Author Events During Sundance 2016

The Sundance Film Festival takes place this year from January 21st – 31st, 2016!

Dolly’s is thrilled to announce our author events
during this year’s fest:



Martin J. Smith Author Event: The Wild Duck Chase: Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest
Sunday, January 24th | 12:00 – 1:00 PM51AjZhdzmbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

The book that inspired the Slamdance 2016 documentary Million Dollar Duck about the artistic characters who enter the annual Federal Duck Stamp Competition — the only juried, art competition run by the U.S. government. This book explores the eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the continued existence of this successful conservation program.

Jack Truman Author Event:  No Budget Filmmaking
Sunday, January 24th | 4:00 – 5:00 PM


Dolly’s welcomes back Jack Truman with his informative, alternative, out-of-the-box reference book for the film industry, No Budget Filmmaking, which covers a wide range of tips and tools: from proven filmmaking techniques, valuable industry resources, and more, this book guides the aspiring filmmaker from concept to distribution on the film festival circuit, and beyond. A must-have resource for anyone who needs help with making a low budget film on their own, No Budget Filmmaking is a breakthrough book for the next generation of filmmakers.

Adam Leipzig Author Event: Filmmaking in ActionInside Track for Independent Filmmakers
Sunday, January 24th | 5:15 – 6:15 PM

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Dolly’s welcomes author Adam Leipzig with his new book, Filmmaking in Action, a one-stop resource. With storytelling and collaboration as core principles, industry insiders Leipzig (former President of National Geographic Films), and Barry Weiss (former head of animation at Sony Pictures), with Michael Goldman (prominent journalist and industry expert), guide students and filmmakers through the skills and the craft of video and filmmaking. With unparalleled access to the industry’s most accomplished and insightful professionals, budding filmmakers will learn techniques from the very best.

Leipzig also seeks to empower independent filmmakers in turning the tables on Hollywood — and get their movies made and seen. Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers is your roadmap to getting your movie made, seen, and distributed. With 11 Inside Tracks and 99 step-by-step tips, you’ll discover insider secrets, proven methods, and time-saving shortcuts – everything you need to approach financiers, actors, agents, and distributors like a savvy professional.

Peter Baxter, co-founder and president of the Slamdance Film Festival will be joining this event as a special guest!

Jeffery M. Leving Author Event: How to Be a Good Divorced Dad
Sunday, January 24th | 6:30 – 7:30 PM


Attorney Leving’s latest book How to Be a Good Divorced Dad has received praise from President Barack Obama and was endorsed by Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He previously authored Fathers’ Rights and Divorce Wars. He has spent his life making significant strides supporting paternal involvement.

The country’s leading authority on fathers’ rights Jeffery M. Leving presents a definitive how-to resource for divorced dads of any age, background, and marriage history. Leving offers targeted guidance and suggests techniques for staying connected with children and dealing with ex-wives—and in some cases a new girlfriend or the wife’s new boyfriend—during the divorce and afterwards. This upbeat book offers good news for divorced dads and counters many of the myths that paint divorcing fathers as alienated, irresponsible, or absent.



Ron Suskind Author Event: Life Animated
Monday, January 25th | 3:00 – 4:30 PM


Dolly’s is honored to welcome Pulitzer Prize winning author, Ron Suskind with his latest, Life Animated. Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy?A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

Harris Tulchin Author Event: The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook
Monday, January 25th | 7:30 – 8:30 PM

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Dolly’s welcomes back Harris Tulchin with his expert knowledge! In this comprehensive guidebook, three experienced entertainment lawyers tell you everything you need to know to produce and market an independent film-from the development process to deal making, financing, setting up the production, hiring directors and actors, securing location rights, acquiring music, calculating profits, digital moving making, distribution, and marketing your movie. This all-new third edition has been completed updated.



William Squire Author Event: The Model’s Workbook: A Hollywood Agents Step Guide to Launching Your Career!
Tuesday, January 26th | 2:00 – 3:00 PM


Dolly’s welcomes back author and modeling coach William Squire for Sundance 2016! Learn how to get an agent and have the ‘perfect’ interview, what casting agents are looking for and how to book more auditions and jobs, the business savvy you need to sustain a successful career, how anyone at any age, with any body type and at any height can have a work in the world of fashion, and tips from an industry insider that will set you in motion to realize your dreams!

