5 HUDSON VALLEY FILMS to WORLD PREMIERE at 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FEST
In 2013, Hudson Valley produced a record number of movies and in 2014 it set another record with five of its locally produced films premiered in the prestigious 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S. Laurent Rejto, the Hudson Valley film commissioner, expressed his excitement toward the tremendous development of local production.
These five films are as follows.
The Better Angels – Set in the last periods of American Civil War, the film delves into people fighting for survival amid nature’s hardship and disease in log-cabins. The film ventures into three years of young Abraham Lincoln, his lessons and upbringing in hardship in the harsh wilderness of Indiana amid tragedy with the guidance of two women.
Written and directed by A. J. Edwards and co-produced by Terrence Malick, the black-and-white film features Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bentley in main roles with extras from Hudson Valley. The film previously named “The Green Blade Rises,” was screened in the New Frontier section in the festival. The film received mixed reviews from critics.
Hits – The film is a dark comedy which explores the nature of fame in YouTube in America. The film centers around a municipal worker in upstate New York whose video of ranting about potholes at City Hall goes viral in YouTube and hipsters from Brooklyn come to support his right.
The absurd and well-meant but hilarious drama is the directorial Debut from comedian David Cross. Also written by Cross, the film stars Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Matt Walsh, David Koechner Meredith Hagner, Amy Carlson among others along with lots of local extras. The response for the film was mixed.
Cold In July – It is a crime-mystery drama film co-written and directed by Jim Mickle. The film tells the story of a Texas man named Richard who unintentionally kills a burglar in his house and the situation he got into after that. The victim’s father tries to avenge the death of his criminal son but soon joins hand with Richard and a private detective to find out what really happened.
The film, produced by Linda Moran, Rene Bastian, Adam Folk and Marie Savare, features Richard C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici and Wyatt Russell in main roles. It was shot during 2013 sumer in locations including Woodstock, Kingston, Esopus and other towns of Hudson Valley. The movie has received positive reviews.
Jamie Marks id Dead – The body of a teenager named Jamie was found by Gracie by the river in small a town. Soon after his ghost keep appearing to Gracie and another boy named Adam. Adam feels a connection with Jamie though he loves Gracie and explores the two worlds.
The Carter Smith-directed film is based on Christopher Barzak’s One for Sorrow. The film was produced in February/March 2013 in regions including Liberty, Middletown, Mongaup Valley, Bloomingburg, Monticello and Woodburne. The movie has received positive responses from critics.
I Origins – Written, directed and co-produced by Mike Cahill, the science fiction drama tells the story of Grey who through his continuing research on eye-evolution and his experience, learns of unexplained but suggestive proof of reincarnation of deceased – a connection between love and science. The film stars Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Steve Yeun in main roles. The film was shot in Columbia and Dutchess counties in 2013. It has received mixed response from critics.