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The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, is an American film festival that takes place annually in Utah. With 46,731 attendees in 2012, it is one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States.[1] Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, and Park City At Midnight.
Contents

1 History
1.1 Utah/US Film Festival
1.2 Change to Sundance
1.3 Sundance London
1.4 Sundance Productions and the IFC competition
1.5 Sundance Institute
1.6 Notability of festivals
1.7 Growth of the festival
1.8 Directors
2 In popular culture
3 See also
4 References
4.1 Further reading
5 External links

History
Utah/US Film Festival

Sundance began in Salt Lake City in August 1978, as the Utah/US Film Festival in an effort to attract more filmmakers to Utah. It was founded by Sterling Van Wagenen (then head of Wildwood, Robert Redford’s company), John Earle, and Cirina Hampton Catania (both serving on the Utah Film Commission at the time). The 1978 festival featured films such as Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight Cowboy, Mean Streets, and The Sweet Smell of Success. [2] With Chairperson Robert Redford, and the help of Utah Governor Scott M. Matheson, the goal of the festival was to showcase strictly American-made films, highlight the potential of independent film, and to increase visibility for filmmaking in Utah. At the time, the main focus of the event was to conduct a competition for independent American films, present a series of retrospective films and filmmaker panel discussions, and to celebrate the Frank Capra Award. The festival also highlighted the work of regional filmmakers who worked outside the Hollywood system.

The jury of the 1978 festival was headed by Gary Allison, and included Verna Fields, Linwood G. Dunn, Katharine Ross, Charles E. Sellier Jr., Mark Rydell, and Anthea Sylbert.

In 1979, Sterling Van Wagenen left to head up the first year pilot program of what was to become the Sundance Institute, and Cirina Hampton Catania took over as executive director of the festival. Over 60 films were screened at the festival that year, and panels featured many well-known Hollywood filmmakers. Also that year, the first Frank Capra Award went to Jimmy Stewart. The festival also made a profit for the first time. In 1980, Catania left the festival to pursue a production career in Hollywood.

Several factors helped propel the growth of Utah/US Film Festival. First was the involvement of actor and Utah resident Robert Redford, who became the festival’s inaugural chairman. By having Redford’s name associated with the festival, it received great attention. Secondly, the country was hungry for more venues that would celebrate American-made films as the only other festival doing so at the time was the USA Film Festival in Dallas (est. 1971). Response in Hollywood was unprecedented as major studios did all they could to contribute their resources.

In 1981, the festival moved to Park City, Utah, and changed the dates from September to January. The move from late summer to mid-winter was reportedly[by whom?] done on the advice of Hollywood director Sydney Pollack, who suggested that running a film festival in a ski resort during winter would draw more attention from Hollywood.
Change to Sundance

In 1984–85, the now well-established Sundance Institute, headed by Sterling Van Wagenen, took over management of the US Film Festival and changed the name to Sundance.[contradiction] Gary Beer and Van Wagenen spearheaded production of the inaugural Sundance Film Festival, which included Program Director Tony Safford and Administrative Director Jenny Walz Selby. The branding and marketing transition from the US Film Festival to the Sundance Film Festival was managed under the direction of Colleen Allen, Allen Advertising Inc., by appointment of Robert Redford.
Sundance London
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In March 2011, Robert Redford announced that the Sundance Film Festival would be held at The O2, in London from 26 to 29 April 2012, the first time it has travelled outside the United States.[clarification needed][citation needed]

Speaking to the press, Redford said, “We are excited to partner with AEG Europe to bring a particular slice of American culture to life in the inspired setting of The O2, and in this city of such rich cultural history. [...] It is our mutual goal to bring to the UK, the very best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it, and in essence help build a picture of our country that is broadly reflective of the diversity of voices not always seen in our cultural exports.”[citation needed]

The majority of the film screenings, including the festival’s premieres, will be held within the Cineworld cinema.[3]
Sundance Productions and the IFC competition
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After the movie Boys Don’t Cry, which had been in the labs at Sundance, had received rave reviews, Redford was stunned to find out that IFC,[clarification needed] which had co-financed the film and Fox Searchlight, which distributed it, received a majority of the credit for the film’s great reviews, ignoring Sundance’s role in the success of the film. At this point IFC had been expanding fast, with film distribution and production. Redford saw IFC as competition and thought if IFC can do it Sundance can too. In 1999 Redford announced Sundance Productions, which was to be lead by Jeff Kleeman, an experienced production executive who was lured away from MGM studios. Sundance Productions had the vision of producing 12 films in a matter of four years. Some film budgets ranging from 1-2 million dollars, others ranging from 15-20 million dollars.[citation needed]
Sundance Institute

Management of the festival was taken over by the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization, in 1985. In 1991 the festival was officially renamed the Sundance Film Festival,[contradiction] after Redford’s character The Sundance Kid from the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.[4]

From 2006 through 2008, the Sundance Institute collaborated with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on a special series of film screenings, performances, panel discussions, and special events bringing the institute’s activities and the festival’s programming to New York City.[5]
Notability of festivals

Many famous independent filmmakers received their big break at Sundance, including Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Field, Steve James, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, Darren Aronofsky, James Wan, Edward Burns, and Jim Jarmusch. The festival is also responsible for bringing wider attention to such films as Saw, Garden State, Super Troopers, The Blair Witch Project, Better Luck Tomorrow, Primer, Reservoir Dogs, In the Bedroom, Little Miss Sunshine, El Mariachi, Moon, Clerks, Thank You for Smoking, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, The Brothers McMullen, and Napoleon Dynamite.

Three Seasons was the first in festival history to ever receive both the Grand Jury Award and Audience Award, in 1999. Later films that won both awards are: God Grew Tired of Us in 2006 (documentary category), Quinceañera in 2006 (dramatic category), and Precious in 2009.

At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, 9 films went on to garner 15 Oscar nominations,[6] and 4 of the 5 Best Documentary nominees were Sundance films.[7] The next year, about 45 films were acquired by distributors (the most ever[8]) vs. 14 in 2010, an increase of about 220%.[9] Tom Hall of indieWire said it marked “a return to the glory days of pure, unadulterated content speculation.”[10]
Growth of the festival

The festival has changed over the decades from a low-profile venue for small-budget, independent creators from outside the Hollywood system to a media extravaganza for Hollywood celebrity actors, paparazzi, and luxury lounges set up by companies not affiliated with Sundance. Festival organizers have tried curbing these activities in recent years, beginning in 2007 with their ongoing Focus On Film campaign.

Included in the changes made in 2010, a new programming category, NEXT, is for extremely low-budget films. Another change includes the Sundance Film Festival USA program, in which eight of the festival’s films will be shown in eight theaters around the country.[11]
Directors

Geoff Gilmore – 1991–2009[12][13]
John Cooper – March 2009[14]

In popular culture

In August 1998, the animated television series South Park episode “Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls” depicts the directors of the Sundance Festival moving it to a “different small mountain town,” that of the show’s main setting South Park, in order to “drain it and morph it into a new LA.”

In the television series Entourage, one of the independent movies that Vincent Chase stars in (Queens Boulevard) premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, where it begins to gain in popularity.

In the animated television series The Simpsons “Any Given Sundance” episode, Lisa Simpson enters a documentary about her family into the Sundance Film Festival.

