Portland, OR. Irene Taylor Brodsky is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker based in Portland. Her film, “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements,” is an HBO film that will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on January 27th. It’s in the U.S. Documentary Competition. “It’s about my deaf son growing up, my deaf father growing old, and Beethoven as he wrote his famous “Moonlight Sonata” while going deaf. It’s a coming of age story about three people across three centuries discovering their true voices,” Brodsky explains.

Here’s a video featuring Irene Taylor Brodsky.

Irene Taylor Brodsky’s first feature film, “Hear and Now,” won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 2007 as well as a Peabody. Her most recent feature documentary, “Beware the Slenderman,” was nominated for an Emmy, received two Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Director and Best Documentary, and premiered on HBO. “Open Your Eyes,” “One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp,” and “Saving Pelican 895” are among her other credits.

“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” is one of dozens of films that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. With Over 46,000 attendees expected, it’s the largest independent film festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City, Utah, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival includes competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature films and short films. The 2019 Sundance Film Festival runs through February 3rd. It draws top artists from around the world.

President and Founder Robert Redford and actress/producer Glenn Close sit together at An Artist at the Table.

Jada Pinkett Smith at An Artist at the Table at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. © 2019 Sundance Institute | photo by Duston Todd.

Lisa Kron at An Artist at the Table at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. © 2019 Sundance Institute | photo by Duston Todd.

Jackie Chan at An Artist at the Table at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. © 2019 Sundance Institute | photo by Duston Todd.

Ty Burell at An Artist at the Table at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. © 2019 Sundance Institute | photo by Duston Todd.

The chilly atmosphere outside the Library Center Theatre.

One hot ticket was the screening of  “‘Late Night” written by Mindy Kalin.

Screenwriter/actor Mindy Kaling attends the ‘Late Night’ premiere.

Here is more information about the film: “Late Night” Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Paul Walter Hauser, Reid Scott, and Amy Ryan Directed by Nisha Ganatra Written by Mindy Kaling Category: Premieres

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!—Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalizing her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.

Another marquee film premiere was “After the Wedding,” starring Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams on the press line for the premiere of ‘After the Wedding’ at Eccles Theatre.

Actor Michelle Williams, director Bart Freundlich and actor Julianne Moore attend the World Premiere of After The Wedding by Bart Freundlich, an official selection of the Premieres at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. © 2019 Sundance Institute | photo Ryan Kobane.

Here’s more information about “After the Wedding” starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup, written and Directed by Bard Freundlich:

Isabel (Michelle Williams) has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa (Julianne Moore) is the multimillionaire head of a media company who lives with her handsome artist husband (Billy Crudup) and their two adorable twin boys in New York. When word comes to Isabel of a mysterious and generous grant for the financially struggling orphanage, she must travel to New York to meet the benefactor—Theresa—in person. And when Isabel is spontaneously invited to Theresa’s daughter’s wedding, Isabel discovers a connection to Theresa that takes her on an unexpected journey into her own past.

Here’s a link to more information about all of the offerings at Sundance:

http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/

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