Method Fest announces selections


Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Method Fest will feature Helen Hunt's directorial debut "Then She Found Me" and Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor" as this year's Centerpiece films.

Other selections for this year's event, set for March 23-April 3 in Calabasas, Calif., include "The Stone Angel" starring Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Page, the Tom Hines-directed "Chronic Town" and "Diminished Capacity" starring Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen and Alan Alda. Peter Duncan's "Unfinished Sky" will also be featured.

World premieres include the Western-themed "Crazy," based on the life of guitar player Hank Garland, and the South African "Lullaby" directed by "Cry the Beloved Country's" Darrell Roodt.

In all, this year's line-up for the festival, which prides itself on showcasing bold performances and character-driven movies, includes 25 features and 48 short films.

"This is the strongest lineup in our festival's history," said Don Franken, executive director of Method Fest.