Sundance Begins Jan. 19; Festival Includes Films With Blythe Danner, Roger Bart, John C. Reilly and More

The Sundance Film Festival, the annual showcase for independent films, kicks off Jan. 19 in Utah and continues through Jan. 29.

Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Tony Award winners Blythe Danner ( Butterflies Are Free), John Rubinstein ( Children of a Lesser God) and Julie White ( The Little Dog Laughed) are seen in "Hello I Must Be Going," which also features Christopher Abbott ( The House of Blue Leaves). Tony Award winner Roger Bart ( You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) stars alongside John Waters ( Hairspray) in "Excision."

Among the Tony Award nominees included in the film festival are Lou Diamond Phillips ( The King and I) in "Filly Brown"; Charles S. Dutton ( The Piano Lesson) in "LUV," which also includes Danny Glover ( Master Harold and the Boys); John C. Reilly ( True West) and Will Ferrell ( You're Welcome America) in "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie"; Anne Heche ( Twentieth Century) in "That's What She Said"; and Marin Ireland ( Reasons to Be Pretty) in "Twenty-Eight Hotel Rooms," which also features Chris Messina ( Salome).

Other stage actors included in the film festival are Paul Dano ( Inherit the Wind), Margarita Levieva ( Impressionism) and Jena Malone ( Doubt) in "For Ellen"; Justin Kirk ( Other Desert Cities) in "Nobody Walks"; Megan Mullally ( Young Frankenstein) in "Smashed"; Helen Hunt ( Our Town) and William H. Macy ( Speed-the-Plow) in "The Surrogate"; Lauren Ambrose ( Exit the King), Carol Kane ( Wicked), James Rebhorn ( Prelude to a Kiss) and Cristin Milioti ( Coram Boy) in "Sleepwalk With Me"; Russell Tovey ( The History Boys) in "Grabbers"; and Ashlie Atkinson ( The Ritz) and Harris Doran ( Hair) in "My Best Day."

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