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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ewan McNicol & Anna Sandilands’ Uncertain

Currently in post with their feature debut, Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol have actually breathed the crisp, fresh air of Park City before, with their rodeo-themed short, The Roper (which I haphazardly caught at the fest in 2012, and which just got shortlisted at the ’14 Cinema Eye Honors). Recently named to Filmmaker Mag’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film list (read their profile here), I believe some Tacoma residents got a first look, but if invited, the fest could easily pull a stunt like inviting the entire town featured in Uncertain to the Main Street Egyptian theatre – that would be a hoot.

Gist: Tiny, isolated Uncertain, Texas is steeped in the unknown. No one even knows how the town got its name, though stories abound from its colorful history. Set on the edge of a dying lake, the town is embattled in a fight against an aquatic weed choking the waters and wildlife, the town’s only source of livelihood. As the story unfolds, four townsfolk struggle with themselves, their addictions, the cycle of poverty, racism, and forgiveness for crimes committed, lives taken and opportunities squandered. All in a search for a more certain future. A gracious, sometimes humorous, southern tale set in life’s uncertainties, with no obvious heroes.

Production Co./Producers: Sandilands and McNicol

Prediction: Fair chances for the U.S. Documentary Competition with SXSW a likely destination as well.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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