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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jessica Dimmock & Christopher Lamarca’s Brick


More than any other period in film history, the popularity for the docu-form means we are in its healthiest and perhaps most inundated moment. With various quality levels, an endless amount of fascinating subjects/subject matters and additionally support from several governing docu-friendly institutions means that when the Sundance Institute offers funding and lab access to a given docu title it doesn’t necessarily grant an automatic berth into the festival portion which is fine when there are so many other venues to launch. Despite receiving a 2014 development grant and being selected as part of the 2015 Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab, Brick (not a remake of Rian Johnson’s feature debut) has two things going for it: a culturally curious fascination with the subject in 2015 and a duo with a mad skill-set. A profiled duo in Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 Faces, we were first made aware of Jessica Dimmock‘s excellent cinematography skills in Mark Jackson’s underrated gem debut Without. Teaming with another award-winning fotog in Christopher LaMarca, we think this five person portrait on sexual reassignment will give us tremendous insight into this midlife transformation.

Gist: Brick witnesses the loss and extraordinary risk of five middle-aged and senior war vets, steel foremen, and fathers and grandfathers coming out for the first time as transgender women in the hyper-masculine culture of the Pacific Northwest. Each year, their lives intersect at the annual Esprit Conference for T-girls, a weeklong event enlivening a community broken by isolation and loss.

Production Co./Producers: Jessica Dimmock (Without) & Christopher Lamarca

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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