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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Eduardo Sanchez’s Exists

It claimed its cult-like status before it was released in theaters,  and was the talk of the fest much like Reservoir Dogs and Clerks were before them. Found footage The Blair Witch Project not only redefined the genre, but it quickly became part of cinematic and festival history. And speaking of legends, Eduardo Sanchez decided to follow a mythic one for his latest endeavor. Following the trails of sasquatch (and influenced by 1972’s The Legend of Boggy Creek), this has zero to do with the touring monster truck of the same name. The filmmaker was recently back at the fest for his contribution to S-VHS (V/H/S 2) and recent promo art from the AFM means the shot in April Exists looks ready to go.

Gist: Scripted by Jamie Nash,  this is about a group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend find themselves stalked by Bigfoot.

Production Co./Producers: Haxan Films’ Robin Cowie (Lovely Molly), Court Five’s Jane Fleming, Andy Jenkins and Mark Ordesky

Prediction: In what is a highly competitive year for Park City at Midnight slots, this stands a good chance at being included if programmers are bent on introducing strictly new filmmakers. Buzz should be tremendous.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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