movies sold at sundance 2015

These are the movies sold at Sundance 2015. Many of the films that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival are hoping to attract a distributor and find a bigger audience, be it in theaters around the country or distributed through digital VOD. Throughout the festival we will be reporting on all of the movies sold at Sundance 2015. This list should help give you an idea about which movies may someday be available to you either theatrically of VOD. We’re including photo stills from each of the films along with all of the relevant information (director, cast, how much it sold for, the plot synopsis and more).  Hit the jump to find out which movies sold at Sundance 2015.

Latest update: Samuel L. Goldwyn will release Lila and Eve starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez.

Previous update: Jemaine Clement’s People, Places, Things is picked up by The Film Arcade.

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Raiders Documentary trailer

In 1982, a group of kids wanted to make a movie. Not just any movie, however. They wanted to make Raiders of the Lost Ark. That’s exactly what they did. Shot for shot, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala attempted to recreate Steven Spielberg‘s masterpiece. It took seven years.

They didn’t quite finish at the time, but eventually fandom took over. Years later the remake began to take on a life of its own. The Internet got a hold of it, famous filmmakers championed it, a book was written and eventually, the old friends decided to shoot the one scene they couldn’t do when they started – the airplane fight.

That full story is told in a new documentary called Raiders!, directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen. It’ll premiere at next month’s South by Southwest film festival. Now, a trailer has been released. Check out the Raiders documentary trailer below. Read More »

Spearhunter trailer

One of the chief appeals of documentary film is the ability any given film has to pull you into a subculture that would otherwise be off-limits. Here’s Spearhunter, which follows some people you probably wouldn’t even guess existed: a set of men in Alabama who hunt wild boar with spears. In particular it investigates one guy who proclaimed himself the greatest spear hunter, and created a museum dedicated to the art of spear hunting. (And also to himself.)

The doc will premiere in March at SXSW, and this Spearhunter trailer is very entertaining and more than sufficient to arouse my curiosity about the story the film plans to tell. Read More »

Turbo Kid

Last week, South By South West announced their 2015 feature film lineup. Today they have returned to announce the full SXSW midnight movies and shorts line-up. After the jump you will find the press release with the new program information. Notable films include Rodney Ascher‘s The Nightmare and RKSS Collective‘s Turbo Kid, two films which played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, as well as the world premieres of Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, Adam Mason’s Hangman and more.. The complete Conference lineup & schedule will be released on February 17th. Hit the jump for the SXSW 2015 midnight movies and shorts lineup.

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Ned Rifle trailer

When the time came to make my most-anticipated list for 2015, there was no question that Hal Hartley’s new film Ned Rifle would take a spot. Just as Richard Linklater created a surprising and unlikely trilogy of films, here Hartley completes a three-film cycle that follows the story of a garbageman whose profane poetry wins the Nobel prize and changes the world, thanks in part to the influence of a hedonistic novelist. The two previous films, Henry Fool and Fay Grim, create a sort of alternate world defined by absurdist, deadpan humor, odd espionage and literary superstardom.

In the Ned Rifle trailer you’ll see many of those elements at play, along with attempted patricide, hero worship, young love, religion, and James Urbaniak running down everything that makes an audience happy. It’s great! Read More »

SXSW 2015 Movies: Feature Film Lineup Announced

SXSW 2015 movies

South By South West has announced their 2015 feature film lineup. After the jump you will find the press release with the full feature program information. Notable films include Alex Garland‘s Ex MachinaDavid Gordon Green‘s ManglehornPaul Feig‘s Spy, and the documentaries Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine and Ondi Timoner’s BRAND: A Second Coming. Plus, there’s a sneak of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, a documentary about Raiders of the Lost Ark, several of the biggest film from Sundance and more.

The Midnight films and Short Film lineup will be announced next Tuesday, February 10th, followed by the complete Conference lineup & schedule on February 17th. Hit the jump for the SXSW 2015 movies lineup.

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The Winners and Losers of Sundance 2015

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Sundance 2015 is done. We’ve seen the films, the awards are doled out, and careers are made. We know some of the films that we’ll be talking about for the rest of the year — and likely for a long time to come. So who were the winners and losers of Sundance 2015? They aren’t all people, as some concepts and business ideas really top the list of both the success stories and the failures. From breakout talents and new directors to 35mm projection and new business strategies from companies like Amazon and Netflix, we’ve go the Sundance 2015 winners and losers below. Read More »

sundance awards 2015

Sundance doled out its awards tonight, with a batch of feature film Jury, Audience and other special awards going out to films that played the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Many of our favorite films of the festMe and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Witch, The Wolfpack, Dope, and Slow West — took awards, including some of the major prizes. One change is that this year, “jurors were asked to give an increased number of special jury prizes recognizing excellence in the craft of filmmaking as they deemed appropriate,” according to Sundance. That just means more prizes went to more films. All the awards, and video of the full awards presentation, can be found below. Read More »

The Best Films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival ends Sunday but team /Film is already back in Los Angeles. We were on the ground in Park City for eight days, seeing and reviewing as many movies as possible. While there, our aim is to find the awesome films you’ll want to have on your radar later this year. We think we were successful.

Below, Peter Sciretta, Russ Fischer and I have each ranked every single film we saw. I saw 25, Peter and Russ saw 22. We assigned points to our top films to come up with an overall site ranking. We also came up with a bunch of fun stats to to give you an idea of how huge Sundance is, and how our tastes figure into coverage.

Below, read about the best of Sundance 2015, according to Slashfilm. Read More »