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2014 Sundance Film Festival: Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s Land Ho!

Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz might have made a strong case for working in twos: as a tandem in both the directing and screenwriting departments and by working with a pair of co-leads. In Land Ho! (Sony Pictures Classics – 07.11), This Is Martin Bonner‘s Paul Eenhoorn (Trading Card Series Profile #14) and Earl Lynn Nelson (Trading Card Series Profile #7) initially come across as a contrasting pair of retirement-aged misfits deeply set in their ways, but a little road-tripping exploration of the earth and parallel exploration of self in a volcanic setting demonstrates that the dynamics of this bromance are in continual flux. It was at a rowdy post world premiere screening Q&A at Park City’s Library Centre where the Stephens/Katz, Eenhoorn/Nelson and crew fielded questions about the directing style, film pop culture references and the unique scape. Here’s our video footage: 

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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