Many critically acclaimed films and surprise hits over the years have received their start at the Sundance Film Festival, elevating the prominence of the 10-day event. This has led to the acquisition of films at the festival a prestige on its own, as many studios and filmmakers use the positive word of mouth garnered to get the films to distributors and in theatres. Here are the features that were bought at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Whiplash: Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons.
Dinosaur 13: A documentary by Todd Miller outlining the discovery of a T-Rex skeleton in South Dakota, and the ensuing fight over its ownership.
I Origins: Written and directed by Mike Cahill, starring Brit Marling, Michael Pitt, Steven Yuen, and Archie Panjabi.
Laggies: Directed by Lynn Shelton and written by Andrea Siegel. The film stars Kiera Knightley, Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell, and Ellie Kemper. Read our review here.
Wish I was Here: Directed by Zach Braff and co-written by Zach and Adam Braff. Zach Braff also stars alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, and Ashley Greene.
Happy Christmas: written and directed by Joe Swanberg, starring Anna Kendrick, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, and Melanie Lynskey.
Cesar’s Last Fast: A documentary by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee, looking at the 36 day hunger strike by Cesar Chavez in 1988.
Obvious Child: Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, starring Jenny Slate, Richard Kind, Gaby Hoffmann, and David Cross.
Calvary: Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson, Dylan Moran, Kelly Reilly, and Chris O’Dowd.
Cold in July: Written by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle, and directed by Mickle. The film stars Michael C. Hall, Vinessa Shaw, Don Johnson, and Sam Shepard.
God’s Pocket: Written by Alex Metcalf and John Slattery, and directed by Slattery. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Christina Hendricks.
The Skeleton Twins: Written by Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson, and directed by Johnson. The film stars Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ty Burrell, and Luke Wilson.
Cooties: Written by Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan, and directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. The film stars Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, and Nasim Pedrad.
Land Ho!: Written and directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, and starring Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson, Elizabeth McKee, and Karrie Crouse.
The One I Love: Written by Justin Lader, and directed by Charlie McDowell. The film stars Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, and Ted Danson.
Love is Strange: Written by Mauricio Zacharias and Ira Sachs, and directed by Sachs. The film stars Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, and Cheyenne Jackson.
Frank: Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson, and Scoot McNairy. Read our review here.
Life After Beth: Written and directed by Jeff Baena, starring Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, and John C. Reilly.
The Babadook: Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, starring Noah Wiseman, Essie Davis, Hayley McElhinney, and Daniel Henshall.
Fed Up: A documentary by Stephanie Soechtig, focusing on the American food industry and the health effects it has on the population.