It's been a busy week out in Park City, Utah as the 2006 Sundance Film Festival draws to a close this weekend. Most New Yorkers are uninterested in the daily screenings and sales at Sundance unless you're in the "industry," but Gothamist finds the whole spectacle sort of fascinating because the festival is such a great prognosticator of what will be hot in indie cinema in the coming year.
A few premieres we've been excited to read about in Variety include the director of Lovely & Amazing Nicole Holofcener's newest with Jennifer Aniston, Friends With Money and a new Terry Zwigoff/Dan Clowes pairing Art School Confidential about the pretensions of a creative education, both which will be out in April.
Also, the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated sounds intriguing. The director Kirby Dick essentially stalks the MPAA to expose both their practices and their members on camera. It should be one of those docus everyone's a buzz about soon. There's no theatrical release set yet but as it was produced in conjunction with IFC, it's sure to get a cable airing.
Gothamist is particularly thrilled to perhaps glimpse some of our editors and contributors in the Beastie Boys film, Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! which premiered at Sundance. Filmed in 2004 at Madison Square Garden with dv and super 8 cameras distributed to 50 lucky audience members and then edited by Beastie Adam Yauch, this flick brings new meaning to fan participation. Those Brooklyn boys have been pushing the visual envelope with their music videos for years and this concert film should take them to new levels as artists. It also comes to theaters in the spring.
Image: production still of Jennifer Aniston in Friends With Money.