Author: Neil Kendricks

Neil Kendricks is a San Diego-based artist, filmmaker, and the film curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego who is currently in production on his feature-length documentary, Comics Are Everywhere.

Articles Written by Neil Kendricks:

Nate Parker took Sundance by storm with his depiction of Nat Turner in The Birth of a Nation (courtesy Fox Searchlight).

Sundance 2016: Where Black Lives Matter

PARK CITY, Utah – Every once in a very long while, a special film or series of movies capture the zeitgeist with a sense of urgency and spot-on timing. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a small gauntlet of potent, new independent films dared to put black faces and lives front and center at a… Read more »

Melissa Rauch plays Hope Ann Gregory in The Bronze at Sundance 2015. Courtesy Sundance Institute.

Sundance 2015 – Underdogs On Parade

Park City, UTAH — Every year, the Sundance Film Festival commissions a series of new promotional videos to play before the main features to celebrate the festival’s volunteers and other unsung heroes of the popular, annual 10-day showcase to independent film that takes over Park City in late January. In this year’s amusing promo spot, an… Read more »

George Lucas and Robert Redford at the Power of Story panel at Sundance 2015. Courtesy Sundance Institute.

Sundance 2015 – Robert Redford + George Lucas = Inspiration

Park City, UTAH — One of the hottest tickets at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival wasn’t on any of the multiple screens peppered throughout the historic, mining town-turned-Mecca for independent filmmakers and committed cinephiles alike. Instead, a capacity audience of festival-goers filled the 285-seat Egyptian Theatre for January 29th’s Power of Story: Visions of Independence… Read more »


Artifacts from Cinematic Heaven and Hell: The Kubrick Cult Moves to TIFF

This article was originally published on June 5th 2013, Stanley Kubrick: the exhibition can now be seen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival between October 31st 2014 to January 25th 2015. Cinephiles and art lovers alike who will make the trek to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the popular… Read more »

From "Watchers of the Sky."

Sundance 2014: Animators Pump New Visions into Documentary Aesthetic

Park City, UTAH — Animation is the new trend, changing the rules of documentary filmmaking with pencil and paper, computers, and a surplus of imagination. The writing on the wall—or drawings in this case—is that the old methods of relying on knowledgeable talking heads and archival footage to drive a non-fiction film are no longer… Read more »

Nick Cave's process in "20,000 Days On Earth." Photo by Amelia Troubridge.

Sundance 2014: Three Films Disturb the Peace

Park City, UTAH — Rocking the boat is practically a pastime for the most adventurous films at the Sundance Film Festival, which turned the big 3-0 this year. Robert Redford’s annual indie-film oasis served up a sporadically subversive, all-you-can-see buffet, delivering jolts of smart storytelling and provocative themes—if you knew where to look. Sure, Hollywood’s… Read more »

"Boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara in "Cutie and the Boxer." Photo by Patrick Burns.

Sundance 2013: Documentaries Depict Life, Raw and Unplugged

PARK CITY, Utah – It’s a safe bet that most documentaries won’t make the leap from the film-festival circuit to a multiplex near you. But if a powerful documentary has the right stuff—an intoxicating mixture of compelling subject matter, unique characters and enough luck to connect with festival programmers and audiences alike at the Sundance… Read more »

Embedded technology in "Record/Play" as well as several other Sundance shorts. Photo by R. Swanson.

Sundance 2013: Short Film Miracles

PARK CITY, Utah – You don’t have to secure movie stars and high-production values to shine at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. What matters most are compelling stories anchored by believable and engaging protagonists who simultaneously hook emotions and intellectual curiosity. After all, a well-conceived and beautifully crafted short film can expand perceptions of what… Read more »

Images from Wim Wenders' "Pina" explode in 3D.

Wim Wenders’ 3D Learning Curve: Dancers Take Flight in "Pina"

Wim Wenders’ films seduce viewers, leaving them punch drunk with his intoxicating imagery. Such is the case with Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary Pina, which blossoms as a cinematic poem of dancers in motion paying tribute to the filmmaker’s friend, the late choreographer Pina Bausch. But this unique project wasn’t easy to launch. In many ways, the… Read more »