Sundance Report: Day 7 & 8

As Sundance continues to wind down, we bring you a few highlights from day 7 & 8.

Day 7 Highlights

  • Kicking off the day was the Katie Holmes produced film ‘The Romantics’, a film about seven college friends coming together for a wedding. Seems like a good rom-com about life, its stars include Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Malin Ackerman, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody and Elijah Wood.  However the audience buzz was a little lackluster.
  • YouTube had a panel discussing how to make money by going digital. Something I’m sure that many young filmmakers are interested in.
  • A spotlight film for the evening was Rachel Perkins ‘Bran Nue Dae,’ a comedy that takes place in the summer of 1969.  Rave reviews for this one.
  • The John Lennon biopic ‘Nowhere Boy’ also had its premiere on Day 7. The film has already received numerous nominations at the upcoming BAFTA awards including a Best Supporting Actress nod for Kristen Scott Thomas.
  • And ‘Bass Ackwards’ closed the night with a decent amount of audience buzz. Good news: you can watch the film here on YouTube for the small fee of $3.99.
  • Sundance juror director Morgan Spurlock took time to talk about his first time at the festival. Check it out

For a complete list of Day 7 films click here.

Day 8 Highlights

  • “Its a Wonderful After Life” starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins alongside top notch Indian actresses, had a second showing. Although the reviews for the film were still lackluster.
  • Another World Cinema Dramatic competition competitor ‘Animal Kingdom’, had its final showing at the festival.
  • In distributor news: Both ‘The Kids are All Right’ and ‘Hesher’ found distribution homes. Focus Features picked up ‘The Kids’ while NewMarket  snagged ‘Hesher.’ Still waiting to find a home is ‘Blue Valentine.’ This just in: The Weinstein Co. picks up ‘Blue Valentine.’
  • And stopping by the ASCAP Music Cafe…LeAnn Rimes.

For a complete list of Day 8 films click here.

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