If you’re unable to (or just don’t want to) pack up and move to 14 degree weather for the 10 days in Utah that make up the Sundance Film Festival like ScreenCrave will be, have no fear! In an attempt to reach out to larger audiences and spread the joy of Independent film across the nation, the Sundance film festival will be coming to a number of US cities including Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brookline, Massachusetts, Brooklyn, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, Madison, Wisconsin, Nashville, Tennessee, San Francisco, California or Seattle and Washington on January 27th! All those cities will be hosting special screenings for a number of high profile films from the Sundance line-up (check out the films In Competition, Out of Competition and the Short Films that are going to be at the festival).

Keri Putnam, the Executive Director of the  Sundance Institute released a statement saying:

“A major component of the Sundance Institute mission is to expand and engage audiences for independent storytelling… Film Festival USA is an extension of the Institute’s year-round support of independent theaters across the country – designed both to provide people with access to films premiering at the Festival, and to encourage interaction between artists and audiences.”

You can purchase tickets at any of the theaters linked below. And don’t forget to check back in with ScreenCrave during the festival for the latest updates, reviews, interviews and more!

Win Win

U.S.A. – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater

Director and screenwriter: Tom McCarthy, based on the story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni – When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor. World Premiere

My Idiot Brother

U.S.A. – Brookline, MA – Coolidge Corner Theatre

Director: Jesse Peretz; Screenwriters: Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall – After serving time for being conned into selling pot, Ned successively moves in with each of his three sisters as he tries to get back on his feet. His best intentions quickly bring the family to the cusp of chaos and ultimately the brink of clarity. Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer. World Premiere


U.S.A. – Brooklyn, NY – BAM

Director and screenwriter: Gregg Araki – A science fiction story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple. U.S. Premiere

The Music Never Stopped

U.S.A. Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre

Director: Jim Kohlberg; Screenwriters: Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks, based on the story “The Last Hippie” by Oliver Sacks – A father struggles to bond with his estranged son who suffers a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. He learns to embrace his son’s choices and to try to connect with him through the power of music. Cast: J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Mia Maestro. World Premiere

The Details

U.S.A. – Los Angeles, CA – Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre (323) 660-6639

Director and screenwriter: Jacob Aaron Estes – When a family of hungry raccoons begin feasting on the worms living under the sod of a young couple’s backyard, the pest problem sets off a wild and absurd chain reaction of anxiety, infidelity, organ donation and other assorted mayhem. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Kerry Washington. World Premiere

Like Crazy

U.S.A. — Madison, WI – Sundance Cinemas Madison

Director: Drake Doremus; Screenwriters: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones – A young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship. Cast: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston. World Premiere

Letters from the Big Man

U.S.A. – Nashville, TN – The Belcourt Theatre

Director and screenwriter: Christopher Munch – An artist and government hydrologist surveying a remote part of southwestern Oregon befriends a sasquatch man and must take bold steps to protect his privacy, as well as her own. Cast: Lily Rabe, Jason Butler Harner, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Jim Cody Williams, Fiona Dourif. World Premiere

Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology

U.S.A. – San Francisco, CA – Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Director: Tiffany Shlain; Screenwriters: Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, Carlton Evans and Sawyer Steele – Connected is an exhilarating stream-of-consciousness ride through the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, progress and morality at the dawn of the 21st century. For centuries we’ve been declaring independence. With insight, curiosity, and humor, the film explores whether it’s time to declare our interdependence. World Premiere

Cedar Rapids

U.S.A. – Seattle, WA – The Egyptian Theater and special post-festival screening in Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater (date TBA)

Director: Miguel Arteta; Screenwriter: Phil Johnston – A wholesome and naive small-town Wisconsin man travels to big city Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. Cast: Ed Helms, John C Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Alia Shawkat, Sigourney Weaver. World Premiere