Edgar Wright, Cary Fukunaga, Winona Ryder, Jonathan Nolan, and More Set for Sundance 2015 Juries

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The juries for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have been announced, and there are some really talented people set to preside over the upcoming fest.  Edgar Wright, Winona Ryder, and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga are among those set for the U.S. Dramatic Jury, while Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan and Another Earth co-writer Brit Marling have been tapped to join the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which recognizes science in film.  Other notable jurors include Mia Hansen-Løve on the World Cinema Dramatic Jury and NPR correspondent Michele Norris on the U.S. Documentary Jury.  This is quite a lineup to match what’s already shaping up to be a very promising slate of films that will premiere and screen in Utah in January.

Check out the full lists of jurors for the various categories after the jump, and stay tuned to Collider in January for our full coverage from the festival.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance Lineup Adds TRUE STORY with Jonah Hill and James Franco Plus Robert Redford’s A WALK IN THE WOODS; First Images Released

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival lineup already looked pretty great, but now they’ve slated a couple more additions to make the fest even more exciting.  Director Rupert Goold’s drama True Story and director Ken Kwapis’ adaptation of the Billy Bryson novel A Walk in the Woods have both been added to the Premieres lineup, while the animated Shaun the Sheep will also screen at the festival.  True Story stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James FrancoFelicity Jones also stars in this incredibly promising drama, which is immediately one of my must-sees of the fest.  A Walk in the Woods, meanwhile, stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as an aging travel writer and his estranged high school buddy, respectively, who set out to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Check out the first True Story images, plus the first look at A Walk in the Woods, after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22 – February 1st.

First Image From LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT Features Ewan McGregor as Jesus In Exile

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While absent from all of the big Sundance updates we were posting earlier this week, director Rodrigo Garcia‘s new film Last Days In the Desert will indeed be playing the festival next month.  Starring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, this film is bound to pick up the usual dust that accompanies movies that address this topic without self-identifying as “faith based.”  What looks unimpeachable, however,  is the visual aesthetic of the film, which was shot by Emmanuel Lubezki.

Hit the jump for a better look at the Last Days In the Desert image of Ewan McGregor as Jesus.  The film also stars Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds, and Ayelet Zurer.  It premieres on January 25th at 6:30PM at the Eccles Theater as part of Sundance 2015.

Sundance 2015: First Images from SEOUL SEARCHING, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, and ZIPPER

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Premieres category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly:

  • Seoul Searching – Directed and Written by Benson Lee; starring Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, and Esteban Ahn, Byul Kang.
  • Ten Thousand Saints – Co-directed and co-written by Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman; starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch.
  • Zipper – Directed and co-written by Mora Stephens; starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Winstone, John Cho, and Dianna Agron

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images From MISSISSIPPI GRIND, LILA & EVE, and I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in their Premieres Category (aka their prestigious, arty selections that draw a crowd).  And now we’ve got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that slate:

  • I’ll See You In My Dreams – Directed by Brett Haley; written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch; starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb and Rhea Perlman.
  • Lila & Eve – Directed by Charles Stone III; written by Patrick Gilfillan; starring Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon, Ron Caldwell and Aml Ameen.
  • Mississippi Grind - Written and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden; starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard and Robin Weigert.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images from DIGGING FOR FIRE, DON VERDEAN, THE END OF THE TOUR, and EXPERIMENTER

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Premieres category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly:

  • Digging for Fire – Directed and co-written by Joe Swanberg; starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, and Anna Kendrick.
  • Don Verdean – Directed and co-written by Jared Hess; starring Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb, and Will Forte.
  • The End of the Tour – Directed by James Ponsoldt; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, and Ron Livingston.
  • Experimenter – Written and directed by Michael Almereyda; starring Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, and John Leguizamo.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015 First Images from MISTRESS AMERICA, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, GRANDMA, and I AM MICHAEL

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The Sundance Film Festival announced today which films will be screening as part of the Premieres category, and debut images from said pictures were released as well.  In this article, we’ve rounded up the first images from the following films:

  • Mistress America – Directed by Noah Baumbach; Starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke.
  • Sleeping with Other People – Written and directed by Leslye Headland; Starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Matnzoukas, Natasha Lyonne.
  • Grandma – Written and directed by Paul Weitz; Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott.
  • I Am Michael – Directed by Justin Kelly; Starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts.

