Sundance is less than 24 hours away. The hype has been building; the energy can be felt even over the internet. The PR and marketing companies have been hitting things hard. The invitations have been sent to the VIPs to attend the many parties in all the hippest places. But the fact remains, the films have to speak for themselves. After months of research, I think I've come up with a comprehensive list of films that I think are worth following.
All the films are grouped into categories. In the US DRAMATIC COMPETITION that I have flagged include:
THE LIFEGUARD: Leigh was the woman who had it all, until everything crashed at the ripe old age of 30. She retreats to her parents home in Connecticut slipping easily back into her teenage days as a lifeguard. Starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Amy Madigan and Martin Starr
TOUCHY FEELY: When a sister's skills and abilities suddenly are transferred to her opposite minded brother, she attempts to discover who she really is. He then discovers a new part of himself as well.
Starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, and Ellen Page
TOY'S HOUSE: 3 teenage boys declare independence from their families and escape into the woods where they build a house. Now what? This film has a hometown connection for my family as the Producer is from Elmira, NY. One of the notable actors, Nick Offerman, is from the Joliet, IL area. Starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie
UPSTREAM COLOR: Kris is drugged by a thief, but somehow becomes entangled with her captor.
Starring Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth and Andrew Sensenig
In the PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT category are:
ASS BACKWARD: Two women who tied for LAST in a high school beauty pageant are brought back to compete again after many years have passed. Kate is now a CEO and Chloe is a "girl in a box"at a nightclub. But they both want that crown NOW!
Starring June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Alicia Silverstone, and Vincent D'Onofrio
Other notable categories and Reel's Flagged Films include:
NEW FRONTIER FILMS: "Halley," "Interior. Leather Bar."and "The Meteor."
PREMIERES: "A.C.O.D." "Before Midnight," "Breathe In," "Don Jon's Addiction," "The East,""the Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,""jOBS," "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," "Prince Avalanche," "Stoker," "Two Mothers," "Very Good Girls," and "The Way, Way Back."
US AND WORLD DOCUMENTARIES: "Blood Brother," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Gideon's Army,""Twenty Feet from Stardom,""Google and the World Brain," "The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear," "The Moo Man,""The Summit," and "Who Is Dayani Cristal?"
There you have it. Reel Honest Reviews' predictions of hot films for Sundance 2013. I didn't think it could get better than 2012, but I think it just might be! Check back for daily updates!