Sundance Mountain Resort is a ski resort located 13 miles northeast of Provo, Utah. It spans over 5,000 acres on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos in Utah's Wasatch Range. Alpine skiing began on the site in 1944. Actor Robert Redford acquired the area in 1968, established a year-round resort which would spawn the independent Sundance Film Festival and the non-profit Sundance Institute. Sundance is committed to the balance of art and community; the area known today as the Sundance Resort in the North Fork canyon was surveyed in the mid-1800s by Andrew Jackson Stewart Jr. and his sons, Andrew and John Stewart. While working for the U. S. government they discovered the view of Mt. Timpanogos, they each received 160 acres of land under the Homestead Act, nearby lots were given to family members. Soon, members of the Stewart family erected log cabins. By 1911, they were raising sheep and cattle, they formed a company, North Folk Investment Co. in order to protect the land. The area was known as "Stewart Flats" due to the large number of Stewart family members living in the area.
To get to "Stewart Flats" in North Fork before 1920, there was only one unpaved road that had a grade of 18 to 20 degrees on the last half mile. It was referred to as the "big dugway" due to the trench formed from dragging large trees down the road. In the early 1920s, an automobile road was built by the Utah County Commission that passed through "Stewart Falls" as it connected Aspen Grove and Wildwood, Utah. Mount Timpanogos became a popular mountain to hike after 1912, when Eugene L. Roberts, a professor at Brigham Young University opened a hiking trail and took his students; this hike only sparked the annual Timpanogos Hike. The Timpanogos Hike began after mid-July; the night before the hike, participants would gather for a celebration that had a bonfire. A favorite part of the celebration was the enactment of the "Legend of Timpanogos" that tells the story of an Indian princess who falls in love with a soldier who goes off to war. In 1922, the Forest Service over the Wasatch National Forest, part of the United States Department of Agriculture, requested to put in a trail that crossed part of the property owned by the North Folk Investment Co, The Stewart family appreciated the hikes since they brought more popularity to the area.
Today, the trails around the Sundance Mountain Resort offer views of North Fork, Utah and of Stewart Falls. Many trails feature plaques to mark flora and fauna in the area and are lined with benches. There are 3 major biking trails at Sundance that have ski-lift service after Memorial Day weekend. Ski races began on the Mount Timpanogos Glacier during the annual Timp hike in July 1941; the race was a slalom race. This race would be held three more times in 1947, 1948, 1949. A ski area opened as Timp Haven in 1944; the name was chosen by a contest. Ruth Biddulph was given a season pass. Timp Haven was owned by S. Paul Stewart and run with the help of his brother Ray Stewart for over twenty years. Paul managed the slopes, built the ski lodge, installed the water system. Ray Stewart was responsible for clearing and developing the Timp Haven Ski Resort and contributed to the original rope tow used. Hilda Stewart, Paul's wife, had a cafe on the resort property and served hamburgers and other meals to ski guests.
Paul purchased the interests of other members of the Stewart family, which altogether owned between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of the property. The investment in the land in North Fork never paid dividends for the North Fork Investment Company owners; the resort had a rope tow, built by J. W. Daniel, who had tried to make a tow in Hobble Creek Canyon near Springville, Utah; the tow was unsuccessful in that area. The Timpanogos Mountain Club persuaded Daniel to bring the tow to North Fork Canton; the tow was not ready for winter of 1944, so it was abandoned by the club. Ray Stewart bought the truck and equipment and overhauled it to create a working tow to run on Saturdays and Sundays; the tow was difficult to use, because some of the roads leading to the resort were not plowed making it difficult to drive the truck, cold mornings caused the vehicle to freeze over. The tow pulled skiers 500 feet up the mountain. In addition, When Timp Haven opened, the creek was closer to the hill than it is today, so skiers had to make a quick turn at the bottom to avoid falling into the water.
