It's all underway! The YouTube deal might not slip you right into the action yet, but there's live streaming, cities across the U.S. getting in on the festival action, films available at home through Sundance Selects, and of course, Cinematical's reviews, news, and 60 Seconds round-ups to keep you in the loop.
Our Coverage: Cinematical is on-hand for two of tonight's three screenings. First, the premiere of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, which finds James Franco playing Allen Ginsberg during the obscenity trial for his iconic poem, Howl. Second, Shorts Program I, which includes Seeds of the Fall, The Fence, Logorama, and *drumroll* Spike Jonze's I'm Here, a robot love story for Absolut vodka. (Trailer here.)
From our Howl review: "A mixture of styles from animation to docudrama to single-person narrative that may have worked well if concentrated on one over another. Instead the subject matter struggles to find a distinct voice and will engage, first and foremost, poetry slammers over those hoping to understand and appreciate Ginsberg's voice."
Also, be sure to check out all of the great pre-fest coverage from Erik Davis through the Sundance10 tag here at Cinematical to keep a handle on all the great films hitting Utah.
Deals: Things aren't moving slowly! We've already got our first deal. Variety reports that Paramount has picked up Waiting for Superman, which premieres on Friday. The Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) film covers the U.S.'s public education crisis through "interlocking stories," and features interviews with names like Bill Gates.