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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Vincent Grashaw’s And Then I Go

As a producer for Evan Glodell’s Bellflower, filmmaker Vincent Grashaw certainly knows what it takes to get into Sundance and perhaps banking on the youth factor ingredient/element that made Kings of Summer (2013) and Sing Street (2016) a natural fit for the fest, this sophomore film could be find a primo slot. Co-written by I’ll See You in My Dreams helmer Brett Haley and Jim Shepard (also author of the novel – called Project X), And Then I Go features Melanie Lynskey, Justin Long, Royalty Hightower (The Fits – the discovery of 2015) and Melonie Diaz in the backdrop and a new young pairing in Arman Darbo and Sawyer Barth providing the carnage.

Gist: In the wilderness of junior high, Edwin Hanratty is at the bottom of the food chain. His teachers find him a nuisance. His fellow students consider him prey and although his parents are not oblivious to his troubles, they can’t quite bring themselves to fathom the ruthless forces that demoralize him daily. He lives a nightmare of loneliness and anxiety with only his even more isolated friend, Flake, to cling to. Together, the two boys feed each other’s wounded, sullen disgruntlement and edge toward vengeance as the only salve for their overwhelming sense of impotence and humiliation.

Production Co./Producers: Rebecca Green (It Follows), Laura D. Smith (It Follows).

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 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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