Institute History

  • 2009 Sundance Film Festival


Film before food. Truly independent films are made from the gut. Just feed filmmakers, and they are inspired to work. The Lunchfilms concept is basic: a filmmaker is taken out to lunch; in trade, he or she makes a short film for the cost o the lunch. Rules and inspirations are written out on a napkin contract. At times poetically real and other times languidly artistic, the resulting Lunchfilms offer a variety of stunning tastes.

Filmmakers featured in this edition include Tom Barndt (Offshore Bank, $43.19, 4 mins), Richard Bott (aka Anonymous)(untitled, $14.80, 1 min), Martha Colburn (Myth Labs, $36.66, 8 mins), Sean Conway (Sloe Gin Nights, $24.00, 2 mins), David Fenster and David Nordstrom (The Call, $43.43, 10 mins), Jim Finn (Great Man and Cinema, $25.45, 3 mins), Mike Gibisser (Springtime Wound Motor, $22.07, 6 mins), Bobcat Goldthwait (Goldthwait Family Home Movies (Anniversary Edition), $26.79, 8 mins), Brent Green (Weird Carolers, $43.05, 4 mins), Sam Green (Clear Glasses, $20.28, 4 mins), Braden King (Home Movie, $35.00, 14 mins), George Kuchar (Celluloid Cavalcade, $31.15, 19 mins), Lee Lynch and Naomi Uman (Tin Woodman's Home Movie #2, $41.32, 5 mins), Jake Mahaffy (Motion Studies 13: The Wax Supper, $69.80, 3 mins), Nicholas McCarthy (Chinese Box, $29.51, 10 mins), Sarah Soquel Morhaim (All Day All Night, $48.96, 3 mins), Nicolas Provost (A Dyslexic Man Walks Into a Bra, $29.76, 3 mins), Ricardo Rivera (Tung, $36.59, 1 min), Ben Russell (Trypps #6 (Malobi), $36.07, 11 mins), Kelly Sears (Jean, $35.44, 3 mins), and Jennifer Shainin and Randy Walker (Whiskey Preist, $27.73, 3 mins).

Archives note: See also the 2007 Lunchfilm collection.

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]