Film festival coverage is great -- you get a sneak peek at the movies to come, the little gems you probably wouldn't have heard about, buzz about upcoming projects. But it can also be an annoying, tantalizing tease -- especially when the films you want to see take months -- and sometimes years -- to hit the screens ... if they do at all. But it looks like Sundance is doing a little bit to change that. The Sundance Institute is kicking off Sundance Film Festival USA -- and it's not just films screening in random cities across the country -- they're sending eight filmmakers to screen their films in eight major cities on January 28. That means not only seeing the film, but checking out a Q&A.
The tickets are available at each locale's box office, and it's a killer list of films that makes me officially jealous. The lucky cities and films:
Cyrus -- Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI -- The Duplass Brothers' tale of a recently divorced man who meets a new woman with an unusual son. It stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener.
The Company Men -- Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA -- John Wells' drama about three company men facing downsizing. It stars Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Rosemarie DeWitt.
Daddy Longlegs -- BAM, Brooklyn, NY -- The Safdie Brothers' film about fatherhood, responsibility, and those torn between being a child and being an adult. It stars Ronald Bronstein, Sage Ranaldo, and Frey Ranaldo.
Jack Goes Boating -- Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL -- Philip Seymour Hoffman directs and stars in the take of a limo driver's blind date, which also stars Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Tom McCarthy.
Teenage Paparazzo -- Downtown Independent, Los Angeles, CA -- Adrian Grenier directs the documentary about paparazzi and the effects of celebrity on culture.
The Runaways -- Sundance Cinemas Madison, Madison, WI -- Floria Sigismondi's film about Joan Jett and her Runaways, which stars Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Shannon, Alia Shawkat, Tatum O'Neal.
The Extra Man -- The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN -- Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's film about a playwright who escorts rich Upper East Side widows in Manhattan while taking a young writer under his wing. It stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Katie Holmes.
Howl -- Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, San Francisco, CA -- Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's take on the obscenity trial over Allen Ginsberg's Howl. It stars James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeff Daniels.