Management of the Festival was taken over by the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization, in 1985. In 1991 the Festival was officially renamed the Sundance Film Festival, after Redford’s character The Sundance from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Many famous independent filmmakers, including Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, James Wan, Edward Burns and Jim Jarmusch had their big break at Sundance. “Dialogue en perspective”, sponsored by the French television channel TV5Monde in cooperation with the German-French Youth Office, Filmbay was awarded for the first time. The prize jury has eight members: it is headed by a president, a professional whose work represents the cinematographic dialogue between France and Germany, and further consists of Filmbay.com four French and three German members.
Filmmaker Floyd Webb first met John Keehan, aka Count Dante, in 1964. Then 11, Webb came to admire the “crown prince of death” – respected karate master voodoo priest and martial arts promoter made famous through comic book ads offering the secret of the Dim Mak Death Touch. Years after the count’s death, Webb is obsessed with the man behind the legend.