2017 Sundance Film Festival Day 6: Hologram Jon Hamm Wins Award; Amazon Scores Jenny Slate’s ’90s Flashback

January 26, 2017 by SundanceTV

Day 6 at Sundance offered all sorts of oddities, with a film featuring a hologram of Mad Men star Jon Hamm winning a prestigious award and news that the gruesome horror anthology Kuso caused audiences to flee the theater en masse.

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Variety calls Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower “a rare protest documentary that’s genuinely exciting as well as inspiring.”

• Marjorie Prime, Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi film starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith, has been awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Feature Film Prize. The award is given to films with a focus on science and technology.

• The Verge dubbed the horror film Kuso (NSFW trailer in link), which caused walkouts during its Sundance screening, “the grossest movie ever made.”

• Attendees of the festival got to hang out with a hologram version of Jon Hamm as part of the promotion for Marjorie Prime. Virtual reality company 8i created the “HoloHamm.”

• Deadline reports that Amazon has scored the U.S. rights to Landline, a ’90s-set tale about two sisters who discover their dad’s affair, for $3 million. The film, which reunites Jenny Slate with her Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre, also stars John Turturro, Edie Falco and Jay Duplass.

• Director of photography Alice Gu talked to Filmmaker Magazine about capturing the “grandeur” of surfer Laird Hamilton in the documentary Take Every Wave.

• FilmRise has acquired North American rights to Dayveon, a coming-of-age drama set in Little Rock, Ark. about a 13-year-old boy who gets mixed up in gang violence.

 ScreenCrush reviews the documentary 78/52, an in-depth look at the infamous shower scene from Psycho.

Stay up to date with news from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Read the roundups from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5.