In Season 7, Episode 22 of One Tree Hill, Julian Baker takes his film Seven Days Till Tuesday to the festival.
See also

List of Sundance Film Festival award winners
List of Sundance Film Festival selections
Sundance Channel

References

^ Stambro, Jan Elise. “The Economic Impacts of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Held in Utah from January 19, 2012 to January 29, 2012″ (pdf). Bureau of Economic and Business Research. University of Utah. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
^ Craig, Benjamin. “History of the Sundance Film Festival”. Sundance-A Festival Virgin’s Guide. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
^ “Robert Redford, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe launch Sundance London at The O2″. Sundance London. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
^ Peden, Lauren David (December 2005). “Sundance Subdued”. Freedom Orange County Information (coastmagazine.com). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
^ “Sundance Mixed With Stars, Politicians”. BAM. Retrieved 2007-11-11.[dead link]
^ Harris, Dana (January 25, 2011). “The 15 Oscar Nominees That Came Out of Sundance 2010″. indieWire. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
^ Knegt, Peter (February 3, 2011). “For Your Consideration: Sundance and Next Year’s Oscars”. indieWire. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
^ Yuan, Jada (January 30, 2011). “Like Crazy’s Big Win, and Other Highlights From the Sundance Awards Ceremony”. New York. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
^ Rancilio, Alicia (January 30, 2011). “Redford relieved this year’s Sundance is ending”. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-02-04.[dead link]
^ Hall, Tom (January 29, 2011). “Sundance 2011 The Obligatory Trend Piece”. indieWire. Retrieved 2011-02-04.[dead link]
^ Clark, Cody (22 January 22 2010). “Redford launches 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City”. The Daily Herald. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
^ Kay, Jeremy (11 March 2009). “John Cooper steps up as director of Sundance Film Festival”. ScreenDaily.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31.(subscription required)
^ Cieply, Michael (17 February 2009). “Shakeup in Film Festivals as a Familiar Face Moves”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
^ “Sundance Institute announces John Cooper as Director, Sundance Film Festival” (pdf) (Press release). Sundance Institute. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-31.

Further reading

Anderson, John. Sundancing: Hanging Out And Listening In At America’s Most Important Film Festival. Harper Paperbacks, 2000.
Biskind, Peter. Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. Simon & Schuster, 2004.
Craig, Benjamin. Sundance – A Festival Virgin’s Guide. Cinemagine Media Publishing, 2004.
Smith, Lory. Party in a Box: The Story of the Sundance Film Festival . Gibbs Smith Publishers, 1999.

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17-27 and today the fest unveiled their competition slates including film in the Dramatic, Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic, Word Cinema Documentary and Next competitions. As always, these lineups are incredibly hard to predict, but amid this group there are a few interesting titles.

The Dramatic competition includes Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight, a dark comedy starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch that centers on a L.A. housewife who hires a stripper as a live-in nanny.

I had not heard of David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, but a cast that includes Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker and Keith Carradine is immediately appealing, while the plot compares itself to Terrence Malick’s Badlands and Bonnie & Clyde telling a story of Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, two young outlaws who are brought down by the authorities in the hills of Texas. Four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out across the countryside to find Ruth and the daughter he’s never met – unaware that Ruth has set her past behind her and struck up a relationship with a lawman who is tied to their violent past.

Daniel Radcliffe on the set of Kill Your DarlingsThen there’s the Beat generation murder mystery Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac and Ben Foster as Williams S. Burroughs and telling the story of a 1944 murder at Columbia that brought the three together. Dane DeHann, Michael C. Hall and Elizabeth Olsen co-star.

Lynn Shelton teams with Rosemarie DeWitt for Touchy Feely, a film centered on a massage therapist who develops a sudden aversion to bodily contact while her uptight dentist brother finds himself endowed with a “healing touch.” Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy and Ellen Page fill out that cast.

Smashed director James Ponsoldt reteams with Mary Elizabeth Winstead in The Spectacular Now, which co-stars Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kyle Chandler and is described as a study of a relationship between a high-school senior and the introverted woman he tries to save.

Lake Bell is bringing In a World…, which she wrote and directed and Shane Carruth (Primer) arrives with Upstream Color, a film about a man and woman who find themselves drawn together as they struggle to reassemble the fragments of their wrecked lives. The film will mark Carruth’s first film in nine years since Primer premiered at Sundance in 2004.

There is much, much more to find so scroll down to see what piques your interest.
DRAMATIC COMPETITION

The 16 films in this section are world premieres and, unless otherwise noted, are from the U.S.

Afternoon Delight – Directed and written by Jill Soloway. A dark comedy about a Los Angeles housewife who hires a stripper as a live-in nanny. Stars Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Directed and written by David Lowery. A Texas outlaw escapes from prison and sets out to reunite with his wife and daughter. With Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker and Keith Carradine.

Austenland (U.S.-U.K.) – Directed by Jerusha Hess, written by Hess and Shannon Hale. A thirty-something woman obsessed with Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice” sees her fantasies come to life at an English resort. Features Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia King and James Callis.

C.O.G. – Directed and written by Kyle Patrick Alvarez. A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm in this first film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work. Stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, Troian Bellisario.

Concussion – Directed and written by Stacie Passon. A housewife decides to make a dramatic life change after receiving a blow to the head. With Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney and Laila Robins.

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes – Directed and written by Francesca Gregorini. A disturbed young girl becomes preoccupied with her new neighbor, who bears a strong resemblance to her dead mother. Stars Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor, Jimmi Simpson and Aneurin Barnard.

Fruitvale – Directed and written by Ryan Coogler. A fact-based account of a 22-year-old Bay Area resident having an eventful day on Dec. 31, 2008. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray.

In a World… – Directed and written by Lake Bell. A woman pursues her dreams of becoming a voiceover star, encouraged by her father, the king of movie-trailer voiceovers. Features Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino and Fred Melamed.

Kill Your Darlings – Directed by John Krokidas, written by Austin Bunn and Krokidas. A look at the origins of the Beat generation as seen through the eyes of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs when they were students at Columbia in 1944. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHann, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston and Elizabeth Olsen.

The Lifeguard – Directed and written by Liz W. Garcia. A New York reporter quits her job and returns to her childhood home in Connecticut, where she takes on the profession of the title. With Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan and David Lambert.

Mother of George – Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, written by Darci Picoult. The story of a woman willing to risk everything for her marriage. Stars Isaach De Bankole, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia and Bukky Ajayi.

May in the Summer (U.S.-Qatar-Jordan) – Directed and written by Cherien Dabis. A bride-to-be reunites with her family in Jordan, where she is forced to confront the reality of her parents’ divorce. Features Cherien Dabis, Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman, Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf and Alexander Siddig.

The Spectacular Now – Directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. A study of a relationship between a high-school senior and the introverted woman he tries to save. Stars Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kyle Chandler.

Touchy Feely – Directed and written by Lynn Shelton. A massage therapist develops a sudden aversion to bodily contact; meanwhile, her uptight dentist brother finds himself endowed with a “healing touch.” With Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page and Josh Pais.

Toy’s House – Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, written by Chris Galletta. A tale of three unhappy teenage boys who plan to flee into the wilderness. Features Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie.

Upstream Color – Directed by Shane Carruth. A man and woman find themselves drawn together as they struggle to reassemble the fragments of their wrecked lives. Stars Amy Seimetz, Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins.
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

The 16 films in this section are world premieres and, unless otherwise noted, are from the U.S.

99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film – Directed by Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read and Nina Kristic. A cooperative effort by filmmakers across America to tell the story of the Occupy movement that erupted in September 2011.

After Tiller – Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. A study of the only four doctors willing to provide late-term abortions in the U.S. following the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller.

American Promise – Directed by Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson. An intimate 12-year study of two African-American families trying to seek opportunity by educating their sons.

Blackfish – Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Explores the consequences of keeping whales in captivity through the story of Tilikum, an orca responsible for the deaths of three individuals.

Blood Brother – Directed by Steve Hoover. Follows the journey of Rocky, a man who went to India as a tourist and stayed to help a group of HIV-positive children.

Citizen Koch – Directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin. Focuses on Wisconsin, the birthplace of the Republican Party, now ground zero in the battle for the party’s future.

Cutie and the Boxer – Directed by Zachary Heinzerling. A portrait of the 40-year marriage of boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife/assistant, Noriko.

Dirty Wars – Directed by Richard Rowley. Follows journalist Jeremy Scahill as he investigates America’s covert wars.

Gideon’s Army – Directed by Dawn Porter. A study of three young public defenders who spend long hours working for people in society’s margins.

The Good Life – Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine. Follows the efforts of two doctors to save their son from the rare and fatal disease progeria.

