Last month, the Philadelphia Film Festival sent some of its best to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. Here is what Managing Director Parinda Patel had to say:
Earlier this month marked the end of the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Running from Thursday, January 22 – February 1, the event has set the tone for the much anticipated line up of 2015 films. One of the most buzzworthy films to keep on your radar is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, wrapping up the festival with both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. If you’re keeping up with this year’s Oscar race, you’ll understand why this film has significance. In 2014, Whiplash walked away a winner in the same categories and has now moved on to become a dark horse nominee for Best Picture.
The rest of the slate was pretty impressive as well, whether they made the awards short list or not. A few notables that I saw included the bawdy, romcom Sleeping With Other People, starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, and The End of the Tour, based off of Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s brief encounter with the late novelist David Foster Wallace while on a publicity tour for his book Infinite Jest – a breakthrough role for Jason Segel as Wallace.
There’s plenty to look forward to this year, both at the PFS Roxy Theater and of course, the Philadelphia Film Festival this fall. It will be interesting to see what carries over to the upcoming Tribeca and South by Southwest Film Festival so please stay tuned for more and watch the year in film unfold with us!