Madeleine P. Plonsker Book Event: The Light in Cuban Eyes 
Tuesday, January 26th | 5:00 – 6:00 PM

cuban eyes

Dolly’s is thrilled to welcome art collector and philanthropist Madeleine P. Plonsker for an event during this year’s film festival. Plonsker began traveling to Cuba in 2002, to uncover Havana’s thriving art scene. The Light in Cuban Eyes: Lake Forest College’s Madeleine P. Plonsker Collection of Contemporary Cuban Photography focuses on Cuban photography between 1992-2012. These years cover Cuba’s “Special Period,” a desperate time resulting from the withdrawal of financial support from the former Soviet Union that continues to present day.

The 50 artists who comprise this bilingual book—including Juan Carlos Alom, Adrián Fernández Milanés, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Cirenaica Moreira, and Glenda León—shoot their worlds in styles ranging from fabulist to gritty. This is world-class work, yet the artists are often known only to the small population of collectors fortunate enough to have traveled to this tightly restricted country, or through art world reputations that have only recently started to expand beyond the island.



Brad Gooch Author Event: Smash Cut
Wednesday, January 27th | 5:00 – 6:00 PM

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Dolly’s is pleased to welcome author Brad Gooch, who arrived in New York in the 1970s, eager for artistic and personal freedom. Smash Cut is his bold and intimate memoir of this exhilarating time and place, complete with its cast of wild bohemians, celebrities, and budding artists, such as Robert Mapplethorpe, William Burroughs, and Madonna. At its center is his love affair with film director Howard Brookner, recreated from fragments of memory and a crosshatch of conflicting emotions, from innocent romance to bleak despair.

Gooch and Brookner’s intense relationship is challenged by sex and drugs, and by a culture of extreme experimentation. As both men try to reconcile love and fidelity with the irresistible desire to sample the legendary abandon of the era, they live together and apart. Gooch works briefly as a model in Milan, then returns to the city and discovers his vocation as a writer.

Brookner falls ill with a mysterious virus that soon has a terrifying name: AIDS. And the story, and life in the city, is suddenly overshadowed by this new plague that will ravage a generation and transform the creative world. Gooch charts the progress of Brookner through his illness, and writes unforgettably about endings: of a great talent, a passionate love affair, and an incandescent era.

Beautifully written, full of rich detail and poignant reflection, recalling a city and particular period and group of friends with affection and clarity, Smash Cut is an extraordinary memoir and an exquisite unflinching account of an epoch.



Harris Tulchin Author Event: The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook
Thursday, January 28th | 7:30 – 8:30 PM

See details on Tulchin’s earlier event (Monday, January 25th).



Amy Goodman Author Event: The Silenced Majority
Friday, January 29th | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Dolly’s is thrilled to welcome back Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Celebrating her daily, independent, global TV/radio news hour and to discuss her latest book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope. A book signing will immediately follow the talk.

More on Amy Goodman: American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman’s investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement andChevron Corporation’s role in Nigeria. Since 1996, Goodman has hosted Democracy Now!, an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and the Internet. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Thomas Merton Award in 2004, a Right Livelihood Award in 2008, and an Izzy Award in 2009 for “special achievement in independent media”. In 2012, Goodman received the Gandhi Peace Award for a “significant contribution to the promotion of an enduring international peace”. Goodman is the author of five books, including the 2012 The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.


Local Author Zach Matheson: Porndance
Friday, January 29th | 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Park City-based author Zack Matheson’s new crime fiction comedy “Porndance” is his follow up to his first book, “Island of the Lost Souls,” and the action takes place in Park City and Kamas during the Sundance Film Festival.

zack sombrero“Porndance” is a comedy/mystery set during the festivities of the Sundance Film Festival. Daniel Quinn leaves Tucson for Park City, Utah, after a slightly mysterious and extremely wealthy woman offers him a too-good-to-be-true dream job of being the chef at an upscale restaurant opening soon on Park City’s famed Main Street. In the meantime, Daniel takes a job at another restaurant, starts a new rock band, and hangs out with the quirky locals. Daniel’s new best friend is a rabble-rouser artist named Jimmy Carnes who is disgusted by how the Sundance Film Festival is no longer about the celebration of film, having morphed into a giant party for big ego celebrities and rich people who take themselves too seriously. In response, Jimmy creates Porndance, a film festival for lowbrow porno films. Park City’s newspaper begins receiving letters from someone called Movie Lover who believes that the documentaries that are a large portion of the films shown at Sundance are responsible for the slow death of big budget Hollywood movies. Movie Lover demands that documentaries be removed from the film festival, or he will start killing the directors of especially pretentious documentaries being shown at the festival. As documentary filmmakers begin turning up dead in a variety of gruesome ways that are connected to Julia Roberts movies, Officer Lincoln Coulter must catch the killer and restore order to the normally peaceful town of Park City, and Daniel begins to realize that Movie Lover might be someone he knows.

 All events are free and open to the public! 

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