The 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad,
Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars
Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes, producers (IFC Films) Before Midnight
Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos,
Sara Woodhatch, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) Inside Llewyn Davis
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors; Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan
Coen, producers (CBS Films) Upstream Color
Shane Carruth, director; Shane Carruth, Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair, producers.
The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge, Joshua Oppenheimer,
producers (Drafthouse Films) The Crash Reel
Lucy Walker, director; Julian Cautherly, Lucy Walker, producers (HBO
Documentary Films) First Cousin Once Removed
Alan Berliner, director and producer (HBO Documentary Films) Let the Fire Burn
Jason Osder, director and producer (Zeitgeist Films) Our Nixon
Penny Lane, director; Brian L. Frye, Penny Lane, producers (Cinedigm and CNN
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
Adam Leon for Gimme the Loot (Sundance Selects)
Alexandre Moors for Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects)
Stacie Passon for Concussion (RADiUS-TWC)
Amy Seimetz for Sun Don't Shine (Factory 25)
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Robert Redford in All Is Lost (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Isaiah Washington in Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects)
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon (Relativity Media)
Brie Larson in Short Term 12
Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color (erbp)
Shailene Woodley in The Spectacular Now (A24)
Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics)
Kathryn Hahn in Afternoon Delight (The Film Arcade and Cinedigm)
Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
Lupita Nyong'o in 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Robin Weigert in Concussion (RADiUS-TWC)
Wash Me Clean by singer-songwriter Bernadette Haderlein.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Nominees are as follows:
"Camp X-Ray" (Director/screenwriter: Peter Sattler) » "Twilight’s" Kristen Stewart stars as a young guard at Guantanamo Bay, where she befriends a Muslim ("A Separation’s" Payman Maadi) detained there.
"Cold in July" (Director: Jim Mickle; screenwriters: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici) » Jim Mickle ("We Are What We Are," SFF ‘13) adapts Joe R. Lansdale’s pulp novel, about a man (Michael C. Hall) who shoots a burglar in his home — and is then confronted by the burglar’s father (Sam Shepard), a career criminal seeking revenge. Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw also star.
"Dear White People" (Director/screenwriter: Justin Simien) » A satirical look at race in "postracial" America, with four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out when white students throw an "African American" themed party.
"Fishing Without Nets" (Director: Cutter Hodiene; Screenwriters: Cutter Hodierne, John Hibey, David Burkman; U.S./Somalia/Kenya) » An expansion of director Cutter Hodiene’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning 2012 short film, this drama looks at Somali pirates from the view of a struggling young Somali fisherman.
"God’s Pocket" (Director: John Slattery; Screenwriters: John Slattery, Alex Metcalf) » "Mad Men" star John Slattery makes his feature directing debut, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as a man trying to hide the news of his stepson’s death in a construction "accident." Also starring Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro.
"Happy Christmas" (Director/screenwriter Joe Swanberg) » The latest by indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg ("Uncle Kent," SFF ‘11) stars Anna Kendrick as a young woman who, after a breakup, moves in with her brother (played by Swanberg), his wife (Melanie Lynskey) and their 2-year-old son.
"Hellion" (Director/screenwriter: Kat Candler) » Filmmaker Kat Candler expands her short (SFF ‘12) into a story about an absentee father (Aaron Paul) and his metal-obsessed son (Josh Wiggins), who must finally deal with their actions in an attempt to be reunited with the son’s little brother. Juliette Lewis also stars.
"Infinitely Polar Bear" (Director/ screenwriter: Maya Forbes) » Mark Ruffalo ("The Avengers") stars as a manic-depressive father trying to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana) by taking full charge of their two young daughters.
"Jamie Marks Is Dead" (Director/ screenwriter: Carter Smith) » This adaptation of Christopher Barzak’s novel "One For Sorrow" traces the relationship between two high-school classmates (Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver), one of whom is a ghost.
"Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" (Director: David Zellner; Screenwriters: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner) » Director David Zellner ("Kid-Thing," SFF ‘12; "Goliath," SFF ‘08) returns with the story of a lonely Japanese woman ("Pacific Rim’s" Rinko Kikuchi) who ventures to the frozen wilds of Minnesota, convinced that a fictional treasure she saw buried in a movie is real.
"Life After Beth" (Director/screenwriter: Jeff Baena) » The directorial debut of "I Heart Huckabees" writer Jeff Baena, this comedy stars Dane DeHaan as a guy who is devastated by his girlfriend’s death, and surprised when she (Aubrey Plaza) returns as a zombie. Also starring John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser.
"Low Down" (Director: Jeff Preiss, Screenwriters: Amy Albany, Topper Lilien) » An adaptation of Amy Jo Albany’s memoir of how Amy (Elle Fanning) was raised by her father, bebop pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes), as he dealt with jail time and addiction in ‘70s Hollywood. The cast includes Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and rocker Flea.
"The Skeleton Twins" (Director: Craig Johnson; Screenwriters: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman) » "Saturday Night Live" alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as estranged twins who, coincidentally, cheat death on the same day — which prompts them to reunite and consider where their lives have gone wrong. Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell also star.
