It's all underway! The YouTube deal might not slip you right into the action yet, but there's live streaming, cities across the U.S. getting in on the festival action, films available at home through Sundance Selects, and of course, Cinematical's reviews, news, and 60 Seconds round-ups to keep you in the loop.
Our Coverage: Cinematical is on-hand for two of tonight's three screenings. First, the premiere of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, which finds James Franco playing Allen Ginsberg during the obscenity trial for his iconic poem, Howl. Second, Shorts Program I, which includes Seeds of the Fall, The Fence, Logorama, and *drumroll* Spike Jonze's I'm Here, a robot love story for Absolut vodka. (Trailer here.)
From our Howl review: "A mixture of styles from animation to docudrama to single-person narrative that may have worked well if concentrated on one over another. Instead the subject matter struggles to find a distinct voice and will engage, first and foremost, poetry slammers over those hoping to understand and appreciate Ginsberg's voice."
Also, be sure to check out all of the great pre-fest coverage from Erik Davis through the Sundance10 tag here at Cinematical to keep a handle on all the great films hitting Utah.
Deals: Things aren't moving slowly! We've already got our first deal. Variety reports that Paramount has picked up Waiting for Superman, which premieres on Friday. The Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) film covers the U.S.'s public education crisis through "interlocking stories," and features interviews with names like Bill Gates.
Key Screenings: Along with the two screenings Cinematical is attending tonight, there's one more kicking off Sundance -- Restrepo, Sebastian Junger's documentary about life in Outpost Restrepo in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. But if you're in Utah, and have time between all the new films screening, Sundance is also showing three great classics -- Whit Stillman's Metropolitan, Todd Haynes' Poison, and Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude.
indieWIRE Love: As the festival gets underway, the site anticipates what the good and bad of Sundance 2010 will be, and share a whole bunch of info on Diane Bell's Obselidia, "a compendium of obsolete things."
Tweets, Blogs, and Treats: The National Film Board of Canada has three shorts screening this year. We've covered Oscar nominee Cordell Barker's Runaway and the beautiful Vive la Rose here, and the last is Rains -- a pencil-drawn piece of silent animation about a city trying to stay dry as the rain pours. (The trailer is embedded below.) In the full-feature realm, MTV has thrown up a few exclusive clips for films screening at Sundance -- one from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams' Blue Valentine, and the trailer for Buried, Ryan Reynolds' new movie that pulls him out of Proposal territory and buries him alive. Meanwhile, /Film found a full 9-minute clip from Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious. (Although they warn that parts are spoilery.)