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Sundance Adds Three Last-Minute Titles

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 21, 2009 at 9:19AM

In a surprise last minute move, Sundance programmers have announced the addition of three world premieres to the January indie fest. Gurinder Chadha's It's a Wonderful Afterlife, starring Sally Hawkins, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids are Alright, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as gay parents, and Galt Niederhoffer's wedding film The Romantics, starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, and Josh Duhamel, will screen out of competition at the Utah fest, which opens January 21 and runs through January 31.
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Thompson on Hollywood

In a surprise last minute move, Sundance programmers have announced the addition of three world premieres to the January indie fest. Gurinder Chadha's It's a Wonderful Afterlife, starring Sally Hawkins, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids are Alright, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as gay parents, and Galt Niederhoffer's wedding film The Romantics, starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, and Josh Duhamel, will screen out of competition at the Utah fest, which opens January 21 and runs through January 31.

Here's Sundance Director John Cooper's statement:

“When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our audiences. As an added bonus, all three are alumni of the Festival, so we are thrilled to be able to support them returning to Sundance with their newest work."


This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Sundance, Independents


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.