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Click here for the complete out-of-competition lineup.
The Sundance Film Festival has sent return invitations to some of its favorite filmmakers, as Miguel Arteta, Kevin Smith, Jill Sprecher, Gregg Araki, Morgan Spurlock and Tom McCarthy will be among those trekking to Park City again in January.
With the announcement of its full out-of-competition lineup Thursday (fest organizers released the competition lineup Wednesday), Sundance has ever more grandly displayed its desire to stock the indie stage with a healthy mix of the well known and the unknown. Even as the narrative and new documentary Premieres section will show work from the above list of established filmmakers, the NEXT (<=>), Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier sections will roll out the low-budget and the no-budget along with the gory, the offensive and the weird.
Hands up for Hobo with A Shotgun…
A total of 57 films will run in the six noncompetition categories of this year’s 27th annual program, which runs from January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
In the narrative Premieres section, Arteta (Chuck & Buck) returns to Sundance with Cedar Rapids, which stars Ed Helms, John C. Reilly and Anne Heche in a story about a small-town Wisconsin man that travels to the Iowa title city to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. Sprecher (Thirteen Conversations About One Thing) is bringing The Convincer, which she wrote with her sister Karen, about an insurance salesman caught up in a caper involving a rare musical instrument. Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin and Billy Crudup star.
McCarthy (The Station Agent) wrote and directed Win Win, which follows an attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach who meets a star athlete and his just-out-of-rehab mother. Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Bobby Cannavale star. And Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) will fill the closing night film slot with his gritty drama The Son of No One, about two men in post-9/11 New York who are forced to relive murders they committed as young boys. Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, Ray Liotta and Juliette Binoche star.
Other high-powered casts include Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks and Laura Linney in Jacob Aaron Estes’ The Details; Paul Rudd, Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer in Jesse Peretz’s My Idiot Brother; Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Kinnear and Marisa Tomei in George Ratliff’s Salvation Boulevard; and Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto and Stanley Tucci in J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call.
Also included in the Premieres program is Life in a Day, the Kevin Macdonald-directed global filmmaking experiment that built a feature out of user-generated footage shot around the world on July 24 and uploaded to YouTube. Sundance got involved with the 21st century time capsule effort in its infancy when producer Ridley Scott and YouTube asked fest organizers to participate during Cannes. Festival director John Cooper committed to including it in the program then, but he admits that now having seen about an hour of edited footage he is relieved. “I was sweating it out,” he admits.
Meanwhile, Smith (Clerks) will not only exercise his horror muscle with Red State, but he also got into the gung-ho indie spirit when recently announced that he plans to auction off rights to the film during the post-screening Q&A. As Smith told SlashFilm: “If it gets into Sundance, my plan is to pick the Red State distributor right there – IN THE ROOM – auction style. Might even bring up a professional auctioneer to make it fun and unintelligible. And if you’re a multi-millionaire who can’t make it to the first screening of Red State fear not: maybe we’ll set up an eBay page for the post-screening bid-calling as well.”
Cooper is unfazed by the threat of a little mayhem, pointing out last year’s running mystery about Banksy and his film Exit Through the Gift Shopwas a special part of the fest last year. “I’m always ready for a little theater—it works for me,” he says.
In the nonfiction Premieres section, gonzo documentary filmmaker Spurlock (Super Size Me) returns with The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, about branding, advertising and product placement. Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Inside Deep Throat) are bringing Becoming Chaz, about Chastity Bono’s transition from female to male. Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the World), Hoop Dreams director Steve James (The Interrupters) and Eugene Jarecki (Reagan) will also have their work shown.
“The decision to create a Documentary Premieres section was a natural evolution to shine a light on films with prominent filmmakers or anticipated subjects without distracting from documentaries in competition,” says Cooper. “Sundance Institute has since its inception been one of the leading organizations in the world in support of nonfiction film and our festival remains a platform for both first-time and established documentary filmmakers.”
All of the Premiere films — narrative and nonfiction — are world premieres.
Along with breaking out non-fiction work within the traditional Premiere section, Cooper has created a new section called Native Showcase, which “highlights new work that contributes to a worldwide understanding of and appreciation for [indigenous] artists.” Director Billy Luther’s documentary Grab, narrated by fest regular Parker Posey, will screen along with a program of seven short films (yet to be announced) from around the world by Native American and indigenous filmmakers.
