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THE 1ST 20 YEARS BY THE NUMBERS

     

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: For several years before the Sundance Film Festival was the Sundance Film Festival it went under several other names, dating back to 1978. And the first 20 years were as noteworthy as the second 20, as indicated by this Deseret News story published Jan. 15, 1998, under the headline: ‘Important — and unimportant — nuggets of film festival lore.’

  • Most famous film to come out of the first festival in 1978: “Martin,” a vampire film by George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”); it didn’t win.
  • Most famous film that didn’t make the cut for the first festival’s competition: “Eraserhead,” the first movie by David Lynch (“Twin Peaks,” “Blue Velvet”).
  • Number of years the red double-decker festival ticket bus remained abandoned at the side of the road into Park City: three (1984-1986).
  • Woody Allen films premiered at the festival: three, “The Purple Rose of Cairo” (1985), “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986), “Radio Days” (1987).
  • Number of times Woody Allen has been to the festival: zero.
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  • Ben Stiller, far right, introduces 'Reality Bites' at the 1994 festival.
  • Number of Robert Redford movies premiered at the festival: one, “Ordinary People” (1981).
  • Number of times Redford participated in public festival seminars: three (1978, 1981 and 1985).
  • Number of times Clint Eastwood has appeared at the festival: once (1990, to honor the late Italian director Sergio Leone).
  • Number of times Al Pacino has appeared at the festival: once (1996, with his directing debut, “Looking for Richard”).
  • Number of times Winona Ryder has appeared at the festival: four (1987, with the premiere film “Square Dance”; 1989, with the competition film “Heathers”; 1992, premiere “Night on Earth”; 1994, premiere “Reality Bites”).
  • Number of times Jerry Lewis has appeared at the festival: once (1995, with the premiere film “Funny Bones”).
  • Number of times Roger Ebert has been on a competition jury: three, 1981-1983.
  • Number of times Gene Siskel has been on a competition jury: zero.
  • Other movie critics who have been on juries: Molly Haskell, Vogue (1986); Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times (1987); David Ansen, Newsweek (1987, 1992), Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune (1993).
  • Movie stars who have been on juries: Katharine Ross (1978), Jodie Foster (1989), Alfre Woodard (1990, 1998), Matthew Modine (1994), Samuel L. Jackson (1995), Julianne Moore (1996), Giancarlo Esposito (1997).
  • John Ford Medallion honorees: John Wayne (1978), Frank Capra (1979), Henry Fonda (1981), Stanley Kramer (1982).
  • John Ford Medallion honorees who showed up to accept the award: Capra (with the award presented by James Stewart) and Kramer.
  • Piper-Heidsieck Tribute to Independent Vision honorees: John Turturro (1992), Denzel Washington (1993), Gena Rowlands (1994), Nicolas Cage (1995), Dianne Wiest (1996), Tim Robbins (1997), Frances McDormand (1998).
  • Piper-Heidsieck honorees who showed up to accept the award: all of them.
  • Number of competition films featuring Frances McDormand: one, “Blood Simple” (1985: it won the dramatic grand jury prize).
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  •                    Ethan, left, and Joel Coen, circa 1985
  • Number of festival films featuring Jay Leno in an acting role: one, “The Silver Bears” (1985).
  • Number of John Sayles films shown in competition: two, “Return of the Secaucus Seven” (1981), “The Brother from Another Planet” (1985).
  • Number of John Sayles films shown outside competition: three, “Enormous Changes at the Last Minute” (1983; co-screenwriter only), “City of Hope” (1991), “The Secret of Roan Inish” (1994).
  • Number of years “Video” was part of the film festival’s title: four (1981-1984).
  • First made-in-Utah competition film: “Promised Land” (1988).
  • Number of competition films about killer clowns: one, “Clownhouse” (1989).
  • Number of competition films starring Brad Pitt: one, “Johnny Suede” (1992).
  • Number of British films chosen as the opening night event in the past six years: five, “Into the West” (1993), “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994), “A Midwinter’s Tale” (1996), “Brassed Off” (1997), “Sliding Doors” (1998).
  • Number of films accepted in the dramatic competition two years in a row: one, “Picture Bride” (which dropped out of the 1994 festival and then was accepted in 1995).
  • Number of alternative festivals that have competed in Park City: two Slamdance (1995-present), Slumdance (1997).