The line-up for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival was announced earlier this week. I just got my hands on a boat load of photos from the films in this year’s festival. We actually have too many photos to feature in just one posting, so we have divided this feature into a few parts.
Our third segment in the series takes a look at the films in the Spectrum category. The list of films includes: Anvil! The True Story Of Anvil, The Black List, Kicking It, The Linguists, Made In America, Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?, Young@Heart, August, Baghead, Birds of America, Blind Date, Bottle Shock, Chronic Town, Goliath, A Good Day To Be Black & Sexy, Love Comes Lately, Momma’s Man, Quid Pro Quo, and Red.
Check out the photos after the jump. Click on the images to enlarge.
Dramatic films screening in Spectrum are:AUGUST / U.S.A.
Director: Austin Chick
Screenwriter: Howard A. Rodman
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Adam Scott, Naomie Harris.
An aggressive young dot-com entrepreneur struggles to keep his head above water as the bottom falls out of the market in August of 2001.
BAGHEAD / U.S.A.
Directors and Screenwriters: Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass
Cast: Steve Zissis, Ross Partridge, Greta Gerwig.
As previously done in their last film THE PUFFY CHAIR, the Duplass Brothers explore the minutiae of relationship dynamics in this in-depth study of a group of desperate actor friends. And a bag. And a head.
BIRDS OF AMERICA/ U.S.A.
Director: Craig Lucas
Screenwriter: Elyse Friedman
Cast: Matthew Perry, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ben Foster.
Three siblings couldn’t be more different, or more neurotic. But when they find themselves converging at the family manse, they become surprisingly indispensable to one another.
BLIND DATE/ U.S.A.
Director: Stanley Tucci
Screenwriters: Stanley Tucci, David Schechter
Cast: Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thijs Romer.
A married couple has suffered a tragedy, and now the only way they can relate to one another is by meeting as different characters through a series of personal ads. A remake of the original work by the late Dutch director Theo van Gogh.
BOTTLE SHOCK/ U.S.A.
Director: Randall Miller
Screenwriters: Jody Savin, Randall Miller
Cast: Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Freddy RodrÃguez, Eliza Dushku.
The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris.”
CHRONIC TOWN/ U.S.A.
Director: Tom Hines
Screenwriter: Michael Kamsky
Cast: JR Bourne, Emily Wagner, Dan Butler.
A bittersweet slice-of-life comedy about a cab driver with substance abuse problems who weathers a cold Alaskan winter with his cadre of friends and lovers.
Director and Screenwriter: David Zellner
Cast: David Zellner, Caroline O’Connor, Nathan Zellner.
Faced with a demotion, a pending divorce, and less-than-friendly neighbors, a man pins his hopes for salvation on finding his missing cat, Goliath.
A GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK & SEXY/ U.S.A.
Director and Screenwriter: Dennis Dortch
Cast: Kathryn Taylor, Valley Jones, Chonte’ Harris.
Six progressive vignettes explore sexuality and relationships in the black community of Los Angeles.
LOVE COMES LATELY/ Germany/ Austria
Director and Screenwriter: Jan SchÃ¼tte
Cast: Otto Tausig, Rhea Perlman, Tovah Feldshuh.
An 80-year-old man continues to pursue his love life with youthful vigor, risking his relationship with the woman he loves. Based on the short stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
MOMMA’S MAN/ U.S.A.
Director and Screenwriter: Azazel Jacobs
Cast: Flo Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, Dana Varon.
A man who has avoided his wife and child at home has a change of heart after an imposed stay in his own parents’ loft.
QUID PRO QUO/ U.S.A.
Director and Screenwriter: Carlos Brooks
Cast: Nick Stahl, Vera Farmiga, Kate Burton.
A paraplegic New York public radio reporter becomes involved with a mysterious woman while researching a story about able-bodied people who secretly yearn to be paralyzed.
Director: Trygve Diesen
Co-Director: Lucky McKee
Screenwriter: Stephen Susco
Cast: Brian Cox, Tom Sizemore, Kim Dickens.
An older, reclusive man’s best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named “Red.” When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means available to him.
The films screening in Spectrum: Documentary Spotlight are:
ANVIL! THE TRUE STORY OF ANVIL/ U.S.A.
Director: Sacha Gervasi
At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the “demi-gods of Canadian metal,” influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams.
THE BLACK LIST/ U.S.A.
Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Screenwriter: Elvis Mitchell
Journalist Elvis Mitchell interviews twenty African American leaders, ranging from athletes and academics to politicians, social activists, and artists, providing a series of living portraits-a unique glimpse into the zeitgeist of black America-and redefining traditional notions of a “blacklist.”
KICKING IT/ U.S.A.
Director and Screenwriter: Susan Koch
The lives of homeless people are changed forever through an international soccer competition. This film follows six players as they set off for Cape Town, South Africa to play in the Homeless World Cup.
THE LINGUISTS/ U.S.A.
Directors: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Screenwriter: Daniel A. Miller
David and Greg are “The Linguists,” who document languages on the verge of extinction. In the rugged landscapes of Siberia, India, and Bolivia, their resolve is tested by institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.
MADE IN AMERICA/ U.S.A.
Director: Stacy Peralta
Screenwriters: Stacy Peralta, Sam George
With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have led to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?/ France
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Screenwriters: Jeremy Chilnick and Morgan Spurlock
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores every nook and cranny of the Middle East on a quest to find the world’s most wanted man.
YOUNG@HEART/ United Kingdom
Director: Stephen Walker
A choir of Massachusetts senior citizens delights audiences worldwide with their covers of songs by everyone from The Clash and Coldplay to Jimi Hendrix and Sonic Youth.