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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jeff Preiss’ Low Down

While 2013 gave us Inside Llewyn Davis, 2014 will give us Low Down. I’m thinking that photographer/ethnographic documentarian/commercials and video director Jeff Preiss’ debut film will be something of an event. Taking the shape of a biographic tale not surprisingly related to American music scene, the drama should be ready for show – as it was filmed in March of this year. Lena Headey, Taryn Manning, Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Burn Gorman, Caleb Landry Jones, Glenn Close, Tim Daly and John Hawkes who’ll take center stage once again.

Gist: Written by Topper Lilien and Amy Albany (based on Amy Albany’s memoir), this is a look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and ’70s jazz scene.

Production Co./Producers: Bona Fide Productions’ Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa (Nebraska), Epoch Films’ Mindy Goldberg (Junebug)

Prediction: 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, 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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