sundance stars

see which actors are making this year’s buzziest films.

by liza darwin

Happy Sundance Week, everybody! Hollywood has officially descended on the Park City film festival to promote the most promising indie movies--and if they're lucky, score studio backers for a theatrical release.

Sure, we can always count on an industry event like this one to be packed with our favorites. But from Chloe Moretz to Shailene Woodley to Keira Knightley, this year's attendees reads like an all-inclusive list of NYLON girls, all of whom have really awesome movies we want to know more about. These low-budget flicks are clearly projects close to the actors' hearts (AKA, what Moretz does when she's not starring in blockbusters like Carrie or Kick-Ass), so why not get prepped on them right now?

While the actors are wrapping up things in Utah, get schooled on the films these stars have in the pipeline. Then when the movies (fingers crossed!) come out, you'll be one step ahead of everyone else. 

The Movie: Better Angels

The Stars: Diane Kruger, Brit Marling

The One Sentence Summary: Produced by Terrence Malick, it follows the life of Abraham Lincoln as a young boy. 

The Movie: Happy Christmas

The Stars: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey and Lena Dunham

The One Sentence Summary: What happens when a man's twenty-something sister (Kendrick) comes to babysit his child.

The Movie: One Song

The Stars: Anne Hathaway

The One Sentence Summary: An uptight anthropologist studying in Morocco returns to New York for a family emergency and falls in love.

The Movie: Laggies

The Stars: Chloe Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell

The One Sentence Summary: The comedy revolves around Megan (Knightley) who befriends a 16-year-old (Moretz) after she feels trapped in her romantic relationship. 

The Movie: The One I Love

The Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass

The One Sentence Summary: A couple is sent on a retreat by their therapist.

The Movie: Low Down

The Stars: Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, John Hawkes

The One Sentence Summary: Based on the eponymous novel by Amy-Jo Albany, follows the life of pianist Joe Albany (Hawkes) from his daughter's perspective (Fanning) as he struggles with substance abuse. 

The Movie: Camp X-Ray

The Stars: Kristen Stewart 

The One Sentence Summary: Revolves around the life of a soldier as she becomes close with detainees at Guantanamo Bay. 

The Movie: Frank

The Stars:  Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal

The One Sentence Summary: The comedy follows an aspiring musician after he joins a pop band.

The Movie: Whiplash

The Stars: Miles Teller 

The One Sentence Summary: In this Sundance opener, a drumming student is at odds with his jazz band instructor.

The Movie: A Most Wanted Man

The Stars: William Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

The One Sentence Summary: A cat-and-mouse game set in the context of the War on Terror. 

The Movie: Rudderless

The Stars: Selena Gomez, Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin

The One Sentence Summary: A grieving father starts a band in order to honor his late son. 

The Movie: White Bird in a Blizzard

The Stars: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green

The One Sentence Summary:  Set from 1988-1991, a girl searches to find herself after her mother mysteriously disappears.

The Movie: Infinitely Polar Bear

The Stars: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo

The One Sentence Summary: A relationship-based dramedy centered around a father with bipolar disorder and his wife. 

The Movie: Wish I Was Here

The Stars: Zach Braff, Donald Faison

The One Sentence Summary: The Kickstarter-funded project (helmed by Braff) revolves around spirituality, growing up, and duh, awesome music.

The Movie: Listen Up Philip

The Stars: Krysten Ritter, Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman

The One Sentence Summary: A comedy that follows egos of the New York literary world.