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Sundance ’10: Low Budget Next Section, High Profile Premieres and More Round Out Fest Roster

Sundance '10: Low Budget Next Section, High Profile Premieres and More Round Out Fest Roster

The remainder of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival feature film lineup is being announced today, including the roster of eight films that will screen in the new NEXT section for low and no budget films. Also unveiled today are the lineups for the Premeries section for higher profile files, the Spotlight section for films from other fests, the Park City at Midnight section and the previously announced Frontier section.

The new eight film NEXT section launches at the festival with a bit of buzz. In the wake of a recent leadership change, promoted festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth decided to create a section for the sorts of films that have slipped through the cracks at Sundance, in favor of other festivals like SXSW or CineVegas.

“I loved having CineVegas as this place for films that, for whatever reason, didn’t make it into the Sundance linuep,” Trevor Groth said in a conversation with indieWIRE that was published yesterday, “I knew that I could give them an excellent launch. Having this NEXT program did help in that regard.”

The lineup for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival:
Announced today: NEXT | Premieres | New Frontier | Park City at Midnight | Spotlight
Announced yesterday: U.S. Documentary Competition | U.S. Dramatic Competition
World Cinema Documentary Competition | World Cinema Documentary Competition

Actors going behind the camera and television vets heading to the big screen are just some of the personalities behind the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Premieres lineup that will on screen in Park City next month. This being the high-profile premieres section, there are a number of notable actors screening in the section, includingBen Affleck (“The Company of Men”) and his younger brother, Casey Affleck (“The Killer Inside Me”) as well as Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly (“The Extra Man” and “Untitled Duplass Brothers Project”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Jack Goes Boating”), Jessica Alba & Kate Hudson (“The Killer Inside Me”), Dakota Fanning (“The Runaways”), Chase Crawford, Kiefer Sutherland and 50 Cent (“Twelve”) – you get the idea. And among the directors, Sundance vets abound, bringing their latest to the festival’s highest profile non-competition grouping.

– He’s a hearthrob from “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and “Milk” and now he’s screening his narrative directorial, “Abel” at Sundance. Mexican actor Diego Luna, along with friend and collaborator Gael Garcia Bernal, also run a traveling documentary festival in Mexico called Ambulante. And, he produced the 2009 Sundance Directing prize winner “Sin Nombre” (Cary Fukunaga) which also won the Cinematography prize at the fest for Adriano Goldman. The film stars Mexican actor Jose Maria Yazpik who may be known to some Americans for his role in “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”

– John Wells is a veteran of television directing including episodes of “ER,” and he has picked up multiple Emmys. His latest endeavor, “The Company of Men” is his first feature, with an impressive big name cast.

– Directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini were all the rage at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, picking up the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize for “American Splendor,” which went on to get an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay (which they both wrote). Katie Holmes joins their latest, “The Extra Man,” along with John C. Reilly about a down-and-out playwright who escorts wealthy widows in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

– “Get Low” director Aaron Schneider shared the Best Live Action short Oscar with Andrew J. Sacks in 2004 for “Two Soldiers.” His Premieres feature stars Robert Duvall and Bill Murray.

– Philip Seymour Hoffman has been a film fixture for some time now, receiving two Oscar nominations and an Academy Award for Best Male Lead for “Capote” (Bennett Miller). Now Hoffman is going behind the camera for his feature directorial debut – and in front… He stars along with Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Tom McCarthy.

– The prolific Michael Winterbottom has two films coming to the fest this year, one doc and one feature. Winterbottom has had success recently with his Daniel Pearl biopic, “A Mighty Heart” starring Angelina Jolie and his co-directed doc “The Road to Guantanamo.” His “The Shock Doctrine,” an adaptation of the popular book by journalist Naomi Klein, is joined by the fiction feature “The Killer Inside Me.” The latter film features a star-studded lineup: Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Simon Baker, Casey Affleck, and Elias Koteas. “The Killer Inside Me” is co-written by Winterbottom and “We Don’t Live Here Anymore” director John Curran.

– Sam Taylor Wood’s feature film debut “Nowhere Boy,” based on the memoir “John Lennon: My Brother” by Julia Baird, will not be her Sundance debut. Last year, Wood won an Honorable Mention award at Sundance for short filmmaking for her short “Love You More.” Matt Greenhalgh, the screenwriter, previously wrote the script for the biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, “Control.”

– Writer-director Nicole Holofcener, who has been to Sundance with her films “Friends with Money” and “Walking and Talking,” is back this year with her film “Please Give.” She’ll direct her perennial star Catherine Keener again, along with Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, and Rebecca Hall.

– “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart will be storming through Park City as…Joan Jett!?? The story of Joan’s all-girl band The Runaways comes to Sundance courtesy of writer-director Floria Sigismondi, a music video director by day, will present “The Runaways,” her first feature at this year’s Sundance. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, who was at Sundance in 2007 with “Hounddog,” Alia Shawkat, who was a supporting actress in last year’s Sundance favorite “Amreeka,” Michael Shannon, and youngest Oscar winner (1973’s “Paper Moon,” when she was 10).

– Joel Schumacher’s “Twelve,” which centers on the sex, drugs, and murder of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, may be an update on his views of young people twenty-five years after he directed “St. Elmo’s Fire.” The film, the fest’s closing night feature, was written by Jordan Melamed, whose only major credit is directing 2001’s Joseph-Gordon Levitt entry in Sundance, “Manic.” The film brings together an unlikely cast, including Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, 50 Cent, and Zoe Kravitz (whose father, Lenny, was a part of Sundance’s biggest buzz last year, “Precious”)

– The Duplass Brothers, the kings…or princes…or dukes of Mumblecore, after taking a year off from bringing their films to Sundance will be back together for the first time since 2008’s “Baghead.” Mark Duplass starred in award-winner “Humpday” which was the low-budget victor at last year’s Sundance. Though they don’t have a title for the film, they do have an impressive cast: Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly, Catherine Keener (in her second appearance on the list), and Jonah Hill.

[Eugene Hernandez contributed to this article.]

The lineup for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival:
U.S. Documentary Competition | U.S. Dramatic Competition
World Cinema Documentary Competition | World Cinema Documentary Competition
NEXT | Premieres | New Frontier | Park City at Midnight | Spotlight

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