The festival still aims to stretch the boundaries of the independent sensibility with the NEXT section that it launched last year. “Last year we were really happy with the Next section in terms of showcasing some really good storytelling and writing in the low-budget range,” says programming director Trevor Groth. “But this year we found some terrifically inventive, aesthetically diverse films. These films have their own style to them, and they don’t just look low budget gritty—they’re a little more visually stylish within that. The NEXT section took a real step forward this year. There’s a lot of exciting new talent there.”
So this year’s crop of American filmmakers working in the low end of the indie budget zone include Evan Glodell’s Bellflower, Megan Griffiths’ The Off Hours, Erica Dunton’s to.get.her and director Andrew Dosunmu and screenwriter Eugene M. Gussenhoven’s Restless City. Sound of My Voice, from director Zal Batmanglij and co-screenwriter Brit Marling, carries this year’s interest in religious fanaticism with its story of a young couple that infiltrates a cult that meets in a basement in the San Fernando Valley.
“We argue about the crazy films,” says Cooper with obvious glee. “And what kind of crazy each of us likes.”
Park City at Midnight, even more than usual, entices with its pulpy, beckoning titles: The Catechism Cataclysm, a story of a lapsed priest and an old classmate and metalhead on a canoe trip, from writer-director Todd Rohal; Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, about a shy greeting card store employee who falls for a lesbian space alien from filmmaker Madeleine Olnek; Hobo with A Shotgun, with Rutger Hauer as a drifter who turns vigilante after he witnesses a brutal robbery, from director Jason Eisener and writer Johnathan Davies; andTroll Hunter, which follows a group of student filmmakers who meet a man protecting Norway from giant trolls, from Norwegian director Andre Ovredal.
American director Alex Stapleton corralled a hit list of film icons (Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron) to talk about the man who gave them their first directing jobs, independent stalwart Roger Corman, in Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel. And The Woman, from director Lucky McKee and co-writer Jack Ketchum, may spark some controversy with its story of a country lawyer who captures and attempts to “civilize” the last remaining member of a violent clan.
The Spotlight section includes work from Brazilian José Padilha (Elite Squad 2), South Korean Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil), Dane Susanne Bier (In a Better World), Canadian Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) and Americans Christopher Munch (Letters From the Big Man) and Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff). Araki returns with a sci-fi story, Kaboom, and mumblecore practitioner Joe Swanberg brings Uncle Kent, about an L.A. pothead trying to sleep with a New York woman he met on Chatroulette.
This year’s selection from The Sundance Collection at UCLA is Richard Linklater’s Slacker. The experimental New Frontier films have been moved out of a basement on Main Street and will now screen at Miners Hospital across from the Library Theatre
The complete list of non-competition films follows on next page.
Cedar Rapids/U.S.A. (Director: Miguel Arteta; Screenwriter: Phil Johnston) —A wholesome and naive small-town Wisconsin man travels to big city Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. Cast: Ed Helms, John C Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Alia Shawkat, Sigourney Weaver.
The Convincer/U.S.A. (Director: Jill Sprecher; Screenwriters: Jill Sprecher & Karen Sprecher) —An insurance salesman, caught in a caper involving a rare musical instrument, sets off a series of dramatic consequences. Cast: Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup, David Harbour.
The Details/U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jacob Aaron Estes) —When hungry raccoons discover worms living under the sod in a young couple’s backyard, the pest problem sets off a wild and absurd chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity, organ donation and murder by way of bow and arrow.Cast: Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert.
The Devil’s Double/Belgium (Director:Lee Tamahori; Screenwriter: Michael Thomas) —An extraordinary chapter in recent history providing a chilling vision of the House of Saddam comes to life through the eyes of the man who knew too much. Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Mimoun Oaissa, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast.
I Melt with You/Canada, U.S.A. (Director: Mark Pellington; Screenwriter: Glenn Porter, based on the story by Glenn Porter and Mark Pellington) —Four friends gather every year to celebrate their friendship. This year they are unexpectedly forced to confront a forgotten promise they made 25 years earlier. As they examine choices they’ve made, they realize that what they said they would do with their lives and what they have done are entirely different. Cast: Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino.
Life in a Day/United Kingdom (Director: Kevin Macdonald) —Life in a Day is a historic global experiment to create the world’s largest user-generated feature film. On July 24, 2010, professional and amateur filmmakers captured a glimpse of their lives on camera and uploaded the footage to YouTube, serving as a time capsule for future generations.
