What I'm Looking Forward To at Sundance


Going through the list of out of competition films, these ones jumped out at me at first glance...
PREMIERES

The Runaways / USA (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. World Premiere

Are you kidding me? I love Joan Jett and this should be a rocking good time.

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The Taqwacores (Director: Eyad Zahra; Screenwriter: Michael Muhammad Knight)—When a Pakistani-Muslim engineering student moves into a house with punk Muslims of all stripes in Buffalo, New York, his ideologies are challenged to the core. Cast: Noureen DeWulf, Dominic Rains, Rasika Mathur, Tony Yalda, Anne Marie Leighton. World Premiere
The idea of punk Muslims intrigues me.

SPOTLIGHT - DOCUMENTARY
8: The Mormon Proposition / USA(Director: Reed Cowan)—An examination of the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8 denying marriage rights for Gay and Lesbian couples. World Premiere
Duh. This should be pretty controversial here in Utah.

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks / USA (Director: Dan Klores)—Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. World Premiere
This game and Reggie's performance was amazing. Just heard it's scheduled for ESPN's 30 for 30 doc series in March. See why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYnQAa4B4no

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT
Frozen / USA (Director and Screenwriter: Adam Green)—Three skiers are mistakenly stranded on a chairlift, forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death. Cast: Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers. World Premiere
"Open Water" on a chair lift. This was shot here in Utah (see behind the scenes footage of the shoot here: http://horrorblips.dailyradar.com/video/dailymotion_behind_the_scenes_of_adam_green_s_frozen/

Splice / France, Canada (Director: Vincenzo Natali; Screenwriters: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant, and Doug Taylor)—Clive and Elsa are young, brilliant, and ambitious. The new animal species they engineered has made them rebel superstars of the scientific world. In secret, they introduce human DNA into the experiment.Cast:Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac, David Hewlett. North American Premiere
Oooooh, creepy!

NEW FRONTIER
Double Take / Germany, Netherlands (Director: Johan Grimonprez)— Alfred Hitchcock is unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. As television hijacks cinema, and Khrushchev debates Nixon, sexual politics quietly take off and Hitchcock himself blackmails housewives with brands they can't refuse. Cast: Mark Perry, Ron Burrage. North American Premiere
I'm a sucker for a Hitchcock film