As the Sundance Film Festival prepares to kick off on Thursday, it’s that time when all of Hollywood travels to the sleepy ski town of Park City, Utah, to indulge in the best that the independent film world has to offer.
Sundance is a great place to find original stories as well as the breakout stars who will be making their names in the mainstream in coming years (the directors of “Jurassic World” and “Creed” had their career starts at Sundance, believe it or not).
Here’s what we’re most excited to see at this year’s festival — much of which will be headed to a theater near you at some point later this year.
TV has become more and more prevalent at film festivals, and Sundance is no different. One of the big premieres is this adaptation of a Stephen King novel in which a man time travels back to 1963 to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. James Franco plays the time-traveler. The show premieres on Hulu in February.
"The Birth of a Nation"
Actor Nate Parker's long-awaited biopic on Nat Turner, the African-American slave who led the most successful slave rebellion in American history, has the makings for one of the breakout hits of this year's festival (the title's play on the infamously racist silent film will certainly turn heads). Parker ("Beyond The Lights,""Non-Stop") wrote, directed, and stars as Turner, in an ambitious endeavor that could pay off big time.
Director Antonio Campos ('Simon Killer") looks at the life of one of media's most mysterious figures, TV reporter Christine Chubbuck of Sarasota, Florida, who in 1974 committed suicide on live television. In "Christine," Campos shows the pressures of a woman in the 1970s with Rebecca Hall playing Chubbuck as she struggles to find her place in the world.
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