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Sundance Film Festival 2012 Lineup

USA- Park City, UT | Jan 20 2012 | (10:57:01 - EDT)

Valerie Donzelli’s DECLARATION OF WAR (trailer shown above) – Spotlight – U.S. Premiere (U.S. Release via IFC)
The opening night film at this year's Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival, this exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo (Jérémie Elkaïm) and Juliette (Valérie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront the ordeal together as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music and heartbreaking performances that results in a film about a contemporary couple who surprises even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. The result is a film will bring tears to your eyes but will dazzle you with its contagious vitality for life. DECLARATION OF WAR draws on the real life experiences of Donzelli and co-star/co-writer Elkaïm and what they went through when their own son fell ill.

Sundance Selects will release the film on January 27, 2012.

Jeff Orlowski’s CHASING ICE – U.S. Documentary Competition – World Premiere (acquisition title: Submarine)
Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In CHASING ICE, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

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Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, CHASING ICE depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke’s ESCAPE FIRE – U.S. Documentary Competition – World Premiere (acquisition title: CAA)
Our healthcare system is broken. Potent forces fight to maintain the status quo in a medical industry created for quick fixes, rather than prevention; for profit-driven, rather than patient-driven, care. Healthcare is at the center of an intense political firestorm in our nation's capitol. But the current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare one. After decades of opposition, a movement to introduce innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing is finally gaining ground.

With consummate skill, filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke interweave dramatic personal stories with the efforts of leaders battling to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the U.S. military. Destined to be hailed as the definitive film on American healthcare, ESCAPE FIRE offers a way out—a primer on how to save the health of a nation.

Richard Bates Jr.’s EXCISION – Midnight – World Premiere (acquisition title: Preferred Content and Cassian Elwes)
Pauline isn’t your typical teen. She picks scabs, dissects road kill, and fantasizes about performing surgery on strangers. Her fascinations disturb her parents and her classmates. Pauline reserves special disdain for “the church” and her “therapist,” Reverend William, who, in Pauline's mind, is in no position to judge, or indulge in, her psychosexual fantasies. No one understands Pauline except for Grace, her younger sister, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. An outcast at school and at home, Pauline decides she is ready to lose her virginity… and this is when the weirdness really begins.

Richard Bates Jr. directs the hell out of this film with an expert understanding of multiple genres. Elements of horror, teen comedy, and cult classic are blended into a bone-jarring vision and peppered with great performances from the likes of Traci Lords and John Waters. But it is AnnaLynne McCord’s hideously captivating performance as Pauline that we may never forget. EXCISION will burrow under your skin and remain with you long after the lights come on.

Jamie Travis’s FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL...THE RAID – Spotlight – U.S. Premiere (U.S. Release via Sony Pictures Classics)
Rama, a member of a special forces team, arrives at a rundown apartment block with a mission to remove its owner, a notorious drug lord. The building has become a sanctuary to killers, gangs, rapists and thieves seeking accommodation in the one place they know they cannot be touched by the police. When a spotter blows their cover, Rama and his team must fight their way through every floor and every room not just to complete their mission but to survive their bloody ordeal.

THE RAID will be released on March 23, 2012 in New York and Los Angeles.

Antonio Campos’s SIMON KILLER – U.S. Dramatic Competition – World Premiere (acquisition title: CAA and UTA)
After a bad breakup, Simon escapes to Paris where he falls in love with a young prostitute, and their fateful journey begins.

Starring: Brady Corbet and Mati Diop. Written & Directed By: Antonio Campos. Produced By: Josh Mond, Sean Durkin, and Matt Palmieri

Parris Patton’s NO ROOM FOR ROCK STARS – Featured Special Screening – World Premiere – U.S. release via iTunes on April 2, 2012.
For 17 years, the Vans Warped Tour has been a punk rock juggernaut, a misfit circus crisscrossing North America every summer as a wandering minstrel show for youth culture. Embracing a powerful, unifying ethic created by its founder Kevin Lyman, the Vans Warped Tour has grown and prospered as the music industry itself imploded and continues to sift through the rubble in search of a new way forward. Along the way, Warped has provided a launching pad for a dizzying array of talent, from Green Day and Blink 182 to Ice-T, Eminem and No Doubt, along with perennial punk legends such as Pennywise, All, Bouncing Souls and Bad Religion.

With more than 300 hours of film shot during the 2010 tour, NO ROOM FOR ROCK STARS documents the true stories of modern era rock and roll from every possible angle. From the kids in the van playing parking lots to gain notice, to the veteran stage manager whose life was saved by the tour, to the musician who crosses over to mainstream success while on the road, NO ROOM FOR ROCK STARS is Cinema Vérité story-telling at its finest. A historical retrospective or concert film this is not. NO ROOM FOR ROCK STARS is meaningful insight into current state of rock and roll and the zeitgeist of youth culture.

Accompanying the film will be a blazing soundtrack of Vans Warped Tour all-time greatest hits. The project will also have a significant library of bonus content, some of which will be featured on the NO ROOM FOR ROCK STARS mini-site at vans.com/warped and vanswarpedtour.com. From the team that brought you the highly acclaimed Dogtown and Z-Boys, NO ROOM FOR ROCK STARS will resonate beyond tour and punk rock fans to anyone seeking out the true stories of rock and roll.

NO ROOM FOR ROCK STARS will be released on April 2, 2012 on iTunes.

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