Inequality for All – Directed by Jacob Kornbluth. Economic policy expert Robert Reich addresses the topic of income inequality in the U.S.

Manhunt – Directed by Greg Barker. Traces the CIA’s lengthy war vs. Al Qaeda.

Narco Cultura – Directed by Shaul Schwarz. A look at the rising pop-cultural influence of Mexican drug cartels, as seen through the eyes of an aspiring singer in Los Angeles and a detective in Juarez.

Twenty Feet From Stardom – Directed by Morgan Neville. Spotlights the little-seen lives of backup singers.

Valentine Road – Directed by Marta Cunningham. A study of the circumstances leading up to and following the 2008 murder of California teen Lawrence King by his classmate.
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION

The 12 films in this section are world premieres unless otherwise specified.

Circles (Serbia-Germany-France-Croatia-Slovenia) – Directed by Srdan Golubovic. The story of five individuals coping with the aftermath of a tragic act that occurred 20 years earlier. Stars Aleksandar Bercek, Leon Lucev, Nebojsa Glogovac, Hristina Popovic, Nikola Rakocevic and Vuk Kostic.

Crystal Fairy (Chile) – Directed and written by Sebastian Silva. Two very different strangers go on a drug-fueled road trip to Chile. With Michael Cera, Gabby Hoffmann, Juan Andres Silva, Jose Miguel Silva and Agustin Silva.

The Future (Chile-Germany-Italy-Spain) – Directed and written by Alicia Scherson. When their parents die, a brother and sister begin a dangerous journey. With Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer, Luigi Ciardo, Nicolas Vaporidis, Alessandro Giallocosta.

Houston (Germany) – Directed and written by Bastian Guenther. A corporate headhunter and alcoholic increasingly loses his grip on reality during a business trip to the titular Texas city. Stars Ulrich Tukur, Garret Dillahunt, Wolfram Koch, Jenny Schily, Jason Douglas, Jens Muenchow.

Jiseul (South Korea) – Directed and written by Muel O. A drama about 120 Korean villagers who hid from soldiers in a cave during the 1948 Jeju Island massacre. Features Sung Min-chul, Yang Jung-won, Oh Young-soon, Park Soon-dong, Moon Suk-bum and Jang Kyung-sub. International premiere.

Lasting (Poland-Spain) – Directed by Jacek Borcuch. Two Polish students fall in love while working summer jobs in Spain, but their lives are unexpectedly thrown into chaos. Stars Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus and Angelina Molina.

Metro Manila (U.K.-Philippines) – Directed by Sean Ellis. A Filipino farming family moves to Manila in search of a better life. Features Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla and Althea Vega.

Shopping (New Zealand) – Directed and written by Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland. The tale of a teenage boy torn between his family and a gang of shoplifters in 1981 New Zealand. Stars Kevin Paulo, Julian Dennison, Jacek Koman and Alistair Browning.

Soldate Jeannette (Austria) – Directed by Daniel Hoesl. Two characters leave their old lives behind in a quest for personal liberty. Features Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Christina Reichsthaler, Josef Kleindienst, Aurelia Burckhardt, Julia Schranz, Ines Rossl.

There Will Come a Day (Italy-France) – Directed by Giorgio Diritti, written by Diritti, Fredo Valla and Tania Pedroni. A young Italian woman grappling with self-doubt journeys into the Amazon rainforest. Stars Jasmine Trinca, Anne Alvaro and Pia Engleberth.

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) (Afghanistan) – Directed and written by Barmak Akram. An unmarried girl becomes pregnant after being seduced by a young man in Kabul. With Wajma Bahar, Mustafa Abdulsatar, Haji Gul and Breshna Bahar.

What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (Indonesia) – Directed and written by Mouly Surya. A story of love and misunderstanding at a high school for the visually impaired. With Nicholas Saputra, Ayushita Nugraha, Karina Salim, Anggun Priambodo and Lupita Jennifer.
WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

The 12 films in this section are world premieres unless otherwise specified.

Fallen City (China) – Directed by Qi Zhao. Four years in the lives of three families who survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. North American premiere.

Fire in the Blood (India) – Directed by Dylan Mohan Gray. Follows the fight to bring low-cost AIDS drugs to Africa. North American premiere.

Google and the World Brain (Spain-U.K.) – Directed by Ben Lewis. Follows Google’s ambitious project to build a giant digital library by scanning millions of copyrighted books.

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (Georgia-Germany) – Directed by Tinatin Gurchiani. A director visits villages and cities to cast the 15-to-23-year-old protagonist of her new film.

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The Moo Man (U.K.) – Directed by Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier. A year in the rapidly changing lives of a farmer and his cows.

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer (Russian Federation-U.K.) – Directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin. Follows the fates of three young women facing prison time for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral.

A River Changes Course (Cambodia-U.S.) – Directed by Kalyanee Mam. A look at the crippling effects of deforestation, overfishing and debt on three young Cambodians.

Salma ( U.K.-India) – Directed by Kim Longinotto. A profile of a South Indian woman locked away by her parents when she reached puberty.

The Square (Egypt-U.S.) – Directed by Jehane Noujaim. A look at five Egyptian activists caught up in the country’s ongoing revolution.

The Stuart Hall Project (U.K.) – Directed by John Akomfrah. A portrait of the eponymous British anti-nuclear campaigner and New Left activist, spanning seven years of Hall’s film, radio and TV appearances.

The Summit (Ireland-Switzerland) – Directed by Nick Ryan. Covers an ill-fated 2008 climbing mission at K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. International premiere.

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (U.K.) – Directed by Marc Silver. Follows the search to identify a body discovered in the Arizona desert.
NEXT

The 10 American films in this section are world premieres.

Blue Caprice – Directed by Alexandre Moors, written by R.F.I. Porto and Moors. A story of an abandoned boy and a dangerous father figure, inspired by the events leading up to the 2002 sniper attacks in Washington, D.C. Stars Isaiah Washingon, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, Cassandra Freeman and Leo Fitzpatrick.

Computer Chess – Directed by Andrew Bujalski. An existential comedy about the men who taught machines to play chess. With Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary and Wiley Wiggins.

Escape From Tomorrow – Directed and written by Randy Moore. Chronicles an epic battle between an unemployed, middle-aged father and two teenage girls he meets on vacation. Features Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady and Allison Lees-Taylor.

I Used to Be Darker – Directed by Matthew Porterfield, written by Amy Belk and Porterfield. A family drama in which a runaway seeks refuge in Baltimore with her aunt and uncle, whose marriage is on the rocks. Stars Deragh Campbell, Hannah Gross, Kim Taylor, Ned Oldham, Geoff Grace and Nick Petr.

It Felt Like Love – Directed by Eliza Hittman. The story of a 14-year-old girl’s sexual odyssey, which takes a dangerous turn when she pursues an older man. Features Gina Piersanti, Giovanna Salimeni, Ronen Rubinstein, Jesse Cordasco, Nick Rosen and Case Prime.

Milkshake – Directed by David Andalman, written by Andalman and Mariko Munro. Charts the tragic sex life and identity crisis of Jolie Jolson, the great-great-grandson of legendary vaudevillian Al Jolson. Stars Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps, Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick and Danny Burstein.

Newlyweeds – Directed by Shaka King. A dark coming-of-age comedy about a Brooklyn repo man and his globetrotting girlfriend. With Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Colman Domingo, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Adrian Martinez.

Pit Stop – Directed by Yen Tan, written by Tan and David Lowery. A love story about two working-class gay men in a small Texas Town. With Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Alfredo Maduro and Corby Sullivan.

A Teacher – Directed by Hannah Fidell. A popular teacher at a suburban Texas high school has an affair with one of her students. Features Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Jonny Mars, Julie Phillips and Chris Dubeck.

This Is Martin Bonner – Directed and written by Chad Hartigan. In which the title character starts his life over at age 58 with a new job in prison rehabilitation and an unlikely friendship with an ex-con. Stars Paul Eenhoorn, Richmond Arquette, Sam Buchanan, Robert Longstreet and Demetrius Grosse.

