By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Every year, the Sundance Film Festival takes place in Utah, and it’s one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. American and international “indie” filmmakers can show off their cinematic masterpieces every January, competing for top honors in categories like best dramatic and best documentary movies.
At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22 to February 1, celebrities and newcomers will gather to generate buzz for their movies. Although it’s tough for these smaller budget films to make it all the way to the Oscars, this year’s recently announced Academy Awards nominations were dominated by movies that premiered at last year’s Sundance, like Boyhood and Whiplash.
Some of the most talked about flicks at the 31st Sundance Film Festival include Strangerland, which stars Nicole Kidman, Lila & Eve, with Jennifer Lopez, and James Franco’s I am Michael, featuring Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts.
There’s also the dark Olympic comedy, The Bronze, which stars Melissa Rauch from The Big Bang Theory as the leading lady, and Last Days in the Desert has Ewan McGregor (of Obi-Wan Kenobi fame from the Star Wars prequels). For those of you out there who read the post-apocalyptic children’s science-fiction novel, Z for Zacharia, about a 16-year-old girl surviving a nuclear war, its movie version will be shown at Sundance this year, with Star Trek‘s Chris Pine and the lovely Margot Robbie in it.
Images courtesy of Sundance Institute.