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Sundance Adds Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' to Premieres

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Zach Braff

The festival also dusts off Kevin Smith's "Clerks" for a special From the Collection midnight screening.

The Sundance Film Festival has added Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here to its Premieres section.

The festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary, also is bringing back Kevin Smith's indie classic Clerks for a special From the Collection midnight screening.

The 2014 festival runs Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Wish I Was Here, making its world premiere, centers on a 35-year-old struggling actor, father and husband who is still trying to find purpose in his life. It stars Braff alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene and Joey King.

With the addition of Wish I Was Here, the 2014 festival will present 119 feature-length films -- 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. Ninety-eight feature films at the festival will be world premieres.

Clerks joins the previously announced From the Collection screening of Hoop Dreams. Both films premiered at the 1994 festival, which will be the subject of "Class of '94," a Power of Story panel at the Egyptian Theatre on Jan. 24. Smith will introduce the newly struck print of Clerks and participate in the Q&A.

Both Hoop Dreams and Clerks are part of The Sundance Collection at UCLA, a film preservation program established in 1997. The collection is specifically devoted to the preservation of independent documentaries, narratives and short films supported by Sundance Institute. Recent additions include El Mariachi, Winter's Bone, Paris Is Burning, Johnny Suede, Working Girls, Crumb, Groove, Better This World, The Oath and Paris, Texas.

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