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2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jonathan & Josh Baker’s Kin

2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jonathan & Josh Baker’s Kin

Prediction: James Franco will be at Sundance. The question is which of the two dozen projects in post-production is most likely to show up? My money is on this directorial debut from Jonathan & Josh Baker. They had their 2014 short Bag Man premiere at SXSW and then the Aussie, New York based brothers and commercial director team parlayed that the short into a workable feature project which went into production in September of 2016 in Toronto. Kin stars Franco, Zoe Kravitz, Jack Reynor, and Dennis Quaid in a sci-fi actioner with Mogwai on board to score. Swiss Army Man‘s Larkin Seiple is the dp.

Gist: Written by Daniel Casey and Baker bros., based on their short film “Bag Man”, Jack Reynor will portray a recently released ex-con who, along with his adopted younger brother, is forced to go on the run, chased by a vengeful criminal played by Franco. Quaid will play the brothers’ father and Kravitz joins the brothers’ journey as a trusted ally.

Production Co./Producers: 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen (Table 19), No Trace Camping‘s Jeff Arkuss, David Gross, Jesse Shapira (Room)

Prediction: Park City at Midnight, or SXSW.

U.S. Distributor: Lionsgate. WME Global / Good Universe (international)



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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