Back in 2002, filmmaker Ken Costanza submitted a film titled Above the Sunrise and an entry fee to Sundance and received a rejection letter within a week.
Confused as to why his 1950s-themed, black and white love story made for $761 was rejected, Costanza called the Sundance people repeatedly and came to the conclusion the film was never viewed.
He fumes, How can Robert Redford feel like hes helping independent filmmakers?
Though the selection committee couldnt specify who screened his film, he points out, They didnt have any problem depositing my check in their bank account.
He speculates Sundance pulls in millions thanks to all those entry fees ranging from $35 to $100, making this non-profit film festival profitable for people like Redford.
Even though Costanza calls Sundance a joke, hes hoping to get his newest movie, The Bombers a 1950s black and white drag racing film in this years festival.
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