"The Sleepwalker" (Director: Mona Fastvold; Screenwriters: Mona Fastvold, Brady Corbet; U.S./Norway) » A couple (Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott) on a secluded estate are confronted with the sudden arrival of the woman’s sister (Stephanie Ellis) and her fiance (Brady Corbet).
"Song One" (Director/screenwriter: Kate Barker-Froyland) » Anne Hathaway stars as an archaeologist who returns home when her brother (Ben Rosenfield) is injured in an accident, and she goes in search of his favorite musician (Johnny Flynn).
"Whiplash" (Director/screenwriter: Damien Chazelle) » A young drummer (Miles Teller) sacrifices much for perfection in his school’s prestigious jazz orchestra, at the hands of a ruthless band leader (played by J.K. Simmons, reprising his role from filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s Sundance prize-winning 2013 short). This is one of the four "Day One" movies premiering on Thursday, Jan. 16.
"Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory" (Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett) » Social worker Dan Cohen teams up with renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks to use music to unlock minds of nursing-home residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
"All the Beautiful Things" (Director: John Harkrider) » Former friends John, a corporate lawyer, and Barron, an acclaimed photographer, meet in a bar — years after a false rape allegation made against Barron by a woman who showed up at John’s apartment the morning after it supposedly happened.
"Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart" (Director: Jeremiah Zagar; U.S./U.K.) » A look back at the infamous small-town murder, and how the media’s fascination with it endures.
"The Case Against 8" (Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White) » Five years in the making, this documentary follows the team that argued the legal case to overturn California’s anti-gay-marriage ballot measure Proposition 8.
"Cesar’s Last Fast" (Directors: Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee) » A look at the pioneering labor leader Cesar Chavez, focusing on his personal sacrifice and spiritual conviction — drawing on never-before-seen footage of his 1988 "Fast For Life," a 36-day act of penance for not doing enough to stop growers from spraying pesticides on farm workers.
"Dinosaur 13" (Director: Todd Miller) » This documentary details the 1990 discovery of "Sue," one of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found, and the tangled legal battle over the fossils’ ownership that followed. This is one of the four "Day One" movies premiering on Thursday, Jan. 16.
"E-TEAM" (Directors: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman) » A look at the work done by Human Rights Watch’s Emergency Team, exposing and stopping human rights abuses around the world. Directed by Sundance veterans Katy Chevigny ("Deadline," SFF ‘04) and Ross Kauffman ("Born Into Brothels," SFF ‘04).
"Fed Up" (Director: Stephanie Soechtig) » America’s obesity epidemic is explored in this documentary, which reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry — aided by the U.S. government — to mislead and confuse the American public.
"The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" (Director: Brian Knappenberger) » The life and untimely death of Aaron Swartz, a programming whiz and information activist whose passion for open access got him caught in a legal nightmare that ended when he committed suicide at age 26. Director Brian Knappenberger made "We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists" (Slamdance ‘12).
"Ivory Tower" (Director: Andrew Rossi) » Documentarian Andrew Rossi ("Page One: A Year at The New York Times," SFF ‘11) looks at the cost of going to college, examining rising tuition rates and student debt from schools in crisis to educational startups in Silicon Valley.
"Marmato" (Director: Mark Grieco) » Shot over six years, this documentary chronicles a battle between a Canadian mining company and a Colombian mining town’s residents — with $20 billion in buried gold at stake.
"No No: A Dockumentary" (Director: Jeffrey Radice) » The life and times of Dock Ellis, a stylish and intimidating pitcher who in 1972 threw a no-hitter while on LSD — and who spent his post-baseball career counseling drug abusers.
"The Overnighters" (Director: Jesse Moss) » The description by filmmaker Jesse Moss ("William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe," SFF ‘09) can’t be topped: "Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor’s decision to help them has extraordinary and unexpected consequences."
"Private Violence" (Director: Cynthia Hill) » Debunking the myths of domestic violence, which one in four women have experienced in their homes, this documentary follows two women and reveals why the question "Why doesn’t she just leave?" never has a simple answer.
"Rich Hill" (Directors: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos) » A look at economic struggles in a small Missouri town, through the lives of three boys who make tough choices, find comfort in fragile family bonds, and dream of a brighter future.
"Watchers of the Sky" (Director: Edet Belzberg) » Five stories of courage in the face of genocide, from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Darfur to Syria. Directed by Edet Belzberg ("The Recruiter," SFF ‘08).
World Cinema Dramatic
"Blind" (Director/screenwriter: Eskil Vogt; Norway/Netherlands) » A woman who recently lost her sight returns home, but her hopes of safety give way to deep fears and repressed fantasies.
"Difret" (Director/screenwriter: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari; Ethiopia) » A young woman works under the government’s radar as a lawyer, helping women and children, until one young girl’s murder case exposes the lawyer and puts her career in danger.
"The Disobedient" (Director/screenwriter: Mina Djukic; Serbia) » Leni waits for Lazar, her childhood friend, to return to their hometown after years studying abroad. They take a random bicycle trip around their old haunts, which will either exhaust or reinvent their relationship.
"52 Tuesdays" (Director: Sophie Hyde; Screenplay and story by: Matthew Cormack, Story by: Sophie Hyde; Australia) » A 16-year-old girl and her mother are limited to meeting every Tuesday for a year — as the girl is pushed toward independence while her mother tells of her plans for gender transition.
