Fourteen pics from the Utah fest will unspool
LONDON — Ry Russo-Young’s “Nobody Walks,” Julie Delpy’s “2 Days in New York,” Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” and Eugene Jarecki’s documentary “The House I Live In” are among 14 pics that will screen in the first Sundance London, which kicks off April 26.
The four-day event will screen a raft of pics that preemed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City in January including Jeff Orlowski’s climate change docu “Chasing Ice,” hip-hop drama “Filly Brown,” helmed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, and Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s “Finding North.”
Additional titles at the inaugural fest include Sheldon Candis’ street drama “LUV,” Terence Nance’s “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” “Safety Not Guaranteed” from helmer Colin Trevorrow, docu award winner “The Queen of Versailles,” LCD Soundsystem docu “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” So Yong Kim’s “For Ellen” and Joe Berlinger’s “Under African Skies.”
Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth told Variety, “We wanted not only a mix of narrative and documentary films, feature and short films, but also films from a variety of sections of our festival in Utah — Premieres, U.S. Competition and even our New Frontier experimental section.
“And of course there’s a real emphasis on American stories from American filmmakers.”
In addition to film screenings, Sundance London, which takes place in the O2 venue, will host live music performances and events each evening.
Opening night will kick off with a conversation between Sundance founder Robert Redford and “Crazy Heart” music producer and singer-songwriter T. Bone Burnett.
Music acts include Placebo in concert and Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird.
Sundance director John Cooper said, “Sundance London is an opportunity for anyone who appreciates independent film or has wondered what stories American artists are telling.”