At the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival Awards, three projects served by Technicolor and Technicolor-PostWorks NY garnered major festival awards. The three films include Whiplash, Difret, and Low Down.
Whiplash was the major festival winner Saturday, receiving both the Grand Jury (Dramatic) Award, and also the coveted Audience Award (Dramatic); Difret captured the World Cinema (Dramatic) Audience Award; while Low Down won the award for Best Cinematography (Dramatic).
Technicolor’s theatrical sound-mixing team of Craig Mann and Ben Wilkens (working from Technicolor@Paramount, through the Christmas holidays) handled Whiplash sound editorial and sound re-recording mixing work. Premiering at Sundance, director Damien Chazelle’s electrifying drama gained immediate traction with critics and audiences alike, and was sold to Sony Pictures Classics during the first week of the festival.
Difret arrived at Sundance with certain notoriety after actress/director/producer Angelina Jolie discovered the film well before the festival premiere and lent her name to World Cinema entry as executive producer. Directed by Zeresenay Mehari (whom also authored the screenplay), the film was photographed by Technicolor client Monika Lenczewska, and color-graded by Technicolor digital colorist Jason Fabbro.
Low Down was post produced at Technicolor-PostWorks NY, for director Jeff Preiss and cinematographer Christoper Blauvelt, with final color-grading performed by Tim Stipan.