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The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
Last year, Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos’ Rich Hill walked away with U.S. Grand Jury Prize while Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters was perhaps the section’s most buzzed about film. The sixteen titles offerings for 2015 include a first docu offering from Bobcat Goldthwait, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare director Matthew Heineman, the return of Oscar winning director Morgan Neville (for Twenty Feet from Stardom) with Best of Enemies and the latest from Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love director E. Chai Vasarhelyi. Here are the sweet sixteen:
U.S. Documentary Competition
3½ Minutes / U.S.A. (Director: Marc Silver) — On November 23, 2012, unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis was shot at a Jacksonville gas station by Michael David Dunn. 3½ Minutes explores the aftermath of Jordan’s tragic death, the latent and often unseen effects of racism, and the contradictions of the American criminal justice system.
Being Evel / U. »
- Eric Lavallee
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Film Festival announced its four main 2015 narrative and competition slates on Wednesday (December 3) and the Us Documentary Competition field is packed with Oscar winners and returning Park City favorites. Leading the way, at least to some degree, is last year's Documentary Oscar winner Morgan Neville, whose "Twenty Feet From Stardom" was one of the openers at the 2013 Festival. Neville and Robert Gordon co-directed "Best of Enemies," which looks at the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. "The Cove" Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos is back with "Racing Extinction," which focuses on endangered species and, yes, mass extinction from a variety of viewpoints. Also sporting an Oscar, for the short "Saving Face," is Daniel Junge, who chronicles the life of Evel Knievel in "Being Evel." Both "The Cove" and "Twenty Feet From Stardom" played at Sundance, which has been a fairly reliable feeder for Oscar winners in recent years, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Formerly going by the title of “The Heist” and “6″, Racing Extinction appears to be a more elaborate, all-encompassing unofficial sequel to Louie Psihoyos’ breakout, Oscar golden and Sundance audience winning, The Cove. By the looks of the lavishly cut trailer below, this well polished packaged dual issue docu combines Mission Impossible theatrics with a clear environmental, and perhaps ethical debate. Looking primed for a full out 2015 campaign, this would play well as a festival opener.
Gist: Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or “Age of Man,” because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. An unlikely team of activists »
- Eric Lavallee
Daniel Radcliffe stars in Horns, a nightmarish tale adapted from Joe Hill’s book of same name. One of the immediate changes to the film from page to screen has a deep impact on the story, and it is the transition of Radcliffe’s character – Ig Perrish – from being a student to a professional DJ.
As a result the soundtrack deeply mirrors both Ig’s past and his actions within the film.
One of the very first scenes, in fact, is scored by David Bowie’s iconic track, “Heroes”. Ig picks the LP out of a wall full of record spines, drops the needle and is immediately transported back to the life he enjoyed with his since-murdered girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple).
The rest of the musical cues for the first half of the film are familiar, if not slightly clichéd choices. “Heroes” is 36 years old and one of Bowie’s best loved tracks, »
- Shane McNeil
"Mission Blue" documents the life work of pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who is still jumping into the ocean at age 79. She shows us what the ocean was like when she first explored it back in the 50s. The not-for-profit film has been re-edited since playing the Berlin, Santa Barbara (our review here) and Ashland film festivals. Netflix released it in theaters August 15 backed by a massive outreach campaign to promote understanding and awareness about the threats faced by Earth's oceans. The film is both enlightening and entertaining, not unlike producer Stevens' Oscar-winning indie hit "The Cove." Stevens came by Sneak Previews for a Q & A: Anne Thompson: After I saw this movie, I admired oceanographer Sylvia Earle but I thought, “Oh my god, I can’t eat fish anymore.” What movie did you set out to make? Fisher Stevens: Originally, after I made “The Cove” with Louie Psihoyos, I was asked by Ted (Technology, »
- Anne Thompson
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions has signed on as a partner of the Oceanic Preservation Society’s documentary Racing Extinction, by Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove). The film, about undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction, screened on Apr. 27 as a work in progress at Tribeca Film Festival, before Allen funded its completion. The film is "almost locked," says a publicist, and will premiere across theatrical, broadcast and digital platforms in 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "It's like The Avengers, but real,
- Tim Appelo
“Do you enjoy breathing?”
It’s a question Dr. Sylvia Earle asks people who wonder why we need to protect the oceans. The legendary marine biologist and National Geographer Explorer-in-Residence has been studying the ocean since the 1950s. Her life and work are now the subject of a new documentary, “Mission Blue,” hitting theaters and Netflix today.