Margin Call/U.S.A.(Director and screenwriter: JC Chandor) —Over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, the key people at a investment bank struggle to decide how to handle an emergency business situation while examining the personal and moral implications of every action they take. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci.
The Music Never Stopped (Director: Jim Kohlberg; Screenwriters: Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks, based on the story “The Last Hippie” by Oliver Sacks) — A father struggles to bond with his estranged son who suffers a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. He learns to embrace his son’s choices and to try to connect with him through the power of music. Cast: J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Mia Maestro.
My Idiot Brother/U.S.A.(Director: Jesse Peretz; Screenwriters: Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall) — After serving time for selling pot, Ned successively moves in with each of his three sisters as he tries to get back on his feet. His best intentions quickly bring the family to the cusp of chaos and ultimately the brink of clarity. Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer.
Perfect Sense/United Kingdom (Director: David Mackenzie; Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson) —A poetic and magnetic love story about two people who start to fall in love just as the world begins to fall apart. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewen Bremner, Stephen Dillane, Denis Lawson and Connie Nielsen.
Red State/U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kevin Smith) — A group of misfits encounter extreme fundamentalism in Middle America. Cast: Michael Parks, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, John Goodman, Melissa Leo.
Salvation Boulevard/U.S.A. (Director: George Ratliff; Screenwriters: Doug Max Stone and George Ratliff, based on the novel by Larry Beinhart) —An evangelical preacher who has captivated a city with his charm frames an ex-hippie for a crime he did not commit. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei.
The Son of No One/U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Dito Montiel) —Two men in post-9/11 New York are forced to relive two murders they committed as young boys. Their lives start to unravel by the threat of the revelation of these shocking and personal secrets. Cast: Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche. CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Win Win/U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Tom McCarthy, based on the story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni) — When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor.
Becoming Chaz/U.S.A. (Directors: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato) — Born biologically female, Chastity Bono invites the viewer into a deeply personal journey as he transitions from female to male, embracing his true self, which is Chaz.
Bobby Fischer Against the World/U.S.A. (Director: Liz Garbus) — The drama of late chess-master Bobby Fischer’s career was undeniable,as he careened from troubled childhood, to World Champion and Cold War icon, to a fugitive on the run.
Granito/U.S.A. (Director: Pamela Yates) — A documentary film intertwines with Guatemala’s turbulent history and emerges as an active player in a nation’s struggle to heal itself and serve up justice.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold/U.S.A. (Director: Morgan Spurlock) — A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement is financed and made possible by branding, advertising and product placement.
The Interrupters/U.S.A. (Director: Steve James) — From the Academy Award-winning director of Hoop Dreams comes a story of ex-gang members who are now protecting their communities from the violence they themselves once employed.
Reagan/U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Eugene Jarecki) — Reagan examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world – icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan.
Rebirth/U.S.A. (Director: Jim Whitaker) — Weaving together five stories of individuals whose lives were profoundly altered by the 9/11 attack with unprecedented time-lapse footage of Ground Zero composed over ten years, what emerges is a chronicle of grief’s evolution and a nation healing.
These Amazing Shadows/U.S.A. (Directors: Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton) — The history and importance of the National Film Registry unfolds in a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.
Bellflower / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Evan Glodell) — A ballad for every person who has ever loved and lost – with enough violence, weapons, action and sex to tell a love story with apocalyptic stakes. Cast: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes.
The Lie / U.S.A. (Director: Joshua Leonard; Screenwriters: Jeff Feuerzeig, Joshua Leonard, Mark Webber and Jess Weixler, based on the short story by T. Coraghessan Boyle) — A man overwhelmed and disappointed with life tells a lie to avoid going to work… what could possibly go wrong? Cast: Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler, Mark Webber, Alia Shawkat, Jane Adams and Kelli Garner.
Lord Byron / U.S.A. (Director: Zack Godshall; Screenwriters: Zack Godshall and Ross Brupbacher) — When he’s not pursuing women, Byron is smoking weed and loafing around. But he’s grown restless in his middle-age and feels the need to escape – he just doesn’t know where to go. Cast: Paul Batiste, Gwendolyn Spradling, Kayla Lemaire.
The Off Hours / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Megan Griffiths) — A passing truck driver brings an unfamiliar sense of optimism to a woman working the night shift at a quiet diner, reminding her it’s never too late to become the person you always wanted to be. Cast: Amy Seimetz, Ross Partridge, Scoot McNairy, Lynn Shelton, Bret Roberts, Tony Doupe.
