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Sundance 2012: First look at ‘The Surrogate’

1 December 2011 9:03 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Surrogate / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ben Lewin) — Mark O’Brien, a 36-year-old poet and journalist with an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he contacts a professional sex surrogate to take him on a journey to manhood. Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy. »

- Ricky

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First Look At John Hawkes, William H. Macy & Helen Hunt In 'The Surrogate'

1 December 2011 9:17 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

That's right, the Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner, which means just as you're catching up with all of the movies from 2011, there's a whole new batch to get to know in 2012. So prepare for a bunch of images and other promo material in the next few weeks for a handful of films. One of the movies playing in competition in Park City will be Ben Lewin's "The Surrogate," and it's definitely one to keep an eye on. The film will star John Hawkes, albeit in a role unlike anything we've seen him do before. He'll play journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, in the movie based on his life. Stricken with polio at the age of six, he was left paralyzed from the neck down and spent the remainder of life in an iron lung. That did little, however, to stop O'Brien's ambitions, and he ended up completing a B. »

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Sundance releases comp lineup

1 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Next year's independent film festival in Utah will show films ranging from true life drama The Surrogate, about a man with an iron lung, to a documentary about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

Some may follow in the footsteps of celebrated films such as An Education, Precious and American Splendor and go on to mainstream glory, while others are destined never to achieve so much as a distribution deal. The Sundance film festival, Robert Redford's annual celebration of independent film-making, yesterday revealed its competition lineup for January's event, which will take place as usual in Park City, Utah.

Debuting in the 16-strong dramatic competition are films starring Michael Cera, Paul Dano, Helen Hunt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, while the documentary section features another 16 movies on subjects such as Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and the tax avoidance schemes of large Us companies. The world cinema drama section features »

- Ben Child

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Love Story set in Kashmir to compete at Sundance 2012

30 November 2011 10:24 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

“Valley of Saints”, a love story set in Kashmir is all set to compete for the top award in the World Dramatics category of Sundance Film Festival 2012. The film, directed by an American filmmaker Musa Sayeed, had earlier won Film Independent and Sloan Foundation Producer’s Grant for the same films.

“Valley of Saints” is about a Kashmiri boatman Gulzar, who plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future. Sundance Film Festival announced its competition line up on November 30, 2011. Here is the complete lineup:- U.S. Dramatic Competition The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and »

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[First Look] John Hawkes, Helen Hunt & William H. Macy In ‘The Surrogate’; Dramas ‘First Time’ & ‘End of Love’

30 November 2011 8:03 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In our last batch of Sundance 2012 images for the night, we’ve got the first look at one of my most-anticipated. John Hawkes has been a staple at Sundance, especially the last two years with Winter’s Bone (which he would go on to get an Oscar nomination for) and Martha Marcy May Marlene (which he deserves one for). He has a new film there, titled The Surrogate and also starring Helen Hunt and William H. Macy. Directed by Ben Lewin, the concept is interesting to say the least. Check out the images above and below, along with the synopsis.

Mark O’Brien, a 36-year-old poet and journalist with an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he contacts a professional sex surrogate to take him on a journey to manhood.

We also have »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Sundance 2012 Movies: Safety Not Guaranteed, Hello I Must Be Going/U.S. Dramatic Competition

30 November 2011 7:05 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass in Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed Sundance 2012 Movies: The End Of Love, Keep The Lights On/U.S. Dramatic Competition U.S. Dramatic Competition (Part II) Hello I Must Be Going / U.S.A. (Director: Todd Louiso, Screenwriter: Sarah Koskoff) — Divorced, childless, demoralized and condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35, Amy Minsky's prospects look bleak – until the unexpected attention of a teenage boy changes everything. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, John Rubinstein, Julie White. Nobody Walks / U.S.A. (Director: Ry Russo-Young, Screenwriters: Lena Dunham, Ry Russo-Young) — Martine, a young artist from New York, is invited into the home of a hip, liberal La family for a week. Her presence unravels the family’s carefully maintained status quo, and a mess of sexual and emotional entanglements ensues. Cast: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga, Justin Kirk. »

- Steve Montgomery

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Sundance Film Festival 2012: Competition Films: For Ellen, Luv

30 November 2011 6:17 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

For Ellen, Luv, and the other competition films have been announced for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival is “a film festival that takes place annually in the state of Utah, in the United States. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States…the festival is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.” For the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “110 feature-length films were selected, representing 31 countries and 44 first-time filmmakers, including 26 in competition. These films were selected from 4,042 feature-length film submissions composed of 2,059 U.S. and 1,983 international feature-length films. 88 films at the Festival will be world premieres.”

