Seven SFFS-Supported Films to Premiere at Sundance 2014

The official selections have been announced Sundance Festival 2014.  Among them are seven films that the Film Society has supported through Filmmaker360 grants and services! Four of the films are SFFS/KRF Filmmaking grant winners, two are fiscally sponsored through Project Development, and one was a participant in Off the Page screenwriting workshop.  More details about these fantastic films and filmmakers below:

We’ve been huge fans of these projects for a long time and we’ve gotten to know each of them very well, so it’s immensely satisfying to see them getting the great start they deserve. It feels like an annual tradition now, traveling to Utah to witness films we’ve helped come to life hit public screens for the first time, and we’ll be there in January, cheering loudest of them all.
— Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director of Filmmaker360
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Hellion
Directed by Kat Candler
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Fall 2013 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant winner: $70,000 for postproduction

When his delinquent behavior forces his little brother to be taken away, a motocross-obsessed teenager and his emotionally absent father must take responsibility for their destructive behavior to bring him home.

RELATED: In Focus: Kat Candler on Hellion


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Little Accidents
Directed by Sara Colangelo
Premieres
Fall 2013 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant winner: $50,000 for postproduction

In a small American coal town, the disappearance of a boy draws a young miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive and a local 14-year-old together in a web of secrets.

RELATED: In Focus: Sara Colangelo on Little Accidents


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Love Is Strange
Directed by Ira Sachs
Premieres
Fall 2013 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant winner: $70,000 for postproduction

A multi-generational story of love and marriage, Love is Strange depicts the delicate nature of any two people trying to build a long life together, and the possibility of love to grow deeper, and richer, with time.

RELATED: In Focus: Ira Sachs on Love Is Strange


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Marmato
Directed by Mark Grieco
U.S. Documentary Competition
Currently enrolled in the SFFS Project Development program

Colombia is the center of a new global gold rush, and Marmato, a historic mining town, is the new frontier. Filmed over the course of nearly six years, Marmato chronicles how townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that wants the $20 billion in gold beneath their homes.


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Obvious Child
Directed by Gillian Robespierre
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Participated in the SFFS "Off the Page" screenwriting workshop in January 2013
An honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired, and pregnant, just in time for the worst/best Valentine's Day of her life.


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The Overnighters
Directed by Jesse Moss
U.S. Documentary Competition
Currently enrolled in the SFFS Project Development program

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.


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Ping Pong Summer
Directed by Michael Tully
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Fall 2012 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant winner: $50,000 for postproduction

1985. Ocean City, Maryland. Summer vacation. Rap music. Parachute pants. Ping pong. First crushes. Best friends. Mean bullies. Weird mentors. That awkward, momentous time in your life when you're treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you're as funky fresh as it gets.