Sundance Film Festival 2013

You guys know how much I love independent movies, so you shouldn't be surprised that I pay close attention to all the buzz at Sundance. I'm so bummed that I couldn't visit Park City during the festival!

Here are the movies I'm looking forward to:

A.C.O.D. (Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler)  A grown man is still caught in the crossfire of his parents 15 year divorce. He discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.

Afternoon Delight (Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch) A bored housewife visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and ends up meeting a stripper whom she becomes obsessed with saving.

*Ain't Them Bodies Saints (Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster) An impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills.

Ass Backwards (June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer) Two best friends embark on a cross country trip back to their hometown to attempt to win a pageant that they lost as children.

Blue Caprice (Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson) Inspired by the Beltway sniper attacks during which two men, John Muhammed and Lee Malvo, conducted a siege of terror on the D.C. area.

C.O.G. (Jonathan Groff, Casey Wilson, Troian Bellisario, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell) A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.

Crystal Fairy (Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Agustín Silva) An obsessive pseudo-intellectual hell-bent on gobbling up every drug Chile has to offer, road trips along with his three Chilean buddies and a free-spirited girl they just met.

*Don Jon's Addiction (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza) The journey of a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type as he attempts to become less selfish.

The East (Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson) An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes (Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina) A troubled young woman becomes obsessed with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to the girl's dead mother.

*Fruitvale (Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray) Based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who was killed by a BART police officer on New Year's Day 2009.

*jOBS (Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad) The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

*Kill Your Darlings (Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen) A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Lifeguard (Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr) A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in NYC and returns to her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager.

*Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, Sharon Stone) The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.

Mud (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard) Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

*Prince Avalanche (Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch) Two highway road workers spend the summer painting traffic lines in the country. An unlikely friendship develops through humor and nasty exchanges, leading to surprising affection.

*Toy's House (Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub) Three unhappy teenage boys head into the wilderness with a plan to build a house and live off the land.

*Two Mothers (Naomi Watts, Robin Wright) A pair of lifelong friends fall in love each other's sons.

Very Good Girls (Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin) Two NYC girls pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.

*The Way, Way Back (Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb) Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the water park's managers.

Does anything look good to you?

*Picked up by a distributor


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'm a big indie fan. I usually end up reading up on Sundance and keeping my eye out for those movies in the future. Thanks for the write up here!

Casey Affleck! Love him. Welcome back.

Misty said...

First off, how hot is Steve Carrell with grey hair and a beard?

I want to see the one with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck simply because I love both of them.

Others I want to see: Mud, Lifeguard & Don Jon's Addiction

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

JGL looks damn good. So damn good.

Casey Wilson is in a couple of those and I just adore her.

Gwen said...

One of my friends from high school goes to Sundance every year. I'm so jealous when I see her Facebook posts while she's there. Can't wait to see some of these.

Afternoon Delight, because Josh Radnor has done some good indies and I love Jane Lynch.

I'm intrigued by The East, especially by the cast.

Two Mothers looks naughty but in a "it's slightly creepy but I still want to watch it" way.

Karen Peterson said...

I hope you get to go to Sundance one of these days. It's so much fun, not just checking out the celebrities, but viewing the films, too, and the Q&A sessions with directors, etc.

Kate said...

I got flixster on my ipod so that I can keep track of movies I want to see. I would love love love to go to Sundance at some point.

Bookmarking this post so I don't forget!

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

OMG everygting looks good!! I can't even count because as I kept scrolling down I thought oh that looks good...and that looks good :) yay for indie films

jessica renee said...

Oh man I am like overwhelmed reading over this list - SO many good films to see!!

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

I'm definitely interested in Don Jon's Addiction because I'm obsessed with JGL! The Toy's House is getting good buzz... and I just may have to see Lovelace hehe

Jodie said...

I can't wait to see The East... I'm obsessed with Brit Marling and her movies!! She is amazing!! Have you seen any of her movies, The Sound of Voice or Another Earth??