Sundance Film Festival 2017

I'm so glad I got back to blogging in time for Sundance! If anything, I write these posts for myself so I can look up all the movies that made a splash and update my must-see list. Some films that premiere in Park City have gone on to win Oscars! (If you're interested, here are my Sundance posts from 201620152014 and 2013.) Take a look at the movies I'm looking forward to.

Band Aid (Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen) A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

*Before I Fall (Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Diego Boneta) February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing.

*Berlin Syndrome (Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt) A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

*The Big Sick (Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher) Based on the true story of the film’s writers (and real-life couple), this modern culture clash shows how Pakistan-born Kumail and his American girlfriend, Emily, have to overcome the expectations of his family and their 1,400-year-old traditions. 

*Brigsby Bear (Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins) Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

*Burning Sands (Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Tosin Cole) Deep into Hell Week, a favored pledgee is torn between honoring his code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.

*Casting JonBenet (Documentary) The unsolved death of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey's Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

*Chasing Coral (Documentary) Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

*City of Ghosts (Documentary) This real-life international thriller exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, a conflict over clicks and views. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against ISIS.

*Colossal (Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson) A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.

*Cries from Syria (Documentary) It tells the story of the Syrian people who have never lost hope and focuses on child protesters, revolution icons, activists and their relatives, and high-ranking Army generals who defected to join the fight of the people. 

*Crown Heights (Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul) When Colin Warner was wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devoted his life to proving his innocence.

*The Discovery (Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, Ron Canada) A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.

The Force (Documentary) In 2014, after over a decade of federal monitoring for misconduct and civil rights abuses, the Oakland Police Department hires Chief Sean Whent—a young, clear-eyed idealist—in hopes of bridging an historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve.

*Fun Mom Dinner (Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Adam Levine) Four moms whose only common ground is their kids' preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless "fun mom dinner."

Golden Exits (Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny) An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.

*The History of Comedy (Docuseries) This groundbreaking, eight part documentary series from CNN presents the definitive story of an ever-evolving and integral art form. Utilizing priceless archival footage punctuated by contemporary interviews with legends, scholars, and current stars of the medium, this is the history of what makes us laugh and how comedy has affected social and political landscapes throughout history.

*I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore (Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy, Devon Graye) When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

*Icarus (Documentary) While investigating illegal doping in sports, filmmaker Bryan Fogel connects with renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program. 

*An Inconvenient Sequel (Documentary) A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. 

*The Incredible Jessica James (Jessica Williams, Chris O'Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells) Jessica James is an aspiring playwright in New York City trying hard to get over a recent breakup with her boyfriend. She sees light at the end of the tunnel when she meets Boone who's also recovering from a recent break-up. 

*Ingrid Goes West (Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen) Ingrid is a mentally disturbed young woman who becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane, a social media star who appears to have the perfect life. Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor and her behavior turns increasingly dangerous.

*Landline (Jenny Slate, John Turturro, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass, Finn Wittrock) The Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke, and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs sisters. After discovering love letters penned by their father, they try to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their mother.

*The Last Word (Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Baker Hall) Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.

*Legion of Brothers (Documentary) Immediately after the September 11 attacks, the United States government initiated a secret war in Afghanistan. What happens next is equal parts war origin story and cautionary tale, illuminating the nature and impact of 15 years of constant combat, with unprecedented access to U.S. Special Forces.

*The Little Hours (Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages.

Marjorie Prime (Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, Tim Robbins) A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones and allows a man to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law.

*The Mars Generation (Documentary) Aspiring teenage astronauts reveal that a journey to Mars is closer than you think.

The New Radical (Documentary) Uncompromising millennial radicals from the United States and the United Kingdom attack the system through dangerous technological means, which evolves into a high-stakes game with world authorities in the midst of a dramatically changing political landscape.

Newness (Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Huston, Courtney Eaton, Matthew Gray Gubler, Albert Hammond Jr.) In contemporary Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media–driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.

*Nobody Speak (Documentary) The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an examination of the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality.

*Oklahoma City (Documentary) The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995 is the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history; this documentary explores how a series of deadly encounters between American citizens and federal law enforcement - including the standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco - led to it.

Person to Person (Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Philip Baker Hall, Bene Coopersmith, George Sample III) During a single day in New York City, a variety of characters grapple with the mundane, the unexpected, and the larger questions permeating their lives.

Sidney Hall (Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Lane, Margaret Qualley) Early success with his first novel makes Sidney Hall a celebrity, though his dystopian observations about suburbia provoke tragic outcomes among some young readers, cloaking his name in scandal. When the disillusioned writer has all but disappeared from public life, a mysterious detective seeks the answer to his mystery.

*Step (Documentary) The senior year of a girls high school step team in inner-city Baltimore is documented, as they try to become the first in their families to attend college. The girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in their troubled city.

Tell Them We Are Rising (Documentary) A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries-and path of promise toward the American dream-Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.

*This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (Documentary) Are there limits to your love for your family? One family's acceptance is tested when a champion diver, destined for the Olympics, announces he's transitioning into a woman-and invites his YouTube followers along for every moment. It's a story about unconditional love and finding the courage to be yourself.

*Thoroughbred (Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks, Francie Swift, Kaili Vernoff) Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems.  

*TIME: The Kalief Browder Story (Docuseries) After his arrest at age 16, Kalief Browder fought the system and prevailed, despite unthinkable circumstances. He became an American hero.

*To The Bone (Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Liana Liberato) A young woman is dealing with anorexia. She meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

*Trophy (Documentary) This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Trumped (Documentary) In a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest political upset in recent history with unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage of candidate Trump. From the primaries through the debates to the dawning realization that the controversial businessman will become the 45th president of the United States.

Water & Power: A California Heist (Documentary) This film uncovers alarming exploits of California's most notorious water barons, who profit off of the state's resource while everyday citizens, unincorporated towns, and small farmers endure debilitating water crises.

Whose Streets? (Documentary) Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising which sparked a global movement.

*Picked up by a distributor


Misty said...

I want to see Fun Mom Dinner for the title alone.

Jo said...

I'm never going to find the time to watch all of these :(