It’s that time of year! The biggest celebration of indie film, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, runs Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah. Since Robert Redford began the fest in 1984, it’s been the premier showcase for up-and-coming filmmakers and actors, with directors like the Coen Brothers (Blood Simple, ’84) and stars like Ryan Gosling (The Believer, ’01) having been discovered there. In recent years, film like Precious, An Education, Winter’s Bone, and Project Nim have made their world premiere at Sundance before reaching wider audiences and receiving heaps of awards recognition.
This year is looking very promising as well. From the raunchy comedy Bachelorette, featuring Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher, to poignant documentaries on everything from the war on drugs to rape in the military, here are the films audiences and potential buyers should get excited about at Sundance 2012. Check back here for more updates on the festival.