3-time Sundance alum, Spirit Award nominated writer/director and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 Independent Filmmakers to Watch, Adam Bhala Lough has dedicated his career to telling compelling stories, collaborating with interesting people and creating authentic work. Moving comfortably between Narrative and Documentary, Adam's films sit at the nexus of mainstream culture and the arthouse. He specializes in crafting real performances out of non-performers, artists, musicians, professional athletes and celebrities, while bringing Academy Award winning actors to the table as well. His 5 features have entered the most prestigious international film festivals - Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Edinburgh, Karlovy Vary, Stockholm, Melbourne, Cairo - to name a few. Adam is also a mentor in the Sundance Institute's Native Film lab and was given the Congressional Award for voluntary public service.
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"Cinematographers who come to our screenings ask us if it’s a dolly and we’re like, no, that’s actually a dude on a skateboard for those moving shots" - director Adam Bhala Lough on his gravity-defying doc on skateboarders The Motivation. Full interview here.
The Sundance Institute has been an integral part of my life for 10 years now, from when I was a fellow at the young age of 25 to now as I serve on the Diversity Committee and am a mentor in the Native lab, helping Native American and Indigenous filmmakers realize their dreams. From the beginning the Institute gave me the confidence I needed to simply keep going, and now they still support me in many ways. I’ve always felt they had my back and wanted to see me succeed and tell challenging stories when no one else did. If you are an artist or filmmaker, young or old, please reblog this video to give people an deeper idea of what this organization does for underrepresented voices in cinema, across the world and consider donating.
The Carter was definitely really interesting to watch. I went in knowing ehhhhhh little to nothing about Lil Wayne. I didn’t even know he was from New Orleans, which is where I’m from, if that tells you anything.
But yeah, I think Lil Wayne might be sort of crazy. Which is perfect for a documentary. It’s just so crazy to see what’s in a normal day for someone as famous as he is.…