My day was officially made when this piece of news fell into my inbox. A newly struck preservation print of “Reality Bites,” created by Universal Pictures to commemorate their upcoming centenary year, will screen on January 22nd at the Sundance Film Festival:
Sundance Institute announced today that Reality Bites (1994) has been selected for the From the Collection screenings at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Reality Bites / U.S.A., 1994 (Director: Ben Stiller, Screenwriter: Helen Childress) — Recent college graduate Lelaina Pierce is making a video about her circle of friends. Along the way, she must choose whether to give her heart to Michael, a charming, but materialistic, video executive, or her grungy, but too cool, friend, Troy. When Michael declares his love for Lelaina, the pressure is on Troy to decide whether to drop his mask of indifference and risk rejection, or play it safe and risk losing the love of his life. The feature-film directorial debut for Ben Stiller, Reality Bites was the film about young adults of the nineties that we were all waiting for. Cast: Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Winona Ryder. Reality Bites screened at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
I’m not embarrassed to say that “Reality Bites” is undoubtedly the film I’ve watched more times than any other. And I’ll gladly watch it again during Sundance (where hopefully a Winona-centric Q&A will occur).