When it comes to our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, we're pretty much primarily concerned with feature films and documentaries. While the festival also has a spectacular selection of short films, both fictional and documentary, they usually stay off our radar. However, in this case, we're going to make an exception. A friend of mine helped me stumble upon the trailer for this wholly peculiar, but completely fascinating documentary short called Meaning of Robots. At first it seems like a charming look at a man's robot collection, but then it takes a turn that can only be described as "What the f**k?!" Watch it below!
Meet the Bible Belter. Ha! AICN has unveiled the first official poster for Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End, his new wacky weird horror comedy starring Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Doug Jones, that's premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival next weekend. The poster is one of the weapons used in the film, as Quint explains "John and David are kind of like stupid Ghostbusters and they have to deal with some unworldly shit." I'm looking forward to this and will be at the midnight premiere. We featured a trailer for it last year, can't wait. I'm sure this is the funny first of many posters/promo materials we'll see for this.
With a trailer for the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits and a poster for the new drama The Words hitting recently, it's clear that the marketing machine for films hitting the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Now EW has chimed in with a poster for West of Memphis, the Peter Jackson produced documentary about the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys – Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas and the three boys who were wrongly convicted for their murder and unjustly kept in prison for 18 years.
We've already gotten a look at the detailed, complete line-up of films heading to Park City, Utah for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival which myself and Alex Billington will be covering in the middle of January next year. However, the Sundance Institute has just added four more films to their roster including the very strange and peculiar, wild and trippy looking film John Dies at the End, a film starring Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes, and also includes Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Doug Jones. See the trailer right here and see the other three last minute Sundance selections below!
One of the stranger entries on the Sundance 2012 line-up in the Premieres category announced yesterday was a film titled Goats, indeed involving goats, and a Goat Man of sorts, played by David Duchovny. This ensemble comedy is actually about a 15-year-old kid, played by Graham Phillips who you might recognize from Evan Almighty or Ben 10 or "The Good Wife", who leaves his Tuscon home to attend Gates Academy, an East Coast prep school. The cast includes Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Keri Russell, Minnie Driver and Justin Kirk. We've got four first look photos via Collider to go along with the exciting Sundance news.
One of the first films on the Sundance 2012 line-up this year (just announced today) that I'm particularly excited about is Lee Toland Krieger's Celeste and Jesse Forever, a romantic comedy co-written by actors Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, starring both as well. The Playlist nabbed a few first look photos, four so far, from the independent film, produced by Team Todd & Envision Media Arts. The photos show Andy Samberg as Jesse and Rashida Jones as Celeste, a divorcing couple trying to maintain their friendship while they pursue other people. I'm sure it'll be a lot funnier than that sounds and we'll see more than this.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 45 days left until Sundance 2012 kicks off on January 19th, Sundance has officially announced the remaining 22 premiere films left on their line-up. Last week they revealed the first 58 in-competition films as well as out-of-comp selections including Midnight, NEXT and Spotlight, and today they've posted the last 22 films and documentaries included in the Premieres category. Not only is Peter Jackson's West of Memphis doc in here, but there's some great picks like Lay the Favorite, Rodrigo Cortés' Red Lights and Robot and Frank (oh yes). Full listings below.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 49 days left until Sundance 2012 kicks off on January 19th, Sundance has officially announced (most of) the remaining half of this year's complete line-up. Featured in four different out-of-competition categories are 30 more films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The first selection of in-competition films was revealed yesterday, this new half includes Midnight, Spotlight, NEXT and more, but all the big Premieres will be announced next week. As always, the midnight selection this year looks awesome! Full listings below.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 50 days left until Sundance 2012 kicks off on January 19th, Sundance has officially announced the first half of this year's complete line-up. Featured in four different competition categories are 58 individual films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The remaining half of the line-up, which includes big premieres (2012 list here) and midnight films (2012 list here), is coming soon. The line-up looks superb as always. There's some intriguing picks, even a little time travel (see Safety Not Guaranteed), plenty to be discovered.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Sundance Film Festival would take the hustle and bustle of their annual Park City, Utah invasion all the way overseas to London for a four-day multi-disciplinary arts festival that will include film screenings, live music performances, discussions, panels and more. Taking place at The O2 arena, the festival starts in 2012 running from April 26th to 29th and now the Sundance Institute has just announced that festival founder Robert Redford and Grammy winner T-Bone Burnett will open the first Sundance London Festival with a panel moderated by screenwriter Nick Hornby. Read on!
As with previous years passed, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival will once again be bringing the magic of independent film to select cities across the country as Sundance Film Festival USA will take place on January 26th, the second Thursday of the festival. Filmmakers will leave the festival in Park City, Utah to present their film and hold a Q&A in one of nine select cities across the country. An introduction video with highlights from the fest will precede each screening to give people a real taste of Sundance, even if they're hundreds of miles away. Of course, the films involved won't be announced until December with the line-up.