"God Help the Girl" (Director/screenwriter: Stuart Murdoch) » Stuart Murdoch, of the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian, created this musical (the music for which he released on a 2009 album) about young girls becoming adults and making music. Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch") leads the cast.
"Liar’s Dice" (Director/screenwriter: Geetu Mohandas; India) » Young Kamala and her daughter leaves their village to find Kamala’s missing husband, and on the road meet Nawazudin, an army deserter with his own selfish motives.
"Lilting" (Director and screenwriter: Hong Khaou; U.K.) » In London, a Chinese mother (Cheng Pei-Pei) mourns her son’s untimely death, but her life is disrupted when a stranger ("Skyfall’s" Ben Whishaw) who doesn’t speak her language arrives on the scene. This is one of the four "Day One" movies premiering on Thursday, Jan. 16.
"Lock Charmer (El cerrajero)" (Director/screenwriter: Natalia Smirnoff; Argentina) » Sebastian, 33, a locksmith and father-to-be, starts having strange visions about his clients. With the aid of an unlikely assistant, he tries to use this new talent for his own good.
"To Kill a Man" (Director/screenwriter: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras; Chile/France) » Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, mugs Jorge, a family man barely making ends meet. Then Jorge’s son confronts Kalule, who shoots and severely injures him. When Kalule gets a minimal sentence, things get even more tense.
"Viktoria" (Director/screenwriter: Maya Vitkova; Bulgaria/Romania) » The title character is a baby born without an umbilical cord, detached from Boryana, the mother who didn’t want to give birth in Communist Bulgaria. A decade later, Viktoria — proclaimed the baby of the decade by the government — and Boryana are forced back together as the Iron Curtain unravels.
"Wetlands" (Director: David Wnendt; Screenwriters: Claus Falkenberg, David Wnendt, based on the novel by Charlotte Roche; Germany) » IndieWire said this film, which debuted at the Locarno Film Festival in August, may be "the most disgusting coming-of-age movie of all time." It centers on a teen (Carla Juri) whose conversational topics and sexual self-experimentation knows few bounds.
"White Shadow" (Director: Noaz Deshe; Screenwriters: Noaz Deshe, James Masson; Italy, Germany, Tanzania) » Alias is a young albino boy in the Tanzanian wilds, where albinos are often killed because their body parts are believed to have life-saving properties. Alias seeks refuge in the city, where he learns the same rules of survival apply.
World Cinema Documentary
"20,000 Days on Earth" (Directors: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard; U.K.) » A fictional day in the life of musician and international icon Nick Cave is depicted in this mix of drama and reality that looks at the artistic process and "what makes us who we are."
"Concerning Violence" (Director: Göran Hugo Olsson; Sweden/U.S.A./Denmark/Finland) » The liberation of Africa from colonization in the 1960s is reconsidered, through newly discovered archival material accompanied by Frantz Fanon’s landmark book "The Wretched of the Earth."
"The Green Prince" (Director: Nadav Schirman; Germany/Israel/U.K.) » The memoir of Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one the founders of Hamas and an informant on Hamas for the Israeli secret-service agency Shin Bet, is turned into a real-life thriller that concentrates on Yousef’s complex relationship with his handler. This is one of the four "Day One" movies premiering on Thursday, Jan. 16.
"Happiness" (Director: Thomas Balmès; France/Finland) » In the last village in Bhutan to get electricity, an 8-year-old monk will soon get his first look at television.
"Love Child" (Director: Valerie Veatch; South Korea/U.S.) » Following the 2010 trial of a young Seoul couple accused of neglect when their infant daughter died of malnutrition, blamed on the couple’s "Internet addiction" to an online fantasy game.
"Mr leos caraX" (Director: Tessa Louise-Salomé; France) » Who is Leos Carax and who is Mr. X? They may be one and the same, in this documentary about the poetic and visionary filmmaker behind the bewildering and brilliant "Holy Motors."
"My Prairie Home" (Director: Chelsea McMullan) » The life and times of Rae Spoon, a transgendered singer-songwriter who grew up in the Canadian prairies — which provide the stunning backdrop for visual interpretations of Spoon’s songs.
"The Notorious Mr. Bout" (Directors: Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin; U.S./Russia) » Documentary filmmaker Viktor Bout captures his own rags-to-riches-to-prison story of his life as a war profiteer, entrepreneur, aviation tycoon and arms dealer.
"Return to Homs" (Director: Talal Derki; Syria/Germany) » A profile of two friends in the embattled Syrian city of Homs: Basset Sarout, 19, goalkeeper for Syria’s national soccer team, who becomes a demonstration leader, singer and fighter; and Ossama, 24, a citizen cameraman and ironic pacifist who is detained by the Assad regime’s security forces.
"Sepideh — Reaching for the Stars" (Director: Berit Madsen; Denmark) » Sepideh has a dream, to be the first Iranian woman in space. Her battle against tradition is difficult, but she seeks help from an unexpected source.
