2012 Sundance Film Festival Crib Sheet

In a rush? Here's your quick guide to everything you need to know about every feature at this year's Sundance Film Festival....Read More

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Sadly, we won’t be attending the Sundance Film Festival this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected to everything that’s going in Park City. With this guide to every feature playing the ten-day festival in Utah starting this Thursday, we have compiled as many social media feeds as are available for every drama, documentary, comedy and anything in between, as well as useful bits of background information, trailers and other ephemera, all linked for your convenience. (An even more consise Twitter directory is here.) Also, for navigational ease, we've divided the 117 features across eight sections into three pages, including the American Dramatic Competition, the Narrative Premieres section, the low-budget NEXT section and the Park City at Midnight section below with other pages dedicated to the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and Spotlight and U.S. and World Cinema Documentary Competitions and Premieres.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (IMDb, Facebook, Twitter, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist video)
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
Directed by: Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin

In this mythological tale inspired by the coastal erosion crisis facing the communities of southern Louisiana, a 6-year-old Bayou Don Quixote sets out to find her long-lost mother when her father is beset by a mysterious illness.

 

"The Comedy" (IMDb, official site, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, Sundance Meet the Artist video, exclusive clip)
Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasumussen, Gregg Turkington, James Murphy 
Directed by: Rick Alvorson (Twitter)

An aging hipster looks for a sense of purpose and meaning in a world which seems to value status, popularity and good looks above art and substance.

"The End of Love" (IMDb, Twitter, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist video, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile)
Cast: Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Amanda Seyfried, Frankie Shaw
Directed by: Mark Webber

A young father unravels following the loss of the mother of his child.

"Filly Brown" (IMDb, Facebook, Twitter, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist video, trailer)
Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips, Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos

A hip-hop-driven drama about a Mexican girl who rises to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through music.

"The First Time" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist video)
Cast: Britt Robertson, Dylan O'Brien, Craig Roberts, James Frecheville, Victoria Justice, Christine Taylor
Written and directed by: Jonathan Kasdan

Two high-schoolers meet at a party. Over the course of a weekend, things turn magical, romantic, complicated and funny, as they discover what it's like to fall in love for the first time.

"For Ellen" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Filmmaker Magazine Statement, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist Video)
Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Shaylena Mandigo, Julian Gamble
Written and directed by: So Yong Kim

When Joby, an aspiring young rock star, finally agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife, he discovers that he is about to forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen. Never having been in Ellen’s life before, Joby suddenly realizes that he’s not ready to lose that part of himself. Hoping to make up for lost time, he tries to win her heart.

"Hello I Must Be Going" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist Video)
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, John Rubinstein, Julie White, Dan Futterman
Directed by: Todd Louiso

Divorced, childless, demoralized and condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35, Amy Minsky's prospects look bleak — until the unexpected attention of a teenage boy changes everything.

 

"Keep the Lights On" (IMDb, official site Twitter, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist video, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, Kickstarter page, teaser trailer)
Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen
Directed by: Ira Sachs

An autobiographically inspired story of a passionate long-term relationship between two men driven by addiction and secrets but bound by love and hopefulness.

"Luv" (IMDb, Twitter, Facebook, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist Video, EW Exclusive clip, iW Meet the filmmaker profile, Film Independent interview)
Cast: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Michael Kenneth Williams
Directed by: Sheldon Candis

An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day on the streets of Baltimore.

"Middle of Nowhere" (IMDb Facebook, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist video, iW Meet the filmmaker profile, THR interview and teaser trailer)
Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley, Sharon Lawrence
Directed by: Ava DuVernay (Twitter)

When her husband is incarcerated, an African American woman struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity.

 

"Nobody Walks" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance Meet the Artist video, Sundance press page, LAT profile of Young)
Cast: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, Justin Kirk, India Ennenga, Dylan McDermott
Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

Martine, a young artist from New York, is invited into the home of a hip, liberal L.A. family for a week. Her presence unravels the family’s carefully maintained status quo, and a mess of sexual and emotional entanglements ensues.

"Safety Not Guaranteed" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, Twitter, Sundance Meet the Artist video)
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel. One employee develops feelings for the paranoid but compelling loner behind the ad and seeks to discover what he’s really up to.

"Save the Date" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, Sundance Meet the Artist video, Sun Chronicle profile of Mohan)
Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber
Directed by: Michael Mohan (Twitter)

As her sister gears up to get married, Sarah finds herself engrossed in an intense post-breakup rebound. The two fumble through the redefined emotional landscape of modern-day relationships, forced to relearn how to love and be loved.

