1991 Sundance Film Festival

The 1991 Sundance Film Festival proved as eclectic and exciting as ever. In addition to the highly anticipated Competition films, the festival offered something for everyone. In 1991, Sundance presented retrospectives of some truly great filmmakers, including Michael Powell (A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, GONE TO EARTH) of the legendary British Powell and Pressburger directing team. Powell died in 1991. Also saluted was the great maverick American director Robert Altman (MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER, NASHVILLE, TANNER '88) whose subsequent films like THE PLAYER and READY TO WEAR earned him more commercial prominence. Also featured in 1991 was a special section of Japanese Cinema, films from Latin America, and a special section devoted to the history of character animation. Some notable discoveries from this year: THE GRIFTERS, CITY OF HOPE, POISON, SLACKER, STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN, AMERICAN DREAM and PARIS IS BURNING.

  • Awards
  • Credits
  • Panels
  • Projects

American Dream

Audience Award: Documentary

One Cup of Coffee

Audience Award: Dramatic

Daughters of the Dust

Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic

Christo in Paris

Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary

American Dream

Filmmaker Trophy Documentary


Filmmaker Trophy Dramatic

American Dream

Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Paris is Burning

Grand Jury Prize: Documentary


Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

Straight Out of Brooklyn

Special Jury Recognition

Hangin' with the Homeboys

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award


Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

St. Clair Bourne

Documentary Competition Juror

Jill Godmilow

Documentary Competition Juror

Marcel Ophul

Documentary Competition Juror

Amy Taubin

Documentary Competition Juror

Karen Durbin

Dramatic Competition Juror

Heather Johnston

Dramatic Competition Juror

Gus Van Sant

Dramatic Competition Juror

Catherine Wyler

Dramatic Competition Juror

Geoffrey Gilmore

Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival

Laurence Kardish

Competition Selection Advisory Committee Member

Billy Woodbury

Competition Selection Advisory Committee Member

Karen Arikian

Competition Selection Advisory Committee Member

Lawrence Smith

Competition Selection Advisory Committee Member

Robert Hawk

Competition Selection Advisory Committee Member

John Cooper

Programmer, Short Film, Sundance Film Festival

Alberto Garcia

Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

John Cooper

Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

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A Little Stiff

A Matter of Life and Death

Absolutely Positive

After the Storm (Despues de la Tormenta)

Afternoon Breezes


All the Vermeers in New York

Amazonia: Voices from the Rain Forest

American Dream



Belle De Jour

Bicycle Sighs

Blood in the Face

Broken Angel

Broken Meat


Christo in Paris

City of Hope

Come back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Coney Island

Cool Water

Daughters of the Dust

Dimwit’s Day

Dr. Petiot

End of the Night

Enid is Sleeping

Fallen from Heaven (Caidos Del Cielo)

Glycerine Tears

Gone to Earth

Hangin' with the Homeboys

Heart of the Deal

Hello Mary

House without a Home

In the Shadow of the Stars: The Lives of Singers

Intimacy (Intimidad)

Iron Maze

Island of Flowers

J.S. Bach Fantasy in C Minor


Kitchen Sink

Lava, Jr.


Little Feet

Little Noises


Margarit and Margarita

Maria’s Story

McCabe and Mrs. Miller



Missing Parents

Naked Tango


New Jack City


Nut Feed


Old Shatterhand Has Come To See Us

Once Around

Once in a Blue Moon

One Cup of Coffee

Over the Threshold

Paradise View

Paris is Burning


Peering from the Moon

Pictures of the Old World


Pool of Thanatos


Post No Bills

Prison Stories: Women on the Inside : Part 1 - Esperanza, Part 2 - New Chicks, Part 3 - Parole Board.


Prophets and Loss


Queen of Diamonds


Red Dawn (Rojo Amanecer)

Requiem for Dominic

Sea of Oil

Secondary Roles (Papeles Secundarios)

Short of Breath


Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions

Step Off a Ten-foot Platform with your Clothes on

Straight Out of Brooklyn

Sure Fire

Swan Lake - The Zone


Tanner ‘88


Thank You and Good Night

That Burning Question

The Day Dorival Faced the Guard

The Enchantment

The Flat

The Golden Boat

The Grifters

The History of Character Animation 1930 - 1990

The Juniper Tree

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Mass

The Most Important Thing in Life

The New Morning of Billy the Kid

The Passion of Martin

The Restless Conscience

The Tales of Hoffmann

The Talking Rain

The Thief of Baghdad

Three Women

To Sleep, So As To Dream

Transparent Woman (Mujer Transparente)

Trouble Behind

Truly, Madly, Deeply



Uminchu: The Old Man and the East China Sea

Untama Giru

Vincent and Theo

Visions of Marie

Walls in the Woods

Waltz in Old Havana

White Lies (Mentiras Piadosas)


Winged Headhunter


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