SUNDANCE 2015

Sundance 2015: Complete & Updated List of Movies Sold at Festival

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January 31, 2015

Sundance 2015

The Sundance Film Festival is host to the world premiere of dozens of independent films, most of them looking to get distribution so they can make it to the big screen (or at least VOD). And since there are so many sales that happen at the festival, we wanted to keep you updated with a complete and comprehensive list of all the films getting picked up here at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. As of the writing of this initial post, five films have already been sold, and the festival has barely started. You'll find the festival films sales listed below as well as other info on each movie, starting with the most recent acquisition. Read on!

Below is a list of the latest distribution news straight from Sundance 2015 - refresh for updates.

The Orchard picks up Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Recovering addict and amputee John Wood finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction and believes it to therefore be his rightful property.

Director: Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel
Screenwriter:
N/A
Cast:
(Documentary)
Who Bought It?:
The Orchard
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Samuel Goldwyn Films and StyleHaul get Fresh Dressed

Fresh Dressed

The history of hip-hop fashion from its birth in the South Bronx to its rise as a billion-dollar global industry, Fresh Dressed is supported by rich archival materials, in-depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution, and the outsiders who study and admire them.

Director: Sacha Jenkins
Screenwriter:
N/A
Cast:
(Documentary)
Who Bought It?:
Samuel Goldwyn Films and StyleHaul
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Alchemy snags Zipper

Zipper

Sam Ellis is a man on the rise — a hot-shot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction — a new demon threatening to destroy his life, family, and career.

Director: Mora Stephens,
Screenwriter:
Mora Stephens, Joel Viertel
Cast:
Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Richar Dreyfuss, Ray Winstone, John Cho, Dianna Agron
Who Bought It?:
Alchemy
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Broad Green takes A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

An aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy. Along the way, the duo face off with each other, nature, and an eccentric assortment of characters. Together, they learn that some roads are better left untraveled.

Director: Ken Kwapis
Screenwriter:
Rick Kerb, Bill Holderman
Cast:
Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal
Who Bought It?:
Broad Green
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Bleecker Street buys I'll See You in My Dreams

I'll See You in My Dreams

A sudden loss disrupts Carol's orderly life, propelling her into the dating world for the first time in 20 years. Finally living in the present tense, she finds herself swept up in not one, but two unexpected relationships that challenge her assumptions about what it means to grow old.

Director: Brett Haley
Screenwriter:
Brett Haley, Marc Basch
Cast:
Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman
Who Bought It?:
Bleecker Street
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Netflix grabs Hot Girls Wanted

Hot Girls Wanted

Hot Girls Wanted is a first-ever look at the realities inside the world of the amateur porn industry and the steady stream of 18- and 19-year-old girls entering into it.

Director: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus
Screenwriter:
N/A
Cast:
(Documentary)
Who Bought It?:
Netflix
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

HBO lands 3 1/2 Minutes

3 1/2 Minutes

On November 23, 2012, unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis was shot at a Jacksonville gas station by Michael David Dunn. 3½ MINUTES explores the aftermath of Jordan's tragic death, the latent and often unseen effects of racism, and the contradictions of the American criminal justice system.

Director: Marc Silver
Screenwriter:
N/A
Cast:
(Documentary)
Who Bought It?:
HBO
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Sundance Selects discovers City of Gold

City of Gold

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold casts his light upon a vibrant and growing cultural movement in which he plays the dual roles of high-low priest and culinary geographer of his beloved Los Angeles.

Director: Laura Gabbert
Screenwriter:
N/A
Cast:
(Documentary)
Who Bought It?:
Sundance Selects
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Magnolia and Participant take Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive 1968 televised debates between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and their rancorous disagreements about politics, God, and sex.

Director: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
Screenwriter:
N/A
Cast:
(Documentary)
Who Bought It?:
Magnolia and Participant
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Magnolia nabs Tangerine

Tangerine

A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

Director: Sean Baker
Screenwriter:
Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cast:
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan, Alla Tumanyan, James Ransone.
Who Bought It?:
Magnolia
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Focus World starts up Cop Car

Cop Car

Two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car.