Prairie Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Dusty Bias) — When a mysterious vagrant living out of his car among the snowy plains discovers a nearly-frozen local with a pen-pal girlfriend, he sees an opportunity to change his lonely existence. Cast: Jeremy Clark, Holly Lynn Ellis, Garth Blomberg.
Restless City / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Dosunmu; Screenwriter: Eugene M. Gussenhoven) — An African immigrant survives on the fringes of New York City. Music is his passion, life is a hustle and falling in love is his greatest risk. Cast: Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Babs Olusanmokun.
sound of my voice / U.S.A. (Director: Zal Batmanglij; Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling) — A young couple infiltrates a cult that meets in a basement in the San Fernando Valley. Cast: Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling.
to.get.her / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Erica Dunton) — Five girls come together for one fateful night where anything goes. They all had secrets, but their friendship was the only thing they knew to be true. Cast: Jazzy De Lisser, Chelsea Logan, Adwoa Aboah, Jami Eaton, Audrey Speicher.
GRAB / U.S.A. (Director: Billy Luther) — Three families in the Laguna Pueblo tribe prepare for Grab Day, when they throw groceries from a rooftop to the community waiting below – an annual community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal. Documentary, narrated by Parker Posey. World Premiere.
INDIGENOUS SHORTS – a program of short films from around the world by Native American and indigenous filmmakers. The seven short films that will be presented together as part of the Native Showcase will be announced on December 6.
Attenberg / Greece (Director and screenwriter: Athina Rachel Tsangari)— Marina, a young woman living with her father in a decaying, seaside factory town, acquires a new perspective on the mysteries of human nature after she meets a stranger. Cast: Ariane Labed, Yorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou. U.S. Premiere
Elite Squad 2 (Tropa de Elite 2) / Brazil (Director: José Padilha; Screenwrtiers: Bráulio Mantovani, José Padilha and Rodrigo Pimentel) — Captain Nascimento of Rio de Janeiro’s special operations police unit has a new enemy: widespread corruption within the city. Cast: Wagner Moura, Seu Jorge, Tainá Müller, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz. International Premiere
I Saw the Devil(Akma-reul bo-attda) / South Korea (Director and screenwriter: Kim Jee-woon) —A young secret agent tracks a brutal serial killer who murdered his fiancée. Cast: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi. U.S. Premiere
In a Better World (Hævnen) / Denmark(Director: Susanne Bier; Story: Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen, Screenplay: Anders Thomas Jensen) — The lives of two Danish families become intertwined as an extraordinary but risky friendship develops. Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Markus Rygaard and William Jøhnk Nielsen. U.S. Premiere
Incendies / Canada, France (Director: Denis Villeneuve, Screenwriters: Denis Villeneuve with the collaboration of Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne, based on a stage play Incendies by: Wajdi Mouawad)— A mother’s last wish sends Jeanne and Simon, twins living in Canada, on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard.
Kaboom / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Gregg Araki)— A science fiction story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple. U.S. Premiere
Letters From the Big Man / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Christopher Munch) — An artist and government hydrologist surveying a remote part of southwestern Oregon befriends a sasquatch man and must take bold steps to protect his privacy, as well as her own. Cast: Lily Rabe, Jason Butler Harner, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Jim Cody Williams, Fiona Dourif. World Premiere
Meek’s Cutoff / U.S.A. (Director: Kelly Reichardt; Screenwriter: Jon Raymond) — In 1845, three families who have hired mountaineer Stephen Meek to guide their wagons over the Cascade Mountains get lost and face hunger, thirst and a lack of faith in their instincts for survival. Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Zoe Kaza, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson.
Old Cats (Gatos Viejos) / Chile (Directors and screenwriters: Pedro Peirano and Sebastián Silva) — An old woman who realizes that her mind is quickly deteriorating desperately tries to hide this condition from her daughter, who waits keenly for any sign of senility in order to take her apartment. Cast: Bélgica Castro, Claudia Celedón, Catalina Saavedra, Alejandro Sieveking.