"We Come As Friends" (Director: Hubert Sauper; France/Austria) » In a follow-up to his Oscar-nominated "Darwin’s Nightmare," filmmaker Hubert Sauper looks at colonization and the slave trade as human phenomena, and not ones in the dim past but the all-too-real present.
"Web Junkie" (Directors: Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia; Israel) » A trip inside a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teens are treated for Internet addiction, which is a recognized clinical disorder in China.
"Appropriate Behavior" (Director/screenwriter: Desiree Akhavan; U.S./U.K.) » Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan also stars as Shirin, bouncing between her identities as an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual and a hip Brooklynite — and discovering it’s tough living without a cliche. Adapted from the web series "The Slope."
"Drunktown’s Finest" (Director/screenwriter: Sydney Freeland; U.S.) » A coming-of-age story on an Indian reservation, centering on a rebellious father-to-be, a devout Christian woman and a promiscuous transsexual.
"The Foxy Merkins" (Director: Madeleine Olnek; Screenwriters: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan, Madeleine Olnek; U.S.) » This Independent Spirit Award-nominated "prostitute buddy comedy" focuses on two lesbian hookers, one a newbie in hard times, the other a beautiful straight grifter who’s great at picking up women. Director/co-writer Madeleine Olnek and several of her cast were in Park City with "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same" (SFF ‘11).
"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" (Director/screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour; U.S.) » A lonesome vampire seeks out the most depraved prey in Bad City, an Iranian ghost town.
"Imperial Dreams" (Director: Malik Vitthal; Screenwriters: Malik Vitthal, Ismet Prcic; U.S.) » A reformed gangster (John Boyega), age 21, returns from prison to his home in Watts, Los Angeles, and finds his devotion to his family and his future severely tested.
"Land Ho!" (Directors/screenwriters: Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz; U.S./Iceland) » Two former brothers-in-law take a road trip through Iceland, hitting Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas and rugged campsites in an effort to recapture their lost youth.
"Listen Up Philip" (Director/screenwriter: Alex Ross Perry; U.S.) » A newly accomplished writer (Jason Schwartzman) makes a series of bad decisions that affect those around him, particularly his girlfriend ("Mad Men’s" Elisabeth Moss). Also starring Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter.
"Memphis" (Director and screenwriter: Tim Sutton; U.S.) » A singer (Willis Earl Beal) wanders Memphis, "surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolf pack of kids" as he searches for some soul — possibly his own.
"Obvious Child" (Director/screenwriter: Gillian Robespierre; U.S.) » It’s Valentine’s Day, and Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) is fired, dumped and learns she’s pregnant. This comedy also stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman and Richard Kind.
"Ping Pong Summer" (Director and screenwriter: Michael Tully; U.S.) » It’s coming-of-age time in 1985, on a family vacation to Ocean City, Md., with a teen (Marcello Conte) obsessed with hip-hop and ping pong. The adult cast includes Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson and Amy Sedaris.
"War Story" (Director: Mark Jackson; Screenwriters: Kristin Gore, Mark Jackson; U.S.) » Catherine Keener stars as a war photographer recently back from Libya, where she was held captive, finding refuge in a small town in Sicily. Ben Kingsley also stars.
More will be posted as announced.
12 Years a Slave
producers: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
All Is Lost
producers: Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb
producers: Noah Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub
Inside Llewyn Davis
producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin
producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
Shane Carruth Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor All Is Lost
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
Jeff Nichols Mud
Alexander Payne Nebraska
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater
The Spectacular Now
Scott Neustadter &
Michael H. Weber
12 Years a Slave
BEST FIRST FEATURE
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Alexandre Moors
PRODUCERS: Kim Jackson, Brian O'Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi
DIRECTOR: Stacie Passon
PRODUCER: Rose Troche
DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler
PRODUCERS: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Lucy Mulloy
PRODUCERS: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago
DIRECTOR: Haifaa Al Mansour
PRODUCERS: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
In A World
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Andrew Bujalski
PRODUCERS: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Sebastiàn Silva
PRODUCERS: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Jem Cohen
PRODUCERS: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Yen Tan
WRITER: David Lowery
PRODUCERS: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston,
Eric Steele, Kelly Williams
This is Martin Bonner
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Chad Hartigan
PRODUCER: Cherie Saulter
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffmann Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley The Spectacular Now
BEST MALE LEAD
Bruce Dern Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford All Is Lost
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Melonie Diaz Fruitvale Station
Sally Hawkins Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave
Yolonda Ross Go For Sisters
June Squibb Nebraska
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Michael Fassbender 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte Nebraska
James Gandolfini Enough Said
Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club
Keith Stanfield Short Term 12
Sean Bobbitt 12 Years a Slave
Benoit Debie Spring Breakers
Bruno Delbonnel Inside Llewyn Davis
Frank G. DeMarco All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky Computer Chess
Shane Carruth & David Lowery
Jem Cohen & Marc Vives Museum Hours
Cindy Lee Una Noch
Nat Sanders Short Term 12
20 Feet From Stardom
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Morgan Neville
PRODUCERS: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers
DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson Gideon's Army
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Dawn Porter
PRODUCER: Julie Goldman
The Act of Killing
