Sundance does London jig

LONDON — A program of 21 features including a U.K. spotlight will run alongside live events, discussions and shorts at the second Sundance London film and music festival, which runs April 25-28 at London’s O2.

The program was drawn from the Sundance Film Festival’s January line-up in Park City, Utah, and was announced Monday by Sundance fest director John Cooper, who said, “We want the program to be a good representation of the festival that just happened.”

Amongst the line-up are docu “Blood Brother,” which took home jury and audience awards in Utah, and Lake Bell’s “In a World,” which won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award.

The main program features six international preems, including “In a World” and Lynn Shelton’s “Touchy Feely,” the European preem of docu “God Loves Uganda,” and four U.K. preems, including Shane Carruth’s acclaimed “Upstream Color.”

Three more features are yet to be confirmed for the line-up. Director of programming Trevor Groth told Variety that Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale,” which won the jury and audience dramatic awards, is in discussions to appear but the filmmakers are waiting to hear about a possible Cannes placement.

New for the fest’s second edition is a U.K. spotlight featuring the local preems of Michael Winterbottom’s “The Look of Love” and Jeremy Lovering’s “In Fear,” as well as docus “The Moo Man” and “The Summit.”

Live events include the international preem of Alison Ellwood’s docu about rock legends the Eagles, “History of the Eagles Part One,” followed by the band on stage; Canadian musician Peaches giving a live performance following her film “Peaches Does Herself”; plus a perf by stand-up comedians Mike Birbiglia and Jimmy Carr.

Birbiglia and Bell also take part in a panel discussion exploring the differences between American and British humor, while other panels feature composer David Arnold and scribes Tony Grisoni, Peter Straughan and Shelton.

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