Submarine / United Kingdom, U.S.A. (Director: Richard Ayoade; Screenwriter: Richard Ayoade from the novel by Joe Dunthorne) — Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Cast: Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine, Sally Hawkins, Yasmin Paige. U.S. Premiere
Uncle Kent / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Swanberg; Screenwriters: Joe Swanberg and Kent Osborne) — A pothead cartoonist in Los Angeles spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest – a woman from New York he met on Chatroulette. Cast: Kent Osborne. World Premiere
PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT
The Catechism Cataclysm / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Todd Rohal) — After becoming disinterested with the church, a priest tracks down his old classmate, a former metalhead whom he idolized in high school. When the two embark on a canoeing trip together, all hell breaks loose. Cast:Steve Little, Robert Longstreet, Walter Dalton, Miki Ann Maddox, Koko Lanham. World Premiere
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Madeleine Olnek) — A shy greeting card store employee unknowingly falls for a lesbian space alien while two government agents closely track their romance. Cast: Lisa Haas, Susan Ziegler, Jackie Monahan, Cynthia Kaplan, Dennis Davis, Alex Karpovsky, Rae C Wright. World Premiere
Hobo with A Shotgun / Canada(Director: Jason Eisener; Screenwriter: Johnathan Davies) — A hobo hops from a train with dreams of a fresh life in a new city, but instead finds himself trapped in an urban hell. When he witnesses a brutal robbery, he realizes the only way to deliver justice is with a shotgun in his hands and two shells in the chamber. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Molly Dunsworth, Gregory Smith, Brian Downey. World Premiere
The Oregonian / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder) — After surviving a brutal car accident, a simple farm woman limps down the road into the nightmarish unknown. Cast: Lindsay Pulsipher, Robert Longstreet, Matt Olsen, Lynne Compton, Barlow Jacobs, Chadwick Brown, Jed Maheu, Roger M. Mayer. World Premiere
Septien / U.S.A. (Director: Michael Tully) — A reclusive sports hustler returns home to his family farm after years of absence to reunite with his two eccentric, unhinged and emotionally damaged brothers. Cast: Robert Longstreet, Onur Tukel, Michael Tully, Rachel Korine, Mark Robinson, John Maringouin. World Premiere
Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren) / Norway (Director: Andre Ovredal) — A group of student filmmakers get more than they bargained for when tangling with a man tasked with protecting Norway from giant trolls. Cast: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Hans Morten Hansen, Johanna Mørch, Tomas Alf Larsen. International Premiere
Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel / U.S.A. (Director: Alex Stapleton) — Tracks the triumphant rise of Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director-producer, the true godfather of independent filmmaking. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, James Cameron, Roger Corman. World Premiere
The Woman / U.S.A. (Director: Lucky McKee; Screenwriters: Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee) — When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to “civilize” the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy. Cast: Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis, Lauren Ashley Carter, Zach Rand. World Premiere
Jess + Moss / U.S.A. (Director: Clay Jeter; Screenwriters: Clay Jeter and Debra Jeter) — Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, second cousins Jess and Moss only have each other. A series of visceral vignettes conjure memories of companionship and sexual awakening during a summer shared together on their Kentucky farm. Cast: Sarah Hagan, Austin Vickers. World Premiere.
The Mill & the Cross / Poland, Sweden (Director: Lech Majewski; Screenwriters: Michael Francis Gibson and Lech Majewski) — A visually vibrant and masterful work that seamlessly fortifies rich painterly compositions with digital effects, bringing Peter Brugel’s 1564 painting, The Way to Calvary, to real life. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling, Joanna Litwin. World Premiere
The Nine Muses / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Akomfrah) — An allegorical fable divided into overlapping musical chapters, this film retells the history of mass migration to post-war Britain through the suggestive lens of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. North American Premiere
!Women Art Revolution / U.S.A. (Director: Lynn Hershman Leeson) — One part of a transmedia project that includes the interactive video installation RAW WAR presented at New Frontier, this seminal documentary depicts the history of women artists who have used art as an activist practice to fight oppression and protest gender and racial exclusion – creating what many historians feel is the most significant art movement of the late-20th century. U.S. Premiere
The Woods / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Matthew Lessner) — A satirical nod to ethnographic film fashions a critique on media technology dependence, when eight young Americans move deep into to the woods to start their own utopia. Cast: Justin Phillips, Toby David, Adam Mortemore, Nicola Persky, Chris Edley. World Premiere.
FROM THE COLLECTION
Slacker / USA 1991 (Director and screenwriter: Richard Linklater) — Praising the film in the Chicago Sun-Times in 1991, Roger Ebert wrote, Slacker is “a movie with an appeal almost impossible to describe, although the method of the director, Richard Linklater, is as clear as day.” Cast: Richard Linklater, Marc James, Stella Weir, John Slater, Louis Mackey.
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