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Joshua Oppenheimer
PRODUCERS: Joram Ten Brink, Christine Cynn, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen,
DIRECTOR: Jehane Noujaim
PRODUCER: Karim Amer
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Touch of Sin
DIRECTOR: Jia Zhang-Ke
Blue is the Warmest Color
DIRECTOR: Abdellatif Kechiche
DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelia
The Great Beauty
DIRECTOR: Paolo Sorrentino
DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Director: Jeff Nichols
Casting Director: Francine Maisler
Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon
17th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston
20th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
My Sister's Quinceañera
DIRECTOR: Aaron Douglas Johnston
DIRECTOR: Shaka King
The Foxy Merkins
DIRECTOR: Madeline Olnek
19th ANNUAL STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Un Chateau en Italie
director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Un Certain Regard
Jury chair: Thomas Vinterberg
The Bling Ring, dir Sofia Coppola
L'inconnu Du La, dir Alain GUIRAUDIE
Bends, dir Flora LAU
L'image Manquante, dir Rithy PANH
La Jaula De Oro, dir Diego QUEMADA-DIEZ
Anonymous, dir Mohammad RASOULOF
Sarah Préfère La Course, dir Chloé Robichaud
Grand Central, dir Rebecca Zlotowski
Fruitvale Statio, dir Ryan COOGLER
Les Salauds, dir Claire DENIS
Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan, dir Lav DIAZ
As I Lay Dying, dir James Franco
Miele, dir Valeria Golino
Omar, dir Hany Abu-Assad
Death March, dir Adolfo Alix Jr
Opening night film: The Great Gatsby, dir Baz Luhrmann
Closing night film: Zulu, dir Jérôme Salle
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival Winners are as follows: U.S. DRAMA FILMS
Best Film, Jury Prize - "Fruitvale"
Best Film, Audience Award - "Fruitvale"
Directing - Jill Soloway, "Afternoon Delight"
Screenwriting - Lake Bell, "In A World"
Cinematography - Bradford Young, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Mother of George"
Special Jury Prize, ensemble acting - Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, "The Spectacular Now"
Special Jury Prize, sound design - Shane Carruth, Johnny Marshall, "Upstream Color"
U.S. DOCUMENTARY FILMS
Best Documentary, Jury Prize - "Blood Brother"
Best Documentary, Audience Award - "Blood Brother"
Directing - Zachary Heinzerling, "Cutie and the Boxer"
Editing - Matthew Hamachek, "Gideon's Army"
Cinematography - Richard Rowley, "Dirty Wars"
Special Jury Prize - "Inequality for All" (tied), "American Promise" (tied)
WORLD CINEMA, DRAMA
Best Film, Jury Prize - "Jiseul"
Best Film, Audience Award - "Metro Manila"
Directing - "Crystal Fairy," Sebastian Silva
Screenwriting - "Wajma," Barmak Akram
Cinematography - "Lasting (Nieulotne)," Michal Englert
Special Jury Prize, artistic vision - "Circles"
WORLD CINEMA, DOCUMENTARY
Best Documentary, Jury Prize - "A River Changes Course"
Best Documentary, Audience Award - "The Square"
Directing - Tinatin Gurchiani, "The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear"
Editing - Ben Stark, "The Summit"
Cinematography - Marc Silver, "Who is Dayani Cristal?"
Special Jury Prize, film - "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer"
Shorts, Jury Prize - "The Whistle," Grzegorz Zariczny
Shorts, Audience Award - "Catnip: Egress To Oblivion," Jason Willis
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival Nominees are as follows:
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Afternoon Delight / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jill Soloway) — In this sexy, dark comedy, a lost L.A. housewife puts her idyllic hipster life in jeopardy when she tries to rescue a stripper by taking her in as a live-in nanny. Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Lowery) — The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, Keith Carradine.
Austenland / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Jerusha Hess, Screenwriters: Jerusha Hess, Shannon Hale) — Thirtysomething, single Jane is obsessed with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice. On a trip to an English resort, her fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman become more real than she ever imagined. Cast: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia King, James Callis.
C.O.G. / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kyle Patrick Alvarez) — In the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path. Cast: Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, Troian Bellisario.
Concussion / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Stacie Passon) — After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can’t do it anymore. Her life just can’t be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be Eleanor. Cast: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, Laila Robins.
Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Francesca Gregorini) — Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper. Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor, Jimmi Simpson, Aneurin Barnard.
Fruitvale / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ryan Coogler) — The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008. Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray.
In a World… / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Lake Bell) — An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation. Cast: Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Fred Melamed.
Kill Your Darlings / U.S.A. (Director: John Krokidas, Screenwriters: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas) — An untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that led to the birth of an entire generation – their Beat revolution. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHann, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen.
The Lifeguard / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Liz W. Garcia) — A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager. Cast: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, David Lambert.
May in the Summer / U.S.A., Qatar, Jordan (Director and screenwriter: Cherien Dabis) — A bride-to-be is forced to reevaluate her life when she reunites with her family in Jordan and finds herself confronted with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce. Cast: Cherien Dabis, Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman, Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf, Alexander Siddig. DAY ONE FILM
Mother of George / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Dosunmu, Screenwriter: Darci Picoult) — A story about a woman willing to do anything and risk everything for her marriage. Cast: Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, Bukky Ajayi.
