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Sundance 2012 Wish List: 40 Films that May Head to Park City

Sundance Wish List 40 Films to Watch For

Thanksgiving is an anxious holiday for indie filmmakers as the Sundance Film Festival begins making its round of calls with (hopefully) good news. The first round of programming announcements are expected following the four-day holiday weekend, with over 100 features expected over various sections of the January 2012 festival.

Ahead of those announcements, Indiewire is offering 40 films as a Sundance wish list. Basically, it’s a wholly unscientific collection of films that might reasonably make the cut and/or we hope will make it to Park City.

Much more so than fellow festival powerhouses Cannes or Toronto, Sundance is a hard lineup to predict. Tiny films from up-and-coming directors often end up being the most talked about films at the festival (who’d ever heard of Evan Glodell this time last year?). Of course, most of the lineup will be comprised of more high-profile possibilities — and it’s all but certain that some of the festival’s breakouts are not going to be on our list.

So with those caveats in mind, here are 40 titles to consider (in alphabetical order). And if you have a title to add, tell us in the comments.

“0000,” directed by Eddie Alcazar
“0000” wins the “Martha Marcy May Marlene” award for 2012’s most confusing indie title, but Eddie Alcazar’s low-budget philosophical sci-fi is no doubt an ambitious project for the first-time director, who was included in this year’s “25 Faces of Independent Film” from Filmmaker Magazine. It’s about a man, provocatively named Adam, attempting to create a new era of consciousness. [Austin Dale]

“2 Days In New York,” directed by Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy’s “2 Days in Paris” was a small success in 2007, but Delpy’s art-house cred is no doubt enough to draw interest in its upcoming sequel, “2 Days in New York.” Though Delpy calls it an “atypical sequel,” the film finds her in the same role, searching for love over a weekend in the big city, which doesn’t seem like a very big departure. [Austin Dale]

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” directed by Alison Klayman
This is reportedly the first feature-length documentary on renowned Chinese artist/activist and sometimes dissident Ai Weiwei, who has been deluged with international attention for both his provocative artwork and his political dissent. The film, which took part in the Sundance Institute’s Producers Lab last summer, revolves around three years of upheaval in the life of Ai Weiwei in which he grabbed headlines, and became a first-time father as well as an online “god to tens of thousands of Chinese netizens,” according to a Sundance Institute description. This is Klayman’s directorial debut. [Brian Brooks]

“The Ambassador,” directed by Mads Brügger
Mads Brügger’s “The Ambassdor” is likely to be one of the most discussed docs on the next year’s festival circuit. The film — which opened the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam this week — is Brügger’s follow-up to his internationally acclaimed doc “The Red Chapel.” The film follows Brügger (through hidden camera footage) as he poses as a Liberian Consul in the Central African Republic simply by purchasing a diplomatic passport. The film is already courting controversy as a Dutch businessman depicted in the film (who helped him get the passport) has since gone on to the Dutch media asking to have the film removed from IDFA. [Peter Knegt]

“Bel Ami,” directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod
Nope, its not Eastern European gay pornography. It’s an adaptation of the 1885 French novel by Guy de Maupassant. And it’s recently been picked up for North American release by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acqusitions. Starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, and Kirstin Scott Thomas, “Bel Ami” stars Pattinson as a 19th century womanizer trying to sleep his way into Paris’ high society.  Period pieces don’t usually scream “Park City,” but having Pattinson around can’t hurt publicity from the mainstream press. [Peter Knegt]

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” directed by John Madden
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is set in a home for the elderly in India that a group of British retirees head to in hopes of something a little less expensive and a little more exotic. Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel, it doesn’t exactly sound like Sundance. But Fox Searchlight is releasing the film in early March and historically the distributor has used Sundance as a launching pad for their first -quarter releases (see “Cedar Rapids” and “Win Win” last year), so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they do the same with John Madden’s latest. [Peter Knegt]

“Big Sur,” directed by Michael Polish
Having “Big Sur” would be the unofficial start to the Year of the Kerouac Resurgence, with a separate “On the Road” adaptation slated for a 2012 release as well. Michael Polish is directing his own script, adapted from the novel of the same name. Von Trier favorite Jean-Marc Barr will play Kerouac and one leg of the love triangle also involving Josh Lucas as Neal Cassady and Kate Bosworth as the enigmatic Billie. [Steve Greene]

