By Ramzi De Coster | Indiewire December 12, 2013 at 2:24PM
The Sundance Institute announced today that it plans to screen some of its upcoming 2014 selections at nine theaters across the country on January 30.
As part of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative, the move is set to expand the festival's horizons while simultaneously emboldening arthouse theaters by delivering freshly premiered films from the festival. Director of the Sundance Film Festival John Copper remarked, "Year-round audiences and arthouse theaters are vital parts of the independent film community, and our Sundance Film Festival USA initiative allows us to extend the energy and excitement of the Festival to them."
In addition to a screening, audiences will be treated to a pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q&A accompanied by the filmmaker.
Check out the full list of theaters and screenings below:
Ann Arbor, MI — The Michigan Theatre
Polar Bear / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Maya Forbes)
— A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by
attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited
daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. Cast: Mark
Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide.
Boston, MA — Coolidge Corner Theatre
States of America v. James J. Bulger / U.S.A. (Director: Joe
Berlinger) — Infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger’s
relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice allowed him to reign
over a criminal empire in Boston for decades. Joe Berlinger’s
documentary chronicles Bulger’s recent sensational trial, using it as
a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest
levels of law enforcement.
Chicago, IL — Music Box Theatre
Christmas / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Joe Swanberg)
— After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her
older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son. Cast: Anna Kendrick,
Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg.
Houston, TX — Sundance Cinemas Houston
July / U.S.A. (Director: Jim Mickle, Screenwriters: Jim
Mickle, Nick Damici) — After killing a home intruder, a small town
Texas man's life unravels into a dark underworld of corruption and
violence. Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa
Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell.
Nashville, TN — Belcourt Theatre
Down / U.S.A. (Director: Jeff Preiss, Screenwriters: Amy
Albany, Topper Lilien) — Based on Amy Jo Albany's memoir, Low
Down explores her heart-wrenching journey to adulthood while being
raised by her father, bebop pianist Joe Albany, as he teeters between
incarceration and addiction in the urban decay and waning bohemia of
Hollywood in the 1970s. Cast: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close,
Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Flea.
Orlando, FL — Enzian Theater
Accidents / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Sara
Colangelo) — In a small American coal town living in the shadow of a
recent mining accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws three
people together—a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine
executive, and a local boy—in a web of secrets. Cast: Elizabeth
Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh
San Francisco, CA — Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
X-Ray / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Peter Sattler)
— A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she
forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Cast: Kristen
Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll
Seattle, WA — Sundance Cinemas Seattle
Twins / U.S.A. (Director: Craig Johnson, Screenwriters: Craig
Johnson, Mark Heyman) — When estranged twins Maggie and Milo feel
that they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces
them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect,
they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their
relationship. Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell,
Boyd Holbrook, Joanna Gleason.
Tucson, AZ — The Loft
Ones / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jake Paltrow)
— When a series of events is set into motion, altering his young life
forever, Jerome is forced to make choices that no child should ever have to
make. Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi