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Homecoming Sundance Style: 2011 Premiere and Documentary Premieres Announced

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Get ready for the pep rally, root for your team to beat Valley and prepare to pull those pranks on the rival’s because it is homecoming time at the Sundance Film Festival. Not really but with several big name filmmakers making their return to Sundance, it is hard not to get excited to see what many of the festival’s notable alums, now later in their careers, have to say about the world of Independent Cinema. Sidenote: a football team at a school of all filmmakers would most likely be one of the worst teams in history....just sayin’.

Much commentary was made about the apparent lack of “star power” in the announcement of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s competition films. However, the films in the Premiere category, just announced this afternoon, look to remedy that. Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Kevin Spacey, Tracey Morgan, Katie Holmes, Zooey Deschanel, Pierce Brosnan among other name talent will appear on screen in films from the Premiere category.

Generally, the category boasts larger films, usually with distribution secured pre-festival, but that nonetheless have themes and stories that play to the heart of independent cinema and the spirit of the festival. Little Miss Sunshine, The Runaways, Motorcycle Diaries and Alpha Dog are just a few of the films that have made their premieres at Sundance in recent years before going on to larger runs in theaters. As stated before, this year’s selections also mark the return of several notable filmmakers who have helped shape the festival over the past years.