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Following last week's announcements of the Competition and Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier lineups, the Sundance Film Festival, running January 19 through 29, has just announced the lineups for its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Straight from today's release:
A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Each is a world premiere.
2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. Image above.
Arbitrage / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nicholas Jarecki) — A »
Just about every film at Sundance is a world premiere. So why is there a "Premieres" section, and how is it different than the Competition or the Spotlight or the New Frontiers or the Next or...okay, I think that's all of them. Sundance describes Premieres as "a showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors" and Documentary Premieres as "about big subjects or by master filmmakers that showcase the power of the form."
Basically, what it really means is here's where you find the attention-grabbers at Sundance. These are the big honking movies, the movies featuring Hollywood directors and talent coming down from their Valhalla of craft services and video village to get their hands dirty with the independents. These are the movies that have the biggest red carpets and the majority of the press coverage (see this post).
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- Matt Singer
The Sundance Film Festival (apart from Venice) remains the only major film festival that we have not yet had a chance to fully cover. Hopefully 2012 will change that situation. It is one of our goals for next year and so you should be seeing a lot of Sundance posts for the next two or so months.
Sundance has just announced their Feature and Documentary Premieres for next months line-up and it of course includes notable stand-outs including Spike Lee‘s latest Red Hook Summer, Stephen Frears‘ Lay the Favourite, Josh Radnor‘s sophomore effort, Liberal Arts with Elizabeth Olson and Joe Berlinger‘s latest documentary on Paul Simon. In other words, if you are lucky enough to attend the festival, now is the time to get even more excited.
Here’s the full list of feature and documentary premieres at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival:
A showcase of some of »
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Special Event with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord on Jan. 26
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will be held 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.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The fact that most of the Premieres have been produced completely independently further underscores the resourcefulness and tenacity of filmmakers in this climate. That drive and entrepreneurial spirit has pushed narrative and documentary filmmakers alike to create rich stories which will entertain and inspire audiences at the festival and in the year to come.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Featuring one of the most influential directors of all time »
- Michelle McCue
As potentially exciting as the in competition  and out of competition  films that will play the 2012 Sundance Film Festival are, the fact is most people haven't heard of them yet. The Premiere category, though, that's where the big movies are. Or, at least, the movies with the big names. This year's line up with is no exception with stand-outs including Spike Lee's latest Red Hook Summer, Stephen Frears' gambling film Lay the Favorite with Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rebecca Hall, Josh Radnor's sophomore effort, Liberal Arts with Elizabeth Olson and Joe Berlinger's latest documentary focusing on Paul Simon. Plus there are films with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Parker Posey, Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Read about them all below. Here's the full list of feature and documentary premieres »
- Germain Lussier
Sundance will have some heavyweight auteurs in the shape of Spike Lee, Rodrigo Cortés, James Marsh and Stephen Frears for the Premieres Section. Among the 15 selected titles, worth highlighting are Leslye Headland’s debut, "Bachelorette" which stars Kirsten Dunst, we’ve got Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York and a Blacklist favorite in Celeste and Jesse Forever. Count on Lee’s Red Hook Summer, Cortés’ Red Lights, Marsh’s Shadow Dancer and Frears’ Lay the Favorite to garner the most buzz. "2 Days in New York," France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. "Arbitrage," U. »
Following the two initial line-up announcements for Sundance Film Festival 2012, we have the slate for their premiere section. These are usually the top-class of recognizable names in the indie world, whereas the rest of the line-up is gear more for discovery. Some of the big titles include Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer, Julie Delpy‘s 2 Days in New York, Kirsten Dunst‘s drama/comedy Bachelorette, as well as Josh Radnor‘s Happythankyoumoreplease follow-up Liberal Arts and the next film from the director of Buried; two films from directors who made initial splashes at Sundance. I’m also greatly looking forward to the next film from Man on Wire and Project Nim director James Marsh, which stars Clive Owen, as well as a new film from Stephen Frears. Check out the full list below.
A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Though Sundance tends to be stereotyped as the place for heavy, dour stories of shattered lives, it’s actually a great place for comedies. Think Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine, The Kids Are All Right, and last year ‘s Our Idiot Brother and Cedar Rapids.
- Anthony Breznican
Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival.
The films will open in the fest’s out of competition Premieres section and feature A-list heavy casts that include the likes of Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Chris Rock. Such films are perfect for Sundance’s out-of-competition screenings, which help draw attention to the festival »
- Michelle Kung
#12. California Solo - Marshall Lewy Sundance tends to add films to their line-up that have a musical element -- it could allow for a film like California Solo, a drama toplined by Robert Carlyle to make the cut. Produced by Mynette Louie (Children of Invention), Marshall Lewy's sophomore pic could crack the U.S Dramatic Comp or Premieres category line-up. A fierce perf from Carlyle could help secure a spot. Gist: A former Britpop rocker (Carlyle) who now works on an organic farm gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for 20 years. In his efforts to stay in the U.S., he must confront the past and current demons in his life. Producer: Mynette Louie (Children of Invention)(Ioncinema.com Preview Page // IMDb Link) »
"After hearing a number of stories, I started looking into immigration issues," Marshall Lewy said when asked how he came to the story for his new film, "California Solo." "You hear stories of people who have green cards and have lived here for 20 years being removed from the country. It's incredible." "California Solo" focuses on one man who faces deportation. Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle) is a washed up middle-aged »
Production has wrapped on the upcoming indie feature "California Solo" reports Variety.
Robert Carlyle ("Trainspotting," "The Full Monty") plays a former Britpop rocker who works on an organic farm and gets caught driving drunk, leading to a possible deportation after living in Los Angeles for 20 years.
Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres, and Danny Masterson also star. Marshall Lewy ("Blue State") penned the script and has directed, while Mynette Louie produced. Shooting began in Los Angeles in June. »
- Garth Franklin
12 items from 2011
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