SUNDANCE 2011

Sundance Adds 3 More Films: The Future, Flypaper & Magic Trip

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December 15, 2010

Miranda July's The Future - Sundance 2011

Ohhhh I love late additions, there is always so much intrigue - did they really impress them that much to be added late? What's the story behind them? Sundance just announced that three more films have been added to the line-up at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which is only 36 days away. The three new films are: Miranda July's latest The Future about a cat that changes lives (photo above↑), Rob Minkoff's Flypaper about a bank robbery gone awry, and Alex Gibney's new documentary Magic Trip, about "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" author Ken Kesey's LCD-inspired cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20th to 30th early next year in Park City, UT. Both Ethan and I will be there covering the fest. A full list of films can be found at: sundance.org/festival. New listings:

Flypaper Director: Rob Minkoff; Screenwriters: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore) — When two gangs try to rob the same bank at the same time, a clever hostage in the middle must save the day. Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey Tambor, Tim Blake Nelson, Pruitt Taylor Vince.

The Future (Director & Screenwriter: Miranda July) — When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves. Cast: Hamish Linklater, Miranda July, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres, Joe Putterlik.

Magic Trip (Directors: Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney) — In 1964 Ken Kesey, author of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' and his band of Merry Pranksters set out on a cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. Fueled by large doses of LSD, they filmed the entire journey. Forty-plus years later, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and co-director Alison Ellwood use that footage, audio recordings and photographs to create an immersion experience of the legendary trip.

"It is significant that Miranda July is able to premiere The Future at our Festival in January and compete at the Berlin International Film Festival the following month. It is the mutual goal of both our Festivals to ensure that this independent filmmaker has as many opportunities as possible to present her work to domestic and international audiences alike," said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. "We are also honored to welcome to his first Sundance Film Festival Academy Award winner Rob Minkoff, well known to film audiences for The Lion King, and excited to have Festival veterans Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney returning to us once again."

The official line-up for this year's Sundance Film Festival, containing 117 feature films, was announced a few weeks ago in two groups: competition and non-competition. The films come from 29 countries and 40 first-time filmmakers, including 25 in competition. These films were selected from 3,812 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,943 US and 1,869 international feature-length films. 94 films at the Festival will be world premieres. I can't wait for this fest to get underway! We'll continue to keep you updated on news.

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