Ski season at Timp Haven lasted util early March. A day pass to ski was only $1, due to lighting installed by Provo City, Timp Haven allowed night skiing on Mondays and Fridays. While owned by the Stewart family, the ski area was closed on Sundays. Timp Haven held ski races that were sponsored by various local organizations like the Timpanogos Ski Club or the Hoover Cup; the Timponogos Mountain Club built a 45-foot ski jump. Ski classes at the resort were started by Jessie Scofield, the supervisor of Provo City Recreation, in the winter of 1946. Professors at Brigham Young University started ski classes, bringing buses of students in the afternoons. By that time, Timp Haven had a tubing and toboggan hill; the Stewart family began expansion in 1947, a T-bar lift was added at the base in 1948, about 1,000 feet in length, The lower terminal was seated on a platform, 14 feet in the air. A 1938 Ford truck provided the
Constantine Alexander Payne is an American film director and producer, known for the films Election, About Schmidt, The Descendants and Downsizing. His films are noted for satirical depictions of contemporary American society. Payne is a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director. Payne was born in Omaha, the son of Peggy and George Payne, restaurant owners. Payne is the youngest of three sons and grew up in what is now known as the Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District, the same neighborhood as billionaire Warren Buffett, his father is of Greek and German descent, his mother is of Greek ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Nicholas "Nick" Payne, anglicized the last name from Papadopoulos, his family comes from three areas in Greece: the island of Syros and Aegio. Payne's family was part of the fabric of Omaha, his grandfather was a founder of The Virginia Cafe, with Payne's father taking over the restaurant. Payne went there as a child.
The restaurant was destroyed in a fire in 1969. Payne's paternal grandmother, Clara Payne, was from a German Nebraska family from Nebraska. In Omaha, Payne attended Brownell-Talbot School, Dundee Elementary School, Lewis and Clark Junior High, he graduated from Creighton Prep for high school in 1979. At Prep, Payne wrote a humor column for his high school newspaper and was the editor of the high school yearbook. Payne attended Stanford University, where he double majored in Spanish and history; as a part of his Spanish degree, he studied at Spain's University of Salamanca. He lived a few months in Medellin, where he published an article about social changes between 1900 and 1930. Payne received his MFA in 1990 from the UCLA Film School. In the 1960s, Payne's father received a Super 8mm projector from Kraft Foods as a loyalty reward, passed it on to his son when Alexander was about 14 years old. A short time after getting his MFA from UCLA Film School—and after his successful thesis film, The Passion of Martin had attracted industry attention—Payne got a writing/directing deal with Universal Pictures.
The ensuing screenplay, turned down, would become About Schmidt. He says that he cleared about $60,000, enough to fund his simple lifestyle at the time for about five years. Payne has said he sees his talent as being one of learned economy, referring to the essay written by Tennessee Williams on The Catastrophe of Success. Payne was the guest for an'Ask Me Anything' session at India Film Project in 2018; this session was conducted via. Skype. Payne worked in various capacities on films and television before he co-wrote and directed his first full-length film, Citizen Ruth, his second film, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, which takes aim at politics and education in America, attracted attention when New Yorker film critic David Denby named it the best film of 1999. Payne was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Election. In 2003 he received a Golden Globe for his screenplay for About Schmidt, nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
To the surprise of many who kept track of Hollywood news and his writing partner Jim Taylor were not nominated for an Oscar for the About Schmidt screenplay. He won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2005 for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways, while the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. In total, Sideways received five Academy Award nominations. Payne returned to directing in 2011 after a seven-year hiatus with the film The Descendants, starring George Clooney, he co-wrote the screenplay, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Payne's Nebraska, starred SNL comedian Will Forte, it was released on November 15, 2013. Payne has said that during his seven-year hiatus between Sideways and The Descendants, he, along with working partner Jim Taylor, were developing the satire Downsizing, which Payne has described as "a large canvas, science-fiction social satire" and "an epic masterpiece." The film, about an impoverished married couple who decide the way ahead lies in shrinking themselves, was to star Paul Giamatti and Reese Witherspoon, but was superseded by The Descendants and Nebraska.
In March 2016, Witherspoon was replaced by Kristen Giamatti by Matt Damon. Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis starred. Paramount Pictures released the film on December 22, 2017, it has received mixed reviews, with many critics describing it as the weakest film of Payne's career. Payne executive produced the short film RUN FAST. Anna Musso, his long-time assistant and protege and directed the film, which shot in March 2014; the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. In 2000, he did an uncredited polish-up of the screenplay for the comedy hit Meet the Parents. In 2001, Payne wrote a draft of Jurassic Park III. Payne served as an executive producer on the films King of California and The Savages, he teamed up once again with writing partner Jim Taylor to write a draft of the screenplay for the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a comedy directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Payne disliked the final product, stating that Adam Sandler rewrote so much of the story that all of what Payne and Taylor wrote was gone.
