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Sundance 2014. Competition Lineup

5 December 2013 4:40 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled its 2014 Competition lineup, made up of several categories. The 30th edition of the event will take place between January 16th-26th in the new year.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Camp X-Ray (Peter Sattler)

Cold in July (Jim Mickle)

Dear White People (Justin Simien)

Fishing Without Nets (Cutter Hodierne)

John's Pocket (John Slattery)

Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg)

Hellion (Kat Candler)

Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes)

Jamie Marks is Dead (Carter Smith)

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner)

Life After Beth (Jeff Baena)

Low Down (Joe Preiss)

The Skeleton Twins (Craig Johnson)

The Sleepwalker (Mona Fastvold)

Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland)

Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

U.S. Documentary Competition

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory (Michael Rossato-Bennett)

All the Beautiful Things (John Harkrider)

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (Jeremiah Zagar)

The Case Against 8 (Ben Cotner, Ryan White)

Cesar's Last Fast (Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee »

- Notebook

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Sundance 2014 Initial Line-Up Announced, Led by Song One, The Skeleton Twins, Camp X-Ray & More

5 December 2013 2:39 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Sundance Film Festival continues to be one of the most popular, and arguably one of the most important, events on the industry calendar, launching as it does some of the most prominent independent films at the start of each year.

This year will be no different, with Sundance announcing last night the initial line-up of films screening in competition, led by Song One, starring Anne Hathaway; Camp X-Ray, starring Kristen Stewart; Infinitely Polar Bear, with Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana; Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, and Swanberg himself; The Skeleton Twins, with Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, and Ty Burrell; Life After Beth, with Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, and John C. Reilly; Listen Up Philip, with Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss; Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons; and many, many more.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Films Announced For 2014 Sundance Film Festival

4 December 2013 5:03 PM, PST | | See recent news »

God’S Pocket

Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “That the Festival has evolved and grown as it has over the past 30 years is a credit to both our audiences and our artists, who continue to find ways to take risks and open our minds to the power of story. This year’s films and artists promise to do the same.”

For the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 34 in competition. These films were selected from 12,218 submissions (72 more than for 2013), including 4,057 feature-length films and 8,161 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,014 were from the U.S. and 2,043 were international. 97 feature films at »

- Michelle McCue

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Sundance 2014: Rossi, Belzberg, Soechtig Among 16 U.S. Docu Comp Invites

4 December 2013 4:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Of the sixteen titles that are listed here there are at least more than half that will be talked about throughout the calendar year up until award season in 2015. It speaks volumes about the quality offerings from American Documentarian filmmakers, but it also says a lot about Sundance programming team David Courier, Caroline Libresco et al. exquisite taste for the form. As is the norm for the Sundance doc-comp, there is plenty of socially conscious films on offer, from Andrew Rossi’s film on the insurmountable rise of student debt, Ivory Tower, to government backed food campaigns that have resulted in massive amounts of American health problems in Stephanie Soechtig’s Fed Up, with plenty of diversity within the program as a whole.

Though our non-fiction guesses have never been stellar, the films themselves look auspicious as all get out. Of this year’s promising batch of American docs, we »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Sundance 2014: Preview Pictures for the 16 Films in the U.S. Dramatic Lineup

4 December 2013 1:10 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival were announced today and just below I have featured pictures from the 16 films that will be competing in the U.S. Dramatic competition and they feature a lot of names you're going to recognize. The titles begin with Camp X-Ray, which stars Kristen Stewart as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Jim Mickle made an impact earlier this year with We Are What We Are and he returns with Michael C. Hall with Cold in July. Fishing Without Nets looks to tell a story similar to that of Captain Phillips, only this time from the Somali side of things; God's Pocket is "Mad Men" star John Slattery's writing and directorial debut and he's lined up an impressive cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, »

- Brad Brevet

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Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups

4 December 2013 12:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In some respects, the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival offers a snapshot of the ways in which the independent film scene has dramatically shifted over the past three decades, said fest director John Cooper, from an ever-widening talent pool to an increasingly sophisticated range of technologies available to filmmakers and distributors. In particular, the slate of 117 features (96 of them world premieres) set to unspool Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, culled from a healthy 12,218 submissions, showcase the form at a new level of maturity — more diverse and welcoming to new filmmakers than ever, but also more exacting in terms of quality.

“Independent film in general has been absorbed and embraced as a vital part of the cultural landscape,” Cooper said. “It’s no longer an outsider sport. It really is part of an American art form.”

“I think the completeness of vision is different now from when I first started 20 years ago, »

- Justin Chang

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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: 80 Possible Titles

28 November 2013 4:35 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The elusive “Golden Ticket”. Beginning next Wednesday (December 4th) in a wave of four announcements, is when the official word comes out. Plenty of filmmakers are already in the know, but some will find out over the course of this Thanksgiving weekend. Having covered the festival and fest circuit for some time now, we’re already aware that worthy films that were indeed submitted will be excluded from the ’14 edition. Thousands of filmmakers won’t get the phone call, and while it can bruise dreams, this is not a rejection of quality…but rather, a preference from a programmer/programming team which reflects a larger mandate. John Cooper, Trevor Groth et al. have a difficult job and the way I see it, it’s the equivalent to draft day for a major professional sport – where a team in a given turn doesn’t go for the consensus pick, but instead »

- Eric Lavallee

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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman’s E-Team

18 November 2013 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Two documentary heads are better than one. Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman already have a track record with the fest, Chevigny co-directed Deadline (Sundance ’04) with another filmmaker we included on our predictions list and in the same edition Kauffman was one half of the filmmaking team that took home the Film Festival Audience Award (Documentary) and nabbed the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Born into Brothels. In 2010, their docu E-Team received a grant from Sundance Institute, additional coin has come from the likes of the MacArthur Foundation in ’12, Cinereach ’12, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund ’12. This should be ready to be unveiled to the world.

Gist: This follows three Human Rights Watch Emergency Team investigators for over a year as they make their way in and out of some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world in order to investigate and shed light on abuses of human rights. »

- Eric Lavallee

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