Skiing isn’t the only thing that goes down at Sundance. In fact, from what I hear, practically no one actually skis. They’re too busy making deals, selling their films in bathrooms and doing too much peyote to actually write reviews of the films they’ve seen there. Here’s some of the movies that have already sold.
If you’re a filmmaker, and you aren’t on the list, you might want to wait around in the bathroom until you run into an important executive-type. Just sit in the stall and tap your foot twice to let them know you have something hot for sale.
Sold to: Senator Distribution for under $5 million
Synopsis: Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the story of three Brooklyn cops whose lives become intertwined after definitively different career paths. Stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, and Ethan Hawke. Finest was the first to sell of the festival.
Sold to: Sony for around $2 million
Synopsis: A blaxploitation lovefest, campy and brilliant. It follows the story of Black Dynamite, a neighborhood hero badass who wants to clean up the heroine-filled, malt-liqour-soaked streets.
Sold to: Magnolia Pictures
Synopsis: Another entry into the Mumblecore movement – two straight, male friends (one married and stable, the other single and wandering) challenge each other to make a porno together. Directed by Lynn Shelton
Sold to: Fox Searchlight
Synopsis: A romantic comedy about an autistic man who develops a relationship with one of his neighbors. Directed by Max Mayer, it stars Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne.
The Winning Season
Sold to: Lionsgate
Synopsis: A sports film about a high school girls’ basketball team led by a grumpy has-been coach. Stars Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts. It sounds a lot like A League of Their Own: Inside the Paint.
Sold to: IFC FIlms
Synopsis: Nazi Zombies. Specifically, a horror film focusing on a group of teenagers on a ski trip who have to deal with…ahem…Nazi Zombies.
These movies will probably be headed to a mega-multi-plex or indie art house near you within the next year or so. Be on the lookout.
Stay tuned for more acquisitions as they come in. And be sure to click here for our Full Sundance Coverage.