Filmmakers to get Sundance Fest screenings nationwide

PARK CITY, USA – The Sundance Institute has announced that films selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival USA program will get screenings in 9 US cities.

Filmmakers will be able to showcase their selected films nationwide on the evening of the 27th January 2011. The program aims to bring a the festival experience to film loving audiences around the country. Film directors will be flown to the chosen cities for screenings and will introduce themselves to audiences including a Q and A session for each participating feature.

Sundance Film Festival USA Screenings

Festival program director John Cooper: “We are thrilled to return to the eight cities visited in 2010 and to add Seattle, home to a very robust film community. And what better way to celebrate the realization that film connects and unites us all than with Life in a Day? Some of the most special moments of last year’s Festival took place on that second Thursday all across the country, and we anticipate the same this year.”

Screening list

Win Win / U.S.A. – Ann Arbor, MIMichigan Theater www.michtheater.org

Director and screenwriter: Tom McCarthy, based on the story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni – When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor. World Premiere

My Idiot Brother / U.S.A. – Brookline, MACoolidge Corner Theatre www.coolidge.org

Director: Jesse Peretz; Screenwriters: Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall – After serving time for being conned into selling pot, Ned successively moves in with each of his three sisters as he tries to get back on his feet. His best intentions quickly bring the family to the cusp of chaos and ultimately the brink of clarity. Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer. World Premiere

Kaboom / U.S.A. – Brooklyn, NYBAM www.bam.org

Director and screenwriter: Gregg Araki – A science fiction story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple. U.S. Premiere

The Music Never Stopped / U.S.A. – Chicago, ILMusic Box Theatre www.musicboxtheatre.com

Director: Jim Kohlberg; Screenwriters: Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks, based on the story “The Last Hippie” by Oliver Sacks – A father struggles to bond with his estranged son who suffers a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. He learns to embrace his son’s choices and to try to connect with him through the power of music. Cast: J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Mia Maestro. World Premiere

The Details / U.S.A. – Los Angeles, CAVintage Cinemas Vista Theatre (323) 660-6639

Director and screenwriter: Jacob Aaron Estes – When a family of hungry raccoons begin feasting on the worms living under the sod of a young couple’s backyard, the pest problem sets off a wild and absurd chain reaction of anxiety, infidelity, organ donation and other assorted mayhem. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Kerry Washington. World Premiere

Like Crazy / U.S.A. — Madison, WISundance Cinemas Madisonwww.sundancecinemas.com

Director: Drake Doremus; Screenwriters: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones – A young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship. Cast: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston. World Premiere

Letters from the Big Man / U.S.A. – Nashville, TNThe Belcourt Theatrewww.belcourt.org

Director and screenwriter: Christopher Munch – An artist and government hydrologist surveying a remote part of southwestern Oregon befriends a sasquatch man and must take bold steps to protect his privacy, as well as her own. Cast: Lily Rabe, Jason Butler Harner, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Jim Cody Williams, Fiona Dourif. World Premiere

Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology / U.S.A. – San Francisco, CASundance Kabuki Cinemas www.sundancecinemas.com

Director: Tiffany Shlain; Screenwriters: Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, Carlton Evans and Sawyer Steele – Connected is an exhilarating stream-of-consciousness ride through the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, progress and morality at the dawn of the 21st century. For centuries we’ve been declaring independence. With insight, curiosity, and humor, the film explores whether it’s time to declare our interdependence. World Premiere

Cedar Rapids / U.S.A. – Seattle, WAThe Egyptian Theater and special post-festival screening in Ann Arbor, MIMichigan Theater (date TBA)

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