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 19, 2011 to January 29, 2011 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The full listing of the competition films in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival are below.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films. »

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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2012 Competition Slate

30 November 2011 3:25 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

I love the Sundance Film Festival. The winners of the fest normally have long legs enough to last all the way until the Oscars. This year, for example, "Pariah" was one of the breakout hits from Sundance, and the Dee Rees coming-of-age flick is being distributed by Focus this month. Its star, Adepero Oduye, recently received the Best Female Lead nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards.

So now, Sundance has unveiled its in-competition slate for 2012 and the films, as always, are quite intriguing. The fest runs from Jan. 19th to the 29th in Park City, Utah. Check out the full list below:

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) . Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin. under, »

- Manny

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Lineup Announced

30 November 2011 2:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Park City, Ut – Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute remarked, “We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So what are they doing? What are they saying? They are making statements about the changing world we are living in. Some are straight-forward, some novel and some offbeat but always interesting. One can never predict. We know only at the end, and I love that.”

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In these challenging economic times, filmmakers have had to be more resourceful and truly independent in their approaches to filmmaking. »

- Michelle McCue

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Competition Films For The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announced

30 November 2011 2:47 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The Festival has changed over the decades from a low-profile venue for small-budget, independent creators from outside the Hollywood system to a media extravaganza for Hollywood celebrity actors, paparazzi, and luxury lounges set up by companies that are not affiliated with Sundance.

Now the festival is getting ready for the 2012 edition and today they announced the films competing in all categories.

Here is the Sundance press release.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, »

- Kyle Reese

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Sundance 2012 unveils partial programming slate

30 November 2011 2:43 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The 2012 Sundance Film Festival unveiled the first wave of programming for its upcoming event, scheduled for Jan. 19-29, 2012. Multiple titles have been handpicked for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions. Additional programming announcements will come over the following week.

“We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So what are they doing? What are they saying? They are making statements about the changing world we are living in. Some are straight-forward, some novel and some offbeat but always interesting. One can never predict. We know only at the end, and I love that,” said Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute.

Information on the full slate of announced titles follows, directly from the Sundance press release. For more details, visit www.sundance.org/festival.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films. »

- Sean O'Connell

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Sundance 2012: First Images from The End Of Love, Filly Brown, The First Time, and The Surrogate

30 November 2011 2:16 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Today, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced their In-Competition line-up, and that means we're about to get a boatload of new images from upcoming films.  After the jump you'll find synopses and the first images from The End of Love (starring Mark Webber, Michael Cera, and Amanda Seyfried), Filly Brown (starring Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Edward James Olmos), The First Time (starring Dylan O'Brien, Brittany Robertson, and Craig Roberts), and The Surrogate (starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy). The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th. The End of Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mark Webber) — A young father unravels following the loss of the mother of his child. Cast: Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Amanda Seyfried, Frankie Shaw. Filly Brown / U.S.A. (Directors: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, Screenwriter: Youssef Delara) — A Hip Hop-driven drama about a Mexican girl »

- Matt Goldberg

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Sundance announces 2012 competition films

30 November 2011 1:57 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Grab your ski jackets and swag bags and start warming up your eyeballs: the Sundance Film Festival is almost upon us. 2012's Sundance runs from January 19 to 29 in Park City, Utah, and today the fest announced their first wave of programming, 58 titles in the Us and World Dramatic and Documentary Competitions.

The slate so far includes plenty of familiar faces. Sundancers in 2012 will get the first crack at new movies from Antonio Campos ("Afterschool"), Kirby Dick ("This Film is Not Yet Rated"), Ira Sachs ("Forty Shades of Blue"), and Mark Webber ("Explicit Ills"). I'm also intrigued by "Nobody Walks" from "You Won't Miss Me" director Ry Russo-Young and "Tiny Furniture" director Lena Dunham (Russo-Young directed, the two co-wrote the screenplay) and a cast that includes John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in "Safety Not Guaranteed" about "a trio of magazine employees investigating a »

- Matt Singer

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2012 Sundance Film Festival: First Wave of Programming Announced, 26 Films In Competition

30 November 2011 1:26 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This is my Christmas. Over the next couple of months, we’re going to real cozy with some of the titles listed here – the twenty-six films that make up the upcoming Sundance Film Festival‘s in-competition programming. There are some expected titles here – like Mark Webber‘s The End of Love, Ry Russo-Young‘s Nobody Walks, Colin Trevorrow‘s Safety Not Guaranteed, and James Ponsoldt‘s Smashed, to name a very slim few – and there are already a couple of surprises, most of which consist of films that I’ve just yet to hear of (like Ben Lewin‘s The Surrogate, which sounds fantastic). But the full list of these in competition titles is worth poring over, so I’ll set you to it in just a moment, after a couple of necessary bits of ‘dance info. This is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg, as a total of 110 feature-length films were picked for the »

