Sundance Institute Announces Films In Out-Of-Competition Premieres And Documentary Premieres For 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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The list of the films selected to screen in the Out-of-Competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was announced by the Sundance Institute. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will be held January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years.”

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, added, “In many of the films selected for our 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we see fascinating characters and subjects throughout. Whether portrayed by recognized actors taking on more challenging and diverse roles, or in the stranger-than-fiction reality of our documentaries, we look forward to sharing these incredible stories with audiences at our Festival.”

Out-of-Competition PREMIERES
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Calvary, Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Photo Credit: Jonathan Hession)

Calvary, Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Photo Credit: Jonathan Hession)

Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croze.

Director Lenny Abrahams

Director Lenny Abrahams

Frank (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender Domhnall Gleeson), Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Photo Credit: Lorey Sebastian)

Frank (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender Domhnall Gleeson), Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Photo Credit: Lorey Sebastian)

Frank / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan) — Frank is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy.

Hits / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Cross) — A small town in upstate New York is populated by people who wallow in unrealistic expectations. There, fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them. Cast: Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac.

I Origins / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mike Cahill) — A molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover startling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it and cause them to question their once-certain beliefs in science and spirituality. Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi.

Laggies Director Lynn Shelton (Photo by Barbara Kinney/Laggies Pictures LLC)

Laggies Director Lynn Shelton (Photo by Barbara Kinney/Laggies Pictures LLC)

Laggies -Chloe Moretz and Keira Knightley (Photo by Barbara Kinney - Laggies Pictures LLC)

Laggies -Chloe Moretz and Keira Knightley (Photo by Barbara Kinney – Laggies Pictures LLC)

Laggies/ U.S.A. (Director: Lynn Shelton, Screenwriter: Andrea Seigel) — Laggies is a coming of age story about a 28-year-old woman stuck in permanent adolescence. Unable to find her career calling, still hanging out with the same friends, and living with her high school boyfriend, Megan must finally navigate her own future when an unexpected marriage proposal sends her into a panic. Cast: Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Mark Webber. Continue reading

Sundance Institute to Present New “Sundance Kids” Section in Collaboration with Utah Film Center at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

NEW YOUTH-ORIENTED CATEGORY WILL FEATURE ONE WORLD PREMIERE AND ONE U.S. PREMIERE

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The Sundance Institute (www.sundance.org) has announced today a new section for younger audiences called “Sundance Kids” for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (www.sundance.org/festival). Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Little Miss Sunshine, An Education, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier Initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®.

Programmed in partnership with the Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Program, the inaugural “Sundance Kids” section features the World Premiere of the English-language version of the acclaimed Ernest and Celestine (Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar) and the U.S. Premiere of Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Director: Oskar Santos), and will be part of the 2014 Festival, running from January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Ernest and Celestine / France, Belgium, Luxembourg (Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Screenwriter: Daniel Pennac) – Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for a bear named Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond that is quickly challenged by their respective communities.  Cast: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally. Recommended for ages 5+.

Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang director Oskar Santos (photo credit - Jose Haro)

Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang director Oskar Santos (photo credit – Jose Haro)

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang / Spain (Director: Oskar Santos, Screenwriters: Francisco Roncal, Jorge Lara, Oskar Santos) – Zip and Zap are punished by being sent to a re-education center. Guided by intelligence, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives. Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Daniel Cerezo, Raúl Rivas, Claudia Vega, Marcos Ruiz, Fran García. Recommended for ages 9+.

The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, they present the best documentary, independent, and dramatic cinema year-round and collaborate with various educational and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new audiences for film. Movie screenings take place in Salt Lake City, Kamas, Lehi (coming soon), Logan, Moab, Ogden, Orem, Park City, and more coming soon.

The 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth runs March, 14-16 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the City Library in Salt Lake City.  The Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds program is generously sponsored by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Foundation, Art Works for Kids and Zions Bank.  The annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival is the only film festival in the Intermountain West that presents films specifically for children and youth.

The addition of Sundance Kids allows us to engage younger audiences around the power of independent film,” said Trevor Groth, Director of Programming. “We are excited to collaborate with Tumbleweeds and The Utah Film Center in presenting Sundance Kids.”

This unique collaboration between the Utah Film Center and Sundance Institute is a great opportunity to elevate the profile of international and independent films for kids,” said Patrick Hubley, Artistic Director of the Utah Film Center and Founder of Tumbleweeds. “We launched our Tumbleweeds programming four years ago with the goal of fostering the next generation of filmmakers and film fans, and we hope this programming will inspire the creativity and imaginations of young film-goers not only in Utah but across the country.”

Visit www.sundance.org/festival for more information about screening dates, times and locations.

The Actors Hall of Fame to Induct 15 Stars of Film, Television and Theatre

The Actors Hall of Fame Foundation (The Actors Hall of Fame, 9415 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

www.actorshalloffame.org) has announced that 15 international award-winning actors will be inducted into The Actors Hall of Fame on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2pm in Culver City. The 2014 Inductees are: Julie Andrews, Robert DeNiro, Judi Dench, Robert Duvall, Kirk Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Olivia de Havilland, Hal Holbrook, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, William H. Macy, Maggie Smith and Meryl Streep

The Actors Hall of Fame banner.  (PRNewsFoto/The Actors Hall of Fame)

The Actors Hall of Fame banner. (PRNewsFoto/The Actors Hall of Fame)

The Actors Hall of Fame’s Board of Electors nominates and votes for 15 actors each year who have distinguished themselves by achieving an international peer recognition award, have developed a body of work that advances the dramatic arts and have shown an ongoing commitment to philanthropy and service to society.

The Actors Hall of Fame’s mission is to restore and support dramatic arts education on schools. Drama Week is the first national dramatic arts education program that includes The 2014 Inductions honoring dramatic artists, and helps to focus international attention to understand the importance and value of dramatic arts education.

Drama Week is a weeklong celebration of dramatic arts education. There will be a special screening to support Actors for Autism of the documentary Kids With Cameras directed by Alex Rotaru, starring award-winning teacher/producer Brad Koepenick as he teaches autistic students to create and star in their own animated film. The next day, a special performance of 10-minute plays by the award-winning students at CHAMPS High School in Van Nuys will be presented.

On the final day, high school and college students will have a chance to pitch projects for films, television or theatre productions to a panel of industry experts from the major talent agencies, networks and actors.  Drama Week concludes with an inspiring spoken word performance by 15 award-winning students from the nationally acclaimed GET LIT program.

A special performance by The Hobart Shakespeareans, a class of 5th graders from Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles, under the guidance of their National Medal of Arts winning teacher Ralph Esquith will be one of the highlights of the Induction celebration.

The Actors Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to restore and support dramatic arts education in schools. The Actors Hall of Fame was launched with the support of major entertainment and business organizations, educators, dramatic artists and students. For more information, please visit our website at www.actorshalloffame.org.