The 5 Things You Need To Know About Sundance 2013

Sundance 2013Director Ryan Coogler accepting the top prize at Sundance for his film Fruitvale.

Unless you have money falling out of your pockets willy-nilly and could totally afford a ticket to the Sundance Film Festival, there’s a good chance you didn’t get out to Utah before the festival wrapped up this weekend. Don’t worry, neither did we. But we do have our finger on the pulse of pop culture, so never fear, we’re here to fill you on what you missed, and exactly what you need to know in order to sound super totally educated at your next cocktail party. Do people still go to cocktail parties? I should find that out before my next cocktail party. But anyway, I digress. Here are the 5 Things You Need To Know About Sundance 2013. Get learnin’.

1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt made his directorial debut with the film Don Jon’s Addiction — about a man struggling to overcome a porn addiction and become less selfish — in which he also played the title role. He was apparently pretty successful on both counts, as the film is rumored to have been purchased by Relativity Media for $4 million. It also stars Julianne Moore and Scarlett Johansson, and is scheduled to come out later this year.

2. Fruitvale was the awards-darling of the festival, walking away with both prizes in the US Dramatic Competition Category — the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize, the top award. The film is about the fatal 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant at a BART station in California, and we previously gave you our 5 Facts About its star, Michael B. Jordan, a real up-and-comer on the scene. The film also stars Octavia Spencer and is said to have been purchased by Harvey Weinstein for over $2 million after a bidding war with other studios. It’s already an Oscar favorite, so look for a release date much later in the year, closer to awards season.

3. Another buzzed-about film was The Spectacular Now, based on the book of the same name by Tim Tharp, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley as a high-school couple. Although the film itself didn’t win any awards, it was purchased by new distribution company A24, and the two young stars received the Special Jury Prize For Acting.

4. So if they’re such great actors, we should probably learn a little something about them, right? Miles Teller is a 25-year old graduate of NYU Tisch, who has previously received both acclaim and awards for his performance in Rabbit Hole. He appeared in both the stage and the film versions of Footloose, and is currently filming Are We Officially Dating? Keep your eye out for him, he’s already a force to be reckoned with.

5. Shailene Woodley shouldn’t be a new name to you, as she had her breakout role in 2011′s The Descendants, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role. But not enough people have heard of this girl compared with how talented she is, especially since she’s been on the scene with TV roles since 1999. Get ahold of yourselves, people, and be aware of this human. Also she’s only twenty-one years old. In case you wanted to be reminded that you haven’t accomplished anything in your life.

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