Payne was executive producer
An Unreasonable Man
An Unreasonable Man is a 2006 documentary film that traces the life and career of political activist Ralph Nader, the founder of modern consumer protection in America and perennial presidential candidate. The film presents interviews with current and former members of Nader's Raiders, including Joan Claybrook and Robert Fellmeth, as well as politicians and political analysts such as Phil Donahue, Pat Buchanan, Eric Alterman; the film takes its name from the George Bernard Shaw quotation, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." The first half of the film examines Nader's advocacy for auto safety features, such as federally mandated seat belts and air bags, as well as his rise to national prominence following an invasion of privacy lawsuit against General Motors. It examines the formation of independent advocacy groups during the 1970s. Over the next thirty years, the film argues, Nader "built a legislative record that would be the envy of any modern president."
The second half of the film traces Nader's shift to a grassroots form of organizing focused on citizen power, including his disillusionment with the two-party system following the rise of Reaganism. In assessing Nader's effect, as a third party candidate, the film examines Nader's role as a spoiler in the 2000 presidential election; the documentary has an aggregate of a score of 75 % on Metacritic. Meaford International Film Festival 2007 Sundance Film Festival Official website An Unreasonable Man site for Independent Lens on PBS An Unreasonable Man on IMDb An Unreasonable Man at AllMovie An Unreasonable Man at Rotten Tomatoes An Unreasonable Man trailer
Orlandito Montiel, better known as Dito Montiel, is an American author, film director and musician. Born in New York City, he came into the public eye after the breakup of his hardcore punk band Major Conflict. Montiel would gain notoriety in 1989 when Geffen Records signed his newly formed outfit Gutterboy to a $1 million record deal – an unheard-of sum at the time; the band was dropped after its debut and was dubbed one of the most "successful" unsuccessful bands in rock history. In 2003, Montiel published A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, a memoir detailing his life growing up in Astoria, Queens in the early 1980s during the rise of the hardcore punk scene; the book describes his time spent touring with his band Gutterboy and his brief modeling career with Versace along with other personal anecdotes. After adapting his best-selling book into a screenplay, Montiel made his directorial debut with the film version of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, with Robert Downey Jr. Dianne Wiest, Channing Tatum and Shia LaBeouf.
The film was executive produced by Trudie Styler. Montiel released the self-titled album Dito Montiel in 2006 through Rhino Records, his second novel, Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper, was published in April 2007. Montiel directed a film, about a young street hawker in New York City, introduced to the world of underground street fighting; the film is his second collaboration with Tatum and stars Terrence Howard and Luis Guzmán. In 2011, Montiel's police drama The Son of No One, again starring Tatum, as well as Ray Liotta, Al Pacino, Tracy Morgan and Katie Holmes, played at the Sundance Film Festival; the film was picked up for distribution by Anchor Bay Entertainment. In 2013, Montiel directed the crime-drama film Empire State, starring Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts and Dwayne Johnson; this was followed by the drama film Boulevard, starring Kathy Baker. Montiel serves as a instructor on Screenwriting for the UCLA Extension program. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Fighting The Son of No One Empire State Boulevard Man Down The Clapper A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper Dito Montiel Dito Montiel on IMDb Montiel in AMG.
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Thin is a 2006 cinéma vérité documentary film directed by Lauren Greenfield and distributed by HBO. It was filmed at The Renfrew Center of Florida in Coconut Creek, a 40-bed residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders; the film follows four women with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders in their struggle for recovery. It premiered to the general public November 14, 2006 on HBO. Greenfield describes the making of Thin as " a continuation of my decade-long exploration of body image and the way the female body has become a primary expression of identity for girls and women in our time."Greenfield first visited The Renfrew Center in 1997 on assignment for Time magazine. She returned to photograph young women for her personal project, the photo-book and art exhibition, Girl Culture. Following multiple trips to the facility, she gained their trust and support to begin using it to film Thin, her directorial debut which she produced in collaboration with R.
J. Cutler. Living at the center for six months and director of photography Amanda Micheli received unrestricted access to film staff meetings, therapy sessions and daily weigh-ins that depict the structured routine of inpatients' daily lives; the film explores their turbulent interpersonal relationships, highlights the efforts of the Renfrew medical team and the complex tasks they face. Shelly Guillory is a 25-year-old psychiatric nurse who enters the Center at the beginning of the film with a PEG feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach, she admits herself into Renfrew after ten hospitalizations. On her arrival she weighs 84.3 pounds, having been anorexic for six years and tube fed for five of those years. She has an identical twin, who does not have an eating disorder. Shelly describes a reliance on various mood stabilizers and tranquilizers and has volatile mood swings throughout the film, in particular getting angry and aggressive when stolen food mistakenly attributed to her and pulse deficits lead to her being accused of purging.
