At the press conference, former child star Gordon-Levitt praised young Brochu, who gives a raw, rough-and-tumble performance. "I'm so proud of you, dude, you killed it!" (Check out Gordon-Levitt's Sundance Roll Call. Later this weekend, I'll post a flip-cam interview with him.)
Also playing well are three upbeat movies with hard-to-remember-names, Nicole Holofcener's thoughtful, well-observed portrait of neurotic, flawed New Yorkers, starring Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet, Please Give, Happythankyouplease and Catfish. Holofcener shot Please Give, financed by Sony Pictures Classics, in 24 days for just $3 million. "I shoot fast," she told Spike Jonze at SPC's after-party. The director is in town with a 30-minute short financed by Absolut Vodka.
Meanwhile, despite reports of pulling back on production at Overture Films, execs Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett are trawling Sundance for good titles to buy. So are SPC, Apparition, Harvey Weinstein, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, Fox Searchlight, Magnolia and IFC. And also in town checking out movies that will inevitably not land big theatrical sales are so-called "self-service" distribs like Mark Urman's Paladin and Russell Schwartz's Pandemic Marketing, the wave of the future. More on this phenom anon.
Here's a trailer for Jonze's I'm Here: A Love Story in an Absolut World: