Welcome to a new series here at Cinematical where we'll shine a spotlight on different films premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in January.

With two weeks until the 2010 Sundance Film Festival officially launches, we're trying our best to give you a more intimate taste of the festival by showcasing not only some of the films premiering this year, but also the directors behind them. Next up in our exclusive series is Winter's Bone, from director Debra Granik. Back in 2004, Granik premiered her debut feature, Down to the Bone, at the Sundance Film Festival, and now she's back several years later with another unique story about a female protagonist struggling to fight the odds stacked against her.

Winter's Bone will premiere in the US Dramatic Competition category at Sundance, and it stars Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Lauren Sweetser, Kevin Breznahan, Tate Taylor, Casey MacLaren, Cody Brown and Charlotte Lucas. Cinematical caught up with Granik to ask her some brief questions about the film and the festival life.

Cinematical: Give us the "dude on the street" description of your film.

Debra Granik: Ree, a teenager living in the Missouri Ozarks, has to find her father. He put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she can't turn him up, she and her family will lose the house. She is blocked and threatened by her relatives who have something to hide. With the help of her closest friend and her intimidating uncle, she begins to piece together the truth.