Sundance plots 'Hamlet 2'


The Sundance Film Festival set forth the lineup for its New Frontier multimedia, live performance and panel discussions and added a world premiere for the main event: Andrew Fleming's comedy "Hamlet 2."

"Hamlet 2," starring Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler and David Arquette, has no domestic distributor. Premiering 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 multidirector 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 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 Jan. 17-27 in Park City.