A lot of films that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival are hoping to attract a distributor and find a wider 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 2017. This list should help give you an idea about which movies may someday be available to you either theatrically of VOD. These are the movies sold at Sundance 2017.
Latest update: IFC Films and Sony Pictures acquires Band Aid, Magnolia buys Fergeson documentary Whose Streets?.
Previous update: The Orchard and CNN Films acquire the endangered animal hunting documentary Trophy, A24 lands father/son drama Menashe, and The Orchard acquires the US documentary grand jury prize winner Dina.
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Audiences heading to South by Southwest will be treated to the premiere of Baby Driver, the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright. It’s one of my most anticipated films of 2017 (it’s on Jacob Hall’s list too), and I can’t wait to see what Wright has in store for us this time.
For those who don’t know, Baby Driver follows The Fault in Our Stars leading man Ansel Elgort as a young getaway driver who is nearly mute, suffering from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears. He relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. Now Edgar Wright has revealed the first page of the Baby Driver script, illustrating just how important music will be to the movie, even more than usual. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The bulk of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival line-up has been unveiled and it is spectacular. We already knew that Terrence Malick‘s Song to Song would open this year’s fest, but it’s now in good company: Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley‘s Free Fire, and Michael Showalter‘s The Big Sick are among the films playing.
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For me, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was a lackluster year. I missed some of the big buzz films and whileI saw some good movies (The Big Sick being the best of the bunch), it just didn’t measure up to past years in Park City. I might be that bigger, more depressing things were happening in the world outside of indie cinema. Or it just might be that my schedule was poorly planned.
Either way, I ended up in a press screening for the TV Pilot Showcase, where for the first year in Sundance history they were screening tv pilots without a home. I watched a couple good episodes in this screening, prompting me to write a post titled One of the Best Things I Saw at Sundance 2017 Was a TV Pilot. A trailer for the show in question, When The Street Lights Go On, has now been released online for the whole world to see. Watch it now after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Angie Han
The reviews have been filed, the awards have been handed out, and the stars and cinephiles have left Park City: it’s time to close the book on the Sundance Film Festival for another year. Last week we brought you our quick impressions of every single film we saw at Sundance 2017. Today we’re rounding out our coverage with a ranked list of our very favorite movies from the fest. Click through to find out what we loved.
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Back in 2011, director Drake Doremus made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his indie romance Like Crazy, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic category. Since then, his films Breathe In and Equals haven’t really reached the same level of praise. But with his latest work behind the camera that hit the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Doremus makes a valiant, respectable effort in his creation of a new honest portrait of love in the age of Tinder.
Newness focuses on a couple twentysomethings (Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa) who meet through a Tinder-style app called Winx. Both had a couple failed hooks-ups, and they decide to have a late night rendezvous with no strings attached. But after spending some time together, and eventually having sex, they fall for each other. That’s the kind of story that has been used to take up a whole hour and a half story, but for Newness, it’s just the first 15 minutes. For the rest of the movie, Doremus digs a little deeper.
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Today marks the final day of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival after 10 days of independent cinema playing in the mountains of Park City, Utah. Last night, the end of the festival was celebrated with the traditional awards ceremony when the Grand Jury Prizes, Audience Awards and more. So who ended up winning the 2017 Sundance awards?
Macon Blair’s directorial debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore took home the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic while the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Dina. As for the major Audience, Chasing Coral landed the took home the honor U.S. Documentary category while Crown Heights took home the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic.
Beyond that, there are plenty more awards that were handed out to a wide variety of the 119 feature films that played at the festival, and you can find out all the 2017 Sundance awards winners after the jump. Read More »
While some would prefer that entertainment and politics stay separated, we live in a world where they frequently intersect. This is even more true when it comes to looking at the genre of documentary films, and a new one that just premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival this past week is certainly going to stir up some heated discussions.
Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time hails from directors Ted Bourne, Mary Robertson and Banks Tarver, who assembled footage that was originally shot for the Showtime docu-series The Circus, but ended up being used for a feature length documentary film about the 2016 election. Specifically, this documentary focuses on how Donald Trump won by way of a chronicle of his campaign, from the primaries through the debates up until he was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America.
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The /Film team of Angie Han, Ethan Anderton, and myself have returned from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Over the six days we were in Park City, we screened over 36 movies (with only one movie having been watched by all three of us). Here are 15-second capsule reviews of all the movies we saw at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
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Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by Angie Han
Early in Columbus, Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) defends her decision to use less spice in a dish. She was going for subtlety, she explains, all the better to let the true flavors of the ingredients shine through and leave a lingering aftertaste. That, essentially, is the mission statement for the entire movie. It might not be to everyone’s tastes — it’s too delicate and slow and, yes, subtle for that. But those who stick with it will find a drama worth savoring, with echoes of Once, Paterson, and the Before trilogy and fine performances from Richardson and John Cho. Read More »