By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 23, 2011 at 2:13AM
Every day at Sundance, indieWIRE posts a rundown of news from our blog network as well as other outlets. Included today: "Hobo With a Shotgun" impresses, Reverse Shot offers their first dispatch and Anne Thompson reports on buyer interest surrounding "Margin Call."
indieWIRE Blogs: Reverse Shot is on the scene in Park City and posted their first dispatch from the festival on Reverseblog. "Given the Sundance mission of promoting socially conscious “stories” (a big buzzword here this year)," they wrote, "it was entirely fitting that Susanne Rostock’s 'Sing Your Song', a documentary on the truly extraordinary life of performer-activist Harry Belafonte, now 83, should open the 2011 festival. Stories of courage and uplift are de rigueur for opening-night festivities at such tent-pole events, for sure."
Over at The Playlist James Rocchi reviewed one of the buzziest films screening, Miranda July's "The Future." Of the film, Rocchi wrote, "Much like “You and Me and Everyone We Know,” “The Future” is informed by July’s interests and perspectives. July’s characters again seem to be caught up in both the kindness and the strangeness of strangers; July also has an informed understanding of the primal absurdity of sex and want, and a keen appreciation for light and texture and the potential of film."
Thompson on Hollywood's Anne Thompson reported the buyer's interest surrounding "Margin Call," which stars Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore. "Buyers Harvey Weinstein, Focus’s James Schamus, Sony Pictures Classics’ Tom Bernard, Fox Searchlight’s Tony Safford, IFC’s Jonathan Seyring, and others packed the press and industry screening," she wrote.
Other Outlets: Brook Barnes at The New York Times profiled the latest Sundance 'It Girl,' British actress Felicity Jones who stars in "Like Crazy," which premiered today. "Ms. Jones was indeed captivating as one half of a madly-in-love couple forced to live an ocean apart," Barned said of Jones, comparing her in the article to Carey Mulligan.
Keeping it focused on the ladies, Barnes also reported on the female filmmakers making their mark at this year's edition. The leader according to Barnes? "Leading the charge (albeit reluctantly) is Vera Farmiga, who makes her directing debut in “Higher Ground,” in which she stars as a woman named Corinne who suffers a profound spiritual crisis."
To stay on the pulse and know what the leading critics are touting as the potential best of the fest, check out Movieline's Sundance Pundit Poll where our own Eric Kohn offers up his best bets.
Sundance Goody of the Day: Consider "Hobo With a Shot Gun" this year's guilty pleasure. The Vulture blog for one loved the film. Check out the trailer below: