Sundance Film Fest 1985

At the 1985 Sundance Film Festival, ten directors presented their works in the Dramatic Competition.

Group Profile

Of the ten, only one was a woman, Nell Cox, and only one African-American, Bill Duke.

The age of the directors varied from early 20s (Adam Brooks) to early 40s (Victor Nunez). About half of the directors were graduates of film school, several of NYU.

Most of the films were feature directorial debuts, such as Joel Coen's “Blood Simple” or Jim Jarmusch's “Stranger Than Paradise,” which had actually premiered at the Cannes Film Fest in 1984, where it won the Camera d'Or.

Directors from A to Z

Brooks, Adam: Almost You
Coen, Joel: Blood Simple
Cox, Nell: The Roommate
Duke, William: The Killing Floor
Jarmusch, Jim: Stranger Than Paradise
Keller, Frederick: Vamping
King, Rick: Hard Choices
Nunez, Victor: A Flash of Green
Roth, Bobby: Heartbreakers
Van Dusen, Bruce: Cold Feet