Family Portrait in Black and White had its World Premiere on January 23rd, 2010 in the sunny Park City, Utah. The Festival was amazing and thanks to Telefilm’s new film festival marketing program Julia Ivanova (aka the Director) and Boris Ivanov (aka the Producer) were able to attend. The highlights of the festival were a). All the cool, happening filmmakers in attendance; b). Julia meeting Robert Redford and feeling inspired by his speech; c) Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O’Donnell putting their star power behind documentary films on OWN; d) Two audience members feeling inspired to create a scholarship for Kiril (hope they follow through).
The only negative to mention is HBO hiring someone to promote Reagan and Bobby Fischer by plastering over other people’s posters on the hour, every hour. That was unnecessary and mean.
The programming team at Sundance is an amazingly friendly group of people. We hope in the future we’ll be able to make as good of a film as Family Portrait in Black and White to come to Sundance again.