'Paddleton,' Starring Mark Duplass and Ray Romano, Added to Sundance Film Fest Schedule

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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' was named the winner of the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

Writer-director Alex Lehman’s Paddleton, starring Mark Duplass, Ray Romano, Ravi Patel and Christine Woods, has been added to the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival, which is set to run Jan. 24-Feb. 4. The pic concerns an unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors, one of whom is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The festival on Thursday also announced that it has added two films to its Midnight sidebar: Patrick Brice’s Corporate Animals, written by Sam Bain and starring Demi Moore and Ed Helms, about a group of people who become trapped underground during a corporate team-building trip to New Mexico; and writer-director Babak Anvari’s Wounds, starring Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson, about mysterious things that happen to a New Orleans bartender when he picks up a phone left behind at his bar. 

Christopher Munch’s The Hours and Times and Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s The Blair Witch Project, which premiered at Sundance in 1992 and 1999, respectively, will screen as part of The Collection, archive films from the Sundance Institute Collection at UCLA, a joint venture between UCLA Film & Television Archive and Sundance Institute. 

Pop-Up Magazine, produced by Anita Badejo, Haley Howle, Derek Fagerstrom and Tina Antolini, has also joined the program. It is described as a touring "live magazine" show created for a stage, a screen and a live audience. Contributors, including filmmakers, best-selling authors, popular radio and podcast voices and artists perform vivid, multimedia stories accompanied by illustration, animation, film, photography and an original live score. 

The festival also said Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, about a Malawi boy who helps his village by building a wind turbine, has been named the winner of the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and will screen at the fest’s Salt Lake City opening night.

Additionally, seven movies have been confirmed as Day One Films: Apollo 11The Edge of DemocracyGive Me LibertyThe Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon ValleyThe Last TreeMemory – The Origins of Alien and Shorts Program 1. The closing-night film will be Troop Zero

With the latest additions, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival will screen a total of 117 features. Of those, 39 percent, or 45, of all films were directed by one or more women; 35 percent, or 41, were helmed by one or more filmmakers of color; and 13 percent, or 15, were directed by one or more people who identify as LGBTQIA. One hundred five of the fest’s features, or 91 percent of the program lineup, will be world premieres.