of audience test screening. Studios take mainstream movies to the mall; indies take their films […]

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg

    Jeffrey Katzenberg on Oscars' New Popular Film Category Controversy

    I’m incredibly grateful to the festival for giving me a launching pad for my movie (‘Heavy’), but despite the excitement, it still took me eight months to find a distributor. It wasn’t the magic bullet … Sundance is another kind of audience test screening. Studios take mainstream movies to the mall; indies take their films […]

  • Ruth Wilson

    'The Affair's' Ruth Wilson Stays Mum on Controversial Exit

    I’m incredibly grateful to the festival for giving me a launching pad for my movie (‘Heavy’), but despite the excitement, it still took me eight months to find a distributor. It wasn’t the magic bullet … Sundance is another kind of audience test screening. Studios take mainstream movies to the mall; indies take their films […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content