"Simon Killer" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Facebook, Sundance Meet the Artist video)
Cast: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Constance Rousseau, Michael Abiteboul, Solo
Written and directed by: Antonio Campos

A recent college graduate goes to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend of five years. Once there, he falls in love with a young prostitute and their fateful journey begins.

"Smashed" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Facebook, Twitter, Sundance Meet the Filmmaker video, iW Meet the Filmmakers profile)
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Mary Kay Place
Directed by: James Ponsoldt (Twitter)

Kate and Charlie are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and … drinking. When Kate decides to get sober, her new lifestyle brings troubling issues to the surface and calls into question her relationship with Charlie.

"The Surrogate" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Sundance Meet the Artist video, official site)
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
Written and directed by: Ben Lewin

Mark O'Brien, a 36-year-old poet and journalist with an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he contacts a professional sex surrogate to take him on a journey to manhood.

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Premieres

"2 Days in New York" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page)
Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon
Directed by: Julie Delpy

Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix.

 

"Arbitrage" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, EW exclusive clip, Facebook, Twitter)
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Nate Parker, Laetitia Casta
Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki (Twitter)

A hedge-fund magnate is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire before the depths of his fraud are revealed. An unexpected, bloody error forces him to turn to the most unlikely corner for help.

 

"Bachelorette" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Facebook, Script Shadow background)
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Kyle Bornheimer
Directed by: Leslye Headland (Twitter)

Unresolved issues between four high school friends come roaring back to life when the least popular of them gets engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City and asks the others to be bridesmaids in her wedding.

 

"California Solo" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, Twitter, iW preview)
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres, Danny Masterson
Directed by: Marshall Lewy (Twitter, official blog)

A former Britpop rocker has long settled for an unfettered life working on a farm outside of L.A. When he’s caught driving drunk and faces deportation, he must confront past and current demons in his life to stay in the country.

 

"Celeste and Jesse Forever" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Facebook)
Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood
Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger

Celeste and Jesse met in high school, married young, and at 30, decide to get divorced but remain best friends while pursuing other relationships.

 

"For a Good Time, Call…" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page)
Cast: Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, Mark Webber, James Wolk, Nia Vardalos
Directed by: Jamie Travis (Twitter)

Lauren and Katie move in together after a loss of a relationship and a loss of a rent controlled home, respectively. When Lauren learns what Katie does for a living the two enter into a wildly unconventional business venture.

 

"Goats" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, iW preview)
Cast: Graham Phillips, David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Justin Kirk, Keri Russell
Directed by: Christopher Neil (official site)

Ellis leaves his unconventional desert home to attend the disciplined and structured Gates Academy. There, he re-connects with his estranged father and for the first time questions the family dynamics.

 

"Lay the Favorite" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, EW exclusive clip)
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon
Directed by: Stephen Frears

An adventurous young woman gets involved with a group of geeky older men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas to their advantage.

 

"Liberal Arts" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Facebook)
Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth Reaser
Directed by: Josh Radnor

When 30-something Jesse is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a 19-year-old college student and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them.

 

"Predisposed" IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, high school video interview with Dorling, news roundup of short the film was based on)
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Written and directed by: Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner

Eli Smith, a piano prodigy, is dealing with his troubled mother and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love.

 

"Price Check" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Twitter, Facebook)
Cast: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson, Edward Herrmann
Directed by: Michael Walker (Twitter, official site)

Pete is having trouble resolving a happy marriage and family life with rising debt and a job he hates. When his new boss pulls him into the maelstrom that is her life, money and opportunities come his way, but at what price?

 

"Red Hook Summer" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Facebook, iW preview interview with Lee, NYT preview)
Cast: Clarke Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, Nate Parker, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Directed by: Spike Lee (Twitter)

A young Atlanta boy spends his summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, who he's never seen before.

 

"Red Lights" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Facebook, teaser trailer)
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Directed by: Rodrigo Cortés (Twitter)

Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic.

 

"Robot and Frank" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Twitter, NYDN interview with Schreier)
Cast: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Saarsgard
Directed by: Jake Schreier (official site)

A curmudgeonly older dad’s grown kids install a robot as his caretaker.

 

"Shadow Dancer" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Producers' page)
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, Gillian Anderson
Directed by: James Marsh

When a widowed mother is arrested in an aborted bomb plot she must make hard choices to protect her son in this heart-wrenching thriller.

 

"The Words" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Producers' page)
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes
Directed by: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal

Aspiring writer Rory Jansen finds another man's haunting memories in a collection of lost stories and claims them as his own, propelling him to literary stardom.

 

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NEXT

"Compliance" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, official site, Twitter)
Cast: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp
Directed by: Craig Zobel (Twitter)

When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unscathed. Based on true events.

