Sundance Film Festival 2015

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Songs My Brothers Taught Me Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Songs My Brothers Taught Me and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
Advantageous (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Jennifer Phang; Writer: Jacqueline Kim, Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang, Jennifer Phang; Stars: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Jennifer Ehle, Rex Lee, Freya Adams, Ariana Altman, Mercedes Griffeth, Olivia Horton, Amy Huckabay, Jennifer Ikeda, Ken Jeong, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Rebecca Pitkin, Troi Zee)
In a near-future city, a mother faces a stark choice about her future.
World premiere.
The Bronze (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Bryan Buckley; Writer: Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch, Winston Rauch; Stars: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, Dale Raoul, Ellery Sprayberry, Ben Rauch, Sherry Hudak, Heidi Lewandowski, Stephanie Bertoni, Dave Durch, Kiana Madani, Stefanie Satchik)
A bitter former gymnast takes up a coaching role on the promise of cash.
World premiere. Day One Film.
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Marielle Heller; Writer: Phoebe Gloekner, Marielle Heller; Stars: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni, Margarita Levieva, Quinn Nagle, Madeleine Waters, Austin Lyon, Miranda Bailey, Giovanni Miller, Samantha Hyde, David Fine, Natalie Stephany Aguilar, Drew Benda, Davy Clements)
Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she's sleeping with her mother's boyfriend.
World premiere.
Dope (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Rick Famuyiwa; Writer: Rick Famuyiwa; Stars: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz, Kimberly Elise, A$AP Rocky )
Self confessed teen geek from the wrong side of the tracks in Inglewood, Cal, with aspirations to go to Harvard, is compromised by a stash of drugs and threats from gangster crews.
World premiere.
The D Train (Country: UK, US; Year: 2015; Director: Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel; Writer: Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel; Stars: Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White, Kyle Bornheimer)
The head of a high school reunion committee tries to track down the most popular bloke from his class to convince him to attend.
World premiere.
I Smile Back I Smile Back
I Smile Back and Dope
I Smile Back (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Adam Salky; Writer: Paige Dylan, Paige Dylan, Amy Koppelman, Amy Koppelman; Stars: Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Thomas Sadoski, Mia Barron, Skylar Gaertner, Shayne Coleman, Sean Reda, Billy Magnussen, Kristin Griffith, Oona Laurence, Clark Jackson, Terry Kinney, Gregory Dann, Sarah Dulat, Nick Taylor)
All is not right in suburbia. Laney Brooks, a wife and mother on the edge, has stopped taking her meds, substituting recreational drugs and the wrong men. With the destruction of her family looming, Laney makes a last, desperate attempt at redemption.
World premiere.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; Writer: Jesse Andrews, based on his novel; Stars: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Katherine C. Hughes, Matt Bennett, Bobb'e J. Thompson)
How to be a teenager without losing your life and why helping a friend who is sick need not be an exercise in sentimental wishwash
World premiere.
The Overnight (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Patrick Brice; Writer: Patrick Brice; Stars: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godrèche)
Young couple, new to L.A, are seduced by cool couple who enjoy sexual experimentation
World premiere.
People, Places, Things (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: James C Strouse; Writer: James C Strouse; Stars: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Michael Chernus, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Paul Castro Jr., Catherine Cain, Charles Cain, Alexa Magioncalda, Jordan Edmondson, Kiowa Smothergill)
Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing being a parent to his young twin daughters and teaching a classroom full of college students, all the while trying to navigate the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him.
World premiere.
Results (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Andrew Bujalski; Writer: Andrew Bujalski; Stars: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Anthony Michael Hall, Tishuan Scott, Zoe Graham, David Bernon, Constance Zimmer, Elizabeth Berridge, Rebecca Chulew, Diane Selken, Katie Folger, Gary Teague)
Two mismatched personal trainers' lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client.
World premiere.
The Overnight The Overnight
The Overnight and The Bronze
Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Chloé Zhao; Writer: Chloé Zhao; Stars: Irene Bedard, Eleonore Hendricks, Taysha Fuller, Travis Lone Hill, Dakota Brown, John Reddy, Lauren Janis, Cat Clifford, Kevin Hunter, Keanna Rowland, Jorge Dullknife, Gabby Montileaux, Derrick Janis, Allen Reddy, Jashaun St. John)
Life for siblings on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
World premiere.
The Stanford Prison Experiment (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez; Writer: Tim Talbott, Philip Zimbardo; Stars: Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Moises Arias, Nicholas Braun, Gaius Charles, Keir Gilchrist, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Ezra Miller, Logan Miller, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, James Wolk, Nelsan Ellis, Olivia Thirlby)
This film is based on the events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.
World premiere.
Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Nikole Beckwith; Writer: Nikole Beckwith, Nikole Beckwith; Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Jason Isaacs, Cynthia Nixon, Hana Hayes, Rosalind Chao, David Warshofsky, Rob Yang, Tom Wright, Michelle Alegria, Lindsey Elizabeth, Avery Phillips, Wiley B. Oscar, Derick Alexander, Gordon Greene, Dane Jensen)
A young woman is returned home to her biological parents after living with her abductor for 17 years.
World premiere.
Unexpected (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Kris Swanberg; Writer: Megan Mercier, Kris Swanberg; Stars: Elizabeth McGovern, Anders Holm, Heidi Johanningmeier, DuShon Monique Brown, Gail Bean, Hans Dieter Wolff, Eric Sconyers, Aaron J. Nelson, Almedia Exum)
When Samantha Abbott begins her final semester teaching science at a Chicago high school, she faces some unexpected news: she's pregnant. Soon after, Samantha learns that one of her favourite students, Jasmine, has landed in a similar situation. Unexpected follows the two women as they embark on an unlikely friendship.
World premiere.
The Witch (Country: Canada, US; Year: 2015; Director: Robert Eggers; Writer: Robert Eggers; Stars: Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger)
A family of New England settlers find their faith tested when their son disappears... possibly snatched by something evil in the woods.
World premiere.
The Witch The Witch
The Witch and Advantageous
Z For Zachariah (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Craig Zobel; Writer: Pall Grimsson, Nissar Modi, Nissar Modi, Robert C. O'Brien; Stars: Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor)
In a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth meets a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another survivor appears. As the two men compete for the woman's affection, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature.
World premiere.

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