Deidra & Laney Rob a Train trailer

Sundance is now in full swing, which means those of you at home might be feeling festival envy right about now. But the good news is that we won’t have long to wait until some of this year’s promising features get released. As a matter of fact, we’re less than two months away from seeing Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, which was first announced by Netflix last year.

The film, directed by Sydney Freeland, is exactly what it says on the package: it’s about two girls named Deidra (Ashleigh Murray) and Laney (Rachel Crow) who decide to start robbing trains. They hatch the plan in order to make ends meet after their mother is thrown in jail, and it looks like they turn out to be actually pretty good at it. Unfortunately, their heists are so successful that they catch the attention of a detective (Tim Blake Nelson), who sets out to find these mystery bandits. Watch the Deidra & Laney Rob a Train trailer below.  Read More »

There was once a time I believed Back to the Future Part II was better than the original. I’ve since corrected that opinion, but you can’t blame me. As a child, the way screenwriters Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis folded the movie back onto itself seemed so exciting and surprising, it almost made me forget how absolutely perfect the first movie is.

Then, of course, there’s also 2015.

Zemeckis’ vision of the future remains a near representation of your wildest imagination; it’s Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory for geeks. Flying cars, bright colors, all the latest technology. And at the top of the list of cool things was the Hoverboard. Since the first time it appeared on screen, Mattel’s fictional floating skateboard has been the stuff of legend. Rumors used to fly around that company had actually made it, fans have created their own and, last year, Mattel actually released a Hoverboard…strictly for collectors of course.

All that love and wonder is the bedrock of a beautiful little short film that’s now online called Hoverboard. Director Sydney Freeland has crafted a short, simple film that shows how the Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II can still inspire anyone. Check it out below. Read More »

Sundance Labs

Sundance has announced the 12 projects they have chosen for the 2010 January Screenwriters lab. Why should you care? Well because the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program has hand picked some of the most original filmmakers of the last 28 years.

Here are some of the films that have come out of the program: Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Hard Eight, Kimberly Peirce‘s Boy’s Don’t Cry, Darren Aronofsky‘s Requiem for a Dream, John Cameron Mitchell‘s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Peter Sollett‘s Raising Victor Vargas, Miranda July‘s Me and You and Everyone We Know, Ryan Fleck‘s Half Nelson, and most recently Cary Fukunaga‘s Sin Nombre and Alex Rivera‘s Sleep Dealer.

So, what 12 projects have been chosen for this year’s Summer labs? Find out after the jump.
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