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A (Fairly) Complete Sundance 2011 Acquisitions List

A (Fairly) Complete Sundance 2011 Acquisitions List (photo)

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If you’re a film lover who can’t make it to Park City, Sundance is like the world’s biggest tease: a beautiful woman who kisses your neck and whispers in your ear and then vows not to sleep with you for twelve months. There’s nothing more frustrating than articles about incredible movies you won’t be able to see anytime soon, if at all. The only good news stories out of Sundance are the acquisitions, since they provide hope that, yes, someday we will see these films opening in a theater near us.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled all the Sundance acquisitions I could find into a single list. I decided to organize them by release date, though most still being determined. As more sales leak out, I’ll try to update this as best I can (you can suggest additions to me on Twitter as well). And if you’re sick of being teased, it may not be a bad time to note (rather shamelessly, I know) that IFC Films has five Sundance movies available on VOD right now: “Mad Bastards,” “Septien,” “These Amazing Shadows,” “Uncle Kent,” and Gregg Araki’s awesome new film “Kaboom.” Oh, and don’t forget that Fox Searchlight had two films at Sundance with firm release dates as well, Miguel Arteta’s “Cedar Rapids,” opening February 11, and Tom McCarthy’s “Win Win,” opening March 18.

Here’s how the acquisitions list works: the links in the film titles take you that movie’s page on Sundance’s website, where you can find plot synopses, pictures, and trailers. And the link in the distributor’s name sends you to the news story about the acquisition. Enjoy — or, I guess, prepare to enjoy eventually. Best I can do for now.

APRIL
“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” directed by Morgan Spurlock (Sony Pictures Classics)

LATE SPRING:
“The Ledge,” directed by Matthew Chapman (IFC FIlms)

JUNE
Jun. 3: “The Last Mountain,” directed by Bill Haney (Dada Films)

OCTOBER
Oct. 19: “Red State,” directed by Kevin Smith (SModcast Pictures)

SOME UNDEFINED TIME IN 2011
“The Details,” directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (The Weinstein Company)
“Homework,” directed by Gavin Wiesen (Fox Searchlight)
“Life in a Day,” directed by Kevin Macdonald (National Geographic)
“Margin Call,” directed by J.C. Chandor (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin (Fox Searchlight)
“Page One: A Year in the Life of The New York Times,” directed by Andrew Rossi (Magnolia and Participant)

RELEASE DATE COMPLETELY TBD
“Another Earth,” directed by Mike Cahill (Fox Searchlight)
“Buck,” directed by Cindy Meehl (Sundance Selects)
“Circumstance,” directed by Maryam Keshavarz (Participant Media)
“The Guard,” directed by John Michael McDonagh (Sony Pictures Classics)
“I Melt With You,” directed by Mark Pellington (Magnolia)
“Like Crazy,” directed by Drake Doremus (Paramount)
“My Idiot Brother,” directed by Jesse Peretz (The Weinstein Company)
“Pariah,” directed by Dee Rees (Focus Features)
“Perfect Sense,” directed by David Mackenzie (IFC Films)
“Project NIM,” directed by James Marsh (Roadside Attractions)
“Salvation Boulevard,” directed by George Ratliff (IFC and Sony)
“Silent House,” directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Liddell Entertainment)

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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