Sundance Film Festival from the comfort of your own home

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Four words of advice for film-loving humble folk who aren’t packing up their parkas and heading to the Sundance Film Festival this year — and especially for the even humbler folk who aren’t near any of the eight theaters around the country that will screen Festival films and host filmmaker Q&As on January 28 as part of Sundance Film Festival USA: Turn on the TV.

The Sundance Institute and the theatrical and video-on-demand film label Sundance Selects announced Thursday that they’ll join forces to make three films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival available to the TV-watching public for on-demand viewing on the same day that the films premiere at the Festival. On Friday, January 22, Josh and Benny Safdie’s autobiographical comedy DADDY LONGLEGS will premiere both at the festival and on Sundance Selects, as will Daniel Grou’s 7 DAYS, a dark, suspenseful film about a surgeon who takes revenge on his 8-year-old daughter’s murderer.  On Thursday, January 28, audiences at home and in Park City will both be able to watch the North American premiere of Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’s documentary THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, based on Naomi Klein’s best-selling book about disaster capitalism.

“Moving the storytelling of the Sundance Film Festival beyond 10 days in Utah remains a top priority for us,” Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford said when the partnership was announced. “This collaboration with Sundance Selects is a new and important complement to this ongoing goal and is a perfect way to introduce unexpected and refreshing voices to wider audiences simultaneous with the event.”

Each of the three films in the “Direct from the Sundance Film Festival” initiative will be available for 30 days in the movies-on-demand sections of most major cable systems, including Comcast, Cablevision, Cox and Time Warner, as well as on Direct TV. Viewers should just look for the “Sundance Film Festival” heading. And if you really want the full Festival experience, you can always turn down the thermostat, break out the thermal wear and pretend the person (or dog or cat) next to you on the couch is famous.