Check out the images and loglines after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance Announces Premieres Films for 2015 Festival; Include Noah Baumbach’s MISTRESS AMERICA

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Last week, Sundance unveiled the exciting lineup for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival piece-by-piece.  First we got the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and NEXT films, followed by the Park City at Midnight and Spotlight lineups.  Today, the festival has announced the films that will be playing in its Premieres category, and there are a number of highlights.  Director Noah Baumbach‘s indie Mistress America, which stars and was co-written by Baumbach’s Frances Ha collaborator Greta Gerwig, is on the docket, as is The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt‘s End of the Tour, which stars Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace.  On the Documentary Premieres side of things, we have Alex Gibney‘s sure-to-be-controversial documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and the authorized doc Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

Check out the full lineup of Sundance 2015 movies in the Premieres category after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images From KNOCK KNOCK, COP CAR, THE NIGHTMARE and THE HALLOW

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in their Park City At Midnight Category (aka their horror selections).  And now we’ve got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that realm.

  • Knock Knock – Directed by Eli Roth; written by Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez, and Guillermo Amoedo; starring Keanu ReevesLorenza Izzo, and Ana De Armas.
  • Cop Car – Directed by John Watts; written by John Watts and Christopher D. Ford; starring Kevin BaconJames Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, and Camryn Manheim.
  • The Hallow – Directed by Corin Hardy; written by Corin Hardy and Felipe Marino; starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, and Michael Smiley.
  • The Nightmare – Directed by Rodney Ascher.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images from 6 DESIRES, ALOFT, EDEN, and GIRLHOOD

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Spotlight category the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly:

  • 6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia – Documentary directed by Mark Cousins.
  • Aloft – Written and directed by Claudia Llosa; starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent, and William Shimell.
  • Eden – Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve; starring Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet, Arsinee Khanjian, and Vincent Macaigne.
  • Girlhood – Written and directed by Céline Sciamma; starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré, Idrissa Diabaté, and Simina Soumaré.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images from HELLIONS, REVERSAL and TURBO KID

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The Sundance Institute just announced the eight films chosen for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Park City at Midnight program and we’ve got some brand new images from three of them.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • Hellions - Directed by Bruce McDonald; starring Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha and Luke Bilyk.
  • Reversal - Directed by J.M Cravioto; starring Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson and Bianca Malinowski.
  • Turbo Kid – Written and directed by Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell; starring Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffery and Edwin Wright.

Check out the images and synopses for Hellions, Reversal and Turbo Kid after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd to February 1st.

Sundance Announces Spotlight, Midnight, and New Frontier Films for 2015 Festival; Includes Eli Roth’s KNOCK KNOCK Starring Keanu Reeves

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Yesterday, Sundance unveiled the titles that will be screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and NEXT categories.  Today, the festival has announced a slew of films that will be screening next month in Park City in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier categories.  Highlights include the new Keanu Reeves-fronted film from director Eli Roth, Knock, Knock and the feature directorial debut of new The Crow director Corin HardyThe Hallow, as well as Spotlight consideration for films that have previously premiered elsewhere like the Andrew Garfield-fronted housing crisis drama 99 Homes and the historical drama ’71, starring Jack O’Connell.

Check out the full list of Sundance 2015 films screening under the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier categories after the jump, and be sure to come back next month for our full coverage of the festival, including reviews and interviews.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images from SLOW WEST, STRANGERLAND, GLASSLAND, and UMRIKA

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The lineups for the competition categories at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were recently unveiled, and along with them some debut images were released.  Today we’ve got first look images at a few of the films that will screen in the World Competition category:

  • Slow West – Directed by John Maclean; Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Rory McCann, Ben Mendelsohn, Brooke Williams, and Caren Pistorius.
  • Strangerland – Directed by Kim Farrant; Starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, and Maddison Brown.
  • Glassland – Written and directed by Gerard Barrett; Starring Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter, and Michael Smiley.
  • Umrika – Written and directed by Prashant Nair; Starring Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, and Prateik Babbar.

Check out the images and synopses after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd to February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images From NASTY BABY, ENTERTAINMENT, JAMES WHITE, and TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in the NEXT Category.  The fest declares that their NEXT programming consists of pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program.  Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema.  And now we’ve got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that category.

  • Entertainment – Directed by Rick Alverson; written by Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker; starring Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz, Lotte Verbeek.
  • James White – Written and directed by Josh Mond; starring Chris Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh and David Call.
  • Nasty Baby – Written and directed by Sebastian Silva; starring Sebastian Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Kristin Wiig, Reg E. Cathey, Mark Margolis and Denis O’Hare.
  • Take Me to the River - Written and directed by Matt Sobel; starring Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton, Richard Schiff, Ursula Parker and Azura Skye.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images from ADVANTAGEOUS, THE BRONZE, DOPE, and PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  Briefly:

  • Advantageous – Directed and co-written by Jennifer Phang; starring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, and Samantha Kim.
  • The Bronze – Directed by Bryan Buckley; starring Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Haley Lu Richardson, and Cecily Strong.
  • Dope – Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa; starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoe Kravitz, and A$AP Rocky.
  • People, Places, Things – Written and directed by James C. Strouse; starring Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Gia Gadsby, and Aundrea Gadsby.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

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