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FilmWeek: ‘Lunana: A Yak in The Classroom,’ ‘Compartment No. 6,’ ‘Salt In My Soul’ And More

Published January 21, 2022 at 11:14 AM PST
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FilmWeek: ‘Lunana: A Yak in The Classroom,’ ‘Compartment No. 6,’ ‘Salt In My Soul’ And More

FW Reviews 1.21.22

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major and Claudia Puig review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

Previewing This Year’s Sundance Film Festival As The Events Go Virtual Amid Omicron Surge

FW Sundance 2022 Check In 1.21.22

The lights may be dim at the Eccles Theater and Park City’s Main Street will have fewer cinephiles packing the snowy sidewalks when the Sundance Film Festival begins its 44th edition this week. But if 2021 proved anything, it’s that the world’s premier independent film festival is more than its ski town locale. This year Sundance is back online and armed with nine days of high profile documentaries about everyone from Kanye West and Princess Diana to Lucille Ball and Bill Cosby, buzzy first films from knowns and unknowns, virtual gatherings and filmmaker Q&As. The festival had planned to return to the mountains this year, but two weeks before thousands were set to gather in Park City, Utah, organizers decided to pivot as many have done amid the omicron surge. Today, we check in with KPCC and LAist arts and entertainment host John Horn to preview the events.

With files from the Associated Press 

Sian Heder On ‘CODA’ Following Record Breaking Premiere At Last Year’s Sundance Film Festival

FW Sian Heder Interview 1.21.22

“CODA,” Sian Heder’s critically acclaimed drama, made more than a splash at the Sundance Film Festival last year. It garnered a historic four major awards and landed a $24 million deal with Apple. CODA stands for child of deaf adults. In the film, Ruby, who is a CODA, is the only hearing member of her family. She’s her family’s interpreter to the hearing world but finds herself caught between them and her passion for singing. This week on Filmweek, we repurpose part of John Horn’s conversation with Heder, which he recorded last year.

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