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Recap: 2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions

Over the long weekend, plenty of folks got the news that they’ve had their feature, doc or short films accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. This Wednesday, the festival begins making their line-up official while keeping the short film announcements for the following week. The previous week we’ve made some prognostications as to what should be included in the 2013 edition. Here’s an easy to click recap of some of those predictions. We’ve added those who’ve been mentioned in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, the fortunate ones who’ve had their work run inside the Sundance Labs, those who are working from a Blacklist named screenplay, those who are basing their feature on a short film that was accepted into the festival in a previous edition and finally those who’ve had funding via Kickstarter. * denotes feature directorial debut while ++ denotes that person’s last feature was presented at a previous Sundance edition.

40 Days of Silence – * Saodat Ismailova (2010 Screenwriters/Directors Lab)
A Birder’s Guide to Everything – * Rob Meyer (Based on Sundance-accepted short)
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III – Roman Coppola
A Single Shot – David M. Rosenthal
A.C.O.D. * Stu Zicherman (Blacklist script)
Adult World – Scott Coffey ++
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – * David Lowery (Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film)
Are We Men Yet? – Tony Pemberton (Kickstarter Funded)
As Cool As I Am – Max Mayer ++
Before Midnight – Richard Linklater

Better Living Through Chemistry – * Geoff Moore, David Posamentier (Blacklist script)
Bluebird – * Lance Edmands (2010 Screenwriters/Directors Lab)
Blue Caprice – * Alexandre Moors (Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film)
Can A Song Save Your Life? – John Carney
The Canyons – Paul Schrader (Kickstarter Funded)
CBGB – Randall Miller
Chavez – Diego Luna
Devil’s Knot – Atom Egoyan
Don Jon’s Addiction – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Double – Richard Ayoade ++

Drinking Buddies – Joe Swanberg
The East – Zal Batmanglij ++
The Fruit Hunters – Yung Chang ++
Fruitvale – * Ryan Coogler (Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film)
God Help the Girl – * Stuart Murdoch (Kickstarter Funded)
I Used to Be Darker – Matthew Porterfield (Kickstarter Funded)
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete – George Tillman Jr.
Innocence – Hilary Brougher ++
Kill My Darlings – * John Krokidas
Lance Armstrong: The Road Back – Alex Gibney

The Look of Love – Michael Winterbottom
Lovelace – Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman ++
Lucky Dog – Phil Morrison ++
Lullaby – * Andrew Levitas
Ma’ George – Andrew Dosunmu (2005 Screenwriters/Directors Lab) ++
Magic Magic – Sebastian Silva ++
May in Summer – Cherien Dabis (2010 Screenwriters Lab) ++
Meet Me In Montenegro – Alex Holdridge
Milo – * Jacob Vaughan
Mud – Jeff Nichols ++

The Place Beyond The Pines – Derek Cianfrance ++
The Pretty One – * Jenee LaMarque (Blacklist script)
Prince Avalanche – David Gordon Green
Raising Hell: The Visions of Clive Barker – Joe Berlinger ++
The Rambler – Calvin Lee Reeder (Based on Sundance-accepted short) ++
Run and Jump – Steph Green (2010 Screenwriters Lab)
Short Term 12 – * Destin Cretton (Based on Sundance-accepted short)
Smash & Grab – The Story of the Pink Panthers – Havana Marking ++
Some Girl(s) – Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Something in the Water – Enid Zentelis ++

Sound City: Real to Reel – * David Grohl
The Spectacular Now – James Ponsoldt (Blacklist script) ++
Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
Studio H – Patrick Creadon ++
Stoker – Park Chan Wook
Sunlight Jr. – Laurie Collyer ++
Touchy Feely – Lynn Shelton ++
Toy’s House – * Jordan Vogt-Roberts
I Believe in Unicorns – * Leah Meyerhoff (confirmed – not ready)
The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld – Errol Morris

Untitled Drake Dormeus Drama ++
Untitled Lucy Walker Snowboarding Documentary ++
Untitled Nicole Holofcener Comedy ++
Very Good Girl – * Namoi Foner
The Wait – M. Blash
The Way Way Back – * Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (Blacklist script)
We Are What We Are – Jim Mickle
Wolf – Bogdan Mustata
Wrong Cops – ++ Quentin Dupieux
You Can’t Win – ++ Robinson Devor

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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