With Sundance just over a month away, announcements of the projects screening and being showcased at the annual festival are starting to roll out. Today Netflix has announced it will have 7 projects debuting at the festival across feature films, docu-series and original series (listed below).
Over the course of the last couple years, Netflix has increasingly put a stake in the ground at the tentpole traditional Hollywood festivals, followed by Amazon. YouTube and Vimeo have also had presences at the festival in an effort to woo traditional entertainment execs and consumers into the digital video fold.
“Sundance Film Festival has always been committed to giving voice to true originals, and their curation of titles for the 2017 festival is exceptionally strong and innovative,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “It’s thrilling for Netflix to have the opportunity to premiere such a compelling array of original films, documentaries and series this year.”
Sundance also announced its slate of Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, Kids and Special Events. Among them on the digital side are: “Before I Fall” (Awesomeness TV) and “Shit Kids” (JASH).
Visit Sundance’s blog post for the full list set for the 2017 festival.
The full slate of projects announced by Netflix are listed below.
Netflix Original Films
Burning Sands — Directed by Gerard McMurray. (Netflix launch: March 10, 2017): Deep into a fraternity’s Hell Week, a favored pledge is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing. The film stars Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Burning Sands will compete in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train — Directed by Sydney Freeland. (Netflix launch: March 17, 2017): Two teenage sisters start robbing trains to make ends meet after their single mother’s emotional meltdown in an electronics store lands her in jail. The film will have its world premiere in NEXT at the festival.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore — Written and directed by Macon Blair. (Netflix launch: February 24, 2017): When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals. I Don’t Feel At Home in this World Anymore will open the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
The Discovery — Directed by Charlie McDowell. (Spring, 2017): A love story set in a world where the afterlife has been scientifically proven, and as a result millions of people start taking their own lives to “get there.” The Discovery stars Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough and Ron Canada.
Netflix Original Documentary Features
The Mars Generation — Directed by Michael Barnett. (Netflix launch: Spring, 2017): The Mars Generation, a Time Inc. production world premiering in the Sundance Kids section, is a comprehensive look at the little known history of mankind’s efforts to reach Mars as seen through the eyes of the teens who aspire to be the first ever to set foot on the Red Planet, as well as the leading experts currently pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation in space exploration. The film sheds light on just how close we are to a manned mission to Mars and the incredible impact that such a journey would have on both the scientific advancement and the collective pride of the people of Earth.
Netflix Original Documentary Series
Abstract: The Art of Design (Netflix launch: February 10, 2017 ): Abstract: The Art of Design demystifies the contemporary creative experience for a wide audience by bringing us inside the lives and minds of some of the greatest designers working today in a variety of disciplines. By seeing the world through these designers’ eyes, Abstract shows viewers in a fresh and inspiring way how design impacts every aspect of life and exposes them to a new perspective on design thinking. Making its world premiere, Sundance will screen a episode of the series featuring the German illustrator Christoph Niemann (directed by Morgan Neville).
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (Netflix launch: Spring, 2017): Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On tells personal stories about people whose lives are affected by the explosion of the Internet where pornography, dating apps and virtual relationships are all just a click away. The series explores the intersection of sex and technology telling stories of intimacy, connection, disconnection, self-promotion, race and gender politics. How is establishing sexual relationships through screens now rewiring us in fundamental ways? Executive Producer by Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, and the series is an extension of the feature documentary Hot Girls Wanted, which premiered at Sundance in 2015.