“Black Rock,” directed by Katie Aselton
“The Freebie” director Katie Aselton (and wife to Mark Duplass) is back with a new feature and there’s a lot be excited about. For starters, it’s written by Duplass, so you can bet it’s going to be funny, smart and laced with his trademark wit. Next, it stars two lovely leading ladies, Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell. And what has us really riled up? On the film’s Kickstarter page, Aselton labeled the film a “girl-based” thriller and counted “Deliverance” and “Cape Fear” as big influences. According to that same page, shooting wrapped this summer so a Sundance bow seems all but guaranteed. [Nigel M Smith]

“Breaking the Girl,” directed by Jamie Babbit
Co-written by Guinevere Turner, who helped pen “American Psycho” and “The Notorious Bettie Page,” this film follows two college kids who plot murderous revenge. There’s not much indie pedigree in the cast of twentysomethings, but the allure of a modern version of “Strangers on a Train” might entice some festival-goers. [Steve Greene]

“Casa de Mi Padre,” directed by Matt Piedmont
The idea of “Will Ferrell as you’ve never seen him before” might not sound like much to anyone aside from the actor’s (shrinking?) crowd of diehard fans. Even so, “Casa de Mi Padre” sounds like something completely different, because in it Ferrell doesn’t even speak English. The Spanish-produced western-telenova hybrid, co-starring Mexican superstars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, casts Ferrell as a valiant rancher facing down a threatening drug lord and chasing the girl of his dreams. The directorial debut of “Saturday Night Live” scribe Matt Piedmont promises to grab headlines, but whether it actually takes Ferrell into fresh comedic territory remains to be seen. Already set for distribution through Pantelion Films, the movie could wind up in Sundance’s gala section. [Eric Kohn]

“Celeste and Jesse Forever,” directed by Lee Told Krieger
Director Lee Told Krieger, whose previous “The Vicious Kind” played at Sundance in 2009, directs this curious-sounding romantic comedy from a screenplay co-written by “Parks & Recreation” actress Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. (Jones also stars alongside Elijah Wood, Andy Samberg and Emma Roberts.) The basic premise finds Jones’ Celeste and Samburg’s Jesse as a recently divorced couple attempting to keep their friendship intact. That familiar backdrop, along with Wood’s rumored role as a “metrosexual” don’t really provide enough information to get excited about, but the screenplay landed on Hollywood’s Black List and the intriguing cast — a combination of broad comic actors and indie stars — means there might be more this scenario than implied by surface details. [Eric Kohn]

“Cherry” directed by Stephen Elliott
The porn drama “Cherry” has more going for it than its tongue-in-cheek title. It’s got James Franco as a coke-addicted lawyer and a semi-autobiographical screenplay by porn star Lorelei Lee, as well as supporting turns from indie goddesses Lili Taylor and Heather Graham. Directed by novelist Stephen Elliott, “Cherry” has enough buzz behind it to go much further than Park City. [Austin Dale]

“Compliance,” directed by Craig Zobel
Zobel first made Sundance waves with his directorial debut, a funny, moving story about con artists in the music business called “Great Wall of Sound.” A former film school classmate of David Gordon Green, Zobel also co-founded the popular web series “Homestar Runner” in the late 1990’s. The filmmaker has taken his time completing another project in the years following “Sound” (a bigger effort starring Paul Rudd fell through), but this small effort — which received support from the Sundance Institute in 2011 — sounds incredibly promising. The plot involves a prank caller responsible for workplace drama at a fast-food restaurant, hinting that it might be the ideal follow up to the delicate Americana on display in Zobel’s top-notch debut. [Eric Kohn]

“Dead Man’s Burden,” directed by Jared Moshe
After producing three films that hit Sundance, Jared Moshe is directing his first film, a classic Western in which a homesteader is killed and his lawman son returns to find a sister who thinks him dead and an injustice waiting to be righted. In keeping with the genre, the feature is shot on 2-perf 35mm film “just like the original Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone,” Moshe says. Also written by Moshe, the film is produced by Veronica Nickel (“Noreaster”) and Jennifer Chikes (“The Foot Fist Way,” “Convention”). “Burden” stars Barlow Jacobs (“Shotgun Stories”) and David Call (“Tiny Furniture”) and Australian actress Clare Bowen, who will make her American film debut. [Brian Brooks]

“Detroit Hustles Harder,” (working title) directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
The documentary filmmaking duo were at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with their controversial HBO doc “12th and Delaware,” which provoked one of the best (and heated) post-screening Q&As after its debut last January. After the doc about an abortion clinic across the street from a clinic that tries to persuade women against abortion, Grady and Ewing saud they wanted to stay clear of the religious theme with their next project when they shared their latest project. Their new film looks at Detroit, once the paradigm of the American middle class and now a city that many have written off. “It’s a city on its knees that everyone has left for dead,” Ewing said. “But we’re going to focus on the dreamers and hustlers — people who think they can make the city great again.” Both Grady and Ewing received an Oscar nomination back in 2007 for their doc, “Jesus Camp,” which bowed at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. [Brian Brooks]

