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DDPR Slate / Sundance 2011: Higher Ground, Bobby Fischer Against The World, Reagan, Magic Trip

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2011 at 9:53 am

HIGHER GROUND (123 min.)
Directed by and starring Vera Farmiga
Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga’s hotly anticipated directorial debut, Higher Ground, is an incredible achievement for a first-time director while directing herself as the lead. This is a coming of age drama in which Farmiga delivers a subtle, nuanced performance completely from the gut with equally strong and compelling supporting characters. Set against the landscape of the Sixties when feminism reached its zenith, the film expertly depicts the landscape of a tight knit spiritual community. Inspired by the resonant memoir written by Carolyn Briggs (who also wrote the screenplay), the film is an exquisite study of one woman’s internal struggle with the primary love relationships in her life. The casting was done by Paul Schnee and Kerry Barden, who also cast last year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone. John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, Bill Irwin, Dagmara Dominczyk and Joshua Leonard round out the cast as well as Vera’s younger sister Taissa Farmiga, who proves herself to be an extraordinary new talent as young Corinne.
Sundance Screening Dates: HIGHER GROUND
Sunday, January 23, 12:00 p.m. at Eccles Theatre (Park City) – public
Sunday, January 23, 5:30 p.m. at Holiday Village III (Park City) – P&I
Monday, January 24, 8:30 a.m. at Yarrow Hotel Theatre (Park City) – public
Tuesday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. at Tower Theatre (Salt Lake City) – public
Wednesday, January 26, 8:15 p.m. at Library Center Theatre (Park City) – public
Friday, January 28, 2:15 p.m. at Holiday Village III (Park City) – public
Talent Attending:
Vera Farmiga & Cast
Carolyn Briggs, screenwriter and author of This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost

Directed by Liz Garbus
Academy-Award nominee, Sundance Grand Jury Prize-Winning and Emmy-Winning Producer/Director Liz Garbus brings a meticulously crafted story, Bobby Fischer Against the World, which tells not only the tale of this man’s tortured journey through life but also shows the larger global political ramifications of the time and how the sport of chess was changed forever through Fischer’s genius.
Friday, January 21, 11:30 a.m. at Library Center Theatre (Park City) – public
Friday, January 21, 7:30 p.m. at Holiday Village III (Park City) – P & I
Saturday, January 22, 7:00 p.m. at Redstone Cinemas 7 (Park City) – public
Sunday, January 23, 11:30 p.m. at Prospector Square Theatre (Park City) – public
Wednesday, January 26, 9:00 p.m. at Tower Theatre (Salt Lake City) – public
Friday, January 28, 11:30 a.m. at Egyptian Theatre (Park City) – public
Saturday, January 29, 3:30 p.m. at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (Ogden) -public
Talent Attending:
Liz Garbus
Harry Benson – world famous photographer who photographed Fischer countless times for Life Magazine and other outlets
Four Chess Grandmasters will also attend the Festival courtesy of the World Chess Museum

REAGAN (120 min.)
Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, and acclaimed author and expert on the Military Industrial Complex, Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) couldn’t be coming out with a film on a timelier subject than Reagan on the eve of his Centenary in February. Especially as we examine the times we’re living through now and how we got here, this doc is a textured and honest look at the life and career of one of the most influential Presidents in our history. Rather than oversimplifying his massive, larger than life legacy, Jarecki strikes at the heart of the story and presents a clear-eyed look at the man and the myth.
Sundance Screening Dates: REAGAN
Sunday, January 23, 2:15 p.m. at Library Center Theatre (Park City) – public
Monday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. at Redstone Cinemas 7 (Park City) – public
Wednesday, January 26, 9:00 a.m. at Holiday Village II (Park City) – P&I
Wednesday, January 26, 9:00 p.m. at Sundance Resort (Park City) – public
Thursday, January 27, 9:30 p.m. at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (Salt Lake City) – public
Saturday, January 29, 5:30 p.m. at Prospector Square Theatre (Park City) –public
Talent Attending:
Eugene Jarecki

Directed by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood
What would Sundance be without a film from two time Academy Award nominee and Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, whom Esquire called the most important documentary filmmaker of our time? Previously we brought the Festival Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and Casino Jack and the United States of Money. Once more, he unveils something completely different, entertaining, and utterly fascinating with the story of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in Magic Trip. This time, Gibney along with co-director Alison Ellwood has uncovered a vast treasure trove of archival footage, photos and audio recordings to create an immersion experience of Kesey’s acid-fueled cross-country road trip in 1964 to the New York World’s Fair. The meticulous restoration of the never-before-seen-and-heard footage and audiotapes was undertaken by the UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding from The Film Foundation (Martin Scorsese’s film preservation foundation) and The History Channel, with Imaginary Forces providing the super-psychedelic graphics.
Sundance Screening Dates: MAGIC TRIP
Friday, January 21, 1:30 p.m. at Holiday Village Cinema I, Park City – P &I
Friday, January 28, 3:00 p.m. – Temple Theatre, Park City
Saturday, January 29, 3:00 p.m. – Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Talent Attending:
Alex Gibney
Alison Ellwood