The Sundance Film Festival unspools January 20-30, and indie film fans who can’t make the trip to Park City will get a treat via Sundance Film Festival USA and Sundance Selects.
On January 27, Sundance filmmakers will travel from Park City to nine American cities for screenings of their direct from festival films followed by a Q&A session. The cities taking part in Sundance Film Festival USA are Ann Arbor, Brookline, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, Nashville, San Francisco, and Seattle. Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute explains that Festival USA, “…[is] designed both to provide people with access to films premiering at the Festival, and to encourage interaction between artists and audiences.”
Director/screenwriter Jacob Aaron Estes brings the Festival USA experience to Los Angeles on January 27 when he screens his film The Details at the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz at 7:30 p.m. The Details stars Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks as a troubled married couple whose lives are further complicated by an invasion of ravenous raccoons. The film also stars Laura Linney, and Ray Liotta.
In addition to these theater screenings, Sundance is bringing the Festival atmosphere directly into fans’ homes with Sundance Selects. Five independent films will premiere day and date at the Festival and on the cable service On Demand and will be available for approximately 30 days. The five films from this year’s Sundance Festival are:
Uncle Kent–writer/director Joe Swanberg’s modern comedy about aging, loneliness, desire, and the awkward intimacies of online friendship. (Premieres January 22)
Mad Bastards—written and directed by Brendan Fletcher, this film tells of an estranged father, a mad bastard, who travels across the Australian region of Kimberly to make things right with his son. (Premieres January 22)
These Amazing Shadows—this documentary by filmmakers by Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton spotlights the National Film Registry and the power of the movies. (Premieres January 22)
Septien—written, directed and starring Michael Tully, Septien follows a distant, sports hustling man who, after being missing for eighteen years, returns home to an isolated piece of land managed by his two eccentric brothers. (Premieres January 24)
Kaboom—indie and cult favorite writer/director Gregg Araki returns to Sundance with his psychedelic, sex-drenched, horror comedy thriller that’s been called a “Twin Peaks” for the Coachella generation. (Premieres On Demand, January 26; opens in LA on February 4)
Sundance Selects will also be showing films from previous Sundance years as well as from festivals worldwide.
In addition to the screenings, filmmaker panels and other live events at Sundance are available on your computer screen through [email protected] from the main Sundance site. There’s also the Sundance YouTube channel which will premiere 12 shorts screened at the festival among other event news and happenings.
So no need to be glum that you missed this year’s Festival, be happy that Sundance is reaching out and traveling to you.
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