Sundance Institute Archives

Since 1981, Sundance Institute has supported thousands of independent film and theatre artists with its artist development programs and its annual Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute Archives is dedicated to preserving and facilitating access to the work of these independent film and theatre artists and the material that documents their artistic processes in the creation of this work. Learn more or donate.

Christopher Nolan’s Memento premiered nearly 15 years ago during the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, introducing us to Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man driven by the relentless desire to revenge his wife’s brutal murder while a rare, untreatable form of memory loss hinders his path.  Using this motif, Nolan developed an elaborate and masterful nonlinear unspooling of clues that challenge the viewers’ expectations.  The audience knows only what Leonard can piece together from various photographs, charts, notes, and tattoos, which serve as his memory. 

If you haven’t seen Memento, check it out on Netflix, or better yet, see it in April as part of this year’s ‘From the Collection’ screenings at Sundance London.

Read more about the film and see even more gifs here.

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    Perfect movie…
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    Highly recommend this movie, one of my favorites
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