2010 looks to be the year where the Sundance Film Festival looks to rediscover itself.
Celebrated actor and chairperson of Sundance, Robert Redford looks to take the Sundance Film Festival back to its roots of being low-budget and being less glitzy, as well as quell some of the over-abundance of commmercialism that has gripped the festival over the years.
Redford wants to continue to the trend of Sundance films being made by directors for directors with the affinity of enjoying the independence of moviemaking and create healthy competition against the corporate Hollywood.
Here is a list of some of the upcoming films by Sundance this year.
ANIMAL KINGDOM: Melbourne crime thriller with Guy Pearce and Ben Mendelsohn. (UTA)
BLUE VALENTINE: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams explore couplehood for helmer and former Sundance cinematography prizewinner Derek Cianfrance. (WME)
BOY: Coming-of-ager from Kiwi helmer Taika Waititi (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Eagle vs. Shark”). (CAA)
BURIED: Ryan Reynolds is the only cast member onscreen in a kidnapping thriller that’s set entirely in a wooden coffin. (UTA)
CANE TOADS: A 3D look at Australia’s cane toad infestation. (Linda Lichter/Submarine)
THE COMPANY MEN: Ben Affleck toplines as a laid-off exec in producer John Wells’ feature directorial debut. (CAA)
EXTRA MAN: A New York story, starring Kevin Kline and Paul Dano, from the directors of “American Splendor.” (CAA/Anonymous Content)
HAPPYTHANKYOU-MOREPLEASE: “How I Met Your Mother” thesp Josh Radnor’s directing bow, starring Radnor and Malin Akerman. (Andrew Hurwitz)
HESHER: Darkly comic drama about overcoming loss, with cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman. (CAA/WME)
HOLY ROLLERS: Jesse Eisenberg stars as a Hasidic kid who’s lured into smuggling Ecstasy. (Cinetic)
HOWL: James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in longtime documakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s first narrative pic. (Cinetic)
JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK: Docu about the comic from “The Devil Came on Horseback” directors. (Submarine)
THE KILLER INSIDE ME: Brit helmer Michael Winterbottom’s take on Jim Thompson’s pulp novel, starring Casey Affleck. (WME/Wild Bunch)
RESTREPO: In-the-trenches Afghanistan war docu helmed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington. (UTA)
THE ROMANTICS: Galt Niederhoffer adapts her own novel about friends reuniting at a wedding, starring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin. (Cinetic)
THE TILLMAN STORY: Expose docu about NFL-star-turned-soldier Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan. (CAA/Submarine)
TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL: Horror sendup about good-natured hillbilly psycho killers. (CAA)
TWELVE: Joel Schumacher’s operatic chiller about uptown Manhattan teens, with Emma Roberts and “Gossip Girl’s” Chace Crawford. Fest closer. (CAA)
WELCOME TO THE RILEYS: Redemptive post-Katrina New Orleans-set drama starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo. (UTA)
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