Sundance - arrive Tuesday
1/20/2014 7:21:00 PM
Sundance started on Thursday and I’ve read some reviews of films that premiered already that’s making me really want to get there. I arrive on Tuesday night in Park City and stay until Sunday, the last day of the festival. I’m flying out right before the snow hits in Philly – all nine inches of it.
In my first blog I mentioned two films that have a Philadelphia angle. Come to find out there’s another film that has a local tie - God’s Pocket is based on a novel written by former Philadelphia Inquirer writer Pete Dexter. Although there are Philly references and it’s supposed to take place in one of our blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhoods, it was shot in Yonkers, New York in some pretty seedy spots, according to James Vassanelli, a local actor who did some precision driving for the film.
It’s the first feature that John Slattery (Mad Men) has directed. So far, the film has gotten some mixed reviews but with big names like Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro and Christina Hendricks, its future is good.
The “Premieres” are considered the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year. These are the films that have a lot of buzz and are most likely going to be widely distributed – you might see them at a local theater. They are:
Wish I was Here: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King, Jim Parsons, Donald Faison (the Exes)
Frank: Michael Fassbender; Maggie Gyllenhal – Comedy about a young wannabe musician
Hits: Comedy about paranoid municiple worker
They Came Together: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni
Nick Offerman: American Ham: stand-up comedy by Nick – from parks and rec
Rudderless: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy
The Voices: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver
Love is strange: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei
Mitt: Documentary about Mitt Romney’s presidential run that will be available on Netflix Jan 28
Happy Valley: Penn State pedophilia sandal
Life Itself: Doc about film critic Roger Ebert
To Be Takai: Doc about George Takai
I Origins: Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Mark Webber
Little Accidents: Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas
The Trip to Italy – Steve Coogan
A Most Wanted Man: Anton Corbijn – Filmmaker who is known in the rock world as the photographer for most of U2’s album covers and portraits
White Bird in A Blizzard: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane
The One I Love – one of two films starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Although I’m more of a Facebook girl, I’m going to tweet from the festival as well. If you want to follow me, it’s @cyndydrue. More from Sundance comin’ up!