The 2002 Method Fest Independent Film Festival announced its competition lineup, featuring a diverse selection of films showcasing strong performances. Fest runs April 12-19 at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
Among the fest’s 20 feature screenings are Sundance entry “Bark,” starring Lisa Kudrow, Hank Azaria and Vincent D’Onofrio; “Flickering Lights,” the debut feature from short-film Oscar winner Anders Thomas Jensen; “Grownups,” starring John Stamos, Daniel London and Meredith Salenger; and “A Month of Sundays” featuring Rod Steiger, Sally Kirkland, Michael Pare and Dee Wallace Stone.
Fest marks L.A. preems of David L. Cunningham’s historical drama “To End All Wars,” with Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland, and tyro helmer R. Craig Zobel’s “Surfacing,” starring Jay Thomas, Chris Stafford and Lisa Dean Ryan. Having their U.S. preems are Charles McDougall’s IRA drama “Sunday” with Christopher Eccleston and “Uninvited,” the debut feature from writer-director Carlo Nero, featuring his parents, Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave.
Thirty short films were selected, featuring talent including Taye Diggs, Frances McDormand, Tom Noonan and former “Survivor” contestant Jerri Manthey.