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Sundance Docs Pt.3 – Big Boys Gone Bananas, Searching for Sugar Man, and Chasing Ice on BYOD 8

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Episode Synopsis

Vlad and Ondi’s Sundance festival adventure continues with interviews with some of the most celebrated artists from this year’s festival.

First we speak with Swedish director Fredrik Gertten, whose film “Big Boys Gone Bananas” was sued by Dole fruit for defamation. The difficulties of being a muckraker are clearly illuminated by Fredrick and his friend, Morgan Spurlock, who drops by for an impromptu endorsement.

Then we talk with Malik Bendjelloul, the director of the highly anticipated “Searching for Sugar Man.” Malik shares his infectious enthusiasm with us and clearly regards the project as a labor of love that has managed to re-expose one of the great (nearly)over-looked musicians of the last 40 years, Rodriguez.

John Cooper, the festival’s director, managed to swing by and talk with Ondi and Vlad for a bit of insight on the process of orchestrating and navigating the festival, and even shared some of his own personal favorites from this year’s crop.

Finally, “Chasing Ice” film makers Jeff Orlowski and James Balog open up to BYOD about the intense undertaking that went into creating the year’s most talked about climate film. Far from being a lecture-type piece, “Chasing Ice” is a work that is as beautiful as it is informative.

Guest Bio

Fredrik Gertten has been making a distinctive name for himself as a journalist and film maker. Having been involved in “The Corporation,” and now “Big Boys Gone Bananas,” he’s solidified his position as a muckraker of the first order.

James Balog is one of the preeminent nature photographers alive. His involvement in the Extreme Ice Survey has been pioneering in both it’s technological advances and sheer scope of vision. His life’s work was completely integral to telling the story of “Chasing Ice.”

Jeff Orlowski got involved with telling the story of “Chasing Ice,” and Extreme Ice Survey after directing short films. Needless to say, his work has been, as of late, drawing a lot of heat.

First-time director Malik Bendjelloul, set his sights on telling the story, “Searching for Sugar Man,” inspired by his own passion for music. A former actor, Bendjelloul has moved his focus behind the lens.

John Cooper has been active in the Sundance Film Festival for over 20 years and has also been program director for the Los Angeles Outfest. Since 2009 he has been the director of the festival.

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