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Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Submissions are now open.  You may click the “submit now” button below to start the application process.  Before you begin, please read the Rules & Regulations document thoroughly.  For answers to the most commonly asked questions, download our FAQ Document. The following are our deadlines and fees for this year year:
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Monday, July 29, 2014 – $40 ENTRY FEE
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Friday, August 9, 2014 – $50 ENTRY FEE
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Films from Jim Mickle, Jeff Baena and first-time feature helmer John Slattery will compete in the 30th annual Park City event, running Jan. 16-26.

Like much of the film industry, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is aging up. The festival’s competition lineup, announced Wednesday, skewed decidedly older than in year’s past.

Though the indie film mecca has been oft associated with up-and-coming talent, this year’s incarnation is heavy on films that star seasoned actors and actresses and tackle more adult storylines. Among the films vying in the U.S. and world categories are Jim Mickle‘s Cold in July (starring Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson and Sam Shepard) and first-time feature helmer John Slattery‘s God’s Pocket (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Richard Jenkins).

“This year’s lineup is reflective of filmmakers wanting to tell new stories, and we’re seeing a broader range of characters and ages,” Trevor Groth, director of programming for the festival, told The Hollywood Reporter. “A lot of times, the typical Sundance filmmaker has a younger perspective and tells stories of what they know. But this year we’re seeing more stories about people who are older.”

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With mainstream films increasingly catering to a more mature audience, it’s no surprise that there is a trickle-down effect in the indie world. Another trend afoot with this year’s competition crop is the proliferation of so-called genre films.

“We’re seeing more genre films and genre used in interesting ways,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival. “We’re seeing horror films, thriller, Westerns. In the NEXT section alone, there are 9-10 comedies. I think filmmakers have become more cognizant of the different ways they can reach their audience.”

The festival, which marks its 30th anniversary this year, runs Jan. 16-26, 2014, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

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As with past years, there is no shortage of star power in the competition lineup, with everyone from Kristen Stewart tackling the role of a guard in Guantanamo Bay who strikes up an unlikely relationship with a detainee in Camp X-Ray to Anne Hathaway as a woman retracing the life of her now-comatose brother in Song One. And Lena Dunham turns up in a supporting role in Joe Swanberg‘s Happy Christmas.

Among the hot-button documentaries in competition are Ben Cotner and Ryan White‘s The Case Against 8 (a behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage) and Brian Knappenberger‘s The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (about the Internet prodigy and activist who committed suicide this year). And in a sign of the times, there are two documentaries in the world doc competition dealing with Internet addiction: Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia‘s Web Junkie from Israel and Valerie Veatch‘s Love Child from South Korea/U.S.A.

This year, 117 feature-length films representing 37 countries were selected for Sundance; the haul includes projects from 53 first-time filmmakers — including 34 films that are in competition. These projects were selected from 12,218 submissions, 72 more than last year. There are 16 films in both the U.S. dramatic and documentary competition sections, and 12 films in both the world cinema dramatic and documentary sections. Also announced Wednesday were the 11 films in the festival’s noncompetition NEXT section, which showcases new voices in American cinema.

Over the coming days, the festival will unveil its feature-length films in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontier, Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections as well as selections for the Short Film section and new Sundance Kids section of films for younger audiences.

The complete competition and NEXT lineups appear after the jump.

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U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

Camp X-Ray/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Peter Sattler) — A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch.

Cold in July/ U.S.A. (Director: Jim Mickle, Screenwriters: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici) — After killing a home intruder, a small town Texas man’s life unravels into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell.

Dear White People/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Justin Simien) — Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in postracial America while weaving a story about forging one’s unique path in the world. Cast: Tyler Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell.

Fishing Without Nets / U.S.A., Somalia, Kenya (Director: Cutter Hodierne, Screenwriters: Cutter Hodierne, John Hibey, David Burkman) — A story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of a struggling, young Somali fisherman. Cast: Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abduwhali Faarah, Abdikhadir Hassan, Reda Kateb, Idil Ibrahim.

God’s Pocket/ U.S.A. (Director: John Slattery, Screenwriters: John Slattery, Alex Metcalf) — When Mickey’s stepson Leon is killed in a construction “accident,” Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when the boy’s mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please, and a debt he can’t pay. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro.

Happy Christmas/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Joe Swanberg) — After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son. Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg.

Hellion/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kat Candler) — When motocross and heavy metal obsessed, 13-year-old Jacob’s delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother Wes with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father must finally take responsibility for their actions and each other in order to bring Wes home. Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, Walt Roberts.

Infinitely Polar Bear/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Maya Forbes) — A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier. Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide.

Jamie Marks Is Dead/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Carter Smith) — No one seemed to care about Jamie Marks until after his death. Hoping to find the love and friendship he never had in life, Jamie’s ghost visits former classmate Adam McCormick, drawing him into the bleak world between the living and the dead. Cast: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Judy Greer, Madisen Beaty, Liv Tyler.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter/ U.S.A. (Director: David Zellner, Screenwriters: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner) — A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real. Abandoning her structured life in Tokyo for the frozen Minnesota wilderness, she embarks on an impulsive quest to search for her lost mythical fortune. Cast: Rinko Kikuchi.

Life After Beth/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeff Baena) — Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she mysteriously returns, he gets a second chance at love. Soon his whole world turns upside down… Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser.

Low Down/ U.S.A. (Director: Jeff Preiss, Screenwriters: Amy Albany, Topper Lilien) — Based on Amy Jo Albany’s memoir, Low Down explores her heart-wrenching journey to adulthood while being raised by her father, bebop pianist Joe Albany, as he teeters between incarceration and addiction in the urban decay and waning bohemia of Hollywood in the 1970s. Cast: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Flea.

The Skeleton Twins/ U.S.A. (Director: Craig Johnson, Screenwriters: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman) — Estranged twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront the reasons their lives went so wrong. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook, Joanna Gleason.

The Sleepwalker/ U.S.A., Norway (Director: Mona Fastvold, Screenwriters: Mona Fastvold, Brady Corbet) — A young couple, Kaia and Andrew, are renovating Kaia´s secluded family estate. Their lives are violently interrupted when unexpected guests arrive. The Sleepwalker chronicles the unraveling of the lives of four disparate characters as it transcends genre conventions and narrative contrivance to reveal something much more disturbing. Cast: Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Stephanie Ellis.

Song One/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kate Barker-Froyland) — Estranged from her family, Franny returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester. Against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s music scene, Franny and James develop an unexpected relationship and face the realities of their lives. Cast: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield.

Whiplash/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Damien Chazelle) — Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity. Cast: Miles Teller, JK Simmons. (Day 1 film)

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Sixteen world-premiere American documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people and events that shape the present day.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory / U.S.A. (Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett) — Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia — many of them alone in nursing homes. A man with a simple idea discovers that songs embedded deep in memory can ease pain and awaken these fading minds. Joy and life are resuscitated, and our cultural fears over aging are confronted.

All the Beautiful Things/ U.S.A. (Director: John Harkrider) — John and Barron are lifelong friends whose friendship is tested when Barron’s girlfriend says Barron put a knife to her throat and raped her. Not knowing she has lied, John tells her to go to the police. Years later, John and Barron meet in a bar to resolve the betrayal.

CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart  / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Jeremiah Zagar) — In an extraordinary and tragic American story, a small town murder becomes one of the highest-profile cases of all time. From its historic role as the first televised trial to the many books and movies made about it, the film looks at the media’s enduring impact on the case.

The Case Against 8/ U.S.A. (Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White) — A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cesar’s Last Fast/ U.S.A. (Directors: Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee) — Inspired by Catholic social teaching, Cesar Chavez risked his life fighting for America’s poorest workers. The film illuminates the intensity of one man’s devotion and personal sacrifice, the birth of an economic justice movement, and tells an untold chapter in the story of civil rights in America.

