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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip

Production began in September, and post in October, so for Alex Ross Perry’s third feature film to be ready, he’ll have to had superpowers. Thankfully he has multi-tasker David Lowery to give him editing room pep talks. Significantly higher in budget than his micro budgeted Impolex (2009) and The Color Wheel (2011) put together, if included at the festival, Listen Up Philip holds the most eclectic ensemble of television people, indie starlets, the coolest Coppola and the wimpy man in Glengarry Glen Ross: Krysten Ritter, Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Pryce, Dree Hemingway, Joséphine de La Baume and Kate Lyn Sheil.

Gist: The New York-set indie follows newly accomplished writer Philip (Schwartzman) and those affected by his poor decisions — in particular his successful art-photographer girlfriend Ashley (Moss).

Production Co./Producers: Washington Square Films’ Joshua Blum (Francine), Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston & David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints)

Prediction: This should be a high value item in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

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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