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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Josh Mond’s James White

In their decade long journey of indie film craftsmanship, the creative producing-directing trio of Josh Mond (see picture above) Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin (otherwise known as the Borderline Films crew) have shared a special bond with two essential film fest stops: one is located on the Croisette, and the other in Park City. So on practical terms, it would almost be fitting that a film about family bonds, made by a family of three filmmaker friends finds a launchpad with the larger Sundance family as we’ve seen now seen a mix of their features (Simon Killer, Martha Marcy May Marlene) and shorts premiere in the snow. Mond’s James White began production sometime late last year with Christopher Abbott leading a cast comprised of Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, Scott Mescudi, David Call and Mackenzie Leigh, and they brought in some  key post-production ingredients with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign.

Gist: Christopher Abbott stars as the eponymous JAMES WHITE in this frenetic coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless, self destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges. The film is explores the close relationship between a single mother and her son.

Production Co./Producers: Borderline Films’ Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin.

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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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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