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Sundance Film Festival USA takes festival experience, major films to eight cities

December 9, 2009 | 10:22 pm

90999286 Eight cities across the United States will get their own taste of the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 28 when the 2010 edition introduces the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative, which will take new films from the fest, along with their directors, to  arthouses that have shown strong support for independent features through the year.

The majority of the eight films in the inaugural program are linked to the cities in which they're playing -- for example, John Wells' business drama "The Company Men," which is set in North Boston, will have its world premiere at the venerable Coolidge Corner in Brookline, Mass., while "Jack Goes Boating," which marks the feature directorial debut of Philip Seymour Hoffman, will unspool at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago -- hometown to both Hoffman and screenwriter Bob Glaudini. 

Actor Adrian ("Entourage") Grenier's documentary, "Teenage Paparazzo," about the impact of celebrity worship on modern culture, will play, appropriately enough, at Los Angeles' Downtown Independent, while San Francisco filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will be on hand to introduce their Allen Ginsberg biopic, "Howl," with James Franco, Jon Hamm and Mary-Louise Parker, at that city's Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.  Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will play host to the North American premiere of New York filmmakers and brothers Benny and Josh Safdie's "Daddy Longlegs."

The other films in the program are Oscar nominees Shari Springer Berman and Robert Puccini's "The Extra Man," based on the novel by Jonathan Ames, which plays at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville; "The Runaways," with Kristen Stewart as a teenage Joan Jett and Michael Shannon as notorious L.A. record impresario Kim Fowley, which will be featured at the Sundance Cinemas Madison in Wisconsin; and Jay and Mark Duplass' comedy "Cyrus," with Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill, which will have its world premiere at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

The Sundance Film Festival itself runs from Jan. 21 to 31.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Jon Hamm. Credit: Getty Images

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