Perhaps the event when it comes to indie film, the 2010 Sundance Film Festival kicked off this morning in Park City, Utah. Already, things were underway when Park City found it had been struck by famed British graffiti artist Banksy, who has an art film of his own premiering at the festival. YouTube has also used the start of the festival to launch its foray into the movie rental business, which was announced in September of last year.
The Sundance Film Festival is also making a stop over in our own Nashville, Tennessee this week. The film The Extra Man by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini will be showing at The Belcourt on January 28th at 8 p.m. The show is already sold out, and directors will be in attendance to discuss the film, which stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly and Katie Holmes.
For a schedule of the films set to be played at Sundace, you can click here. This year, the format of the web site allows audience reviews to be posted so you can tell whether or not a film is getting positive buzz in advance. The site is also showing videos, some film trailers and some spotlights on the filmmakers and actors who are highlighting this years festival. To keep up with everything Sundance, follow the Sundance Blog.
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Today, some of the big films are HOWL, which is a movie based on the life of Allen Ginsberg by Rob Epstein, and some short films directed by Spike Jonze and Rory Kennedy. Tomorrow there will be plenty of shorts along with an Animation Spolight, a Digital Media Workshop for filmmakers, a series of films from New African Cinema, and the premiere of the much buzzed about, two years in the making Adrian Grenier film Teenage Paparazzo.
Saturday will feature a panel on the future of cinematic experience, including 3-D, IMAX, and what is next for film viewing technology as well as The Tillman Story, a documentary that goes behind the government cover-up of the famed football player’s death by friendly fire. Banksy’s film Exit Through the Gift Shop will premiere on Sunday. Monday is the premier of the anticipated The Runaways biopic starring Kristin Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. Monday is also the premiere of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a documentary about the legendary comedienne.
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On the final day of the festival, next Wednesday, the festival will be showing YouTube’s presentation on how they manage to do movie rentals and digital distribution for money on their site with the aims of getting filmmakers interested in distributing their films on the site. Mark Ruffalo’s film Sympathy for Delicious about a paralyzed L.A. DJ is also making its premiere on the final night of the festival.
Even if you can’t make it out to Park City, to the Belcourt, or see every film on the list, you can still keep track of what’s hot and what’s not at the festival. Sundance has introduced a buzz feature which allows everyone to keep track of the audience’s favorite films and see which films leave the festival a hit. This is also useful to filmmakers, who may want to get their film distributed by one of the big name studios. You can also keep connected to Sundace year-round by e-mail subscribing to the festival’s newsletter, The Insider.