Dinosaur 13/ U.S.A. (Director: Todd Miller) — The true tale behind one of the greatest discoveries in history. (Day 1 film)

E-TEAM / U.S.A. (Directors: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman) — E-TEAM is driven by the high-stakes investigative work of four intrepid human rights workers, offering a rare look at their lives at home and their dramatic work in the field.

Fed Up/ U.S.A. (Director: Stephanie Soechtig) — Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz / U.S.A. (Director: Brian Knappenberger) — Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.

Ivory Tower/ U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Rossi) — As tuition spirals upward and student debt passes a trillion dollars, students and parents ask, “Is college worth it?” From the halls of Harvard to public and private colleges in financial crisis to education startups in Silicon Valley, an urgent portrait emerges of a great American institution at the breaking point.

Marmato / U.S.A. (Director: Mark Grieco) — Colombia is the center of a new global gold rush, and Marmato, a historic mining town, is the new frontier. Filmed over the course of nearly six years, Marmato chronicles how townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that wants the $20 billion in gold beneath their homes.

No No: A Dockumentary/ U.S.A. (Director: Jeffrey Radice) — Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD, then worked for decades counseling drug abusers. Dock’s soulful style defined 1970s baseball as he kept hitters honest and embarrassed the establishment. An ensemble cast of teammates, friends, and family investigate his life on the field, in the media, and out of the spotlight.

The Overnighters / U.S.A. (Director: Jesse Moss) — Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local pastor’s decision to help them has extraordinary and unexpected consequences.

Private Violence/ U.S.A. (Director: Cynthia Hill) — One in four women experience violence in their homes. Have you ever asked, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” Private Violence shatters the brutality of our logic and intimately reveals the stories of two women: Deanna Walters, who transforms from victim to survivor, and Kit Gruelle, who advocates for justice.

Rich Hill/ U.S.A. (Directors: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos) — In a rural, American town, kids face heartbreaking choices, find comfort in the most fragile of family bonds and dream of a future of possibility.

Watchers of theSky / U.S.A. (Director: Edet Belzberg) — Five interwoven stories of remarkable courage from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Darfur to Syria, and from apathy to action.

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION

Twelve films from emerging filmmaking talents around the world offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.

52 Tuesdays/ Australia (Director: Sophie Hyde, Screenplay and story by: Matthew Cormack, Story by: Sophie Hyde) — Sixteen-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition, and their time together becomes limited to Tuesdays. This emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility, and transformation was filmed over the course of a year—once a week, every week, only on Tuesdays. Cast: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Imogen Archer, Mario Späte, Beau Williams, Sam Althuizen. International Premiere

Blind / Norway, Netherlands (Director and screenwriter: Eskil Vogt) — Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home—a place she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid’s real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over. Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt. World Premiere

Difret/ Ethiopia (Director and screenwriter: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari) — Meaza Ashenafi is a young lawyer who operates under the government’s radar helping women and children until one young girl’s legal case exposes everything, threatening not only her career but her survival. Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere. World Premiere

The Disobedient/ Serbia (Director and screenwriter: Mina Djukic) — Leni anxiously waits for her childhood friend Lazar, who is coming back to their hometown after years of studying abroad. After they reunite, they embark on a random bicycle trip around their childhood haunts, which will either exhaust or reinvent their relationship. Cast: Hana Selimovic, Mladen Sovilj, Minja Subota, Danijel Sike, Ivan Djordjevic. World Premiere

God Help the Girl / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Stuart Murdoch) — This musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian is about some messed up boys and girls and the music they made. Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Cora Bissett, Pierre Boulanger. World Premiere

Liar’s Dice/ India (Director and screenwriter: Geetu Mohandas) — Kamala, a young woman from the village of Chitkul, leaves her native land with her daughter to search for her missing husband. Along the journey, they encounter Nawazudin, a free-spirited army deserter with his own selfish motives who helps them reach their destination. Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta. International Premiere

Lilting/ United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Hong Khaou) — The world of a Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger who doesn’t speak her language. Lilting is a touching and intimate film about finding the things that bring us together. Cast: Ben Whishaw, Pei-Pei Cheng, Andrew Leung, Peter Bowles, Naomi Christie, Morven Christie. World Premiere. (Day 1 film)

Lock Charmer (El cerrajero)/ Argentina (Director and screenwriter: Natalia Smirnoff) — Upon learning that his girlfriend is pregnant, 33-year-old locksmith Sebastian begins to have strange visions about his clients. With the help of an unlikely assistant, he sets out to use his newfound talent for his own good.Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Erica Rivas, Yosiria Huaripata. World Premiere

To Kill a Man/ Chile, France (Director and screenwriter: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras) — When Jorge, a hardworking family man who’s barely making ends meet, gets mugged by Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge’s son decides to confront the attacker, only to get himself shot. Even though Jorge’s son nearly dies, Kalule’s sentence is minimal, heightening the friction. Cast: Daniel Candia, Daniel Antivilo, Alejandra Yañez, Ariel Mateluna. World Premiere

Viktoria/ Bulgaria, Romania (Director and screenwriter: Maya Vitkova) — Although determined not to have a child in Communist Bulgaria, Boryana gives birth to Viktoria, who despite being born with no umbilical cord, is proclaimed to be the baby of the decade. But political collapse and the hardships of the new time bind mother and daughter together. Cast: Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova, Kalina Vitkova, Mariana Krumova, Dimo Dimov, Georgi Spassov. World Premiere

Wetlands/ Germany (Director: David Wnendt, Screenwriters: Claus Falkenberg, David Wnendt, based on the novel by Charlotte Roche) — Meet Helen Memel. She likes to experiment with vegetables while masturbating and thinks that bodily hygiene is greatly overrated. She shocks those around her by speaking her mind in a most unladylike manner on topics that many people would not even dare consider. Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Marlen Kruse, Edgar Selge. North American Premiere

White Shadow/ Italy, Germany, Tanzania (Director: Noaz Deshe, Screenwriters: Noaz Deshe, James Masson) — Alias is a young albino boy on the run. His mother has sent him away to find refuge in the city after witnessing his father’s murder. Over time, the city becomes no different than the bush: wherever Alias travels, the same rules of survival apply. Cast: Hamisi Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbayuwayu, Salum Abdallah. International Premiere

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Twelve documentaries by some of the most courageous and extraordinary international filmmakers working today.

20,000 Days On Earth/ United Kingdom (Directors: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard) — Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international culture icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, this film examines what makes us who we are and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. World Premiere

Concerning Violence/ Sweden, U.S.A., Denmark, Finland (Director: Göran Hugo Olsson) — Concerning Violence is based on newly discovered, powerful archival material documenting the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Third World, accompanied by classic text from The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon. World Premiere

The Green Prince/ Germany, Israel, United Kingdom (Director: Nadav Schirman ) — This real-life thriller tells the story of one of Israel’s prized intelligence sources, recruited to spy on his own people for more than a decade. Focusing on the complex relationship with his handler, The Green Prince is a gripping account of terror, betrayal, and unthinkable choices, along with a friendship that defies all boundaries. World Premiere. (Day 1 film)

Happiness/ France, Finland (Director: Thomas Balmès) — Peyangki is a dreamy and solitary eight-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. Soon the world will come to him: the village is about to be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Peyangki’s eyes. North American Premiere

Love Child/ South Korea, U.S.A. (Director: Valerie Veatch) — In Seoul in the Republic of Korea, a young couple stands accused of neglect when “Internet addiction” in an online fantasy game costs the life of their infant daughter. Love Child documents the 2010 trial and subsequent ruling that set a global precedent in a world where virtual is the new reality. World Premiere

Mr leos caraX/ France (Director: Tessa Louise-Salomé) — Mr leos caraX plunges us into the poetic and visionary world of a mysterious, solitary filmmaker who was already a cult figure from his very first film. Punctuated by interviews and previously unseen footage, this documentary is most of all a fine-tuned exploration of the poetic and visionary world of Leos Carax, alias Mr. X. World Premiere