Director: Jon Watts
Screenwriter:
Christopher D. Ford, Jon Watts
Cast:
Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim
Who Bought It?:
Focus World
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Fox Searchlight snags Brooklyn

Brooklyn

1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love.

Director: John Crowley
Screenwriter:
Nick Hornby
Cast:
Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
Who Bought It?:
Fox Searchlight
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Relativity Sports gets In Football We Trust

Ten Thousand Saints

Four young Polynesian football players struggle to overcome gang violence and poverty as they enter the high-stakes world of recruiting, competitive athletics and family pressures.

Director: Tony Vainuku, Erika Cohn
Screenwriter:
N/A
Cast:
(Documentary)
Who Bought It?:
Relativity Sports
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Screen Media Films purchases Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints

Based on the acclaimed novel, Ten Thousand Saints follows three lost kids and their equally lost parents as they come of age in New York's East Village in the era of CBGB, yuppies, and the tinderbox of gentrification that exploded into the Tompkins Square Park Riot of 1988.

Director: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
Screenwriter:
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Cast:
Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch
Who Bought It?:
Screen Media Films
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Fortissimo lands Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

This complex portrait of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.

Director: Chloé Zhao
Screenwriter:
Chloé Zhao
Cast:
John Reddy, Jashaun St. John, Irene Bedard, Taysha Fuller, Travis Lone Hill, Eléonore Hendricks
Who Bought It?:
Fortissimo
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

The Orchard snags Digging for Fire

Digging for Fire

The discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

Director: Joe Swanberg
Screenwriter:
Jake Johnson, Joe Swanberg
Cast:
Jake Johnson, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick
Who Bought It?:
The Orchard
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

IFC Midnight grabs Reversal

Reversal

A gritty psychological thriller about a young woman chained in a basement of a sexual predator and manages to escape. However, right when she has a chance for freedom, she unravels a hard truth and decides to turn the tables on her captor.

Director: J.M Cravioto
Screenwriter:
Rock Shaink, Keith Kjornes
Cast:
Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski
Who Bought It?:
IFC Midnight
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Magnolia picks up The Wolfpack

The Wolfpack

Six bright teenage brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project. All they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they watch obsessively (and recreate meticulously). Yet as adolescence looms, they dream of escape, ever more urgently, into the beckoning world.

Director: Crystal Moselle
Screenwriter:
N/A
Cast:
The Angulo Brothers and family
Who Bought It?:
Magnolia
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

A24 and DirecTV bet on Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind

Gerry is a talented poker player whose habit is getting the best of him. He convinces younger player Curtis to join him on a road trip, and they begin gambling their way towards a high-stakes game in New Orleans. During their journey, true motivations are revealed, and the two bond.

Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Screenwriter:
Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Cast:
Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard, Robin Weigert
Who Bought It?:
A24 and DirecTV
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Lionsgate lands Knock Knock

Knock Knock

Two beautiful young girls walk into a married man's life and turn a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare.

Director: Eli Roth
Screenwriter:
Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez, Guillermo Amoedo
Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Colleen Camp
Who Bought It?:
Lionsgate
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

The Orchard buys The Overnight

The Overnight

Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family "playdate" becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.

Director: Patrick Brice
Screenwriter:
Patrick Brice
Cast:
Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godrèche
Who Bought It?:
The Orchard
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Fox Searchlight nabs Me, Earl & The Dying Girl

Me, Earl & The Dying Girl

Greg is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Screenwriter:
Jesse Andrews
Cast:
Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon
Who Bought It?:
Fox Searchlight
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015
Review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Touches the Heart

Sony Pictures Classics takes The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she's sleeping with her mother's boyfriend.

