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Sundance Film Festival USA Brings Fest Films To Nine Cities

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 8, 2010 at 11:15AM

Sundance announces the films selected from their 2011 Film Festival lineup which will be screened at theaters (with introductions by the directors) across nine different US cities on January 27. "Sundance Film Festival USA" endeavors to bring the Festival experience to movie lovers nationwide. Fest director John Cooper says it "epitomizes the mission of the Sundance Institute.” Tickets will be distributed via each theatre's box office. The films (including Kaboom, pictured) and theatre details are after the jump. Here is indieWIRE's complete coverage.
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Sundance announces the films selected from their 2011 Film Festival lineup which will be screened at theaters (with introductions by the directors) across nine different US cities on January 27. "Sundance Film Festival USA" endeavors to bring the Festival experience to movie lovers nationwide. Fest director John Cooper says it "epitomizes the mission of the Sundance Institute.” Tickets will be distributed via each theatre's box office. The films (including Kaboom, pictured) and theatre details are after the jump. Here is indieWIRE's complete coverage.

Films screening as part of Sundance Film Festival USA are:
 
Win Win / U.S.A. — Ann Arbor, MI — Michigan Theater www.michtheater.org
Director and screenwriter: Tom McCarthy, based on the story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni — When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor. World Premiere
 
My Idiot Brother / U.S.A.—  Brookline, MA — Coolidge Corner Theatre www.coolidge.org
Director: Jesse Peretz; Screenwriters: Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall — After serving time for being conned into selling pot, Ned successively moves in with each of his three sisters as he tries to get back on his feet. His best intentions quickly bring the family to the cusp of chaos and ultimately the brink of clarity. Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer. World Premiere
 
Kaboom / U.S.A. —Brooklyn, NY — BAM www.bam.org
Director and screenwriter: Gregg Araki — A science fiction story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple. U.S. Premiere
 
The Music Never Stopped / U.S.A. —Chicago, IL — Music Box Theatre www.musicboxtheatre.com
Director: Jim Kohlberg; Screenwriters: Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks, based on the story “The Last Hippie” by Oliver Sacks — A father struggles to bond with his estranged son who suffers a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. He learns to embrace his son’s choices and to try to connect with him through the power of music. Cast: J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Mia Maestro. World Premiere
 
The Details / U.S.A. — Los Angeles, CA — Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre (323) 660-6639
Director and screenwriter: Jacob Aaron Estes — When a family of hungry raccoons begin feasting on the worms living under the sod of a young couple's backyard, the pest problem sets off a wild and absurd chain reaction of anxiety, infidelity, organ donation and other assorted mayhem. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Kerry Washington. World Premiere
 
Like Crazy / U.S.A.—- Madison, WI — Sundance Cinemas Madison www.sundancecinemas.com
Director: Drake Doremus; Screenwriters: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones — A young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship. Cast: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston. World Premiere
 
Letters from the Big Man / U.S.A. — Nashville, TN — The Belcourt Theatre www.belcourt.org
Director and screenwriter: Christopher Munch — An artist and government hydrologist surveying a remote part of southwestern Oregon befriends a sasquatch man and must take bold steps to protect his privacy, as well as her own. Cast: Lily Rabe, Jason Butler Harner, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Jim Cody Williams, Fiona Dourif. World Premiere
 
Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology / U.S.A. — San Francisco, CA — Sundance Kabuki Cinemas www.sundancecinemas.com
Director: Tiffany Shlain; Screenwriters: Tiffany Shlain,  Ken Goldberg, Carlton Evans and Sawyer Steele — Connected is an exhilarating stream-of-consciousness ride through the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, progress and morality at the dawn of the 21st century. For centuries we’ve been declaring independence. With insight, curiosity, and humor, the film explores whether it’s time to declare our interdependence. World Premiere
 
Cedar Rapids/ U.S.A. — Seattle, WA — The Egyptian Theater and special post-festival screening in Ann Arbor, MI — Michigan Theater (date TBA) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/Seattle/EgyptianTheatre.htm and www.michtheater.org 
Director: Miguel Arteta; Screenwriter: Phil Johnston — A wholesome and naive small-town Wisconsin man travels to big city Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. Cast: Ed Helms, John C Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Alia Shawkat, Sigourney Weaver. World Premiere


 

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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.