Sundance Goes National

Park City festival will screen films in eight different cities as part of event

Last Updated: December 9, 2009 @ 3:11 PM

Sundance is about to become a national event. As part of an effort to shake up things, the famed Park City film festival will screen eight films from the ten day event in eight different cities nationwide on January 28. Many of the films’ directors will be dispatched across the country to chat up their films to audiences, as well. The institute has christened the inaugural effort, Sundance Film Festival USA.

In each city, an introductory video featuring Robert Redford and highlights from the festival will precede the screenings.

Here’s a list of the eight films and the cities where they will screen:

Cyrus — Ann Arbor, MI — Michigan Theater
Directors and screenwriters: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass –A recently divorced guy meets a new lady. Then he meets her son who is, well…interesting. Cast: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener. World Premiere

The Company Men — Brookline, MA — Coolidge Corner Theatre
Director and screenwriter John Wells will screen his drama — filmed on location in North Boston — about three company men attempting to survive a round of corporate downsizing while trying to fend off its effects on their families and their identities. Cast: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt. World Premiere

Daddy Longlegs — Brooklyn, NY — BAM
Directors, screenwriters, brothers and Native New Yorkers Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie will bring to New York their latest film–A swan song to excuses and responsibilities, to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what it’s like to be truly torn between being a child and being an adult. Cast: Ronald Bronstein, Sage Ranaldo, Frey Ranaldo. North American Premiere

Jack Goes Boating — Chicago, IL — Music Box Theatre
Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman; Screenwriter: Bob Glaudini, both well know to Chicago film and theatre lovers. – A limo driver’s blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tom McCarthy.

Teenage Paparazzo — Los Angeles, CA — Downtown Independent
Where better than Los Angeles to explore the effects of celebrity on culture? Director Adrian Grenier’s documentary does exactly that. A 13-year-old paparazzi boy snaps a photo of Grenier, leading the actor/director to explore the effects of celebrity on culture.

The Runaways — Madison, WI — Sundance Cinemas Madison
Director and screenwriter: Floria Sigismondi–In 1970s LA, a tough teenager named Joan Jett connects with an eccentric producer to form an all-girl band that would launch her career and make rock history. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Shannon, Alia Shawkat, Tatum O’Neal.

The Extra Man — Nashville, TN — The Belcourt Theatre
Directors: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; Screenwriters: Robert Pulcini, Jonathan Ames and Shari Springer Berman — A down-and-out playwright who escorts wealthy widows in Manhattan’s Upper East Side takes a young aspiring writer under his wing. Cast: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Katie Holmes.

Howl — San Francisco, CA — Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Directors and screenwriters Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, both local San Franciscans, will be on hand to screen their nonfiction drama about the young Allen Ginsberg finding his voice, the creation of his groundbreaking poem HOWL, and the landmark obscenity trial that followed. Cast: James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels.