Once upon a time, film festivals were created with the intent of generating awareness, support and even distribution for independent films that didn’t have the backing of a large studio or a notable cast to push the film to mainstream audiences. But the tide has shifted in today’s time, as the festival circuit has become a popular new means of publicity for A-list movies. Festivals have become a coming out party of sorts, with a lot of star-studded film premieres entering with U.S. distribution already lined up and a theatrical release already in the works.
But surprisingly, this year marks a change, as the entire Sundance ’12 lineup of celeb-filled premieres has been announced to be seeking distributors. Big name films are the #1 draw for distributors, so the chances are high that the following lineup will be picked up and headed soon to a theater near you anyway.
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. (107 mins.)
Lay the Favorite
Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip. (94 mins.)
Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school. (87 mins.)
A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. (102 mins.)
Why Stop Now?
When a college piano prodigy tries to check his mother into rehab, he is taken hostage by her drug dealer and swept along on a wild adventure. (85 mins.)
Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away. (114 mins.)
Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival. (83 mins.)
Celeste & Jesse Forever
A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. (92 mins.)
When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them. (97 mins.)
A Silver Lake family's relaxed dynamic is tested after they take in a young artist so she can complete her art film. (83 mins.)