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The Sundance Film Festival, the movie industry's love song to small, intimate, character driven indie films, starts on Thursday. There's a lot to look forward to at Sundance this year, including the release of Richard Linklater's mysterious, 12-year coming of age story Boyhood, and, to a lesser extent, Zach Braff's Kickstarter project. There are also more movies than you can physically be excited about, glamorous people, and great parties. 

If you're sitting here reading this you're probably not trekking over to Utah, meaning you won't get to see most of these movies for a while. Watching the trailers is a small consolation, but here are 15 trailers to tide you over until your Sundance favorites are released at the nearest art house theater. 


White Bird in a Blizzard

Shailene Woodley is a normal late 80s hipster until her mother (Eva Green) disappears into thin air. 

Wish I Was Here

Zach Braff stars as an existentially lost failed actor with a wife and kids. This is what your Kickstarter money purchased.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Fishing Without Nets

It's basically Captain Phillips from the (much more interesting) perspective of the Somali pirates. 

Dear White People

Set on the campus of a prestigious, mostly white, campus, the story follows a group of black students. It's a satire of "post-racial" America, and probably a must-see for people who laugh at the following line: "Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count." The trailer was online at one point (not anymore), but here's a behind the scenes look on how it was made.

The Sleepwalker

Kaia (Gitte Witt) and her boyfriend Andrew (Girls' Christopher Abbott) live on her father's estate in the middle of nowhere. Everything's great until Kaia's sister Christine shows up and brings up a lot of dark family history. 

World Cinema Dramatic Competition


A young woman — obsessed with body fluids — ends up in the hospital after a shaving accident that will make you cringe. NSFW, just so you know.

White Shadow

Follows a young albino boy growing up in the "central African bush." Because superstitious people often murder/mutilate albinos for rumored "magical" body parts, his mother sends him to live with his uncle to protect him.

U.S. Documentaries

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz committed suicide last year following federal charges against him and an aggressive attack from prosecutors. Director Brian Knappenberger previously directed a documentary on the hacktivist group Anonymous.

Private Violence

A film that "encourages us to reevaluate the discourse surrounding domestic violence" and stop asking why abused women don't just leave. 

World Documentaries

Love Child

Two South Koreans blamed mental illness — their addiction to online gaming — for their neglect of their dead young daughter. Love Child looks at Korea's gaming culture and what led to that addiction. 

My Prairie Home

A "documentary-musical" about a Canadian transgender musician.

Short Films


An animated short film about a boy who loses his glasses.


It's 1969, and a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.

Gregory Go Boom

Michael Cera stars as a parapelegic man who leaves home on his own for the first time. 

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