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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tim Godsall’s Len and Company

Take a Cannes Lions-winning commercials director/first time filmmaker in Tim Godsall, throw in a 2008 Broadway play, and finally, add a mix of sturdy mix of actors in Juno Temple, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Keir Gilchrist accompanied by newcomer Jack Kilmer who broke out convincingly with Palo Alto (see pic above), and this under-the-radar title has the ingredients for a bonafide selection. A project flying so low to the ground that if it weren’t for the brief trade mention back in April, it might have not made it on this list, production began in Toronto of April last year.

Gist: Based on Carly Mensch’s play Len, Asleep In Vinyl, co-written by Katharine Knight and Godsall, this centres on the unexpected journey of self-discovery by a miserable hit record producer (Rhys Ifans) whose self-imposed exile is shattered by his estranged son (Kilmer) and a successful client. Juno Temple plays the son’s music protege friend.

Production Co./Producers: Youree Henley (The Bling Ring), Rick Jarjoura. Executive Producers: Steve Golin (Triple Nine), Kate Buckley.

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition.

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

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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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