The epilogue states that Shelly lost 17 pounds after discharge and underwent electric shock therapy to treat her depression. Pollack "Polly" Ann Williams has been at Renfrew for nine weeks, she admitted herself after a suicide attempt over two slices of pizza, explaining that while they weren't the whole motivation, they were "kind of the straw that broke the camel's back". When interviewed she says that "dieting has always been a huge part of my life" and that she was "counting calories and counting fat by the time was 11", she celebrates her 30th birthday in the Center and seems to be making progress with her anorexia but has trouble with some of the rules. She is expelled after Shelly tells the staff about Polly getting the NEDA symbol tattooed on her hip while on a day pass from the Center; this incident was compounded by Polly's disruptive history, which included smoking in her bathroom and giving mood stabilizers to Shelly. Shelly told staff that Polly had given her Neurontin after the pills were discovered in her room during a routine check for contraband.
Upon being given her 24-hour notice to leave, Polly purges on camera. She was described in the epilogue as continuing to have trouble with purging and weight loss, that she passed away in February 2008 at age 33. Brittany Robinson is a 15-year-old student, admitted to Renfrew with liver damage, a low heart rate and hair loss after dropping from 185 to 97 pounds in less than a year, she describes herself as a compulsive over-eater from the age of 8, leading into compulsive dieting and anorexia from the age of 12, citing "a bad body image" and a craving for acceptance amongst her peers as her motivation to lose weight. According to Brittany, her mother has an eating disorder and in an interview, Brittany describes how they would have "the greatest time" with "chew and spit", her mother's experience of anorexia is touched upon in greater detail in an interview in the film's companion book titled THIN. ISBN 0-8118-5633-X. Throughout the film Brittany is resistant to recovery, explaining that she would like to lose "another forty pounds" and that she "just want to be thin".
She tells her nutritionist she has purged twelve times since entering Renfrew and walks out of group therapy in tears when her dedication to recovery is challenged by Polly. Brittany's insurance benefits run out, she relapses into anorexia before leaving, prompting concern amongst patients and staff, is released against medical advice. The epilogue states that she lost weight rapidly. Insurance would not pay for further treatment. Alisa Williams, a 30-year-old divorced mother of two, traces her eating issues back to an incident at the pediatrician when she was 7 and put on a diet which led to anorexia, she describes massive binge/purge sessions which resulted in hospitalizations due to the resulting dehydration and her severe abuse of diuretics, hydrochlorothiazide, laxatives and ipecac. Apart from her binges, which she describes as occurring "every few weeks or so, over and over again, for three or four days", she was restricting to under 200 calories a day prior to entering Renfrew, she had been hospitalized five times in the three months leading to her admittance to the Center.
Having struggled with her eating disorder for 16 years, Alisa took disability leave from her job as a pharmaceutical rep in order to enter treatment. Alisa seems to respond well to Renfrew and towards the end of her stay expresses a desire to "taste recovery". After discharge, Alisa stru
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a 2006 American drama film based on a 2001 memoir of the same name by author and musician Dito Montiel, which describes his youth in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. Montiel wrote and directed the film adaptation, released in the United States in September and October 2006 and in Europe in March 2007; the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Montiel with Shia LaBeouf as a younger Montiel. The film's narrative jumps between 2005 and flashbacks from 1986 with characters addressing the viewer. Present Day: Dito is a successful writer in Los Angeles. One day, after being urged by his mother and his friend, Dito visits his childhood home, New York, because his father has become ill; the film switches back and forth between the present and flashbacks with Dito's memories in the summer of 1986. Dito meets Nerf, talks with him in a parked car, where they can talk undisturbed, which would not have been possible at Nerf's house. Dito visits Laurie, his childhood sweetheart, now a mother.
They only talk through the open window. Dito visits his father, Monty. Monty used to ignore Dito's feelings, he didn't want Dito to travel, he is angry at Dito for leaving, for not returning sooner to visit. Laurie urges him to be a man and come to terms with his father, heartbroken when he left. Dito does leave, but returns to insist that he take his father to the hospital. 1986: Antonio, an overconfident, volatile boy with an abusive father kills someone: the Puerto Rican gangmember Reaper, as payback for an attack on young Dito. Viewers are introduced to Antonio's younger brother, Giuseppe - reckless and insane. Giuseppe lay on a subway track. Mike and Dito had planned to go to California on a bus, they worked for a gay drug addict, with a dog-walking business. They went to his house to collect the wages. At first he did not listen to them, but he gave them all the money he kept in the refrigerator, more than he owed them and told them to leave town. Shortly thereafter, Mike was murdered by a member of a Puerto Rican gang in retaliation for the murder of Reaper, after which Dito travelled alone to California.
Present Day: Dito visits the adult Antonio in prison and sees him as a changed man of wisdom. The film concludes with the two of them sitting down in conversation; this film was Montiel's directorial debut. Montiel refused to see LaBeouf for the part, having only seen him as the "Disney guy." Once he got to audition for the role, he "fucked his office up," putting a "hole through the wall" and went as "crazy" as he could in order to change the image Montiel had of him to land the part. Montiel states that all the characters in the film are a combination of at least three people and sometimes six or seven, although some characters are given the names of people from real life. Listed below are some of the main differences between four characters and their real-life counterparts. Montiel said that he made the film because “I wanted to walk down those streets again and fall in love with Laurie again, it would have been nice to have had that moment at the end of the film where Dito met Laurie, reconnecting as adults."
The real-life Laurie was white instead of Hispanic and died two years earlier from AIDS. Montiel states; the book mentions a kid named Antonio Ruggeria, sent to prison for manslaughter and was sent to prison again for things "that are beyond putting in a movie that people might find redeemable." In the book, a copy of a newspaper article describing Antonio's escape from Rikers Island has the crime he committed blanked out. The film shows Giuseppe getting killed on a subway track; the inspiration for the scene was a kid named Billy, "riding" trains when he was killed. The real Giuseppe Ruggeria is a career criminal, deported to Milan. Montiel describes the real Giuseppe as being like a cat. "The train would come and two seconds he would pop up." The Scottish character Mike is a composite of a man named Mike O'Shea. The real Mike O'Shea is Irish, alive and living in Essex, England; the film only made $2,035,468 worldwide. It holds a 75% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sundance Film FestivalGijón International Film FestivalIndependent Spirit Awards The DVD of the film was released on February 20, 2007 in the United States.
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Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lynn Hershman Leeson is an American artist and filmmaker. Her work combines art with social commentary on the relationship between people and technology. Leeson's work in media-based technology helped legitimize digital art forms. Lesson got a bachelor's degree in Education, Museum Administration and Fine Arts from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. Between 1995–2000 Roberta transformed into the CybeRoberta, an interactive artificial intelligent sculpture on the web. In 2006 Roberta Breitmore developed into a character in Second Life. After Stanford University acquired her archive, Leeson worked with Henry Lowood to convert parts of the archive into something for a broader public, they worked to re-enact both Roberta Breitmore and The Dante Hotel in a virtual space. LORNA was an early project of Leeson's; the first interactive laser artdisk, LORNA tells the story of an Agoraphobic woman. Viewers have the option of directing her life into endings.
LORNA never left her one-room apartment. As LORNA watched the news and ads, she became afraid to leave her tiny room. Viewers were invited to liberate LORNA from her fears; the plot has multiple variations that can be seen backwards, forwards, at increased or decreased speeds, from several points of view. There is no hierarchy in the ordering of decisions, and the icons were made of cut-off and dislocated body parts such as a mouth, or an eye. In 2001, Leeson created the "Agent Ruby" for the SFMOMA. Since that time Agent Ruby has conversed with online users, which has shaped her memory and moods. In 2013 the SFMOMA presented Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Agent Ruby Files; this digital and analog presentation reinterprets dialogues drawn from the decade-long archive of text files of Agent Ruby’s conversations with online users and reflects on technologies, recurrent themes, patterns of audience engagement. A 1990 documentary, Desire Inc. features a series of seductive television ads in which a sexy woman asked for viewers to call her.
Leeson's three feature films - Strange Culture, Conceiving Ada - have been part of the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and The Berlin International Film Festival, among others, have won numerous awards. In 2011 Hershman released the ground-breaking! Women Art Revolution, a feature-length documentary about the Feminist art movement in the United States. According to Leeson: The films are all about technology. Ada Lovelace invented computer language, but was never credited and was erased from history. Teknolust is about artificial intelligence clones: the bots that escape into reality and interact with human life, in effect a symbiosis between technological life and human life, how the two can marry. Strange Culture again was about misidentity, where the media created a fictional character that they blame this crime on, rather than the actual person. All of these works are about erasure of identity and how technology creates it, and how you can defeat that. As p