 

"I Am Not a Hipster" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, official site, Facebook, Twitter, trailer)
Cast: Dominic Bogart, Alvaro Orlando, Brad William Henke, Tammy Minoff, Kandis Erickson, Lauren Coleman
Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton (Twitter)

Set in the indie music and art scene, this is a character-driven story exploring themes of love, loss and what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy.

 

"Kid-Thing" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Kickstarter page, official site, Facebook, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile)
Cast: Sydney Aguirre, Susan Tyrrell, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner
Directed by: David Zellner (Twitter, official site)

A rebellious girl whose existence is devoid of parental guidance, spends her time roaming the land, shoplifting, and vandalizing. Her routine is broken one day while playing in the woods when she hears a woman calling from a mysterious hole in the ground, asking for help.

 

"Mosquita y Mari" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, official site, Facebook, Twitter, trailer)
Cast: Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso, Laura Patalano, JoaquÍn Garrido, Dulce Maria Solis, Omar Leyva
Directed by: Aurora Guerrero (Twitter)

A friendship between two 15-year-old Latinas becomes complex as they struggle to recognize the sexual undercurrent in their relationship.

 

"My Best Day" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Kickstarter page, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, official site, Facebook, trailer)
Cast: Rachel Style, Ashlie Atkinson, Raúl Castillo, Jo Armeniox, Robert Salerno, Harris Doran
Directed by: Erin Greenwell

Karen’s life as a small-town receptionist is turned upside down when the father she never knew calls for a refrigerator repair. That day she encounters a sister addicted to off track betting, a brother struggling with grade school heartache and bullies, and a load of fireworks.

 

"Pursuit of Loneliness" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, official site, Facebook, Twitter, trailer)
Cast: Joy Hille, Sandra Escalante, Suzanne Faha, Sharon Munfus, Natalie Fouron, Monique Flores
Directed by: Laurence Thrush (official site)

An elderly patient dies in a county hospital leaving no known next of kin. Over the next 24 hours, four central characters try to find a family member to contact regarding the death of this anonymous individual.

 

"Sleepwalk With Me" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile)
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Cristin Milioti, Aya Cash
Directed by: Mike Birbiglia (Twitter)

Reluctant to confront his fears of love, honesty, and growing up, a budding standup comedian has both a hilarious and intense struggle with sleepwalking.

 

"That's What She Said" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, Twitter, trailer)
Cast: Anne Heche, Alia Shawkat, Marcia DeBonis, Kellie Overbey, Kate Rigg
Directed by: Carrie Preston (Twitter)

Armed with nothing but their addictions and lots of personal baggage, two best friends and a mysterious young interloper battle a series of misadventures on their quest for love in New York City.

 

"Twenty-Eight Hotel Rooms" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, official site, producers' site, Facebook, Twitter)
Cast: Chris Messina, Marin Ireland
Directed by: Matt Ross

Seen only as fragments in the secret world of hotel rooms, a long-term affair becomes perhaps the most significant relationship of a couple’s lives.

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Midnight

"Black Rock" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Kickstarter page, Facebook, Twitter, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile, Maine Sunday Telegram feature)
Cast: Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton, Jay Paulson, Anslem Richardson, Will Bouvier
Directed by: Katie Aselton (Twitter)

Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.

 

"Excision" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, Twitter, SIFF synopsis of 2008 short feature is based on)
Cast: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters
Directed by: Richard Bates Jr.

A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.

 

"Grabbers" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, Twitter)
Cast: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, Bronagh Gallagher
Directed by: Jon Wright (Twitter)

When the residents of an idyllic Irish fishing village are attacked by mysterious, blood-sucking sea creatures, a high blood alcohol content could be the only thing that gets them through the night.

 

"John Dies at the End" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, Twitter, teaser trailer)
Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones
Directed by: Don Coscarelli (Twitter)

On the street they call it Soy Sauce – a drug that allows users to drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Can John and David stop the oncoming horror? No. They can't.

 

"The Pact" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Facebook, iW Meet the Filmmaker profile)
Cast: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball, Agnes Bruckner
Directed by: Nicholas McCarthy (Vimeo page)

As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.

 

"Shut Up and Play the Hits" IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, Twitter, trailer)
Directed by: Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace

A documentary that follows LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy over a crucial 48-hour period, from the day of their final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after, the official end of one of the best live bands in the world.

 

"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, official site, Facebook, trailer)
Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte
Directed by: Tim Heidecker (Twitter) and Eric Wareheim (Twitter, official site)

After two guys are given a billion dollars to make a movie, their Hollywood dreams run off course and they decide to rehabilitate a run-down shopping mall in an attempt to make the money back.

 

"V/H/S" (IMDb, Sundance Film Listing and Schedule, Sundance press page, Producer Bloody Disgusting's announcement)
Cast: Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes
Directed by: Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Ti West

When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

 

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