My Prairie Home/ Canada (Director: Chelsea McMullan) — A poetic journey through landscapes both real and emotional, Chelsea McMullan’s documentary/musical offers an intimate portrait of transgender singer Rae Spoon, framed by stunning images of the Canadian prairies. McMullan’s imaginative visual interpretations of Spoon’s songs make this an unforgettable look at a unique Canadian artist. International Premiere

The Notorious Mr. Bout/ U.S.A., Russia (Directors:Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin ) — Viktor Bout was a war profiteer, an entrepreneur, an aviation tycoon, an arms dealer, and—strangest of all—a documentary filmmaker. The Notorious Mr. Bout is the ultimate rags-to-riches-to-prison memoir, documented by the last man you’d expect to be holding the camera. World Premiere

The Return to Homs/ Syria, Germany (Director: Talal Derki) — Basset Sarout, the 19-year-old national football team goalkeeper, becomes a demonstration leader and singer, and then a fighter. Ossama, a 24-year-old renowned citizen cameraman, is critical, a pacifist, and ironic until he is detained by the regime’s security forces. North American Premiere

SEPIDEH – Reaching for the Stars/ Denmark (Director: Berit Madsen) — Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. As a young Iranian woman, she knows it’s dangerous to challenge traditions and expectations. Still, Sepideh holds on to her dream. She knows a tough battle is ahead, a battle that only seems possible to win once she seeks help from an unexpected someone. North American Premiere

We Come as Friends/ France, Austria (Director: Hubert Sauper) — We Come as Friends views colonization as a human phenomenon through both explicit and metaphoric lenses without oversimplified accusations or political theorizing. Alarmingly, It is not a historical film since colonization and the slave trade still exist. World Premiere

Web Junkie/ Israel (Directors: Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia) — China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. Web Junkie investigates a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed. World Premiere

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Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema.

Appropriate Behavior/ U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Desiree Akhavan) — Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip, young Brooklynite, but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold on to can be a lonely experience. Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed. World Premiere

Drunktown’s Finest/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Sydney Freeland) — Three young Native Americans—a rebellious father-to-be, a devout Christian woman, and a promiscuous transsexual—come of age on an Indian reservation. Cast: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, Morningstar Angeline, Kiowa Gordon, Shauna Baker, Elizabeth Francis. World Premiere

The Foxy Merkins/ U.S.A. (Director: Madeleine Olnek, Screenwriters: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan, Madeleine Olnek) — Two lesbian hookers work the streets of New York. One is a down-on-her-luck newbie; the other is a beautiful—and straight—grifter who’s an expert on picking up women. Together they face bargain-hunting housewives, double-dealing conservative women, and each other in this prostitute buddy comedy. Cast: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan, Alex Karpovsky, Susan Ziegler, Sally Sockwell, Deb Margolin.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour) — In the Iranian ghost town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, depraved denizens are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, Milad Eghbali. World Premiere

Imperial Dreams/ U.S.A. (Director: Malik Vitthal, Screenwriters: Malik Vitthal, Ismet Prcic) — A 21-year-old, reformed gangster’s devotion to his family and his future are put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles. Cast: John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Glenn Plummer, Keke Palmer, De’aundre Bonds.World Premiere

Land Ho!/ U.S.A., Iceland (Directors and screenwriters: Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz) — A pair of ex-brothers-in-law set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites. This bawdy adventure is a throwback to 1980s road comedies, as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. Cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Nelson, Alice Olivia Clarke, Karrie Krouse, Elizabeth McKee, Emmsjé Gauti.World Premiere

Listen Up Philip/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Alex Ross Perry) — A story about changing seasons and changing attitudes, a newly accomplished writer faces mistakes and miseries affecting those around him, including his girlfriend, her sister, his idol, his idol’s daughter, and all the ex-girlfriends and enemies that lie in wait on the open streets of New York. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Josephine de La Baume. World Premiere

Memphis/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Tim Sutton) — A strange singer drifts through the mythic city of Memphis, surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolf pack of kids. Under a canopy of ancient oak trees and burning spirituality, his doomed journey breaks from conformity and reaches out for glory. Cast: Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, Larry Dodson. World Premiere

Obvious Child/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Gillian Robespierre) — An honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired, and pregnant, just in time for the worst/best Valentine’s Day of her life. Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind. World Premiere

Ping Pong Summer/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Tully) — 1985. Ocean City, Maryland. Summer vacation. Rap music. Parachute pants. Ping pong. First crushes. Best friends. Mean bullies. Weird mentors. That awkward, momentous time in your life when you’re treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you’re as funky fresh as it gets. Cast: Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet, Marcello Conte.World Premiere

War Story/ U.S.A. (Director: Mark Jackson, Screenwriters: Kristin Gore, Mark Jackson) — A war photographer retreats to a small town in Sicily after being held captive during the conflict in Libya. Cast: Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi, Vincenzo Amato, Donatella Finocchiaro, Ben Kingsley. World Premiere

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The Sleepwalker and We Come as Friends
By Eric Hynes 

 You may have heard otherwise, but the Festival was still going strong on Friday, the unseasonably mild 9th day of the Festival. Yes, there were fewer pedestrians on Main Street. And yes, Twitter chatter was down among members of the press, many of whom left town on Wednesday and Thursday along with the bulk of their Industry brethren.

But you wouldn’t know that this was the “relaxed end” of the Festival from any of its venues. You wouldn’t know it from the crowds that still queued up to don virtual reality headsets at New Frontier, that gathered at the pavilion for Doug Aitken’s The Source to catch a few minutes of Jack White and Devendra Banhart extolling the virtues of formalist simplicity before jumping on a shuttle bus to a screening.

You wouldn’t know it from the more than 1,000 people that turned up for an afternoon screening of The Sleepwalker, which is playing as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition. First-time director Mona Fastvold seemed to anticipate a late-fest low-ebb in her introductory comments. “Some people might find it’s a little difficult in some ways, I guess,” she said. “But I just wanted

The Sleepwalker and We Come as Friends
By Eric Hynes 

 You may have heard otherwise, but the Festival was still going strong on Friday, the unseasonably mild 9th day of the Festival. Yes, there were fewer pedestrians on Main Street. And yes, Twitter chatter was down among members of the press, many of whom left town on Wednesday and Thursday along with the bulk of their Industry brethren.

But you wouldn’t know that this was the “relaxed end” of the Festival from any of its venues. You wouldn’t know it from the crowds that still queued up to don virtual reality headsets at New Frontier, that gathered at the pavilion for Doug Aitken’s The Source to catch a few minutes of Jack White and Devendra Banhart extolling the virtues of formalist simplicity before jumping on a shuttle bus to a screening.

You wouldn’t know it from the more than 1,000 people that turned up for an afternoon screening of The Sleepwalker, which is playing as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition. First-time director Mona Fastvold seemed to anticipate a late-fest low-ebb in her introductory comments. “Some people might find it’s a little difficult in some ways, I guess,” she said. “But I just wanted to say even though it’s at times a stark Scandinavian creature, that it’s ok to laugh.” Ninety-two minutes later, after the unspooling of Fastvold’s slow burn psychological thriller of sibling secrets and sexual rivalries, the director, along with her star and co-screenwriter Brady Corbet, fielded questions about things left unsaid, unsolved, and inexplicit. Whether or not the audience found the film difficult, it couldn’t have been more engaged. But wait, what about this tale of high tension and traumatic childhood experiences was supposed to be lighthearted and funny? “You don’t have to laugh if you don’t want to, I just wanted you to feel that even though it’s a serious movie that you can have whatever feelings you want. Sometimes when it’s a really dramatic moment it can feel funny to me,” Fastvold said. “Yeah, I’m sorry. I’m Scandinavian”—words that finally did provoke laughter from the audience.

