2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: LOVE, ANTOSHA

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Anton Yelchin

LOVE, ANTOSHA
Garret Price presents a heartfelt portrait of the late Anton Yelchin.

Festival Section:
Documentary Premieres

Sundance Program Description:

Prolific young actor Anton Yelchin was wise beyond his years and influenced everyone around him to strive for more. LOVE, ANTOSHA tells the story of Yelchin’s creative persistence. His devoted Russian parents nurtured his love of acting, exposing him to works of the masters. Filming himself became a tool for his transformation; reflecting on his own performance, he pushed himself to find depth in every role. Often the youngest actor on set, Yelchin’s intense focus inspired many actors around him – Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pine, and John Cho share revealing insights into his character. Though he kept it a secret, Yelchin lived with a dangerous health condition, but he never became discouraged. As he grew into his craft, he continually enriched his understanding of the world, embodying an incredible authenticity.

As a vivid part of the Sundance Film Festival community, Yelchin premiered in numerous independent features at the Festival: ALPHA DOG (2006), LIKE CRAZY (Grand Jury Prize in 2011), and THOROUGHBREDS (2017). Filmmaker Garret Price crafts a heartwarming and profound coming-of-age story of a singular young artist taken from us too early.

Some Background:
Director/Editor:

  • Garret Price

    Price makes his directorial debut with this project. He has a background as an editor, most recently cutting the TV series NASHVILLE.

Producers:

  • Adam Gibbs
    Past Sundance docs:

    FINDERS KEEPERS (2015)

    Gibbs previously worked with Yelchin as the producer of the fiction film WE DON’T BELONG HERE.

  • Drake Doremus

    Doremus premiered several of his past fiction projects at Sundance, including NEWNESS, DOUCHEBAG, BREATHE IN, and LIKE CRAZY, the latter starring Yelchin.

Co-Producer:

  • Jordan Krause

    This marks the first Sundance credit for Krause.

Associate Producers:

  • Ziyang “Lucia” Wang and Adam “Chip” Hamilton

    This is also the first Sundance credit for both Wang, who has a background editing, and Hamilton, who has a background as a production assistant, including for some of Yelchin’s past projects.

Why You Should Watch:
Blessed with an extensive archive of personal films and family videos, Price captures the soulful Yelchin’s development from child actor to accomplished performer in this affecting tribute.

More Info:
Sundance’s Meet the Artist Profile

For Sundance screening dates and times, click the film title in the first paragraph.

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