The Spectacular Now / U.S.A. (Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber) — Sutter is a high school senior who lives for the moment; Aimee is the introvert he attempts to “save.” As their relationship deepens, the lines between right and wrong, friendship and love, and “saving” and corrupting become inextricably blurred. Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler.
Touchy Feely / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Lynn Shelton) — A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his “healing touch.” Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, Josh Pais.
Toy’s House / U.S.A. (Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Screenwriter: Chris Galletta) — Three unhappy teenage boys flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny. Or at least that’s the plan. Cast: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie.
Upstream Color / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Shane Carruth) — A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins.
U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film / U.S.A. (Directors: Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Kristic) — The Occupy movement erupted in September 2011, propelling economic inequality into the spotlight. In an unprecedented collaboration, filmmakers across America tell its story, digging into big picture issues as organizers, analysts, participants and critics reveal how it happened and why.
After Tiller / U.S.A. (Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson) — Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country provide late-term abortions. With unprecedented access, After Tiller goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm.
American Promise / U.S.A. (Directors: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson) — This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.
Blackfish / U.S.A. (Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite) — Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.
Blood Brother / U.S.A. (Director: Steve Hoover) — Rocky went to India as a disillusioned tourist. When he met a group of children with HIV, he decided to stay. He never could have imagined the obstacles he would face, or the love he would find.
Citizen Koch / U.S.A. (Directors: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin) — Wisconsin – birthplace of the Republican Party, government unions, “cheeseheads” and Paul Ryan – becomes a test market in the campaign to buy Democracy, and ground zero in the battle for the future of the GOP.
Cutie and the Boxer / U.S.A. (Director: Zachary Heinzerling) — This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.
Dirty Wars / U.S.A. (Director: Richard Rowley) — Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill chases down the truth behind America’s covert wars.
Gideon’s Army / U.S.A. (Director: Dawn Porter) — Gideon’s Army follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.
God Loves Uganda / U.S.A. (Director: Roger Ross Williams) — A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law.
The Good Life / U.S.A. (Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine) — Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns fight to save their only son from Progeria, a rare and fatal disease for which there is no treatment or cure. In less than a decade, their work has led to significant advances.
Inequality for All / U.S.A. (Director: Jacob Kornbluth) — In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic-policy expert Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality, and addresses the question of what effects this increasing gap has on our economy and our democracy.
Manhunt / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Greg Barker) — This espionage tale goes inside the CIA’s long conflict against Al Qaeda, as revealed by the remarkable women and men whose secret war against Osama bin Laden started nearly a decade before most of us even knew his name.
Narco Cultura / U.S.A. (Director: Shaul Schwarz) — An examination of Mexican drug cartels’ influence in pop culture on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War.
Twenty Feet From Stardom / U.S.A. (Director: Morgan Neville) — Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead – until now. DAY ONE FILM
Valentine Road / U.S.A. (Director: Marta Cunningham) — In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point blank range. Unraveling this tragedy from point of impact, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as its startling aftermath.
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Circles / Serbia, Germany, France, Croatia, Slovenia (Director: Srdan Golubovic, Screenwriters: Srdjan Koljevic, Melina Pota Koljevic) — Five people are affected by a tragic heroic act. Twenty years later, all of them will confront the past through their own crises. Will they overcome guilt, frustration and their urge for revenge? Will they do the right thing, at all costs? Cast: Aleksandar Bercek, Leon Lucev, Nebojsa Glogovac, Hristina Popovic, Nikola Rakocevic, Vuk Kostic. World Premiere
Crystal Fairy / Chile (Director and screenwriter: Sebastián Silva) — Jamie invites a stranger to join a road trip to Chile. The woman’s free and esoteric nature clashes with Jamie’s acidic, self-absorbed personality as they head into the desert for a Mescaline-fueled psychedelic trip. Cast: Michael Cera, Gabby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Agustín Silva. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM
The Future / Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain (Director and screenwriter: Alicia Scherson) — When their parents die, Bianca starts to smoke and Tomas is still a virgin. The orphans explore the dangerous streets of adulthood until Bianca finds Maciste, a retired Mr. Universe, and enters his dark mansion in search of a future. Cast: Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer, Luigi Ciardo, Nicolas Vaporidis, Alessandro Giallocosta. World Premiere
Houston / Germany (Director and screenwriter: Bastian Günther) — Clemens Trunschka is a corporate headhunter and an alcoholic. Drinking increasingly isolates him from his life and leads him away from reality. While searching for a CEO candidate in Houston, his addiction submerges him into his own darkness. Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Garret Dillahunt, Wolfram Koch, Jenny Schily, Jason Douglas, Jens Münchow. World Premiere
Jiseul / South Korea (Director and screenwriter: Muel O) — In 1948, as the Korean government ordered the Communists’ eviction to Jeju Island, the military invaded a calm and peaceful village. Townsfolk took sanctuary in a cave and debated moving to a higher mountain. Cast: Min-chul SUNG, Jung-won YANG, Young-soon OH, Soon-dong PARK, Suk-bum MOON, Kyung-sub JANG. International Premiere
Lasting / Poland, Spain (Director and screenwriter: Jacek Borcuch) — An emotional love story about two Polish students who fall in love with each other while working summer jobs in Spain. An unexpected nightmare interrupts their carefree time in the heavenly landscape and throws their lives into chaos. Cast: Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus, Angela Molina. World Premiere
Metro Manila / United Kingdom, Philippines (Director: Sean Ellis, Screenwriters: Sean Ellis, Frank E. Flowers) — Seeking a better life, Oscar and his family move from the poverty-stricken rice fields to the big city of Manila, where they fall victim to various inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. Cast: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega. World Premiere
Shopping / New Zealand (Directors: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland, Screenwriters: Louis Sutherland, Mark Albiston) — New Zealand, 1981: Seduced by a charismatic career criminal, teenager Willie must choose where his loyalty lies – with a family of shoplifters or his own blood. Cast: Kevin Paulo, Julian Dennison, Jacek Koman, Alistair Browning. World Premiere
Soldate Jeannette / Austria (Director: Daniel Hoesl) — Fanni has had enough of money and leaves to buy a tent. Anna has had enough of pigs and leaves a needle in the hay. Cars crash and money burns to shape their mutual journey toward a rising liberty. Cast: Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Christina Reichsthaler, Josef Kleindienst, Aurelia Burckhardt, Julia Schranz, Ines Rössl. World Premiere
There Will Come a Day / Italy, France (Director: Giorgio Diritti, Screenwriters: Giorgio Diritti, Fredo Valla, Tania Pedroni) — Painful issues push Augusta, a young Italian woman, to doubt the certainties on which she has built her existence. On a small boat in the immensity of the Amazon rain forest, she faces the adventure of searching for herself. Cast: Jasmine Trinca, Anne Alvaro, Pia Engleberth. World Premiere
Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) / Afghanistan (Director and screenwriter: Barmak Akram) — A young man in Kabul seduces a girl. When she tells him she’s pregnant, he questions having taken her virginity. Then her father arrives, and a timeless, archaic violence erupts – possibly leading to a crime, and even a sacrifice. Cast: Wajma Bahar, Mustafa Abdulsatar, Haji Gul, Breshna Bahar. World Premiere
What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love / Indonesia (Director and screenwriter: Mouly Surya) — Mouly Surya’s film explores the odds of love and deception among the blind, the deaf and the unlucky sighted people at a high school for the visually impaired. Cast: Nicholas Saputra, Ayushita Nugraha, Karina Salim, Anggun Priambodo, Lupita Jennifer. World Premiere
WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Fallen City / China (Director: Qi Zhao) — Fallen City spans four years to reveal how three families who survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to embark on a journey searching for hope, purpose, identity, and to rebuild their lives in a new China torn between tradition and modernity. North American Premiere
Fire in the Blood / India (Director: Dylan Mohan Gray) — In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Western governments and pharmaceutical companies blocked low-cost antiretroviral drugs from reaching AIDS-stricken Africa, causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. An improbable group of people decided to fight back. North American Premiere
Google and the World Brain / Spain, United Kingdom (Director: Ben Lewis) — In the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, Google has been scanning the world’s books for 10 years. They said the intention was to build a giant digital library, but that involved scanning millions of copyrighted works. World Premiere
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear / Georgia, Germany (Director: Tinatin Gurchiani) — A film director casting a 15-23-year-old protagonist visits villages and cities to meet people who answer her call. She follows those who prove to be interesting enough through various dramatic and funny situations. North American Premiere
The Moo Man / United Kingdom (Directors: Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier) — A year in the life of heroic farmer Steve, scene stealing Ida (queen of the herd), and a supporting cast of 55 cows. When Ida falls ill, Steve’s optimism is challenged and their whole way of life is at stake. World Premiere
Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer / Russian Federation, United Kingdom (Directors: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin) — Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial: the three young artists or the society they live in? World Premiere
A River Changes Course / Cambodia, U.S.A. (Director: Kalyanee Mam) — Three young Cambodians struggle to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt in this devastatingly beautiful story of a country reeling from the tragedies of war and rushing to keep pace with a rapidly expanding world. World Premiere
Salma / United Kingdom, India (Director: Kim Longinotto) — When Salma, a young girl in South India, reached puberty, her parents locked her away. Millions of girls all over the world share the same fate. Twenty-five years later, Salma has fought her way back to the outside world. World Premiere
The Square (El Midan) / Egypt, U.S.A. (Director: Jehane Noujaim) — What does it mean to risk your life for your ideals? How far will five revolutionaries go in defending their beliefs in the fight for their nation? World Premiere
The Stuart Hall Project / United Kingdom (Director: John Akomfrah) — Antinuclear campaigner, New Left activist and founding father of Cultural Studies, this documentary interweaves 70 years of Stuart Hall’s film, radio and television appearances, and material from his private archive to document a memorable life and construct a portrait of Britain’s foremost radical intellectual. World Premiere
The Summit / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Nick Ryan) — Twenty-four climbers converged at the last stop before summiting the most dangerous mountain on Earth. Forty-eight hours later, 11 had been killed or simply vanished. Had one, Ger McDonnell, stuck to the climbers’ code, he might still be alive. International Premiere
Who is Dayani Cristal? / United Kingdom (Director: Marc Silver) — An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for its identity leads us across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM
Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity proves the films selected in this section will inform a “greater” next wave in American cinema.