“The Do-Deca-Pentathlon,” directed by Mark and Jay Duplass
The Duplass brothers have been Sundance darlings ever since their first feature, “The Puffy Chair,” became a runaway hit at Sundance in 2007. “Do-Deca,” however, marks a special moment in their careers: Made in between their last low-budget effort “Baghead” and their first studio movie “Cyrus,” the micro-budget “Do-Deca” — aptly centered on sibling rivalry — should help remind people that the brothers didn’t always have big budgets at their disposal. That’s enough to put them in Sundance by default. [Eric Kohn]

“For Ellen,” directed by So Yong Kim
Filmmaker So Yong Kim is no stranger to Park City. Back in 2006 she won a special jury prize for “In Between Days” (shared with Bradley Rust Gray), which screened that year in competition. Her latest film, “For Ellen,” which she wrote and helped produce, stars Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone and Dakota Johnson about a struggling musician who takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter. [Brian Brooks]

“Fourplay,” directed by Kyle Henry
The film’s official site says it’s coming Spring 2012, but it might make the Sundance cut. With the tagline, “Four true tales of sexual intimacy,” the film may be just what the doctor ordered for the Utah fest. The stories involve a San Francisco transvestite sex worker; a couple who want to hook up but are interrupted by a sister and sick baby; a Tampa 20-something hoping for a quickie at the mall; and a closeted lesbian schoolteacher who has a thing for her minister’s wife. Henry was nominated for a John Cassavetes Award in 2006 (shared with producers Jesse Scolaro, Allen Bain and Darren Goldberg) for “Room.” [Brian Brooks]

“Gayby,” directed by Jonathan Lisecki
Jonathan Lisecki’s charming (and very funny) short film “Gayby,” played at over 100 film festivals worldwide, garnering acclaim and awards on its route. The plot’s a familiar one, but ripe for a lot of laughs. The comedy, like the short, centers on two best friends from college, now in the 30s, who decide to make good on a youthful promise and have a baby together. The catch? The guy’s gay. “Gayby” began production this August, so it’s not clear whether Lisecki completed it in time for Sundance. Here’s hoping! [Nigel M Smith]

“The Great Invisible,” directed by Margaret Brown
Shot in verité with select interviews, Brown’s latest doc takes a look at the global oil economy through the lens of people who work in the oil and fishing industries on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. The film received a grant from Cinereach last winter and could be done in time to make Sundance’s doc competition. In 2008 she screened her last feature doc, “The Order of the Myths,” which screened in competition. She won the Truer Than Fiction Award in 2009 for “Myths” at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. [Brian Brooks]

“He Loves Me,” directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Profiled on The Playlist in a July production column, “He Loves Me” is described as a “Charlie Kaufman-esque story of a writer (Paul Dano) who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. As the young protagonist follows the advice of writing the woman he thinks will love him in a bid to overcome his writer’s block, he ends up willing her into existence.” Cast includes Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan and Elliott Gould. [Brian Brooks]

“House at the End of the Street,” directed by Mark Tonderai
Relativity plans to release this horror movie in April, which might make it a good fit as one of the higher-profile midnight titles at Sundance. “House” stars Oscar-nominated “Winter’s Bone” lead Jennifer Lawrence as a young girl whose family moves next door to a house where a brutal murder took place. Over time, she grows close with the only survivor of the massacre. With Lawrence in high demand post-“Winter’s Bone” and the latest “X-Men” installment, her decision to star in this movie is reason alone to keep tabs on it. [Eric Kohn]

“Hungry in America,” Directed by Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson
America’s hunger crisis takes center stage in this feature-length documentary from filmmakers Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson and executively produced by chef-activists Tom Colicchio and Mario Batali. Powerful excerpts from the film have screened during IFP’s Independent Film Week and 2009’s Silverdocs festival, so the final project is likely ready for Sundance audiences. The documentary tries to find out why America, one of the world’s wealthiest nations, remains the only country in the developed world where around 49 million people (17 million of which are children) go hungry despite sufficient food for all. Silverbush told the LA Times that the film will explore the food stamp program, school lunches and other issues regarding America’s food system. [Nigel M Smith]