As Earle points out, Earth would not be hospitable for humans if it weren’t for the ocean. “It’s filled with living things that shape the chemistry of Earth,” she says. “It’s where we get most of our oxygen, from small organisms that make up the plankton in the sea. Of course trees and other green things have much to do with generating oxygen and taking up carbon dioxide—but there’s no green without blue.”
Her cause has already earned the endorsement of the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, who has hosted screenings of the film, »
- Jenelle Riley
When filmmaker-actor Fisher Stevens met Sylvia Earle for the first time, he couldn't comprehend the idea that she wasn't already on his radar. Stevens was a producer behind the exposé The Cove, about dolphin hunting in Japan, and yet was only just learning of Earle's incredible story. At 78 years old, she is one of the world's top marine biologists, explorers, and environmental advocates — a job she began in the 1950s. One glimpse of Earle in action and Fisher knew he couldn't leave her side. So he didn't. Fisher's latest directorial effort, Mission Blue (which premieres exclusive today on Netflix), is part character study, part nature film, and part activist call-to-arms, hoping to “ignite public support for a global network of marine-protected areas.” From Los Angeles, where fellow environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio was set to present a screening of Mission Blue, Fisher told Vulture about assembling Earle's life story into a »
- Matt Patches
The cold-hearted bastard who kicked a squirrel off a Grand Canyon ledge will absolutely be hunted down because he pissed off the wrong people ... according to actor Fisher Stevens. Fisher was outside Boa Steakhouse last night when we told him about the insane story -- 2 French-speaking men recently used bread crumbs to lure the squirrel, and then one of them punted the poor animal into the air. Video of the crime went viral.Now the »
- TMZ Staff
Emmy award-winner Lauren Sanchez, who is a frontrunner to join The View as a co-host, has formed Pursuit Productions with Dan Friedkin. Pursuit will focus on telling compelling real life stories from around the globe. The company already has its first documentary feature in the works, Found, and closed a deal with Mark Monroe (Sound City, The Tillman Story, The Cove) to write. Found follows the search for those pilots whose planes were lost in The Battle of Peleliu during World War II. Also joining the search for the missing pilots in the doc is former United States Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, whose memoir Lone Survivor […] »
©Apple Corps Ltd
Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles’ career — the touring years.
The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse’s Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Howard. Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East will serve as executive producers.
Howard said, “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”
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- Michelle McCue
Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized Documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles ' career - the touring years. The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse's Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Ron Howard. Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East will serve as executive producers.
Ron Howard said,
"I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."
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Louie Psihoyos is pretty serious about the environment. His house is solar powered, he drives an electric car—the license reads Vus for “Vehicle Uses Sun,” it’s also the reverse of SUV—and yeah, he’s making a movie that may change the way we treat our planet. Psihoyos isn’t the first (or the last) to make a film that highlights how we’re killing the planet and guilting us to change our habits, but the Oscar-winning filmmaker of The Cove has more in store with his next film, 6, than exposing our sins. Screened as a work-in-progress at the Tribeca Film Festival, 6 (which producer Fisher Stevens said at the screening may not be the film’s final title) stands for our current state with the planet, as we’re on the verge of...
- Jason Guerrasio
Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove"), producer Fisher Stevens, and the subjects of their film Travis Threlkel and Leilani Münter, discussed their documentary "6" in a panel moderated by Indiewire's Paula Bernstein. The conversation is part of a series of talks hosted at the Apple Store in SoHo. As a documentary, "6" assembles a team of activists employing creative channels to show the world never-before-seen images that will change the way we understand issues of endangered species and mass extinction. When an audience member asked Psihoyos about when creativity started informing his activism, the director provided an anecdote. Psihoyos described the moment he shirked the formal constraints of journalism. In trying to tell the story of "The Cove" legally, Psihoyos was stymied by bureaucracy. Psihoyos said, "I had this lighting bolt of an idea. If we could break into the cove, we could actually show what's going on. I realized I was. »
- Luke Slattery
Few nature activists can bring their work to the masses, but that's exactly what longtime National Geographic photographer-turned-documentarian Louie Psihoyos didd with 2009's Oscar-winning "The Cove," an exposé of the rampant dolphin slaughter in the Japanese fishing industry. Now Psihoyos is attempting a similar achievement with "6," which showcases various activist efforts he's engineered with his colleagues at the nonprofit Ocean Preservation Society (Ops). "6" casts a much wider net than "The Cove." It explores the threat of a sixth "mass extinction" on Earth, citing the alarming statistic that around 30,000 species go extinct each year. On Friday, Psihoyos screened the film as a work-in-progress at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it still needs a lot of work. Like "The Cove," the filmmaker's new documentary turns the activist efforts of Ops into an exciting espionage tale as his team travels the world busting people killing and smuggling endangered ocean species. There's no »
- Eric Kohn
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