Sundance 2011: The Geek Run-Down

With the 2011 Sundance Film Festival just around the corner I’ve been looking into what kind of sci-fi wonders we can expect to see gracing the screens in Utah.  With over 270 films and shorts being shown this year, there seem to be slim pickings in the Sci-Fi genre, with a grand total of 11 films being shown  However, with names like “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” (, surely somewhere there must be a top-notch film out there?

So, as I scan through the list of 11 films to be shown, I am instantly drawn to 8BITS, a short by Valere Amirault, Sarah Laufer, Jean Delaunay, and Benjamin Matter billed as being “A fight between an 8-bit superhero and a high definition boss in a retrogaming world”.  A little hunt on Youtube and I found the short, and what a lot of fun it is!! Enjoy:

?E?ANX (The Cave) is simply billed as “A hunter on horseback discovers a portal to the afterlife in this fantastical version of a true Tsilhqot’in story”, and is a short directed by Helan Haig-Brown.

Another Earth, a feature length film from Director Mike Cahill sounds like a beautiful piece of cinema, being summerised as:

“Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman recently accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. John Burroughs, a brilliant composer, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession, and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes, and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. Estranged from the world and the selves they once knew, the two outsiders begin an unlikely love affair, which reawakens them to life. But when one of them is presented with the opportunity to travel to the other Earth and embrace an alternative reality, which new life will they choose”

I can’t find a trailer anywhere, but there’s a little interview with the director, with a few clips from the movies on the Sundance 2011 website: – really it does sound great!!

Anyway a couple of other noteworthy titles are:

Perfect Sense (with Ewan McGregor), and directed by David MacKenzie, a film offering a “deeply moving proposition about the way the human might weather a global pandemic”

Take Shelter, directed by Jeff Nichols and tagged as being a “powerful psychological thriller that is a disturbing tale for our times”.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from 20th – 30th January in Park City, Utah. Keep an eye out for all these films and shorts sometime in the future!


GS Reporter: George

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