Sundance: New Mike Nichols Doc Added to Festival Lineup

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Also noteworthy is the world premiere of David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's 'Tickled,' which centers on a journalist who stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition.

The Sundance Film Festival has made some late additions to its 2016 lineup including two feature films, two special events and three archive films.

Among the highlights is the world premiere of Douglas McGrath's documentary Becoming Mike Nichols, described as an intimate portrait of the director, producer and improvisational comedy icon. The interviews were filmed just months before his death in 2014 and are his final words on his career. After bowing at Sundance, the film then debut on HBO on Feb. 22.

Also noteworthy is the world premiere of David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's Tickled, which centers on a journalist who stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition. As he delves deeper into the event, he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him from getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

With these additions, the 2016 festival will present 123 feature-length films, representing 37 countries and 49 first-time filmmakers, including 30 in competition. These films were selected from 12,793 submissions, including 4,081 feature-length films and 8,712 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,972 were from the U.S. and 2,109 were international. There will be 103 feature films making their world premieres.

Sundance also will offer a special event surrounding the seminal 1993 indie film Dazed and Confused, with live commentary by Richard Linklater and Jason Reitman. Linklater, who directed the pic, also will be on hand at the fest as the subject of a documentary about him, Louis Black and Karen Bernstein's Richard Linklater — dream is destiny.

Nicole Holofcener's Walking and Talking is one of the three archive films that will screen this year from The Sundance Collection at UCLA, a film-preservation program established in 1997.

The indie film festival is set to run Jan. 21-31 in and around Park City, Utah.

A full list of Sundance's additions follows: 


WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Tickled / New Zealand (Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve) — A journalist stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition. As he delves deeper into the event, he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him from getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction. World Premiere


DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES

Becoming Mike Nichols / U.S.A. (Director: Douglas McGrath) — This intimate portrait of director, producer and improvisational comedy icon Mike Nichols shows his final and historic interviews filmed just months before his death. Director Douglas McGrath documents Nichols’ early life, as he opens up to his friend and director Jack O’Brien about the storied beginnings of his career. World Premiere


SPECIAL EVENTS

American Epic / U.S.A., U.K. (Director: Bernard MacMahon) — Take a journey across time to the birth of modern music, when the musical strands of a diverse nation were first combined, thereby sparking a cultural revolution that forever transformed the future of music and the world. The event will include clips of the film, an extended conversation with the creators including executive producers Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett and Jack White, and live performances featuring The Avett Brothers and other special music guests.

Dazed and Confused with live commentary by Richard Linklater and Jason Reitman / U.S.A. (Director: Richard Linklater) — Get insider information on one of the most quotable films of all time, which boasted an incredible cast of mostly unknowns who later went on to become household names. As the film screens, Linklater and Reitman will share fun stories, behind-the-scenes details and filmmaker insights in real time.


FROM THE COLLECTION

City of Hope / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: John Sayles) — A city pulses with racial problems, political corruption and small-time crime in this ambitious microcosm of urban life. Nick Rinaldi seeks a sense of control and a way out of the network of greed and influence surrounding an urban development plan, which affects the innocent and guilty alike. Cast: Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Joe Morton, Todd Graff, David Strathairn, Anthony John Denison. Premiered at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. Digitally preserved by Sony Pictures Entertainment in conjunction with Sundance Institute and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

River of Grass / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kelly Reichardt) — River of Grass, Kelly Reichardt’s debut feature, chronicles the misadventures of disaffected housewife Cozy and her lover, the aimless layabout Lee. Reichardt describes the film, shot on 16mm, as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love and a crime story without the crime.” Cast: Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden, Dick Russell, Stan Kaplan, Michael Buscemi. Premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. Preserved by Sundance Institute, Oscilloscope Laboratories, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and TIFF.

Walking and Talking / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nicole Holofcener) — Laura and Amelia are best friends living in New York City. When Laura gets engaged, they must navigate the realities of marriage versus independence, loyalty and the sometimes rough terrain of an evolving but enduring friendship. This hilarious, touching film explores love, friendship and the relationships that can come in between. Cast: Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Todd Field, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Corrigan. Premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. New print created by Sundance Institute and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Shown by permission of Miramax.

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