Festival

Sundance Film Festival

2012

Sundance Watch List: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED

Amid the short films set to debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is on FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED, directed and written by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.

Though information about the film is limited – “After the boys leave the party …” is the only description currently available — there are a several reasons to keep an eye on it. First of all, there’s the all-star cast, which features Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black. Then there’s the fact that the title would seem to promise a sequel to or new spin on the Beastie Boys’ breakthrough 1987 video “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).”

And lastly, there’s the awareness that Adam Yauch is returning to the party, metaphorically speaking, after having been diagnosed with cancer – of the parotid gland (one of the major salivary glands)– in the summer of 2009.

The Beastie Boys announced in October that their long-delayed new album, “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2,” is set for release in the spring, prompting recent reports that Yauch was cancer-free. He has just issued a statement, clarifying, “While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.”

Here’s hoping he’s well enough to make it to Sundance to see his film screen.

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