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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Logan Sandler’s Live Cargo

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A micro indie L’Avventura-esque meets Miss Bala like oddity presented at the U.S in Progress (2015 Paris Champs-Élysées Film Festival edition), Logan Sandler reteams with Short Term 12‘s Keith Stanfield (both collaborated on Sandler’s second short, Tracks) and adds Dree Hemingway (Sean Baker’s Starlet) for what sounds like the mix between an art film and a genre film. Filmed in B&W, the American Film Institute grad saw Live Cargo get selected as one of ten feature films selected by IFP for the annual Independent Filmmaker Lab of 2015.

Gist: A young couple mourning the death of their baby retreat to a tiny Bahamian island where they become entangled in a turf war between a dangerous human trafficker, an aging island patriarch and an obsessive homeless youth.

Production Co./Producers: Thymaya Payne (King Cobra), Mortimer Canepa.

Prediction: Narrow possibility for the NEXT, might trickle into SXSW and/or Locarno.

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 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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