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Sundance Fest Adds Film Trio Covering Bank Robbers, A Time-Altering Stray Cat, And An LSD-Fueled Ken Kesey Road Trip

Mike Fleming

The Sundance Institute has added three more films for out-of-competition world premieres at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The late additions are:

* Flypaper, directed by Rob Minkoff from a script by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The drama covers what happens when two gangs try to rob the same bank at the same time. Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey Tambor, Tim Blake Nelson and Pruitt Taylor Vince star.

* The Future, written and directed by Miranda July. A couple decides to adopt a stray cat, and it alters their perspective on life and literally alters the course of time and space. That’s some cat. Hamish Linklater, Miranda July, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres and Joe Putterlik star in a film that will screen in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.

*Magic Trip. Directed by Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney, this documentary uses footage, audio recordings and photographs taken during the LSD-fueled cross country road trip that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters took, en route to the World’s Fair in New York.

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Sundance Festival Sets More Films

Mike Fleming

PARK CITY, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections NEXT, Spotlight, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight, as well as a new Native Showcase. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming said, “The Sundance Film Festival is uniquely a festival of discovery and we are once again privileged to showcase the work of talented new artists, including a special section devoted to Native filmmakers. But it’s also exciting to see returning directors honing their skills and emerging with dazzling new films. And the NEXT section highlights visionary work that shows aesthetic creativity is not limited by budget. All of this speaks to the vibrancy of independent film.”

NEXT
Eight American films selected for their innovative and original work in low- and no-budget filmmaking. Each is a world premiere.

Bellflower / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Evan Glodell) — A ballad for every person who has ever loved and lost – with enough violence, weapons, action and sex to tell a love story with apocalyptic stakes. Cast: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes.

The Lie / U.S.A. (Director: Joshua Leonard; Screenwriters: Jeff Feuerzeig, Joshua Leonard, Mark Webber and Jess Weixler, based on the short story by T. Coraghessan Boyle) — A man overwhelmed and disappointed with life tells a lie to avoid going to

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2011 Sundance Fest’s Films In Premieres

PARK CITY, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and new Documentary Premieres sections of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

“2011 sees the majority of films in the Premieres section coming from outside the studios, illustrating that independent film is both robust and broadening its scope,” said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. “The decision to create a Documentary Premieres section was a natural evolution to shine a light on films with prominent filmmakers or anticipated subjects without distracting from documentaries in competition. Sundance Institute has since its inception been one of the leading organizations in the world in support of nonfiction film, and our Festival remains a platform for both first-time and established documentary filmmakers.”

PREMIERES

To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly, the Festival’s first and longest-standing corporate sponsor. Each is a world premiere.

Cedar Rapids / U.S.A. (Director: Miguel Arteta; Screenwriter: Phil Johnston) — A wholesome and naive small-town Wisconsin man travels to big city Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. Cast: Ed Helms, John C Reilly, Anne Heche,

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