“I Want Your Love” directed by Travis Mathews
“I Want Your Love,” Travis Mathews’ explicit queer short film that played at a few festivals last year, has been expanded to feature length. The film comes with stamps of approval from no less than John Cameron Mitchell and Andrew Haigh, so “I Want Your Love” won’t be overlooked if Sundance is looking for an uncensored glimpse at gay romance. [Austin Dale]

“Imogene,” directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer-Berman and Robert Pulcini, the directing tandem behind “American Splendor” (which won the Dramatic Jury prize at Sundance back in 2003 and a subsequent Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay) and the HBO film “Cinema Verite” return with a dark comedy about a playwright (Kristen Wiig) whose fake suicide attempt accidentally lands her under the unwanted, constant attention of her mother. The ex-boyfriend that spawns the plan gone awry? “Glee’s” Darren Criss, who’ll be finishing up his first stint on Broadway right before the second half of the festival. [Steve Greene]

“Keep the Lights On,” directed by Ira Sachs
“On the day this relationship ended, I knew immediately that it was a story,” Ira Sachs told Indiewire back in May. Starring Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth, the film centers on a closeted handsome lawyer who meets a doc filmmaker in a tryst that turns into something much more. As the two pursue a relationship, they both battle their personal compulsions and addictions. Sachs has traveled the Sundance route before, with his film “The Delta” screening in the dramatic competition in 1997. Fast forward to 2005, he won the dramatic competition for “Forty Shades of Blue” that year. [Brian Brooks]

“Love Addict,” directed by Pernille Rose Grønkjær
For her follow-up to 2006’s hugely successful “The Monastery” (which won a major award at IDFA, screened in competition at Sundance and was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award), Pernille Rose Grønkjær chose to take on a little known epidemic: Love addiction. In “Love Addict,” Grønkjær explores the all-consuming obsession to obtain and arrest the love of others. Set in America (where groups have started being set up to help love addicts), the doc follows seven personal stories of those hopelessly obsessed with ideas that are simply unattainable. Danes usually factor well into Sundance’s world doc competition, so perhaps “Love Addict” will find its way there.  [Peter Knegt]

“Metalhead,” directed by Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance blew audiences (and Indiewire) away back at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival with his “Blue Valentine,” starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Now the talented writer/director has a new film on the docket, “Metalhead” (co-written with Kirt Gunn). The drama centers on a heavy metal drummer who must learn to deal with deafness after blowing out his eardrums. The film’s description on IMDb notes that it is an “introspective journey into the vortex of our senses, tinkering with cinema’s boundaries.” Cast in “Metalhead” includes Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood. [Brian Brooks]

“Nobody Walks,” directed by Ry Russo-Young
Ry Russo-Young made quite the splash in 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival, where she premiered “You Won’t Miss Me,”  an experimental indie that went on to win a Gotham for Best Feature Not Coming to a Theater Near You and net a distribution deal with Factory 25. Park City seems like the perfect fit for her next feature, “Nobody Walks,” especially given that the film was born out of the 2010 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. The icing on the cake? The script’s co-written by another indie darling, Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”). With its starry cast (Dylan McDermott, Rosemarie DeWitt, John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby), “Nobody Walks” marks a big leap for Russo-Young. The film concerns a young artist who gets close to a Hollywood sound designer she’s staying with. Russo Young’s latest is currently listed as in post production. [Nigel M Smith]

“Price Check,” directed by Michael Walker
Indie queen of quirk Parkey Posey’s been busy of late, appearing in a slew of TV series, including “The Big C,” “The Good Wife” and “Parks and Recreation,” so it will nice to see her returning to leading-lady status in the forthcoming comedy “Price Check.” In the film, directed by Michael Walker (“Chasing Sleep”), Parker plays a supermarket boss in the suburbs who takes a liking to a new employee (Eric Mabius of “Ugly Betty”) who just rolled into town. The film wrapped production early in the year in Larchmont, NY, so it’s likely that it will be ready come Sundance time. [Nigel M Smith]

“Queen of Versailles,” directed by Lauren Greenfield
Documentarian and photographer Lauren Greenfield’s HBO documentary “Thin” played in competition at Sundance in 2006; she returned to Utah for the Sundance Creative Producing Summit in 2011 with this intriguing new project, which was also showcased at IDFA’s 2010 FORUM. The movie examines the impact of the recent economic recession on an affluent family, the sort of timely American issue that tends to do well with Sundance audiences. [Eric Kohn]

