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Shelly's Waitress, Hartley's Grim Land at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival spilled the rest of its selections for 2007, confirming once and for all the supposition that Adrienne Shelly's film Waitress -- on which the director (at right) was completing post-production at the time of her stunning alleged murder earlier this month -- will indeed premiere in Park City. Not so coincidentally, her NYC-gone-Berlin auteur mentor Hal Hartley will share the program with his latest, Fay Grim, which will have its US premiere at the festival.

A smattering of other NYC-linked Sundance perennials made the cut as well, including Tom DeCillo, Tamara Jenkins, Steve Buscemi and Justin Theroux, the latter of whom will attend as both a filmmaker (Dedication, a debut which I've heard is outright brilliant) and an actor (in David Wain's The Ten). A Lindsay Lohan appearance may be in the offing if the Mark David Chapman biopic Chapter 27 can coax her to the snow (not that she needs coaxing, cough cough), and documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg will definitely be around for their second consecutive Sundance as they present their Darfur genocide chronicle The Devil Came on Horseback.

Follow the jump for the rest of the NYC-tied Sundance picks announced Thursday (check indieWIRE as usual for the complete list), and stay tuned for full coverage of the New York-to-Utah contingent as The Reeler gears up its festival coverage in the weeks and months ahead.

Screening in premieres:

Chapter 27, Director and Screenwriter: Jarrett Schaefer
A terrifying glimpse into the deranged mind of Mark David Chapman during his days in NYC prior to the murder of John Lennon, which is played out through his obsession with JD Salinger's classic novel 'The Catcher in the Rye'. World Premiere.

The Good Night, Director and Screenwriter: Jake Paltrow
A man finds he has more happiness and love with the woman in his dreams than in his miserable day to day reality. World Premiere.

Life Support, Director: Nelson George; Screenwriters: Nelson George, Jim McKay, Hannah Weyer
Life Support views the African-American community's HIV crisis through the eyes of a survivor who is a mother, a former addict and an AIDS activist. World Premiere. (Closing Night Film)

The Savages, Director and Screenwriter: Tamara Jenkins
A comic-drama about a pair of adult siblings who are suddenly plucked from their self-absorbed lives when they are forced to care for their estranged and elderly father who never cared for them--an irreverent story about life, love and mortality. World Premiere.

Screening in Spectrum are:

Dedication, Director: Justin Theroux; Screenwriter: David Bromberg
A socially dysfunctional children's book author is forced to work closely with a female illustrator when he loses his long-time collaborator and only friend. World Premiere.

Delirious, Director and Screenwriter: Tom DiCillo
A small time paparazzo befriends and hires a homeless young man who flirts with fame and fortune when he becomes entangled with a famous pop star. North American Premiere.

The Devil Came on Horseback, Directors: Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern
The Devil Came on Horseback exposes the genocide raging in Darfur, Sudan as seen through the eyes of a former U.S. marine who returns home to make the story public. World Premiere.

Fay Grim, Director and Screenwriter: Hal Hartley
A single mother whose husband has been missing for seven years is used as bait by the CIA in this international espionage caper. U.S. Premiere.

Interview, Director: Steve Buscemi; Screenwriters: Steve Buscemi, David Schechter
A fading political journalist has a falling out with his editor and is given an assignment to interview a top television actress, which derails into a battle of wits and deep dark secrets. World Premiere.

Waitress, Director and Screenwriter: Adrienne Shelly
A pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep South falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness. World Premiere.

Year of the Fish, Director and Screenwriter: David Kaplan
A rotoscope-animated modern-day Cinderella story set in the underbelly of New York's Chinatown. World Premiere.

Screening in Park City at Midnight:

The Ten, Director: David Wain; Screenwriters: Ken Marino, David Wain
Ten stories, each inspired by one of The Ten Commandments, illustrate the perils of modern life via extreme comedy. World Premiere.

Special Screening:

Autism Every Day, Director: Lauren Thierry
Autism Every Day takes you inside the lives of families struggling to raise children with autism. It is a gritty, truthful portrayal of the 24 hour a day challenge faced by families as they confront the heartbreak of autism with uncompromising hope and unconditional love. World Premiere.

Posted at November 30, 2006 11:31 PM

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