10 Films I want to see from the Sundance Film Festival

Every January Hollywood descends on Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival and turns Main Street into the single most pretentious place in the country for ten days. Don’t get me wrong—I love film festivals, especially ones like Sundance that are also markets for distributors to pick up films for release. Without festivals like this we would never see movies like Napoleon Dynamite or Frozen River. And Sundance is especially unique for its combination of genuine independent filmmaking (the festival being in a symbiotic relationship with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute) and straight up Hollywood excess. For ten days Park City, an otherwise nice mountain town, is overrun with agents, studio reps, paparazzi, and celebrities. Of the celebrities there will always be those random famewhores who have no reason to be there other than attracting attention, but generally they’re there to promote and support their movies. This year’s star roster includes James Franco, Ryan Gosling, the Affleck brothers, Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, James Gandolfini—you get the idea. Continue reading “10 Films I want to see from the Sundance Film Festival”