By Brian Brooks | Indiewire December 9, 2009 at 10:11AM
Sundance Institute has unveiled eight films that will participate in its inaugural Sundance Film Festival USA, a new initiative that will spotlight films from Sundance's 2010 line up in eight cities. As part of the program, filmmakers will travel from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City to cities across America, where they will introduce and screen their original films and engage in Q&As with local audiences.
In addition to premiering their work at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, most of the participants have a previous connection to the non-profit Sundance Institute, whether as advisors to the Institute's directors' or screenwriters' labs, or as filmmakers screening in past festivals. In each city an introduction video featuring Robert Redford and highlights from the festival will precede the screenings. The Sundance Film Festival opens January 21 and runs through January 31.
Films screening as part of Sundance Film Festival USA are (with descriptions provided by the festival):
"Cyrus" - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater www.michtheater.org
Directors and screenwriters: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
A recently divorced guy meets a new lady. Then he meets her son who is, well...interesting. Cast: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener. World Premiere
"The Company Men" - Brookline, MA - Coolidge Corner Theatre www.coolidge.org
Director and screenwriter John Wells will screen his drama, filmed on location in North Boston, about three company men attempting to survive a round of corporate downsizing while trying to fend off its effects on their families and their identities. Cast: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt. World Premiere
"Daddy Longlegs" - Brooklyn, NY - BAM www.bam.org
Directors, screenwriters, brothers and Native New Yorkers Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie will bring to New York their latest film. A swan song to excuses and responsibilities, to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what it's like to be truly torn between being a child and being an adult. Cast: Ronald Bronstein, Sage Ranaldo, Frey Ranaldo. North American Premiere
"Jack Goes Boating" - Chicago, IL - Music Box Theatre www.musicboxtheatre.com
Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman; Screenwriter: Bob Glaudini
A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tom McCarthy.
"Teenage Paparazzo" - Los Angeles, CA - Downtown Independent www.downtownindependent.com
Where better than Los Angeles to explore the effects of celebrity on culture? Director Adrian Grenier's documentary does exactly that. A 13-year-old paparazzi boy snaps a photo of Grenier, leading the actor/director to explore the effects of celebrity on culture.
"The Runaways" - Madison, WI - Sundance Cinemas Madison www.sundancecinemas.com
Director and screenwriter: Floria Sigismondi
In 1970s LA, a tough teenager named Joan Jett connects with an eccentric producer to form an all-girl band that would launch her career and make rock history. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Shannon, Alia Shawkat, Tatum O'Neal.
"The Extra Man" - Nashville, TN - The Belcourt Theatre www.belcourt.org
Directors: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; Screenwriters: Robert Pulcini, Jonathan Ames and Shari Springer Berman
A down-and-out playwright who escorts wealthy widows in Manhattan's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring writer under his wing. Cast: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Katie Holmes.
"Howl" - San Francisco, CA - Sundance Kabuki Cinemas www.sundancecinemas.com
Directors and screenwriters Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, both local San Franciscans, will be on hand to screen their nonfiction drama about the young Allen Ginsberg finding his voice, the creation of his groundbreaking poem HOWL, and the landmark obscenity trial that followed. Cast: James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels.