ShareGrid's Guide to Sundance 2018

January 7, 2018
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It’s that time of the year again! Sundance 2018 is here. Which means we get to brag about our incredible members who have films in this year’s festival. If you’re going to Park City, be sure to bookmark these incredible films made by our very own community!



Mike Maliwanag - Director of Photography

Shaandiin Tome - Writer and Director

"Mud (Hashtl’ishnii) follows Ruby, a mother who lives in Window Rock, AZ with her son, Joseph. In order to keep her secret of alcoholism from her family, friends, and culture, Ruby chooses to suffer with her secret rather than seek help.

On her last living day, her secret is at risk—avoiding speaking with her son about her problem, not admitting it has affected her well being, and living with jealousy. She feels stuck due to her addiction.

This all culminates when she walks home in a drunken state, not realizing the relentless freezing temperatures. While the environment serves as a reality, her death is a transcendence where she no longer suffers."


Alexandra Thurmond - Associate Producer

"Piercing is based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name. Abbott plays a man who kisses his wife and baby goodbye, seemingly headed away on business, with a plan to  check into a hotel, call an escort service and kill an unsuspecting prostitute. His plan is thwarted by the alluring and mysterious call girl — played by Wasikowska — who arrives at his room, leading to a pulsating game of cat-and-mouse." (Variety)

Private Life

Fenton Lawless - Actor

"Last year marked a decade since the release of The Savages, the second feature from Slums of Beverly Hills director Tamara Jenkins. Starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, it was a powerfully-acted, perceptive look at familial struggle, and we’ve been waiting ever since for her follow-up. 10 years later, it is finally coming. Financed and distributed by Netflix, Private Life stars Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Shannon, and John Carroll Lynch. Jenkins’ script follows a married couple (Giamatti and Hahn) who are struggling with infertility and its damaging effect on their relationship, but when their niece offers up her eggs, things change. Shannon, who picked up an Indie Spirit award for Other People last year, will play the niece’s mother, while Lynch plays Giamatti’s brother and Shannon’s husband." (The Film Stage)

Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Sam Painter - Director of Photography

"Hollywood royalty, ingénue, activist, Oscar-winner, social pariah, movie star, trophy wife, aerobics guru, feminist éminence grise – there have been a lot of Jane Fondas over the years, and documentarian Susan Lacy (the recent HBO portrait Spielberg) lets each of these iterations have their say via a treasure trove of archival clips. Friends, costars and ex-spouses offer their two cents, but it's really Lady Jane herself who does the bulk of the talking, guiding viewers through a tour of traumas, detours, identity crises and high points. It's as much a longform therapy session as a biodoc – and all the better for it." (Rolling Stone)

The Game Changers

John Hunter Nolan - Director of Photography

"Directed by Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks — elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter — as he travels the world on a quest for the truth behind the world's most dangerous myth: that meat is necessary for protein, strength and optimal health. Meeting elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes, what James discovers permanently changes his relationship with food and his definition of true strength."

War Paint

Sam Vinal - Producer

"A young South L.A black girl experiences a series of events that intersects racism and sexism during the 4th of July holiday."


Denson Baker - Cinematographer

"Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. Amid it all, the queen's brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince. As their secretive love affair takes flight, betrayal strikes the court, threatening to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good. Caught between her desires and her loyalty, Ophelia has to decide where her devotion will ultimately lie.

 A mythic spin on Hamlet through a lens of female empowerment: Ophelia comes of age as lady-in-waiting for Queen Gertrude, and her singular spirit captures Hamlet's affections. As lust and betrayal threaten the kingdom, Ophelia finds herself trapped between true love and controlling her own destiny. Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton, Devon Terrell. World Premiere"

My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes

Josh Polon - Producer

"A documentary short that follows director Charlie Tyrell as he tries to better understand his deceased father through the random objects he left behind. Including a collection of VHS dirty movies."

The Climb

Jon Aguirresarobe - Director of Photography

"Kyle is depressed and a weekend bike ride with his best friend, Mike, should help. Fresh air. Camaraderie. Exercise. But Mike has something to say that might ruin the ride."

White Rabbit

Tyler Beus - Director of Photography

"A dramatic comedy following a Korean American performance artist who struggles to be authentically heard and seen through her multiple identities in modern Los Angeles. Cast: Vivian Bang, Nana Ghana, Nico Evers-Swindel, Tracy Hazas, Elizabeth Sung, Michelle Sui." (Variety)

Bad Reputation

Ryan Fitzgerald - Camera Op & Gaffer

Christopher Gallo - Additional Camera

"Bad Reputation was directed by acclaimed video director Kevin Kerslake and will receive its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. According to the film synopsis, the documentary is "a look at the life of Joan Jett, from her early years as the founder of The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer." (Loudwire)


The Fisherman

Juan Pablo Daranas Molin - Executive Producer

"A humble Cuban fisherman is having a harsh winter at the open sea. For the sake of his family and against all odds, he needs to capture a fish tonight."

Blu Shade

Lee Kameron - Writer and Director

"An ambitious young woman accepts the offer to travel and live overseas with a man who indirectly killed her father 10 years earlier."

Hats off to our members! We're proud of you all wish you luck in Park City! Also, if you happen to be going to Sundance this year, come visit Co-Founder and Cinematographer, Brent Barbano as he'll will be a panelist for the Canon/ASC panel discussion, Options in Optics, Sunday the 21st. Click the link to reserve a spot!

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Brent Barbano

I have been a freelance Cinematographer in Los Angeles for over 12 years. Hailing from Syracuse, NY, I also studied at Syracuse University’s film program. I am a proud member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild.

I am the Co-Founder of ShareGrid and I happily contribute my findings, ideas and news on ShareGrid with all of you.

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