Laughter in the face of grim goings-on was a theme that carried over to the Redstone Cinemas, the most far-flung venue in Park City, where another challenging film played for another audience that proved to be up to the task. With We Come As Friends, director Hubert Sauper spent six years in Sudan, tracking the continued effects of colonization by filming local residents, politicians, soldiers, UN officers, warlords, oil miners, workers, activists, children, and witnessing the birth and almost immediate embattlement of South Sudan. “Don’t be worried if it makes you laugh,” he told the crowd before the screening, and in this case there were more than a few moments of absurd humor. Flying around the country in his own rickety prop plane, “our own little spaceship,” as he called it, he was “landing in areas where we are aliens,” which elicited sequences in which the baffled reactions of those he encountered overmatched whatever astonishment he, or we, might have. “I don’t pretend that I have solutions for these problems,” he said about his impressionistic film, which accumulates into an idiosyncratic portrait of great moral power. “I just go out with the camera to see something you might not always see.” Those are words that suit many films at this year’s Festival, as well as the audiences that remain eager to see them.

Nick Offerman: American Ham
By Jeremy Kinser 

Comic Nick Offerman loves to eat meat. It’s a trait that, along with his devotion to wood-working, isn’t likely to surprise fans of his Parks & Recreation character Ron Woodruff In Nick Offerman: American Ham (note the title’s double meaning), a rather straightforward recording of the comic actor’s recent stand-up tour, the star walks on stage shirtless and notes that his is a sturdy torso defined by his frequent consumption of bacon and barbecue.

There are other things Offerman loves to eat. He reveals this to his audience while dispensing what he calls “10 Tips for a Prosperous Life.” Many of these involve oral sex, as well as handjob and semen gags. In fact, Offerman’s marriage to Megan Mullally, another adored performer, provides much of the rich material for his stand-up act. A tune he wrote about their happy union titled “The Rainbow Song” somehow manages to be both sweet and unbelievably bawdy.

Offerman’s at his sharpest while taking aim at the religious right, or “dicks,” as he puts it who misappropriate Biblical scripture. He rejects the Bible as less a “good book” and more of “an uneven book.” Offerman prefers to read The Hobbit. He’s particularly aghast at what he describes as the hilarity of the chapter of Leviticus and suggests that “the writers of the Onion are all handed a copy of Leviticus their first day on the job.”

An author himself, Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe, was published last year. During the Q&A that followed the premiere a question was fired at the comic asking if the film was considered a companion piece to his book. It’s the other way around, Offerman clarified. “There are a bunch of stories that I couldn’t fit into the stage show,” he answered. “The stage show written out is 12 pages. The book is like 300 more pages of bull shit.”

Sundance vet Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) recorded two performances of Offerman’s show on the same night last spring at New York’s Town Hall Theater. Asked how helming a concert film differed from directing a scripted narrative, Vogt-Roberts noted that his résumé includes shooting a stand-up comedy series on Comedy Central. “When we first talked about this he came to me and said let’s do this really small and not spend a lot of money,” he revealed. “Let’s shoot it and give it a raw quality and buzz the focus intentionally and let it play from the side angles, which is a reference to a lot of the concert films from the ‘70s that I really loved. Really. I just pointed six cameras and let him do his job – that’s how it differed.”

Power of Story: Class of ’94

It was a class reunion that would charm even the most stubborn indie film aficionados. For the second installment of the Festival’s yearly Power of Story series, four indie luminaries from the 1994 Sundance Film Festival took to the stage to reflect on their watershed moment 20 years prior, when an explosion of new talent at the Sundance Film Festival boldly marked the start of a new era in independent film. Kevin Smith (Clerks), Gregg Araki (Totally Fu***d Up), Boaz Yakin, and Rose Troche waxed on the more modest days of independent film with a nostalgia befitting of a group that hestiantly welcomes the new age of indie cinema. Here are some highlights from the live tweeting by @sundancefestnow:

Camp X-Ray sundance 2014,
A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission… »
Cold in July sundance 2014,
How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life… »
Dear White People sundance 2014,
At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, “Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist… »
Fishing Without Nets sundance 2014,
In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite… »
God’s Pocket sundance 2014,
In the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, Mickey Scarpato’s crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction “accident,” and Mickey quickly tries to bury… »
Happy Christmas sundance 2014,
It’s almost Christmas, and Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend. Without a real plan, she moves into her brother, Jeff, and sister-in-law, Kelly’s, spacious bachelor-pad… »
Hellion sundance 2014,
Thirteen-year-old Jacob is spiraling out of control. The motocross-obsessed teenager’s delinquent behavior pushes his family to the brink of collapse. All hell breaks loose… »
Infinitely Polar Bear sundance 2014,
The year is 1978, and the Stuart family is struggling to hold it together. Cameron, a bipolar father, has had a nervous breakdown that leaves him unemployable, and Maggie,… »

Jamie Marks Is Dead sundance 2014,

In a wintry small town, the body of a teenager named Jamie Marks is found by the river. Adam, the star of his cross-country team, becomes fascinated with Jamie—a boy nobody…

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter sundance 2014,
Kumiko lives in a cluttered, cramped apartment in Tokyo with her pet rabbit, Bunzo. She works as an office lady, robotically preparing tea and fetching dry cleaning for her… »
Life After Beth sundance 2014,
Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to experience all… »
Low Down sundance 2014,
Told through the wise eyes of his young daughter, Amy, Low Down chronicles the torrid, true life of jazz pianist Joe Albany. Born into her beloved father’s unorthodox segment… »
The Skeleton Twins sundance 2014,
Living separate lives on opposite sides of the country, estranged siblings Maggie and Milo are at the end of their ropes. But after a moment of crisis reunites them, Milo… »
The Sleepwalker sundance 2014,
Kaia enjoys a quiet life with her boyfriend, Andrew, on her late father’s secluded, 1920s, Le Corbusier–style estate, isolated from the rest of her rural Massachusetts… »
Song One sundance 2014,
For a while now, Franny has been in Morocco researching Bedouin tribes for her PhD in anthropology. The last time she spoke to her brother, Henry, they fought brutally over… »
Whiplash sundance 2014,
Andrew, a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by his father’s failed writing… »

52 Tuesdays sundance 2014,
Sixteen-year-old Billie is blindsided by the news that her mother is planning to transition from female to male and that, during this time, Billie will live at her father’s… »
Blind sundance 2014,
Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home—a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. After a while,… »
Difret sundance 2014,
Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and… »
The Disobedient sundance 2014,
As children, Leni and Lazar were best friends. When Lazar returns from extensive travels abroad for his father’s funeral, Leni yearns to reconnect with her childhood soul… »
God Help the Girl sundance 2014,
Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless… »
Liar’s Dice sundance 2014,
It’s been five months since Kamala has heard from her husband, Harud, a construction worker at a dangerous and potentially corrupt urban worksite. Though others in their… »
Lilting sundance 2014,
The sudden death of a young London man named Kai leaves his headstrong Chinese-Cambodian mother, Junn, and his boyfriend, Richard, each in a personal and profound state of… »
Lock Charmer (El cerrajero) sundance 2014,
Sebastian, a locksmith who doesn’t believe in committed relationships, learns from his recent girlfriend, Monica, that she’s pregnant and he might be the father. At the… »

To Kill a Man sundance 2014,

Jorge is a tranquil, middle-class family man whose neighborhood has become overrun by a fringe class of street thugs. His comparatively fortunate existence makes him the…

Viktoria sundance 2014,
Dreaming of the West, Boryana is determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. Nonetheless, her daughter Viktoria enters the world in 1979, curiously missing a belly… »
Wetlands sundance 2014,
Bodily fluid–obsessed teenager Helen describes herself as a living pussy hygiene experiment. After an intimate shaving accident, she ends up stuck in the hospital, where… »
White Shadow sundance 2014,
Alias is a young boy growing up in the central African bush. An albino, he is the subject of taunting and also vulnerable to a terrible danger: the belief among witch doctors… »

