Day two in the multi-step announcements for the lineup of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival added movies from the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier sections to Wednesday’s confirmation of the festival’s competition films.
Generating the most out-of-the-gate buzz was Mud, the follow-up movie from Take Shelter filmmaker Jeff Nichols. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Jacob Lofland and Tye Sherdan joined Nichols for the Spotlight section drama about two teen boys who help a fugitive escape from bounty hunters.
Horror director Adam Wingard reunited with many of his colleagues from the horror compilation VHS, which screened at last year’s Sundance, for its sequel S-VHS, continuing the theme of unsuspecting people finding mysterious videotapes containing a variety of gruesome tales for the 2013 edition of Park City at Midnight. S-VHS joined seven other world premieres in the Park City at Midnight section including kink, documentary director Christina Voros’ look at the workaday loves of the people employed by the San Francisco porn company kink.com.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the films selected for these sections because they illustrate the tremendous creativity and vibrancy of the independent film community,” Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said in a release.
In addition to the Spotlight and Park City at Midnight categories, the New Frontier, the experimental section of the Sundance Film Festival entered its seventh year with avant-garde films including Fat Shaker, by M Shirvani, and Interior. Leather Bar, by co-director Travis Mathews and co-director/actor James Franco, a dramatization of lost S&M footage from the 1980 movie Cruising. Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer and New Frontier curator also added installations by transmedia artists including Meredith Danluck (North of South, West of East), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Pulse Index).
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 through 27 in Park City, Salt Lake City and Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Check HERE for the full list of films.