Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608Here are the 2014 Sundance Film Festival titles brought up most often in talks with buyers. It’s a hard year to handicap them; sellers haven’t previewed them for buyers, and sometimes the great ones sneak up on you. Not on the list is Boyhood, the film that Richard Linklater made using the same cast over a 12-year span. IFC is believed to have an in on that film, which makes its official premiere in Berlin.

Related: Fleming On 2014 Sundance Forecast: Thriving Indie Biz Makes Appetite Strong; Un-Commercial Slate Could Limit Big Deals

whiplWHIPLASH – Writer/Director: Damien Chazelle, Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Austin Stowell. In U.S. Dramatic Competition. The kid just want to play drums in the school band, but the ruthless band conductor and his taskmaster way might drum him out of the group. 1st Screening, Today,  6:00 PM – Eccles (UPDATE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked this up Thursday night for several overseas territories as it kicked off the fest’s opening night.)

I, ORIGIN – Writer/Director: Mike Cahill. Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling. A Biologists make a startling discovery. A Sci-Fi followup to Cahill’s Sundance entry Another Earth. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 18th, 3:30 PM – Eccles

Related: Sundance: A Look Back On How Last Year’s Acquisitions Fared At The Box Office

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR – Writer/Director: Maya Forbes, Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana. In U.S. Dramatic Competition. A man who suffers from bipolar syndrome cares for his two daughters while their mom starts a career and he struggles to keep his demons at bay. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 18th, 12:15 PM – Eccles

WISH I WAS HERE – Writer/Director:  Zach Braff. Cast: Braff, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene. Braff plays a struggling dad who tries to home school his children. This is one of the high profile titles here, by merit of its widely publicized Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Braff helmed Garden State. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 18th, 11:15 AM – MARC

Jen
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7 months
Well, yeah. Isn't that what he means with the sentence "sellers haven’t previewed them for buyers, and...
Bill C.
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Was FRUITVALE on this list last year? Was BEASTS on the year before that? I doubt it....

GOD’S POCKET – Writer/Director: John Slattery. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro. In U.S. Dramatic Competition. When his crazy stepson is killed in a construction “accident,” Mickey tries to hide the truth but a columnist digging into the case could thwart him. 1st Screening – Friday, January 17th, 3:30 PM – Eccles

hvHAPPY VALLEY – D: Amir Bar-Lev, P: John Battsek, Jonathan Koch, Steven Michaels, Ken Dornstein. Tackles the scandal about the children victimized by a pedophile coach of Penn State. It asks the question, were Jerry Sandusky’s crimes an open secret that went unexposed because of fealty to a football program? 1st Screening – Sunday, January 19th, 2:15 PM – MARC

FRANK – Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Writer: Jon Ronson, Cast: Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scott McNairy, Domhnall Gleeson. A band finds a fine lead singer, but why is he wearing a giant mask? 1st Screening – Friday, January 17th, 9:45 PM – Eccles

frankLAGGIES – Director: Lynn Shelton, Writer: Andrea Seigel, Cast: Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Keira Knightley. A 28-year-old woman, trying to avoid committing to adulthood and marriage, hangs out with a new group of friends, who are all in high school. 1st Screening – Friday, January 17th, 6:30 PM – Eccles

RUDDERLESS – Writer/Director: William H. Macy, Writers: Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison. Cast: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, Felicity Huffman. A musical drama about the power of a parent’s love triggered when a father crumbling over the death of his son stumbles across a box of his demo tapes and lyrics. The father forms a band to keep his son’s music alive and find his way through tragedy. 1st Screening – Friday, January 24th, 6:30 PM – Eccles

SKELETON TWINS – Director: Craig Johnson, Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Mark Duplass, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Kathleen Rose Perkins. In U.S. Dramatic Competition. Twin siblings who’ve been estranged and unhappy get together to look at their lives after each has a near death experience. 1st Screening– Saturday, January 18th, 2:30 PM – Library

IMPERIAL DREAMS — Director: Malik Vitthal. Cast: John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Glenn Plummer, Keke Palmer, De’aundre Bonds. A 21-year-old, reformed gangster’s devotion to his family and his future are put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles. 1st Screening – Friday, January 17th, 9:00 AM – Yarrow (P&I)

SONG ONE – Writer/Director: Kate Barker-Froyland. Cast: Anne Hatheway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen. In U.S. Dramatic Competition. A woman comes home to tend to her injured brother and falls in love with a musician who uses them as his muse. 1st Screening – Monday, January 20th, 3:30 PM – Eccles

theycameTHEY CAME TOGETHER – Writer/Director: David Wain, Writer: Michael Showalter. Cast: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Chris Meloni. A woman with a small business tries to keep her store from being shuttered by a corporation. 1st Screening – Friday, January 24th, 9:45 PM – Eccles

THE VOICES – Director: Marjane Satrapi, Writer: Michael R. Perry. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver, Ella Smith. Jerry Hickfang begins a romance with a colleague in accounting in the bathtub factory they work in. A traumatic outcome sends him to get guidance from his talking cat and dog. 1st Screening – Sunday, January 19th, 12:00 PM – Egyptian

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD – Writer/Director: Gregg Araki. Cast: Shailene Woodley, Shiloh Fernandez, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, P: Sebastien Lemercier. A young woman’s mother disappears, sending her into a downward spiral. 1st Screening – Monday, January 20th, 9:45 PM – Eccles

YOUNG ONES – Writer/Director: Jake Paltrow. Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-Mcphee. A 14-year old boy struggles to survive a world with no water, complicated by learning his brother in law killed his father. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 18th, 9:45 PM – Eccles

xrayCAMP X-RAY – Writer/Director: Peter Sattler. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Joseph Julian Soria, Peyman Moadi. In U.S. Dramatic Competition. Stewart plays a soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay, where she bonds with a prisoner. 1st Screening – Friday, January 17th, 12:15 PM – Eccles

COLD IN JULY – Director: Jim Mickle. Cast: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw. In U.S. Dramatic Competition. A Texan’s life unravels when he kills a home intruder and finds himself the target of murderers. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 18th, 5:30 PM – Library

COOTIES – Director: Cary Murnion, Jonathan Milott, Writers: Leigh Wannell, Ian Brennan, Cast: Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer. When a virus turns elementary school students into psycho kid murderers, a teacher leads his colleagues in a fight for their lives. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 18th, 11:59 PM – Egyptian

DINOSAUR 13 – Director: Todd Miller. Docu. The true tale behind the discovery of the largest, most complete T Rex ever found. In U.S. Docu Competition. 1st Screening – Today, 9:30 PM – Eccles

WHITEY: UNITED STATS V. JAMES J. BULGER – Director: Joe Berlinger. James “Whitey” Bulger’s rise and fall as chronicled by Berlinger, of Paradise Lost and Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster fame. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 18th, 2:30 PM – MARC

LOW DOWN – D: Jeff Preiss, W: Topper Lynn, Amy Albany, C: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close, Taryn Manning, Caleb Landry Jones, P: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Mindy Goldberg, LL: Joe Albany, a jazz pianist who played with greats like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, struggles with heroin addiction. Sales: UTA, Section: US Dramatic Comp. 1st Screening – Sunday, January 19th, 12:15 PM – Eccles