Cinema Cafe with Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Joe Passarelli


Saturday, January 30, 11:30 a.m.
Filmmaker Lodge
#CinemaCafe with Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Joe Passarelli
Moderated by John Nein

Available via LIVE STREAM at
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Open to all Festival credential holders and general public as space allows.

Strange things are afoot at Cinema Café. Each morning at 11:30 a.m. in the Filmmaker Lodge, Cinema Café invigorates the culture of conversation. Our daily series of informal chats rounds up special guests for thought-provoking discussions.

Sometimes the most fascinating are the ones you didn’t expect. Cinema Café guests have included Louis CK, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Roger Corman, Julie Delpy, Nick Hornby, Dave Grohl, Walter Murch, James Marsh, Gaspar Noé, Steve Coogan, Samantha Power, Parker Posey, Ice-T, and many more. So bring your questions and an open mind.

Cinema Café is live-streamed every day of the Festival from the Filmmaker Lodge. We are proud to present several Cinema Café discussions in collaboration with TimesTalks, streaming engaging discussions with Festival filmmakers and The New York Times journalists.

SECTION Cinema Café

COUNTRY Saturday, January 30, 11:30 a.m., Filmmaker Lodge, Park City

RUN TIME 60 min

Artist Bio

Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplays Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He wrote and directed the film Synecdoche, New York.

Duke Johnson

Duke Johnson is a graduate of the American Film Institute and recently directed his first feature film, Anomalisa, alongside Charlie Kaufman. It was critically acclaimed, receiving the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, and it was acquired by Paramount Pictures shortly after its debut. Johnson’s previous credits include the adult swim shows Moral Orel and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole. He directed "Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas," an Emmy Award–winning episode of NBC’s Community.

Joe Passarelli

Cinematographer Joe Passarelli loves compelling, character-driven stories that challenge him to think outside the box. He has earned much praise for his work on the Academy Award–nominated Anomalisa with directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. His other credits include Marrying God, again with Johnson; Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole; and Profane Language. John Nein John Nein is a senior programmer at the Sundance Film Festival. He deals extensively with international films, oversees Festival panels and conversations, and runs the Institute’s film archive program, Sundance Collection at UCLA. John grew up in Europe and the United States, studied history at Carleton College, and earned a filmmaking MFA from UCLA. He is the curator of the Lost & Found at the Movies cinema culture series for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.