Blue Caprice / U.S.A. (Director: Alexandre Moors, Screenwriters: R.F.I Porto, Alexandre Moors) — An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure in this film inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, Cassandra Freeman, Leo Fitzpatrick.
Computer Chess / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski) — An existential comedy about the brilliant men who taught machines to play chess – back when the machines seemed clumsy and we seemed smart. Cast: Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary, Wiley Wiggins.
Escape from Tomorrow / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Randy Moore) — A postmodern, surreal voyage into the bowels of “family” entertainment; an epic battle begins when an unemployed, middle-aged father loses his sanity during a close encounter with two teenage girls on holiday. Cast: Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady, Alison Lees-Taylor.
I Used to Be Darker / U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Porterfield, Screenwriters: Amy Belk, Matthew Porterfield) — A runaway seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore, only to find their marriage ending and her cousin in crisis. In the days that follow, the family struggles to let go while searching for things to sustain them. Cast: Deragh Campbell, Hannah Gross, Kim Taylor, Ned Oldham, Geoff Grace, Nick Petr.
It Felt Like Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Eliza Hittman) — On the outskirts of Brooklyn, a 14-year-old girl’s sexual quest takes a dangerous turn when she pursues an older guy and tests the boundaries between obsession and love. Cast: Gina Piersanti, Giovanna Salimeni, Ronen Rubinstein, Jesse Cordasco, Nick Rosen, Case Prime.
Milkshake / U.S.A. (Director: David Andalman, Screenwriters: David Andalman, Mariko Munro) — In mid-1990′s America, we follow the tragic sex life of Jolie Jolson, a wannabe thug (and great-great-grandson of legendary vaudevillian Al Jolson) in suburban DC as he strives to become something he can never be – black. Cast: Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps, Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick, Danny Burstein.
Newlyweeds / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Shaka King) — A Brooklyn repo man and his globetrotting girlfriend forge an unlikely romance. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this dark coming-of-age comedy about dependency. Cast: Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Colman Domingo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Adrian Martinez.
Pit Stop / U.S.A. (Director: Yen Tan, Screenwriters: Yen Tan, David Lowery) — Two working-class gay men in a small Texas town and a love that isn’t quite out of reach. Cast: Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Alfredo Maduro, Corby Sullivan.
A Teacher / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Hannah Fidell) — A popular young teacher in a wealthy suburban Texas high school has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end. Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Jonny Mars, Julie Phillips, Chris Dubeck.
This is Martin Bonner / U.S.A.(Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan) — Martin Bonner has just moved to Reno for a new job in prison rehabilitation. Starting over at age 58, he struggles to adapt until an unlikely friendship with an ex-con blossoms, helping him confront the problems he left behind. Cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Richmond Arquette, Sam Buchanan, Robert Longstreet, Demetrius Grosse.
The 2012 Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees are as follows: Best Feature
Bernie -- Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Ginger Sledge, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer, Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Judd Payne, Dete Meserve, producers (Millennium Entertainment)
The Loneliest Planet -- Julia Loktev, director; Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Helge Albers, Marie Therese Guirgis, producers (SundanceSelects)
The Master -- Paul Thomas Anderson, director; Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, producers (The Weinstein Co.)
Middle of Nowhere -- Ava DuVernay, director; Howard Barish, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, producers (AFFRM and Participant Media)
Moonrise Kingdom -- Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers (Focus Features)
Detropia -- Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors; Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Craig Atkinson, producers (Loki Films)
How to Survive a Plague -- David France, director; Howard Gertler, David France, producers (Sundance Selects)
Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present -- Matthew Akers, director; Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff, producers (HBO Documentary Films and Music Box Films)
Room 237 -- Rodney Ascher, director; Tim Kirk, producer (IFC Midnight)
The Waiting Room -- Peter Nicks, director; Peter Nicks, Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch, producers (International Film Circuit)
Best Ensemble Performance
Bernie -- Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey (Millennium Entertainment)
Moonrise Kingdom -- Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban (Focus Features)
Safety Not Guaranteed -- Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Film District)
Silver Linings Playbook -- Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher (The Weinstein Company)
Your Sister’s Sister -- Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass (IFC Films)
Zal Batmanglij for Sound of My Voice (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky for Francine (Factory 25 and The Film Sales Co.)
Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin for Now, Forager (Argot Pictures)
Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí y Allá (Here and There) (Torch Films)
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mike Birbiglia in Sleepwalk With Me (IFC Films)
Emayatzy Corinealdi in Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM and Participant Media)
Thure Lindhardt in Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)
Melanie Lynskey in Hello, I Must Be Going (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Kid-Thing, David Zellner, director; Nathan Zellner, Producer
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty -- Terence Nance, director; Terence Nance, Andrew Corkin, James Bartlett, producers
Red Flag -- Alex Karpovsky, director; Alex Karpovsky, Michael Bowes, producers
Sun Don’t Shine -- Amy Seimetz, director; Kim Sherman, Amy Seimetz, producers
Tiger Tail in Blue -- Frank V. Ross, director; Adam Donaghey, Drew Durepos, producers