“Red Lights,” directed by Rodrigo Cortés
After 2010’s “Buried” wowed some and frustrated others, Rodrigo Cortés is back with another thriller, this time with paranormal overtones. Cortés has had previous writer-director outings before, but this is the first time that he’ll be pulling double duty with an English-language film. Sigourney Weaver will play Dr. Margaret Matheson in a cast also featuring Elizabeth Olsen, giving her a chance to fulfill her annual requirement of being in a mindbending film partially brought to you by the letter “M.” The film also stars Robert DeNiro and Cillian Murphy. [Steve Greene]

“Revenge for Jolly!” directed by Chadd Harbold
In a screenplay written (and starring) Brian Petsos, the comedy/drama includes quite a cast. Elijah Wood, Ryan Phillippe, Adam Brody, Kevin Corrigan, Gillian Jacobs and more star in this feature about a man who recruits his cousin to investigate who is behind his dog’s “suspicious death.” This is the feature directorial debut for Harbold, who took second place at the recent 2011 Woodstock Film Festival for his short, “Block.” [Brian Brooks]

“Robot and Frank,” directed by Jake Schreier
With a cast including Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Liev Schreiber and Jeremy Strong, Jake Schreier’s crime comedy could be a nice fit for Sundance 2012. The film, written by Christopher D. Fordm revolves around a “curmudgeonly older dad whose grown-up kids install a robot as his caretaker.” ( Schreier produced “Natural Selection,” which took the Narrative Feature Audience prize at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. [Brian Brooks]

“Safety Not Guaranteed,” directed by Colin Trevorrow
Quite possibly the first movie adapted from an internet meme, “Safety Not Guaranteed” takes its title from a famously cryptic classic ad for a time-traveling companion that first appeared in a Danish newspaper in 2005. The screenplay by newcomer Derek Connolly was directed by Colin Trevorrow, whose only other credits are the documentary “Reality Show” and the TV movie “Gary: Under Crisis.” It might be the amusing concept alone that has propelled the project to fruition with a promising cast of mainstream and indie stars. Among them: Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass. The official plot synopsis involves a pair of magazine employees seeking an interview with the advertising time traveler, which makes this sound like the rare case of a faithful adaptation. Then again, it wouldn’t take much to take the material that far. The movie shot in Seattle in early 2011, so its completion in time for Sundance seems like a strong possibility. [Eric Kohn]

“Tchoupitoulas,” directed by Bill and Turner Ross
Bill and Turner Ross, the siblings behind the documentary “45365,” have returned with another boundary-pushing doc, “Tchoupitoulas.” This one documents the experience of three teenage brothers as they travel to a pleasure island in New Orleans and encounter a sexual underworld. [Austin Dale]

“Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim
Probably a Sundance long-shot, the film from the team behind the nightmare inducing Cartoon Network program “Awesome Show, Great Job!” has already been acquired by Magnolia Pictures. It may show up for a screening or two, but this duo’s particularly off-color brand of comedy probably won’t go over so well with the audience. [Austin Dale]

“Wanderlust,” directed by David Wain
Wain’s “Wet Hot American Summer” and “The Ten” both debuted in Park City, though he’s since gone on to more mainstream fare in films like “Role Models.” Starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, his new film “Wanderlust” falls into the latter category as well (it’s being released by Universal, after all), but a Sundance premiere would make a lot of sense given Wain and Rudd’s indie roots and its late February release date. The film stars Aniston and Rudd as a New York couple who are forced to head to Georgia after Rudd’s character loses his job. Along the way, they randomly end in a hippie commune that features a promising cast of characters played by Justin Theroux, Lauren Ambrose, Alan Alda and Ken Marino (among others). It could be a welcome dose of fun.  [Peter Knegt]

“The Wettest County in the World,” directed by John Hillcoat
Being released in March by the Weinsteins, Sundance seems like a reasonable launching pad for Hillcoat’s anticipated follow up to “The Road” if they opt for some festival exposure before release (though Berlin might make more sense). Based on the novel by Matt Bondurant, “Wettest County” is written by musician and frequent Hillcoat collaborator Nick Cave (who wrote the screenplay for “The Proposition” and the music for “The Road”). It stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke as three brothers who find their bootlegging business under threat in Prohibition-era Virginia. Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska round out the juicy cast, which could add some star power to Sundance’s Premieres program. [Peter Knegt]

