By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 18, 2013 at 1:58PM
Sundance has added one late-breaking title to its Premieres section of the upcoming 2014 fest: Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here," which he (controversially) funded partially via Kickstarter. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith's cult classic "Clerks" has been added as a From the Collection midnight screening. The 2014 Festival runs January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
"Clerks" joins the previously announced From the Collection screening of Steve James' "Hoop Dreams." (James' new doc "Life Itself" on Roger Ebert is premiering at this year's fest.) Both "Clerks" and "Hoop Dreams" premiered at the 1994 festival, which will be the subject of “Class of ’94,” a Power of Story panel at the Park City Egyptian Theatre on Friday, January 24, with director Smith in person.
Wish I Was Here / U.S.A. (Director: Zach Braff, Screenwriters: Zach Braff, Adam Braff) — Aidan Bloom, a 35-year-old struggling actor, father, and husband, is still trying to find purpose in his life. In coming to terms with the death of his father, Aidan and his family unite to discover how to turn the page onto the next chapter. Cast: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King. World Premiere
FROM THE COLLECTION
Clerks / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kevin Smith) — One wild day in the life of a pair of overworked counter jockeys whose razor-sharp wit and on-the-job antics give a whole new meaning to customer service! Cast: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, Lisa Spoonauer.
Clerks premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. A newly struck print of Clerks, created by Miramax Films to commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary, will screen on Friday, January 24 at 11:59 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. Director Kevin Smith is expected to introduce the film and participate in the Q&A.