Today at Sundance — Day 2: Swim with THE LIFEGUARD and soar with The Eagles
It’s still below freezing out here, but the premieres are heating up. Today is one of the most packed days out here in Park City. And, no, we never thought we’d be talking about Anita Hill and Steve Coogan in the same sentence, but that’s what happens at Sundance. Hill is the subject of Academy Award-winner Frida Mock’s latest documentary. Coogan, on the other hand, finally got to complete his passion project…about England’s answer to Hugh Hefner. Read on for more of today’s most anticipated premieres.
ANITA 11:30A The MARC
Anita Hill, an African-American woman, charges Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment in explosive Senate hearings in 1991 – bringing sexual politics into the national consciousness and fueling 20 years of international debate on the issues. Academy Award winner Freida Mock brings you her story through contemporary interviews with Anita and her peers as well as unsettling archival footage.
THE LOOK OF LOVE 6PM Eccles Theatre
Michael Winterbottom brings us the scandalous true story of British adult magazine publisher, entrepreneur and “king of Soho” Paul Raymond. A modern day King Midas story, Raymond became one of the richest men in Britain at the cost of losing those closest to him.
BREATHE IN 3:00P Eccles Theatre
When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever. Drake Doremus, winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Like Crazy, reunites with actress Felicity Jones and cowriter Ben York Jones for this passionate ensemble drama of family dysfunction.
THE LIFEGUARD 5:30PM Library Center Theatre
A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager. Her transgressive journey back to adolescence has ripple effects for all those around her.
TOY’S HOUSE 8:30P Library Center Theatre
Three unhappy teenage boys flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny. Or at least that’s the plan. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of the short Successful Alcoholics, which screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, returns with a feature film debut fueled by teenage angst and childlike imagination.
HISTORY OF THE EAGLES PART ONE 9:30P Eccles Theatre
Using never-before-seen home movies, rare archival footage and new interviews with all current and former members of the Eagles, this documentary provides an intimate look into the history of the band and the legacy of their music.
But it doesn’t stop there. It’s a panopoly of premieres out here in Park City. Check ’em all out here.
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