Director: Marielle Heller
Screenwriter:
Marielle Heller
Cast:
Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig
Who Bought It?:
Sony Pictures Classics
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015
Review: Bel Powley Amazes in 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'

Open Road lands Dope

Dope

Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Screenwriter:
Rick Famuyiwa
Cast:
Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky
Who Bought It?:
Open Road
When Will It Get Released?:
June 12th, 2015
Review: Rick Famuyiwa's 'Dope' is Smart, Funny, The Best Yet

IFC Films grabs The D-Train

The D-Train

With his 20th reunion looming, Dan can’t shake his high school insecurities. In a misguided mission to prove he's changed, Dan rekindles a friendship with the popular guy from his class and is left scrambling to protect more than just his reputation when a wild night takes an unexpected turn.

Director: Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel
Screenwriter:
Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel
Cast:
Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White, Kyle Bornheimer
Who Bought It?:
IFC Films
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015
Review: Jack Black's 'The D-Train' is the Ultimate Bromance

Alchemy takes Strangerland

Strangerland

When Catherine and Matthew Parker's two teenage kids disappear into the remote Australian desert, the couple's relationship is pushed to the brink as they confront the mystery of their children's fate.

Director: Kim Farrant
Screenwriter:
Fiona Seres, Michael Kinirons
Cast:
Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, Maddison Brown
Who Bought It?:
Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment)
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Relativity Media purchases The Bronze

The Bronze

In 2004, Hope Ann Greggory became an American hero after winning the bronze medal for the women's gymnastics team. Today, she's still living in her small hometown, washed-up and embittered. Stuck in the past, Hope must reassess her life when a promising young gymnast threatens her local celebrity status.

Director: Bryan Buckley
Screenwriter:
Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch
Cast:
Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Haley Lu Richardson, Cecily Strong
Who Bought It?:
Relativity Media
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

A24 & DirecTV snag The Witch

The Witch

New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

Director: Robert Eggers
Screenwriter:
Robert Eggers
Cast:
Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger
Who Bought It?:
A24, DirecTV
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015

Tribeca buys Misery Loves Comedy

Misery Loves Comedy

Do you have to be miserable to be funny? Children cry, "Hey, look at me," but who turns that into a profession? Over 50 funny people, like Tom Hanks, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, and Amy Schumer share pain-filled insights from a life in pursuit of laughter.

Director: Kevin Pollak
Screenwriter:
Kevin Pollak, John Varhous
Cast:
Tom Hanks, Larry David, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan (Documentary)
Who Bought It?:
Tribeca
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA spring 2015
Review: 'Misery Loves Comedy' Fascinating & Full of Laughs

A24 picks up The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour

This story of the five-day 1996 interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace explores the tenuous yet intense relationship that develops between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave, sharing laughs and also concealing and revealing their hidden vulnerabilities

Director: James Ponsoldt
Screenwriter:
Donald Margulies
Cast:
Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Ron Livingston
Who Bought It?:
A24
When Will It Get Released?:
TBA 2015 awards season
Review: Jason Segel is Incredible in Profound 'End of the Tour'

Magnolia buys Results

Results

Two mismatched personal trainers' lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client.

Director: Andrew Bujalski
Screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski
Cast: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall
Who Bought It?: Magnolia
When Will It Get Released?: TBA summer 2015

Lionsgate snags Don Verdean

Don Verdean

Biblical archaeologist Don Verdean is hired by a local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. But after a fruitless expedition he is forced to get creative in this comedy of faith and fraud

Director: Jared Hess
Screenwriter: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte.
Who Bought It?: Lionsgate
When Will It Get Released?: TBA 2015
Review: Goofy Religious Antics in Jared Hess' 'Don Verdean'

Showtime lands Dreamcatcher

Dreamcather

Takes us into a hidden world seen through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humor, Brenda gives hope to those who have none.

Director: Kim Longinotto
Cast: (Documentary)
Who Bought It?: Showtime Networks
When Will It Get Released?: TBA 2015

Fox Searchlight grabs Mistress America

Mistress America

Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
Who Bought It?: Fox Searchlight
When Will It Get Released?: Sometime in 2015

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    Yesss! A new Jared Hess film!!! I'm excited!
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    New James Ponsoldt film huh? Let me guess... it's about an alcoholic?

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