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Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ Takes Top Documentary Prizes at Sundance

“Summer of Soul” took both the audience prize & grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary section.

CODA has won the top award at the Sundance Film Festival, taking this year’s U.S. Grand Jury prize, while Questlove’s Summer of Soul won both the audience and grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary section.

CODA, which made headlines earlier in the fest for its record-breaking $25 million sale to Apple, took the dramatic audience award with Sian Heder taking the directing award for U.S. dramatic competition. “I hope that this opened the door to people getting that audiences want to see these kinds of stories,” said Heder of the title, which centers on a hearing teenage girl that is a child of deaf adults. “I hope that this means that more stories that center on deaf characters and characters with disability get put front and center.”

“I really wish there

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‘CODA,’ ‘Summer of Soul’ Win Top Jury and Audience Awards at Sundance Film Festival



a person standing in front of a crowd: CODA Summer of Soul


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CODA Summer of Soul

The narrative feature “CODA” and the documentary “Summer of Soul” swept the top categories at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prizes and also taking the audience awards in the U.S. dramatic and documentary competitions.

“CODA,” director Sian Heder’s coming-of-age story in which Emilia Jones plays the only hearing member of a deaf family, also won an award for its ensemble, many of them deaf actors who performed in ASL. Its wins come three days after the film set a record for the largest sale in Sundance history, a $25 million deal with Apple.

“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” which like “CODA” screened on the festival’s opening night, is a documentary by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson built around long-unseen concert footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a six-weekend event that first-time director Questlove uses

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Chihuly: Creating in the Glass Bubble | Top News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Leslie Chihuly, the wife and business driver behind glass artist Dale Chihuly, believes these are fighting times, especially for artists.

“If we don’t have our paintings and art and music and culture and civility, then what do we have?” said the president and chief executive of Chihuly, Inc, who chaired the board of the Seattle Symphony for nine years until 2018.

“What art does is create that thin veneer that separates us from our more base instincts. Without it, I don’t like how life looks.”

Chihuly, 59, had a chat with Reuters about her personal, professional and philanthropic choices.

Edited excerpts are below.

Q. What did your first job teach you?

A. My first job was probably when I around 14 or 15. I worked in a small boutique store on the Main Street in my hometown (Guymon, Oklahoma), and it was called The Vogue.

I

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