“The Will,” directed by Christian Sønderby Jepsen
A deserved winner of the top prize in the Danish competition in Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX festoval, Christian Sønderby Jepsen’s hilarious, downright unbelievable “The Will” is currently screening at IDFA and is a likely bet to head to pretty much every documentary festival it wants from this point forward. The film follows three down-on-their-luck brothers who inherit a considerable amount of money from their grandmother. The aftermath of said even contains more twists and turns than that of the most outlandish mainstream narrative film. If Sundance programmers put it in the world doc lineup, it’s sure to be one of the fest’s most talked-about docs. [Peter Knegt]

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I'm disappointed that "Revenge For Jolly" is slated to take up space on the Sundance film list. They just bombed horrifically (check out any and every review by googling) at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it only seems fair that someone else should, umm…okay, what I reallly want to say is how awesome Meth Head was!!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist…

meth head

Dear Supporters and Fans,

Thank you so much for your consideration and interest. So…my update is that I've completed rehab, it was very tough and crazy and a million other things. So I'm sober, and the truth is that as I'm putting that chapter behind me, I want to leave it ALL in the past. So I'm withdrawing any and all interest in putting forth "Meth Head" into Sundance. Why don't we allow a more current topic a chance to be viewed? (That was meant as rhetorical, not for an actual response.) So no more meth head posts, okay? (Again, not actually a ques…) Just no more posts on the topic. Um thanks in advance.

Don Quichote explains why THE AMBASSADOR is not a documentary nor a mockumentary

Don Quichote

The Ambassador is subversive and incendiary documentary film in which the maker Brugger unveils himself as an unscrupulous forger with the sole intention to purposely damage the interest of individuals and governments for his own glory to sell his product. The film is produced with public money from the Danish Filminstitute and financed/produced with a budget of €1 million by Lars Von Trier (Zentropa), a controversial film-director who admitted in Cannes in 2010 to being a Nazi, understanding Hitler. Under influence/inspiration of Von Trier’s ideology, Danish journalist Brugger purposefully took several steps beyond the rules, both written and unwritten. It is clearly a documentary film based on fascistic roots. Take a look at a photo in Politiken
and see how Brugger presents himself like a neo nazi on horseback. That explains that he hates Africans and why he ridicules the TWA pygmy people. Brugger used hidden cameras and false pretences to record and film confidential meetings and telephone conversations without informing his victims or asking them permission or approval by means of adversarial response. Then he edited a documentary film with a specific “Tunnel Vision” to transform a fantasy-fetish into reality to proof his mistrust under the slogan “The end justifies the means!”.


You got 10 out of 40? Pretty good, considering there were 11,700 submissions… :)

Ethan Green

What about Noah Buschel's Sparrows Dance? The Missing Person was one of the most original movies that boringly safe Sundance has had in years. And I love Marin Ireland.


The Diary of Preston Plummer, starring Trevor Morgan and Rumer Willis


I was hoping my latest documentary about live painters of music might be included in the list this year!
ScrambleVision is an exploration of creativity, inspiration and performance through the eyes of live painters and musicians. Don't just watch or listen to art, go make it yourself!

Jane Bouvier

Can't wait for the final word.


I logged on here thinking this was a legit site where there would be intelligent conversation and suggestions made about films that maybe were not mentioned in the above article. Guess I was wrong. It is clearly just a place where you will be attacked for your opinion and then attacked again for defending it. I won't bother posting my recommendation.


I want a Sundance to show a film where Jeff Bridges plays himself . Or Fassbender shows his private parts. Or George Clooney plays a regular guy. Or Joseph Gordon Levitt has facial hair. Please.


Hilarious. Did someone below really suggest that their desperate ranting posts help the writers at indiewire keep their jobs? What is in the kool-aid today? Everyone please go back to posting about films you would like to see on the list and stop all this bitching and fighting. That's what I will do. Where's "It's a Disaster"? I love America Ferarra. And she was on the jury last year. She should be able to get a film she is starring in into the fest no?


How about Will McCord's 'Casual Encounters'? Bobby Webster (Oscar winner for God of Love) did the cinematography and it's been selected for the Emerging Visions program by IFP…


STN/Stop the Nonsense- First, are you associated with this site? If you are and you have asked for comments suggesting films to be considered, then why are you surprised when you get them? And secondly, there are nicer ways to make a statement. If you are not associated with this site, then just make your recommendation like everyone else and leave it at that. Have a nice day.


what about Fat Kid Rules The World with Matt O'Leary (Natural Selection), Jacob Wysocki (Terri) and Billy Campbell (The Killing) directed by Matthew Lillard (SLC Punk!), scored by Mike McReady from Pearl Jam?

Jane Clark

Really sorry about that. I just tweeted that we got left off the list and people picked up on it. And the article does say list movies that have gotten left off. We aren't trying to influence Sundance. They, I am sure, already know who they are going with. And I think that there would have been a nicer way to say, "we got the point," without hurting feelings or being mean. We have supporters. Our supporters just wanted to get behind us.

Stop the nonsense

Hey Meth Head people stop spamming the comments. This isn't a list of things that Sundance has picked, is going to pick, or in some cases even knows about. It's just a list of what the Indiewire writers have heard of and think may have some small chance to play Sundance. You and others are making your films look bad by all these nonsensical posts. You would have to be incrediblqy naïve to think that anyone who works for Sundance is spending this week reading the comments on a blog.

Linda Welch

Please add the Jane Clark's film "Meth Head" to your 2012 Sundance Film Fest Wish list … Thanks

Cynthia Moran

I'm SHOCKED! You have NOT included Jane Clark's film "Meth Head" to your 2012 Sundance Film Festival wishlist!?! What is wrong with you all? This is a movie the public will relate to … addiction, rejection & love. Please reconsider adding it! Thanks


Please include Meth Head! Hearing great things about the movie!

John W. McLaughlin

I too nominate a film I am deeply connected to. Meth Head is an absolute MUST at Sundance.


What about Meth Head? Hope to see it at Sundance!

Lisa Lodato

What???? Meth Head is not on the list? Written and directed by Jane Clark, this movie is compelling, better than excellent, diverse and pure perfection. Please, it needs to be on the wish list! It is a must see!


Dear reviewer ,
I am shOcked and disappointed that methhead is not showing at the movie festival .. We were so excited to be seeing the movie !!!! Please review it again . It's awesome movie.. Sepi


The movie Meth Head is at once poetic and visually intense. The director/screen writer Jane Clark, brings humanity to a tough and often hushed subject. Under her direction, the cast superbly tackles the story of rejection, love, meth addiction, and the promise of hope. It's a must see. Add it already!! Thanks much!


Director Jane Clark's film "Meth Head." Great film. Great Cast and Production. This is what Sundance is about. Films that move people, educate them and depict realism.

Mahnaz Azimi

Meth Head directed by Jane Clark should be on this list. This is a must-see movie!

Marta Boulden

Please add Meth Head to the roster. I'm hearing such great things about it!


Please include the film METH HEAD in your 2012 wish list for Sundance.
The movie by Jane Clark is generating a lot of positive feed back from people of all backgrounds who would LOVE to see this movie….me being one of them!!!

Kilgore Trout

I want to see Jane Clark's "Meth Head." Go Jane!


Please include the movie "Meth Head" to the Sundance 2012 wish list! Many fans have been waiting a long time for this film. Step up and add it!

Mr. Smith

"Meth Head" please!

L Kransky

I'd love to see "Meth Head" be included on the Sundance 2012 wish list. A story in need of telling. The power of addiction and the downward spiral that can occur.

Deborah Gaynor

Plesae include "Meth Head" for consideration at Sundance 2012. This movie's storyline will reach people on so many levels on a subject matter that only gets talked about in whispers. I am sure the viewer will find many characters' points-of-view interesting and follow and feel their pain — which also goes to say that the actors were on their A-game. This movie is a "can't miss"!!! Thank you.


Please include "MethHead" on the Sundance 2012 wish list!! Lots of folks are excited about this movie!

Jane Clark

I nominate my film :) "METH HEAD". Starring Lukas Haas. Kyle Peoples never wanted to be the man he has become in his 30s, an accountant stuck in a dead end job, with a lover who is more successful than he and a family that doesn't get him at all. So when a night of partying leads to a new family of friends and fun, Kyle sees an opportunity for escape from reality. But Kyle's new friendship with Maia and Dusty and the trio's love of crystal meth eventually cost Kyle his job, his companion, his home and his family. Kyle's escape becomes his trap, the party is an illusion and the crystal is slowly killing him, physically and psychologically. When he finally bottoms out and is no longer the young man his father once boasted about with pride, Kyle must choose: life or meth.

Liza Oppenheimer

Where is David Cross's "It's A Disaster"? Dark comedy about eight friends who meet for Sunday brunch and then find out the world is about to end. Julia Stiles, America Ferrera and comedy group that did "The Scenesters". Come on Sundance, give us some funny too.


What about Sushi Girl by Kern Saxton!?

Zaie Gonzalez

indie feature "My Best Day" from lesbian filmmaker Erin Greenwell is a little pot of gold – a sweetly dark comedy that I've been hearing great buzz about –

joe krieg

how about" Sugar"


What about Michael Mohan's "Save the Date"? It's the follow up to One Too Many Mornings and has Allison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, etc. Also "Simon Killer" by Antonio Campos?

