'Hamlet 2' to be among New Frontiers


NEW YORK -- The Sundance Film Festival announced its New Frontier multimedia, live performance and panel discussion lineup and an added world premiere for the main fest: Andrew Fleming's comedy "Hamlet 2."

"Hamlet 2," starring Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler and David Arquette and which has no domestic distributor, premieres Jan. 21 out of competition in the Premieres slate. It stars Coogan as a high school drama teacher who creates a musical sequel to "Hamlet" based on the premise that no one died in the original play. Elisabeth Shue and Melonie Diaz round out the ensemble cast.

This year's seven New Frontier features are art-inspired films that use new narrative structures. Screenings include James Benning's art sculpture study "casting a glance," Michelange Quay's look at Hatian politics "Eat, For This is My Body," Jennifer Phang's family drama "Half-Life" and Mia Trachinger's genetic mutation love story "Reversion."

Yang Fudong's historical biographies "Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Parts 4 and 5" and the multi-director French animated omnibus "Fear(s) of the Dark" round out the features slate. New Frontier also is showcasing 15 moving-image art installations, including a new work by DJ Spooky.

Panels of interest to the film industry include "Going it Alone: Digital Distribution for Indie Filmmakers," "Webolution! Hollywood Adapts to the Web," "New Filmmaking Technology: What's Now and What's Next" and "Alternative Storytelling for New Media Platforms."

The New Frontier program will be held in the New Frontier on Main venue from Jan. 17-27 in Park City.