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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Max Mayer’s As Cool As I Am

Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for his sophomore feature Adam (Sundance ’09), Max Mayer’s As Cool As I Am appears to be a “soft” entry – but then so was Adam. Filming took place in 2011, images were recently revealed during AFM – so this is clearly in the ready mode. Featuring Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger (pic above), Jeremy Sisto, Thomas Mann, Peter Fonda, and Anika Noni Rose, this dramedy is an adaptation of Pete Fromm’s novel.

Gist: Written by Virginia Korus Spragg, this is about a sarcastic and intelligent teenage girl (Bolger) comes of age in a small Montana town with her most absent and very young parents, and deals with the pains of adolescence with her equally wry boyfriend Kenny.

Production Co./Producers: Wind Dancer Films’ Matt Williams and Judd Payne (Bernie) will produce alongside Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Films

Prediction: Premieres section

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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