- Kate Erbland

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Sundance 2012 U.S. Dramatic Comp: Zeitlin, Yong Kim, Russo-Young, Ponsoldt and Campos Among 16 Selected

30 November 2011 1:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A pair of films from our favorite auteurs So Yong Kim's For Ellen (see Paul Dano still) and Antonio Campos' Simon Killer are finally making their long awaited world film fest debuts and items from an emerging talent base in the likes of Benh Zeitlin, Ry Russo-Young and James Ponsoldt are part of a handful of lucky filmmakers selected in Sundance's U.S. Dramatic Competiton section. Among the 10 out of 16 we guessed right, we find: Michael Mohan's Save the Date, Ben Lewin's The Surrogate, Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed, Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On and the newly titled The End of Love - a sophomore effort from filmmaker and actor Mark Webber. Completing the section we find: The Comedy from Rick Alverson (produced by Mike S. Ryan), Filly Brown from Youssef Delara (former Visual Effects Associate on Star Trek), The First Time by »

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Competition Films For The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announced

30 November 2011 1:20 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Snow is falling, the temperature is dropping, movies are getting better. Some might say it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas but I say it's beginning to look a lot like Sundance. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced its first batch of films Wednesday, all of which are in competition. Meaning these are the films eligible for awards. It also means that, as of right now, these are the films you probably haven't heard of. But, at this time last year [1], the competition films included a ton that you've surely now heard of such as Another Earth, Circumstance, Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, The Guard, Tyrannosaur and Take Shelter. Those were just the narratives. In last year's documentary competition, films like Beats, Rhymes and Life, Being Elmo, How to Die in Oregon, Page One, Knuckle, Project Nim and Senna all played. Basically, while you probably haven't heard of these movies yet, »

- Germain Lussier

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Sundance 2012 lineup: Time-travel, sex, and ... sex dominate competition

30 November 2011 1:12 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Sex surrogates, happy drunks, not-so-happy drunks, teenagers in love, a little boy on a gangland odyssey and a trio of time-travel investigators are just a few of the movies in the competition line-up for the Sundance Film Festival this year.

There are also lots and lots of stories of people hooking up, trying to hook up, feeling bad about not hooking up, and all sorts of variations on that theme.

Click through for the newly announced slate of U.S. dramatic competition titles, with festival director John Cooper and chief programmer Trevor Groth as your guides.

If you went to the Park City festival Jan. 19-29, what would go on your must-see list? »

- Anthony Breznican

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces In-Competition Films (The Full List)

30 November 2011 1:00 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival.

Aging hipsters, Argentinian Elvis impersonators and the dissident Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei are just some of the subjects that will be featured during the Sundance Film Festival this coming January.

The Sundance Institute announced its in-competition film selections for the 2012 fest Wednesday afternoon, debuting a typically eclectic mix of narrative and documentary projects from both veteran filmmakers and festival newcomers. (The full list is below.) In total, »

- Michelle Kung

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Sundance Film Festival 2012 Competition Line-up Announced

30 November 2011 1:00 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It seems like we are only just diving into the awards season, but the 2012 film year is right around the corner. There is no better place to get a tast of what is to come than Park City Utah in late January. We’ll be attending the fest again (read last year’s round-up) and today we have the first competition titles. This is the same group from last year which titles include Martha Marcy May Marlene, Like Crazy, Another Earth, Pariah, Being Elmo, Take Shelter and many more. Are there more great films to be found this year? I have no doubt the line-up below will include break-out titles, so lets get to it.

At first glance, the most notable film is Antonio CamposSimon Killer, who last directed Afterschool and is in the Martha Marcy trio. It is easily my most-anticipated from this group, along with Quentin Dupieux‘s Rubber follow-up Wrong. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Competition Titles Announced

30 November 2011 12:35 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Sundance Institute revealed their Us and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary competition titles today for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The question, of course, is which films will break out this year after the 2011 Sundance Film Festival brought titles such as ,i>Martha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, Like Crazy and Take Shelter to the forefront. I have never attended the Sundance Film Festival, primarily because I have never heard good things about the experience, plus it means I can save my money for my trip to Cannes where I have typically seen the some of the best films Sundance had to offer including Blue Valentine two years ago and Martha Marcy May Marlene this year. Which means it serves as a good way for me to find films to make sure I add to my Cannes 2012 must see list... can you figure out which ones they may be? When it »

- Brad Brevet

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