Sundance announces starry new additions to its 2017 program, including closing-night film 'The Incredible Jessica James.'
Of course, inclusivity matters not
only on the creation side, but also in terms of to whom the films appeal, and
Groth senses a wider range in the potential target demographic for this year’s
program. “If you look back at our competition lineup historically, it skewed
more toward younger protagonists. This year, we have that, but also middle-aged
and older protagonists — so we’re kind of expanding the notion of who
these stories are for, and who they’re about,” he said.
One such example is Mark Pellington’s “The Last Word” — the
“Penelope” director’s first film in a decade, which features a
cross-generational friendship between characters played by Amanda Seyfried and
The festival itself runs from Jan. 19 to Jan. 29.