Here's the homegrown stuff (world selections to follow) we're already clamoring to see based on, well... nothing. It's sorta like when we got excited before Ke$ha's Cannibal dropped last week.
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION 16 films were selected from 1,102 submissions and none had Vin Diesel.
Another Earth (Director: Mike Cahill; Screenwriters: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling) - Why: Because Cahill directed the best movie of '07 that like three people and Cahill's family saw (King of California). This one's about discovering a second Earth - like Avatar but not ad-libbed.
HERE (Director: Braden King; Written By: Braden King and Dani Valent) - Why: Because the movie's about an effin cartographer. How long have we (yeah, we as in everyone) been saying 'Make a movie about a dude who makes maps...' Finally, King, who did the best doc ever on Dutch Harbor in the late-90s, delivers with the all-caps title.
Higher Ground (Director: Vera Farmiga; Screenwriters: Carolyn S. Briggs and Tim Metcalfe) - Why: Because Farminga is hot in front of the camera; think of how smokin' she'll be behind it.
Like Crazy (Director: Drake Doremus; Screenwriters: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones) - Why: LDR btw. young hot American guy and young hot Brit girl. Doremus is funnyish enough - will this be the Wes Anderson moment he's been craving? The Untitled Sam Levinson Project (Director and screenwriter: Sam Levinson) - Why: We like movies w/out a name. We like Kate Bosworth even better. This has both. U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION 16 films were selected from 841 submissions.
BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer's Journey (Director: Constance Marks) - Why: First cartographers, now puppeteers. Best. Sundance. Ever.
Hot Coffee (Director: Susan Saladoff) - Why: More corporate America bashing - bring it.
How to Die in Oregon (Director: Peter D. Richardson) - Why: In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide and here's a he's-on-my-dead-pool tribute to Kevorkian. The Last Mountain (Director: Bill Haney; Screenwriters: Bill Haney and Peter Rhodes) - Why: Appalachian coal mining/future of energy. Ripped from the headlines.
Miss Representation (Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Screenwriters: Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Jessica Congdon) - Why: SF mayor Gavin Newsom's Mrs., long removed from her days as a She Spy, now has time to hang with toddler daughter Montana and make a doc about women being marginalized by media. Can't figure out from the trailer which side Katie Couric represents.
Page One: A year inside the New York Times (Director: Andrew Rossi; Screenwriters: Kate Novack and Andrew Rossi) - Why: I mean, do we really need to say why? Read the title again.
Troubadours (Director: Morgan Neville) - Why: Archival footie from LA's Troubadour in the late-'60s focusing on James Taylor and Carole King before they turned into sucky old people who play on PBS during pledge drives, that's why.