Sundance Film Festival: London 2016, will feature eleven UK feature film premieres direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, along with a program of 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to UK shorts.
Sundance Film Festival: London 2016 takes place between June 2nd and June 5th at new host venue, Picturehouse Central, in the heart of the West End. Festival passes will go on sale on May 5th, with individual tickets on May 9th.
Feature Film Program
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (Director / screenwriter: Jeff Feuerzeig) The definitive look inside the mysterious case of 16-year-old literary sensation JT LeRoy a creature so perfect for his time that if he didn’t exist, someone would have had to invent him. Perhaps someone did? The strangest story about story ever told.
The Greasy Strangler (Director: Jim Hosking) – When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet lone female tourist Janet on Big Ronnies Disco Walking Tourthe best and only disco walking tour in the citya fight for Janets heart erupts between father and son, and the infamous Greasy Strangler is unleashed.
Goat (Director: Andrew Neel) Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19-year old boy pledges his brothers fraternity in an attempt to prove his manhood. What happens there, in the name of brotherhood, tests both the boys and their relationship in brutal ways.
Indignation (Director / screenwriter: James Schamus) Its 1951, and among the new arrivals at Winesburg College in Ohio are the son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey and the beautiful, brilliant daughter of a prominent alum. For a brief moment, their lives converge in this emotionally soaring film based on the novel by Philip Roth.
The Intervention (Director / screenwriter: Clea DuVall) A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.
Life, Animated (Director / screenwriter: Roger Ross Williams) Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who could not speak for years, slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. Using these films as a roadmap, he reconnects with his loving family and the wider world in this emotional coming-of-age story.
Morris from America (Director / screenwriter: Chad Hartigan) Thirteen-year-old Morris, a hip-hop loving American, moves to Heidelberg, Germany, with his father. In this completely foreign land, he falls in love with a local girl, befriends his German tutor-turned- confidant, and attempts to navigate the unique trials and tribulations of adolescence.
Other People (Director / screenwriter: Chris Kelly) A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) hes doing okay.
Tallulah (Director / screenwriter: Sian Heder) A rootless young woman takes a toddler from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her. This decision connects and transforms the lives of three very different women.
Weiner (Directors / screenwriters: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg) With unrestricted access to Anthony Weiners New York City mayoral campaign, this film reveals the human story behind the scenes of a high-profile political scandal as it unfolds, and it offers an unfiltered look at how much todays politics are driven by an appetite for spectacle.
Wiener-Dog (Director / screenwriter: Todd Solondz) This film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.
2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour
Affections (Director / screenwriter: Bridey Elliott) This comedy about isolation and loneliness follows a young woman who is adrift and seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.
Bacon & Gods Wrath (Director / screenwriter: Sol Friedman) A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.
Edmond (Director / screenwriter: Nina Gantz) Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others is strongmaybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his options, he reflects on his defining moments in search of the origin of his desires.
Her Friend Adam (Director / screenwriter: Ben Petrie) A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.
Jungle (Director / screenwriter: Asantewaa Prempeh) The lines between trust, betrayal, and forgiveness are intertwined for two Senegalese vendors as they try to make a living on the streets of New York City.
The Grandfather Drum (Director / screenwriter: Michelle Derosier) As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, the elder Naamowin builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people.
The Procedure (Director / screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder) A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.
Thunder Road (Director / screenwriter: Jim Cummings) Officer Arnaud loved his mom.
2016 Sundance Film Festival UK Shorts
Manoman (Director: Simon Cartwright) When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.
Mining Poems or Odes (Director: Callum Rice) Robert, an ex-shipyard welder from Govan, Glasgow, reflects on how his life experiences have influenced his newfound compulsion to write.
Pombo Loves You (Director: Steve Warne) A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as ’80s TV character Pombo.
Over (Director: Jörn Threlfall) What has happened in this quiet suburban neighborhood? Has there been a murder, a hit-and-run, an accident? The reality is both profound and deeply unexpected.
Territory (Director: Eleanor Mortimer) This warm and lyrical film follows a group of unruly monkeys in Gibraltar and the people employed to control them with peashooters.
Rate Me (Director: Fyzal Boulifa) A portrait of a teenage escort named Coco.
Saturday (Director: Mike Forshaw) April 15, 1989: A soccer match changes Liams life and the city of Liverpool forever This fictional account relates how the Hillsborough Stadium disaster which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters unfolded for a family in Merseyside, England.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: ROAD TO STARDOM
Blood Simple (Director: Joel Coen, Screenwriters: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) – The Coen Brothers exploded onto the indie film scene with this darkly funny thriller also featuring the first onscreen performance from Frances McDormand.
The Usual Suspects – (Director: Bryan Singer, Screenwriter: Christopher McQuarrie) – The height of tricksy 90’s thrillers, Bryan Singer’s supremely stylish debut features Kevin Spacey in his break out, Oscar winning role. Seething with tension and twists, the film remains a masterclass in non-linear editing and narrative manipulation in its tale of a heist gone violently wrong.
Winters Bone (Director: Debra Granik, Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini) – Debra Granik’s intense first feature stars Jennifer Lawrence in the Oscar-nominated role that catapulted her to stardom as a Missouri teen determined to track down her missing drug addict father.