Karl G

Wish List: "Tick Tock Boom Clap"
I recently was lucky enough to be invited to the Cast/Crew screening of the independent film "Tick Tock Boom Clap" produced by Cherished Rapscallion Pictures. I will proudly say that it was the highlight of my year. Truly a fantastic and amazing film!

Susan Conwell

If you want to experience independent film making, please check out "Tick Tock Boom Clap" produced by Cherished Rapscallion. It is an amazing tribute to the power of community theater, and is a film that was destined to be made! :)


If you are looking for the film with the heart of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and the soul of :Slumdog Millionaire" look no further-this year's LIttle Engine that could is "Tick Tock Boom Clap" This is the story of EVERY person who has dared to dream and the one every person has lived at least once in their life-"TICK TOCK BOOM CLAP" remember that name-remember that you heard about it here first!


There are a few that I would have added to your list:

The We & The I (Michel Gondry) NEXT film sidebar?
On the Road (Walter Salles)
Fencewalker (Chris Carter)
Small Apartments (Jonas Aukerland)
Red Hook Summer (Spike Lee)
Predisposed (Phil Dorling)
The Lords of Salem (Rob Zombie) Will probably play Midnight Madness
Bachelorette (Leslye Headland)

shelly wilson

to SHAMEONINDIEWIRE. Rodney Evans didn't submit this year. He is still working on the film.


How about "Tick Tock Boom Clap"?


Predisposed by Phil Dorling, with Melissa Leo and Jesse Eisenberg should be on this list as well. Possibly also A Year in the Mooring with Josh Lucas. Exciting time, cant wait to see all these new movies.

Josef Wulsted

I saw a screener of Love Addict this summer and its a really strong film. Smart pik indiewire. Also really like Queen of Versailles.

J Torres

"Mariachi Gringo"


Dana Harris and Brian Brooks and all these people are a part of a click. What do you expect? The white independent film ESTABLISHMENT is what they are. They do not care about real reporting or analysis of anybody who is not a part of that game. How Rodney Evans and his latest film 'The Happy Sad' is not on this list after having won Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2004 and grabbing Gotham and Spirit Award nominations is a SHAME. Only people who pat the backs of this small minded gang get love. This crock of crap post has a pick that reads "Probably a Sundance long-shot, the film from the team behind the nightmare inducing Cartoon Network program 'Awesome Show, Great Job!' has already been acquired by Magnolia Pictures" but doesn't have Evans on? You tout a long-shot from the Cartoon Channel before giving a look at Polk or Duvernay or Donsunmu or Evans or Cherry or Murray. Do ever actually read the good reporting done on Shadow & Act? I KNOW you're making money off them so why don't you read it and educate yourself to the film directors of a different hue. To say nothing of the Latinos, American Asians and Indigenous People. Indiewire: White privilege at its best. An accurate new slogan for your new site.

Marty Lang

What? No Rising Star? We even won iW Project of the Month! :)


If it weren't vanilla, it wouldn't be Indie–both a definable genre and a market niche.


Watch for Frank The Bastard.


I completely agree with you, BROWNREADER. There are several films made by women and people of color that never get any kind of attention on the general Indiewire site or its "buzz lists." Let's widen our scope of indie cinema.


You might consider having women and people of color in the mix next time among the deciding writers. IW continues to push the the white male perspective on things like this and at some point it is just lazy journalism.


I'm looking forward to Chris Neil's, GOATS, with David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga…

Rocky Right

What about "Winter in the Blood" — the adaptation of the late great James Welch's first novel?

Dave Henri

"Finding Focus" takes the first-person shooting style popularized in genre films such as Paranormal Activity and applies the aesthetic to an indie drama. Made for less than $50,000; this young-artists-in-love story tracks a fashion photographer and his makeup artist girlfriend documenting the beginning of their relationship as they shoot behind the scenes footage of his fine art photo project.

(Full disclosure – I'm the writer-director-producer of the film)


You mean Garafalo still has a career? Could've fooled me…I thought she'd crashed and burned after putting her foot in her mouth (and down her throat) one too many times…heh heh heh


Nice and vanilla just how indiewire likes it.

Harvey Wallbanger

Psyched to see so many of these movies but what about THE STORY OF LUKE with Lou Pucci Taylor, Seth Green and Cary Elwes?

Tiger Jackson

General Education with janeane garafolo should be on this list!

Elliot Feld

What about "General Education"?!

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