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Summer of Soul, a documentary about what’s often referred to as the Black Woodstock, and a feature about a hearing daughter in a deaf family took home top honors at the Sundance Film Festival’s first virtual edition. In the nonfiction category, both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award went to Summer of Soul, a gripping montage of never-before-seen concert footage and history lesson by first-time filmmaker Ahmir Thompson, also known as Questlove. In the dramatic features category, both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award went to Coda, an acronym for “child of deaf adults.” Sian Heder wrote and directed the inspiring tale, which stars Emilia Jones as a young adult who serves as an interpreter for her blue-collar family in Gloucester, MA. Heder also won the directing award for American features, while the film won a special honor for its acting ensemble.
A Toyota dealership in Silicon Valley is redeveloping its parking lot into an 88-unit apartment building—a growing trend in expensive housing markets. “The single-story model of a showroom, a service department, and display lot is becoming cost-prohibitive, even for some of the best brands in America,” says Adam Simms, owner of Price Simms Auto Group in Sunnyvale. “So it forces us to think about how we maintain a presence in these expensive markets where there’s a lot of car business to be had and still make the economics work at the dealership level.” That doesn’t mean the dealership is going away, just optimizing its space. The design firm leading the project, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, says the mixed-use model is starting to take hold. “A lot of the old retail sites, basically they’re just old. And they’re being replaced, whether by other buildings or by the internet,” says director of design John Thatch. “So that’s a big area that excites me. We take these spaces that are parking lots and we create mixed-use projects and we bring people in and make this world more walkable.”
Tesla has agreed to recall 134,951 Model S and Model X vehicles after a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) citing faulty touchscreen displays that may increase the risk of fatal crashes. Among the safety issues specified was the loss of rearview or backup camera images, exterior turn-signal lighting, and windshield defogging and defrosting systems that “may decrease the driver’s visibility in inclement weather.” Tesla agreed to the voluntary recall and acknowledged the problem, but pointed to manual solutions in cases of emergency: “The driver can perform a shoulder check and use the mirrors. If the screen is not visible to control the climate control and defroster settings, the driver will be able to manually clear the windshield.” The company says 88 percent of U.S. owners have gotten over-the-air updates to some functionalities that may be lost if displays fail.