LOS ANGELES -- By the time the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival wraps up each January, most film buyers already have started packing their bags. But they'll need to bring extra underwear and socks to Park City in 2012 -- the festival's premiere categories, where the most potentially commercial films are placed, are overflowing with new works, and none of the 15 narrative films has a distribution deal in place, while most of the eight documentaries are looking for a home too.
Unlike the competition films, which are often made by first-time or largely unknown filmmakers with up-and-coming actors, the premiere movies usually star familiar names and come from established directors. The 2012 lineup, announced Monday, includes new movies from Spike Lee ("Red Hook Summer," a follow-up to his "Do the Right Thing"); Stephen Frears ("Lay the Favorite," a gambling story); Joe Berlinger (a documentary about Paul Simon's "Graceland" album); and Stacy Peralta (who made "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and returns to skateboarders with his documentary "Bones Brigade").
Actors in the premiere movies include Richard Gere, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Willis, Chris Rock, Sigourney Weaver, David Duchovny and Elizabeth Olsen (who broke out in Sundance this past January with "Martha Marcy May Marlene").