If you've been clenching your fists in frustration because Utah hates you and won't let you attend this year's Sundance Film Festival, the movie gods are throwing you a bone. Sundance Selects, the festival's theatrical and video-on-demand film label, is teaming up with the Sundance Institute for their 2011 celebration. While attendees are cozy in their seats getting ready to watch Gregg Araki's 'Kaboom,' Brendan Fletcher's 'Mad Bastards,' Michael Tully's 'Septien,' Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton's 'These Amazing Shadows,' and Joe Swanberg's 'Uncle Kent,' those same films will be simultaneously available on-demand ... for you.
Your Bright House, Comcast, Cabelvision, Cox and Time Warner overlords are hooking you up with Sundance Selects so you can make like you're rubbing elbows with our own Erik Davis (lucky!). This will be the world premiere for four films, and a U.S. premiere for Araki's "wild, sex-drenched, comical thriller," which debuted at Cannes last summer. "You're never sure you can trust what you're seeing, nor the characters themselves, and when you start to figure it all out it throws a curveball," Joe Utichi said of 'Kaboom' in his review. The film screens at Sundance (and in your living room) on January 21 as part of the Spotlight section of the fest.
We shared the trailer for 'Mad Bastards' last month, which centers around TJ (who earns the title "mad bastard") and his estranged 13-year-old son Bullet (what else would a mad bastard name his kid?) as they try to reconnect. It's part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of Sundance -- because Aussies make some damn fine movies (have you seen 'Animal Kingdom' yet?). You can catch this one on the tellie January 24.
The Park City at Midnight selection at Sundance has premiered some famous horror flicks ('Saw' and 'The Blair Witch Project' among them), and this years 'Septien' is full of weirdies with a liberal dose of unsettling humor. A backwoods family reunites with their reclusive, sports hustler brother, but the homecoming goes a tad psychotic when a plumber, a pretty girl and demons get involved. Head into the woods on January 23.
'These Amazing Shadows' documents the goings on of the National Film Registry and includes interviews with folks like Christopher Nolan, Rob Reiner, John Waters, John Singleton, John Lasseter and Barbara Kopple. From the press release: "Guided by a true cinephile's love of the medium and a treasure trove of archival footage, the film molds a cultural history from pieces of film, offering a microcosm of the work of the National Film Registry and making a powerful case for film preservation." Check it out on January 22, cineastes.
Themes about navigating technology and human connection abound in 'Uncle Kent' (pictured above). A 40-year-old lonely guy finds solace in chat rooms and embarks on a sexually frustrating weekend adventure with the coquettish and frank Kate. This is another Spotlight selection which will be available on January 21.
If you can't make these dates, fear not. Direct from the Sundance Film Festival selections will be available for approximately 30 days for your viewing pleasure.