By Caryn James | James on Screens January 19, 2011 at 5:45AM
As you read about the festival, with its crowds and frigid weather, you can console yourself by thinking that you're snug and (relatively) warm at home. But inevitably a little Sundance-envy creeps in. Luckily, you can have best of both because there are more ways than ever to experience the festival and even some of this year's films at home.
Five new films will begin on–demand runs on television the same day they premiere at the festival. The films, available through the VOD label Sundance Selects, include a couple of the most anticipated, like Gregg Araki’s Kaboom, which combines themes of sexual identity with a conspiracy-theory plot, and Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent, about a 40-year-old single man whose on-line friendship with a woman explodes when she turns up at his house. Both begin on Jan. 21st.
The doc These Amazing Shadows, about the films and meaning of the National Film Registry, begins on Jan 22. (They'll all be available in a special Sundance Film Festival section on the on-demand channels of most major cable systems, including Comcast, Time Warner and Cox.)
Also on the 21st, Sundance Channel will begin, “10 Days of Sundance,” a series of films from previous festivals. The schedule for Jan. 22nd includes a wonderful little 2009 film that deserves more attention: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, directed by John Krasinski (yes, the actor who plays Jim on The Office) based on the David Foster Wallace book. Here’s a link to the complete schedule. Info about Sundance Channel’s extensive coverage of the festival is here.
I’ll be going out to Park City toward the end of the festival to moderate a panel on the 28th called “The Power of Story: The Big Idea,” with an amazing lineup of people. Director Jason Reitman, playwright and filmmaker Sam Shepard, composer Thomas Newman and editor Jill Bilcock will be there to talk about the creative process and collaboration, how an idea takes shape on film. You can be there too by watching the webcast (details to come when we're closer).
I’m happy to have you join me without leaving home.