Sundance Film Festival 2016

Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema.

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The Land The Land
The Land and Jacqueline (Argentine)
The 4th (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Andre Hyland; Writer: Andre Hyland; Stars: Andre Hyland, Johnny Pemberton, Eliza Coupe, Yasmine Kittles, Anna Lee Lawson, Paul Erling Oyen)
It's the Fourth of July in Los Angeles, and Jamie, a broke illustrator who is behind on his rent, tries to throw a cookout while his overbearing roommate is out of town, but everything seems to go wrong.
Dark Knight (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Tim Sutton; Writer: Tim Sutton; Stars: Robert Jumper, Anna Rose, Rosie Rodriguez, Karina Macias, Aaron Purvis, Eddie Cacciola)
A suburban landscape plays witness to the inevitable, unfolding events that culminate in a Cineplex massacre. Over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, six strangers - the shooter among them - share in this new American nightmare.
The Eyes Of My Mother (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Nicolas Pesce; Writer: Nicolas Pesce; Stars: Clara Wong, Kika Magalhaes, Flora Diaz, Will Brill, Joey Curtis-Green, Paul Nazak, Diana Agostini, Olivia Bond), Trailer
A young woman tries to work out how to live after emerging from a childhood scarred by brutal violence.
First Girl I Loved (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Kerem Sanga; Writer: Kerem Sanga; Stars: Pamela Adlon, Tim Heidecker, Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Jennifer Prediger, Cameron Esposito, Erik Griffin, Ana Dela Cruz, John Redlinger, Dominic Flores, Sergio Blanco, Shawn Schminke, Laura Patalano, Linda Victoria Romo)
Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend, Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush on her - he does his best to get in the way.
The Fits (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Anna Rose Holmer; Writer: Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff; Stars: Makyla Burnam, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr., Royalty Hightower, Da'Sean Minor, Alexis Neblett, Inayah Rodgers)
Portrait of a tomboy assimilating into a tight-knit dance troupe.
The Eyes Of My Mother The Eyes Of My Mother
The Eyes Of My Mother and The Fits
How To Tell You're A Douchebag (Occasionally Dating) (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Tahir Jetter; Writer: Tahir Jetter)
This romantic comedy follows a misogynist who falls in love.
Jacqueline (Argentine) (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Bernardo Britto; Writer: Bernardo Britto; Stars: Camille Rutherford, Wyatt Cenac, James Benson, Martin Anderson, Sarah Willis, Enrique Dura)
Mockumentary about a whistleblower on the lam in Argentina.
The Land (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Steven Caple Jr; Writer: Steven Caple Jr; Stars: Natalie Martinez, Kim Coates, Michael Kenneth Williams, Moises Arias, Erykah Badu, Rafi Gavron, Machine Gun Kelly, Linda Emond, Ashleigh Morghan, Michael Ray Escamilla, Dan Anders, Ryan Mulkay, Deanna Sherman, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jessica Jones), Trailer
A group of skateboarding friends fall foul of a drug queenpin.
Operation Avalanche (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Matt Johnson; Writer: Josh Boles, Matt Johnson; Stars: Sharon Belle, Matt Johnson, Krista Madison, Samantha Michelle, Owen Williams, Josh Boles, Emilie Paquet, Tom Bolton, Chris Gonsalves, Joe Anastasio, Madeleine Sims-Fewer)
In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.
Sleight (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: JD Dillard; Writer: JD Dillard, Alex Theurer; Stars: Stacey Dash, Dulé Hill, Seychelle Gabriel, Lyndsi LaRose, Jacob Latimore, Brandon Johnson, Cameron Esposito, Sasheer Zamata, Michael Villar, Klement Tinaj, Alex Hyner, Marilyn Flores, Mora Carew, Carrie Jo Hubrich, Storm Reid)
After a young street magician is left to care for his little sister following their mother's death, he turns to dealing drugs, but quickly runs into trouble with his supplier. When his sister gets kidnapped, he must rely on his smarts and sleight of hand to save her.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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