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Top movies will come out of Sundance Festival

Contributing Reporter

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 00:01

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is making headlines for featuring seasoned directors and showcasing unnoticed films that feature upcoming and big stars.

Already in its ninth day, “Camp X-Ray,” “The Skeleton Twins” and “Web Junkie” are films to keep an eye on for future mainstream success.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “Camp X-Ray” starring actress Kristen Stewart is creating a huge buzz that has separated the Twilight actress from the vampire saga. The film produced on a relatively small budget of $1 million with a short five-week shooting schedule.

However it’s Stewart’s role, a cross between “G.I. Jane” and “Romeo and Juliet,” that is stirring mixed reviews. 

Stewartswitches from the role of vampire damsel in distress and plays a runaway teen who joins the military and is later stationed as a guard in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. “Camp X-Ray” director and writer Peter Sattler said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal he struggled to maintain a strong female figure with emotion when writing Stewart’s character, Private Amy Cole.

“This girl is a soldier,” he said. “From the beginning Kristen and I were both conscious that a girl who would be a soldier would have this toughness. How do you have a character who’s tough and reserved, but at the same time you can feel that emotion creaking out?”

Sattler added the film is “apolitical” and is more of a comedy versus political commentary.

Another film making headlines is “Web Junkie,” a documentary delving into the shocking prison-like rehab centers for Internet-addictedteens in China. Filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia follow three teenagers sent to these military-run centers in an attempt rid them of their web dependency.

"China is the first country to declare Internet addiction as a clinical disorder and to take action," Medalia said during an interview with Agence France-Presse

Television meets feature film when two “Saturday Night Live” alumni come together in “The Skeleton Twins.” Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play two deeply disturbed siblings who separately and randomly attempt suicide on the same day. 

Hader and Wiig have already proven their star power and bankability in hits such as “Super Bad” and “Bridesmaids,” respectfully. “The Skeleton Twins” has already been picked up for distribution by Roadside Entertainment and Lionsgate Entertainment according to IndieWire.

The Sundance Film Festival has also launched some of the most beloved movies including “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) and “Beast of the Southern Wild” (2012).

Along with celebrating its growing popularity, the Festival is celebrated its 30th anniversary. Sundancecontinues to prove it’s lasting importance in the film industry as an active contributor to the launching of moviesto the general public that would otherwise be overlooked.

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