Part Four: Online Exclusive Interview with Director of Sundance John Cooper

This week, we have been publishing excerpts from our interview with John Cooper, the director of the Sundance Film Festival. Just weeks after the festival ended, Cooper sat down with Haute Living to reflect on the success of his first go-round as director. His answers led to Haute Living Los Angeles naming Sundance as the “Hautest Film Festival” in our Premiere Hollywood Power Player Awards. If you haven’t read parts one, two, and three, be sure to check them out. In the final part of the interview, John and I discuss the financial success of Precious, which debuted at the Sundance Festival in 2009 (under the title Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire). The film won top honors at the festival, and was recipient of the Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic, the Audience Award presented by Honda: U.S. Dramatic, and A Special Jury Prize for Acting. It went on to be a commercial hit, even earning its star Mo’Nique an Oscar. John reflected on the likelihood of that happening for the 2010 winner of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic—Winter’s Bone. Read the conclusion to our interview after the jump.