Backed by the Sundance Institute and the Metroplex cinema, the festival will run Sept. 17-27 with a selection of 11 titles that previously played at the Sundance festival in Park City.
Events will open with a screening of Crystal Moselle’s documentary “The Wolfpack,” about six boys locked away from the world in a Manhattan apartment. In Park City it won the U.S. documentary prize.
Other selections include: “Advantageous”; “Cartel Land”; “Dope”; “James White”; “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”; “People, Places, Things”; “Songs My Brothers Taught Me”; “The End of the Tour”; “The Stanford Prison Experiment”; and ”The Witch”. All are Hong Kong premieres.
Film-makers confirmed to attend the festival include Moselle, Jennifer Phang (“Advantageous”), Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”), Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”), Josh Mond (“James White”), Jim Strouse (“People, Places, Things”), Peter Golub (“Songs My Brothers Taught Me”), Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“The Stanford Prison Experiment”) and Robert Eggers (“The Witch”).
“We programmed this festival with the theme of discovery in mind, so this year’s lineup features a range of intriguing dramas, interesting documentaries and light comedies,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival in a statement.
The ‘Music Day Lab’ will be led by Golub (“The Great Debaters,” “Frozen River”) composer and director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program. It will include presentations by composers George Clinton (“Austin Powers,” “Wild Things”) and Peter Kam (“The Warlords,” “Helios”), and a demonstration showcasing film music works extracted from the Sundance Institute Film Music Program.
“We look forward to working with the Sundance Institute team again to bring a world-class film festival to Hong Kong, and to nurture the creativity of local independent film-makers and foster the interest of new upcoming talent,” said Josephine Lam and Stuart Wang, directors of The Metroplex.