A round-up of today’s distribution sales, deals, and awards at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Ten Thousand Saints
Synopsis: Jude—named after a Beatles song by his hippie parents—spends his high school days in small-town Vermont getting high with his best friend, Teddy. Beneath Jude’s mind-numbing activities lurks a desire to reconnect with his estranged father, Les, who abandoned the family when Jude was nine. Desperate to keep her son out of trouble, Jude’s mother sends him to live with Les in New York City. In the roiling and raw East Village, Jude struggles to establish an identity within the cultural upheaval downtown and forms an unlikely surrogate family with Teddy’s straight-edge brother and a troubled, rich uptown girl..
Director: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Writer: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Emile Hirsch, Ethan Hawke
Buyer: Screen Media Films
Digging For Fire
Synopsis: Young married couple Tim and Lee have planted the seeds of a family in their East L.A. duplex. Three years after the birth of their son, they’re still adjusting to the joy and pain of life with kid, navigating potty talk at the dinner table, disagreeing over preschools, and putting off doing their taxes. For a change of pace, they decide to house-sit for one of Lee’s Westside yoga clients. Once there, Tim discovers something suspicious in the yard that gets the wheels in his head turning, and Lee, worried that he will become obsessed with digging deeper, decides to drop their toddler off with her mother for a much-needed night out on the town. Sans-wife, Tim invites his buddies over, and a “boys-will-be-boys” scenario ensues, full of drinking, awkward joint-passing, and perhaps getting a bit too close to a girl who isn’t the mother of his child.
Synopsis: Chained by her ankle and locked away in the dismal basement of a sexual predator, Eve has been missing and presumed dead for some time. Lost to her family and friends, she wastes away in isolation between horrifying visits from her vile captor, who remains unaware that Eve has been maniacally planning her escape. With a carefully placed brick, she beats him senseless as he approaches and frees herself from his grasp at the outset of the film. But too quickly, she learns there are other girls in other houses facing sinister fates of their own. Making a deal with the devil, she vows to save them all, turning her torturer into her prisoner, one who will lead her to his prey one by one.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Synopsis: High school senior Johnny is fixing to leave the Pine Ridge Reservation when the unexpected death of his rodeo-cowboy father complicates things. Reluctant to leave behind his 13-year-old sister, Jashaun, with whom he shares a special bond, Johnny must rethink his future. While Jashaun seeks out answers from her older half-brothers, Johnny’s increasing inner conflict stands in the way of his departure, setting both of them on separate paths toward rediscovering the meaning of home..
- A24: The End of the Tour, The Witch, Mississippi Grind
- Alchemy: Strangerland
- Focus: Cop Car
- Fortissimo: Songs My Brothers Taught Me
- Fox Searchlight: Mistress America, Me, Earl And The Dying Girl, Brooklyn
- IFC Films: The D Train
- IFC Midnight: Reversal
- Lionsgate: Don Verdean, Knock Knock
- Magnolia: Results, Tangerine, Best of Enemies, The Wolfpack
- Open Road: Dope
- Orchard: The Overnight, Digging for Fire
- Relativity Sports: In Football We Trust
- Screen Media Films: Ten Thousand Saints
- Showtime: Dreamcatcher
- Sony Pictures Classics: The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Grandma
- Sundance Selects: City of Gold
- Tribeca Film: Misery Loves Comedy
- Relativity: The Bronze