Calvary sundance 2014,
Father James is a good priest, driven by spiritual integrity. One day in confession, an unseen man tells James that he’s going to kill him precisely because he’s done… »
Frank sundance 2014,
Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious… »
Hits sundance 2014,
Hits is a comedy about a paranoid municipal worker named Dave, his The Voice–obsessed 19-year-old daughter, a wannabe teenage rapper who has an unrequited crush on the… »
I Origins sundance 2014,
Ian Gray, a PhD student studying molecular biology with a specialty in eye evolution, leaves his lab to go to a party and has an intense, but fleeting, encounter with a mysterious,… »
Laggies sundance 2014,
Content to remain in a permanent adolescence, 28-year-old Megan clings to her job as a sign flipper for her father’s accounting company as her high school friends get married… »
Little Accidents sundance 2014,
When a mining disaster tears at the fabric of an Appalachian coal-mining town, the lives of three very different inhabitants become inexplicably tangled in a web of secrets.… »
Love Is Strange sundance 2014,
After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when news of their marriage reaches the Catholic school… »
A Most Wanted Man sundance 2014,
Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s psychological novel follows German spy Gunther Bachmann as he tracks down Issa, a suspicious Chechen-Russian immigrant on… »

Nick Offerman: American Ham sundance 2014,
If you like your ham hot and steamy with a sexy side dish of full-bellied laughter, come and dine at the comic feast laid out by the one-and-only Nick Offerman. Director… »
The One I Love sundance 2014,
Ethan and Sophie are a married couple on the brink of separation. At the urging of their therapist, they escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an… »
The Raid 2 sundance 2014,
Immediately following the events of the original, The Raid 2 tracks Officer Rama as he is pressured to join an anticorruption task force to guarantee protection for his wife… »
Rudderless sundance 2014,
Sam is a former high-profile advertising executive whose life has been torn apart by the tragic death of his son. Off the grid, living on a docked sailboat, he drowns his… »
They Came Together sundance 2014,
They Came Together relates the epic love story of Joel, a corporate executive for Candy Systems and Research, a mega candy store chain, and Molly, the owner of a small sweet… »
The Trip to Italy sundance 2014,
Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour… »
The Voices sundance 2014,
Jerry is a seemingly normal man trying to succeed in his new job at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives in a normal apartment—the type you would expect from a young bachelor—with… »
White Bird in a Blizzard sundance 2014,
It’s 1988. On the surface, Kat’s home life seems perfect. A normal, college-bound teenager, she listens to Depeche Mode, hangs out with her tragically hip pals, and is… »
Wish I Was Here sundance 2014,
Following his celebrated debut feature, Garden State, Zach Braff delivers a new postcard from the edge of existential crisis, this time playing a thirtysomething family man… »

Young Ones sundance 2014,
Water is running out. Land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. Not long from now, the hardened survivors of the loss of… »

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory sundance 2014,
As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed… »
All the Beautiful Things sundance 2014,
All the Beautiful Things describes the palpable and uniquely portrayed real-life experience of two men seeking to repair their lifelong, but fractured, bond. Looking to move… »
CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart sundance 2014,
A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled… »
The Case Against 8 sundance 2014,
Election Day 2008: Californians passed Proposition 8, a measure that repealed the right of same-sex couples to marry. This documentary takes us behind the scenes of the high-profile… »
Cesar’s Last Fast sundance 2014,
In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began… »
Dinosaur 13 sundance 2014,
On August 12, 1990, in the badlands of South Dakota, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute unearthed the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus… »
E-TEAM sundance 2014,
When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent… »
Fed Up sundance 2014,
Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry—far more of us get sick from what… »
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz sundance 2014,
As a teenager, Aaron Swartz was a computer-programming prodigy with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. After emerging as a pioneer of Internet activism, education, and… »

Ivory Tower sundance 2014,
Ivory Tower questions the purpose of higher education in an era when the price of college has increased more than for any other service in the U.S. economy since 1978. While… »
Marmato sundance 2014,
Every day in Marmato, a shimmering Colombian mountain town, families pray for safety as their men walk out their doors and down into the mines, scratching out a living with… »
No No: A Dockumentary sundance 2014,
The story of the pitcher who threw a no-hitter while tripping on acid—known by fans and nonfans alike—has become emblematic of professional baseball’s excess in the… »
The Overnighters sundance 2014,
When hydraulic fracturing unlocks an vast oil field in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, tens of thousands of unemployed men descend on the state with dreams of six-figure salaries.… »
Private Violence sundance 2014,
The most common question asked of domestic violence victims is, “Why didn’t you leave?” Private Violence introduces us to two women whose stories illustrate the complexities… »
Rich Hill sundance 2014,
If you ever find yourself traveling down Interstate 49 through Missouri, try not to blink—you may miss Rich Hill, population 1,396. Rich Hill is easy to overlook, but its… »
Watchers of the Sky sundance 2014,
“Love despite difference and, rather, because of difference,” wrote Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew born in 1900, who saw and could not abide the universal human capacity… »

The Battered Bastards of Baseball sundance 2014,
Chapman and Maclain Way’s energetic telling of one of baseball’s great, unheralded stories is as much about independent spirit as it is about the game. When Portland,… »
Finding Fela sundance 2014,
No individual better embodies African music of the 1970s and ’80s—and its pivotal role in postcolonial political activism—than Fela Kuti. After quickly taking his native… »
Freedom Summer sundance 2014,
In 1964, despite the best efforts of local civil rights activists, Mississippi remained virulently committed to segregation, underscored by the systematic exclusion of African… »
Happy Valley sundance 2014,
The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head… »
LAMBERT & STAMP sundance 2014,
In the crazy, chaotic gospel of chance that is LAMBERT & STAMP, aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to find a subject for their underground movie, one… »
Last Days in Vietnam sundance 2014,
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. With the specter of a Communist victory… »
Life Itself sundance 2014,
The purpose of civilization and growth is to be able to reach out and empathize with other people…For me the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. — Roger… »
Mitt sundance 2014,
Mitt offers a refreshingly candid view of the private moments of a major presidential contender. The film invites the audience into the room with Mitt Romney and his tight-knit… »
This May Be the Last Time sundance 2014,
In 1962, filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s grandfather disappeared mysteriously in Sasakwa, Oklahoma, and as the Seminole community searched for him, its members sang ancient songs… »

To Be Takei sundance 2014,
George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film To Be Takei. As a child forced… »
We Are The Giant sundance 2014,
Since late 2010, more than a dozen nations have experienced popular uprisings that have collectively been called the Arab Spring. Protests, buoyed by predominantly young… »
WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger sundance 2014,
Infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger wielded a mystique as the Robin Hood of South Boston. Fabricated in his hometown, Bulger’s legend captured the imagination of… »

The Better Angels sundance 2014,
Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and… »
The Girl from Nagasaki sundance 2014,
Michel Comte’s dazzling feature debut renders this modern love story as an epic, overt spectacle of romance and loss, and a marvel of formal construction. Based upon Giacomo… »
HITRECORD ON TV sundance 2014,
hitRECord is an online collaborative production company founded by actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his brother “Burning Dan.” The enterprise brings them together… »
Living Stars sundance 2014,
In Buenos Aires, they are dancing. Dozens of real people, identified simply by name and occupation, are presented in their kitchens, living rooms, offices, and streets—each… »
The Measure of All Things sundance 2014,
Acclaimed documentarian Sam Green began experimenting with “live documentary” storytelling at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival with Utopia in Four Movements. Green returns… »
This World Made Itself; Myth and Infrastructure; Dreaming of Lucid Living sundance 2014,
Animator/performance artist Miwa Matryek incorporates the live silhouette of her own body into projections of her exquisitely rendered animations to create breathtakingly… »
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People sundance 2014,
A rich and lyrical tapestry that is both personal and epic in scope, Thomas Allen Harris’s extraordinary documentary, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the… »XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Camp X-Ray sundance 2014, Cold in July sundance 2014,

Jamie Marks Is Dead sundance 2014,

Whiplash sundance 2014,

To Kill a Man sundance 2014,

White Shadow sundance 2014,

A Most Wanted Man sundance 2014,

Wish I Was Here sundance 2014,

Young Ones sundance 2014,

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz sundance 2014,

Watchers of the Sky sundance 2014,

This May Be the Last Time sundance 2014,

WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger sundance 2014,

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People sundance 2014,

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