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January 16, 2014


The annual Sundance Film Festival is up and running in Park City, Utah, and a team of Associated Press journalists is on the ground to offer a robust mix of People items, longer pieces and a running notebook of colorful snippets from all over town, not to mention extensive video and photo content, right through the closing awards ceremony on Jan. 25. AP reporters, videographers and photographers will provide timely and compelling coverage of premieres, including red carpet color and First Look stories; sitdown interviews at AP’s lodge studio; music events; and the after-party scene. Here are the coverage highlights in sight through the weekend...

Thursday, Jan. 16:

— WHAT TO WATCH: A rundown of the festivals buzzier screenings. By Sandy Cohen.

— DAY ONE: Things get under way with the opening news conference featuring Robert Redford and the festival director. By Sandy Cohen. With photos, video.

— Notable screenings include (significant films in CAPS) “WHIPLASH” (Damien Chazelle); “Lilting.”

— Planned stories include (all formats) a First Look at “Whiplash.”

Friday, Jan. 17:

— Notable screenings include “CAMP X-RAY” (Kristen Stewart); “Hellion”; “Concerning Violence”; “GOD’S POCKET”; “Obvious Child”; “LAGGIES” (Lynn Shelton); “Fishing Without Nets”; “The Double”; “FRANK” (Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal).

— Planned stories include (all formats) First Looks on “Laggies” and “X-Ray”; possible stories on “God’s Pocket” and “X-Ray”; notebook.

Saturday, Jan. 18:

— Notable screenings include “WISH I WAS HERE” (Zach Braff); “Ping Pong Summer”; “Infinitely Polar Bear”; “THE SKELETON TWINS” (Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader); “I Origins”; “Cold in July”; “God Help the Girl”; “LOVE IS STRANGE” (John Lithgow, Alfred Molina); “DEAR WHITE PEOPLE” (Justin Simien); “The Better Angels”; “Young Ones”; “Cooties.”

— Planned stories include (all formats) First Look for “Love Is Strange”; possible story on “Wish I Was Here”; notebook.

Sunday, Jan. 19:

— Notable screenings include “The Voices”; “LOW DOWN” (John Hawkes, Glenn Close); “LIFE AFTER BETH” (Aubrey Plaza); “A Most Wanted Man”; “Life Itself”; “Happy Christmas”; “Calvary”; “Jamie Marks is Dead”; “Locke”; “War Story”; “Boyhood”; “FED UP” (Katie Couric on American obesity).

— Planned stories include (all formats) a notebook; possible story on “Fed Up”.

Important Films Screening In the Week Ahead:

“FINDING FELA” (Alex Gibney); “HAPPY VALLEY” (the Sandusky affair); “THEY CAME TOGETHER” (Amy Poehler).

And more to come.

Moved Previously:


LOS ANGELES — As Kristen Stewart, Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have learned, the Sundance Film Festival in the mountains of Utah is the ideal destination to get away from it all and work on that career shift. Robert Redford’s alpine celebration of independent cinema kicks off its 30th year Thursday with a lineup that includes 117 feature films and lots of high hopes. By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. SENT: 700 words on Wednesday, photos.


— Text: Steve Loeper at sloeper@ap.org or 213-952-1250; Nekesa Moody at nmoody@ap.com or


— Video: Ryan Pearson at rpearson@ap.org or 213-200-9636; rob Merrill at rmerrill@ap.org or


— Photos: Wendi Hammock at wendi@invisionagency.com or 323-384-1849.

The AP.

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