Sundance 2012 Portraits


[Ed note: Yes, we're well aware Sundance was over a month ago. An evil goblin demon from hell has been haunting our blogging platform for weeks, preventing us from posting this gallery. It's been the worst! We finally excised it once and for all last night and Henny Garfunkel's awesome Sundance Portraits are finally here. Better late than never. Our apologies to Henny.]

Photographer Henny Garfunkel recently marked her 18th year shooting celebrity portraits at the Sundance Film Festival. The self-described 'festival hag' has watched Sundance balloon over the past few years, with more screenings, parties and celebrity turn-out than before. This year felt particularly dizzying. "My pictures don't even show all of the madness that's around me," she says. "I can't believe I'm able to take one good photo while I'm there." Garfunkel often only has a few minutes at hectic festivals like Sundance, she says, "to try to connect with someone, while their publicists are telling me to hurry up. It's like a big, huge press day every day and I just have to do the best I can."

Judging from the photos above, we'd say Garfunkel did great. Below, we've included some of her anecdotes about her subjects as well as Nicolas Jenkins' behind-the-scenes videos at Garfunkel's shoots.

Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana: They were there promoting the Words. He was very tall. Lots of actors are quite small, so it was surprising. I think I may have commented on how tall he was, and he split his legs wide apart to became more level with my height. I like that photo. He told me he lives in Philadelphia part of the time. Zoe Saldana was also in the same film -- I didn't realize they were a couple -- along with Ben Barnes and Dennis Quaid. She told me she loved my look.

Parker Posey: We were both freezing. She had hand-warmers on and didn't want to take her coat off while I was taking her photo but eventually did.

Beasts of the Southern Wild stars Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry: Quvenzhané Wallis is 8 and is the biggest find of the century. The day I photographed her she was wearing a shirt that said "Super Girl."

Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones: They were both so friendly and we joked about just picking up and going to India and getting out of this business. They were the second group I photographed at the festival -- the first were Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Oh my god, we really had fun together. So funny.

Marina Abramovic -- She was a trip and was dressed very fashionably. 

Alia Shawkat -- She was there for That's What She Said. Alia has such a great face. I love shooting her and she's just so nice.

Mark Duplass -- He's great and I've photographed him and his brother Jay at other festivals. They're so much fun and goof around. Mark's wife, Katie Aselton, was there promoting Black Rock, which she directed. She's also pregnant with their second child.

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis: They were there promoting West of Memphis, a documentary about the West Memphis Three and their release from prison last year. Damien had lots of great tattoos and he allowed me to investigate them. I even had him roll back his sleeve to reveal more. Lorri and Damien seemed really happy together. 
Ben Lewin, director of The Surrogate -- He's a polio survivor and uses crutches. The Surrogate is about a man (played by John Hawkes) who's a polio victim and spends most of his life in an iron lung. He hires a woman, played by Helen Hunt, to lose his virginity. I went in really close to Ben with my camera and at the end of our shoot I asked him to stand up on his crutches. I liked that he was open to that. 

Neil Young
and Jonathan Demme: I was at a party they were at and set up a light in the corner. It was sort of like doing a photo shoot but instead of the privacy of a room we were at this party. I just blocked out  everything in the background rand it we did it really fast. Afterward, I couldn't believe that all of these people had been standing around watching.

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Photographed at the AXE Hair Media Lounge, the Bing Bar, the Marriot Hotels, and the Adidas space.

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