In the eleven day whirlwind that was the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, quite a few new faces stood out to indieWIRE. Among the festival's big talents, iW caught up with five up-and-comers that may very well be seen more in front of the camera going forward...
From the jury award-winner for best cinematography, "Pariah," the film's star Adepero Oduye spoke to indieWIRE: "I just keep saying thank you. People come up to me and make it a point to express what the film meant to them. I keep questioning why I’m overwhelmed. I just didn’t have any expectations I guess." The film was picked up by Focus Features at the festival, and should make it to theaters before too long. Read more.
Already a breakout from Toronto who has proven quite able to snag big roles, Juno Temple spoke with indieWIRE about her career thus far, including what it's like getting roles playing teenagers, "It’s interesting when you’re in this business because you have to be so savvy and grownup at a certain amount of things, but you also can be a sort of child because so many people help you do things. So it’s this kind of weird oxymoron of being an adult child. I’m fascinated about being a teenager. I had an interesting teen life. I went through a bunch of emotions. It’s just a time in your life where you’re like, 'What the fuck is going on with me!' As long as I can still play that, I will." Read more.
Already from a famous acting family, Elizabeth Olsen broke out on her own at Sundance this year, with two films in the fest (a third has also wrapped). She spoke with indieWIRE about her busy schedule, "You know, when you go to NYU and you’re a theater student, you have conservatory and you have academics. So already you’re a balancing an intense and crazy schedule with academic classes. So you kind of already figure out how to multi-task. The only thing that sucks is that NYU isn’t allowing me to work while being in school so I have to actually take time off when I want to work. That’s what’s frustrating. I wish there was a way to work it out, but there isn’t." Read more.
Not just an actress, but a writer and a producer too, Brit Marling, of "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice," starred in the fest's Sloan award-winner. She spoke to indieWIRE about producing her films, "The idea of doing something high concept, especially with science fiction, is that it kind of allows you to explore pop philosophy. It allows you to look at the same human relationships we’ve been reexamining since ancient Greece, but from a slightly different perspective. You can’t reinvent the mythology and you can’t reinvent narrative structure. With science fiction you can tell a different kind of story." Read more.
"Terri" actor Jacob Wysocki, who also starred in ABC Family's "Huge," sat down with indieWIRE to talk about his still-young acting career, "This was my second audition and I was blown away when I found out I got it. Honestly, acting is not something I ever thought I’d be doing. I put it behind because I didn’t think it was possible. And now I’m here doing this interview at Sundance? It’s blowing my mind. It’s completely weird and freaky but fun and exciting at the same time. It’s so much at once. But it’s a lot better than college… It’s so fresh and new." Read more.