The Thrum of Thrill-Seeking - A Sundance Festival Sampler

Among the most original selections this year are Michael Almereyda’s “Experimenter,” a conceptually exciting, intellectually searching portrait of the social psychologist Stanley Milgram (a superb Peter Sarsgaard), whose famous 1960s obedience experiments, in which subjects delivered punishing shocks on command, were later condemned. Making the most of an obviously low budget, Mr. Almereyda bridges the past and present with a movie that looks back at the Holocaust and toward Abu Ghraib. Mr. Sarsgaard, occasionally addressing the camera and sometimes accompanied by an elephant that materializes in the room, delivers a forceful yet intimate performance that expresses his character’s sincerity and the sinister undertow of his methods. Sundance could use more movies, like “Experimenter,” that are adventurous in form and thought, not just in subject.

Jessica Toscano

Jessica is an LA based art director and producer who has worked for a variety of clients ranging from Dunkin Donuts to Marvel. With a background in dance, photography, and design, Jess brings a colorful yet minimalist approach to all her projects.

Her most recent producing work includes the anticipated feature documentary, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead directed by Justin Krook, making it's world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. And two brand new web series in collaboration with the directing duo 2FridasGrowing Up Derby a coming of age series that follows the life of a Los Angeles youth roller derby team; the LA Junior Derby Dolls; and Inspiring Women Series, a series giving you glimpse into the lives and minds of women who have found happiness and success by being their authentic selves and following their hearts.