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Sundance Turns 40! Here Are the Films We’re Most Looking Forward To

Sundance Film Festival 2024 marks 40 years of Utah’s most exciting weekend

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What do you think of when you think of Utah? Snow? Slopes? The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City? I think of Sundance. Sundance Film Festival is home to one of the most internationally prestigious film festivals in the world. Sundance has a well-deserved reputation for excavating emerging talents in the film industry through its mission to support engaging new stories. Sundance winners in the past are firmly lodged in our cultural canon, such as Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, and Precious.

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Its a fascinating time for politics in America.

Americans who have never bothered to engage with political news are suddenly taking an interest, and that means its a great time for political documentaries. "Knock Down The House" is the newest film of this kind. After a very successful festival run —including winning the Audience Award for US Documentary and Festival Favorite Award at its Sundance premiere in January — it will premiere on Netflix and select theaters on May 1.

The film, directed by Rachel Lears, follows four female progressive candidates throughout their 2018 midterms campaigns. Each woman has a compelling personal reason that led her to pursue election and the film reportedly spends a lot of time on these back stories. The trailer makes it clear that while this undoubtedly a liberal feel-good movie, it also offers a broader message of hope: ordinary Americans are deciding its time to stand up and make a difference, no matter the cost.

Watch the inspiring trailer:

Knock Down The House | Official Trailer |

Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.

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Urban Dictionary defines “The Pete Davidson Effect" as: “When women are influenced by their peers in determining if a man is attractive or not."

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Bad news for anyone still plagued by visions of a quietly terrifying Jake Gyllenhaal from 2014's Nightcrawler: the actor has teamed up once again with writer-director Dan Gilroy and co-star Rene Russo for what looks to be an equally dark and unnerving thriller.

Gyllenhaal stars as esteemed art critic Morf Vandewalt, who finds himself shaken from art scene ennui by the discovery of the collected works of a dead man who left behind no friends or family. As LA's gallery scene grows more enamored with the art, it starts to come to life—before taking the lives of its collectors.

Check out the official trailer. But maybe check under the bed first.

Velvet Buzzsaw premieres this month at Sundance, and co-stars Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Billy Magnussen, Natalia Dyer, Zawe Ahston, and Daveed Diggs. It will be available for streaming on Netflix on February 1.

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'Jonestown - Terror In The Jungle'

Don't drink the Kool-Aid.

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If you've ever heard the phrase "don't drink the Kool-Aid" it's because of Jim Jones, a spiritual leader who poisoned his followers with Flavor-Aid laced with cyanide. November 18th marked the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre, in which more than 900 people committed mass suicide, coaxed by the charismatic but deceitful preacher. On Sunday November 18th, Sundance TV commemorated the tragedy in a docuseries executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson (The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street) called Jonestown: Terror In The Jungle.
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OCTOBER 19TH-21ST | What's coming to theaters this weekend?

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It's about that time of year when Academy Award-worthy films start to pop up in the cinema.

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