Here is the list of 2011 Sundance Film Festival films released Wednesday, with descriptions provided by the festival.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
This year's 16 films were selected from 1,102 submissions. Each is a world premiere.
"Another Earth" - On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, a horrible tragedy irrevocably alters the lives of two strangers, who begin an unlikely love affair.
"Benavides Born" - A high school senior earns admission to the University of Texas at Austin but can't afford to go. Her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship.
"Circumstance" - A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.
"Gun Hill Road" - After three years in prison, Enrique returns to the Bronx to find his wife estranged and his teenage son stumbling towards a transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
"HERE" - On assignment to create a new, more accurate satellite survey of Armenia, an American cartographer forms a powerful bond with an Armenian expatriate and art photographer.
"Higher Ground" - A frustrated young mother turns to a fundamentalist community for answers, but after years of dogma and loss, she must find the courage to ask the questions that will help her reclaim her life.
"Homework" - Quirky, rebellious George has no ambitions other than to cut his next class. But one day, one girl gives him the perfect reason to figure out who he really is. Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Rita Wilson and Blair Underwood.
"The Ledge" - Perched on a ledge, a man says he must jump by noon, while a cop races against time to get to the bottom of it. Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard.
"Like Crazy" - A young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship. Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Alex Kingston.
"Little Birds" - Amid the stark landscape of the Salton Sea, two 15-year-old girls test the limits of their friendship when one follows the other to Los Angeles, only to discover that the boredom of home may be better than learning to survive in the big city. Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Kate Bosworth.
"The Loved Ones" - This film, which the IMDb website says has been renamed "The Reasonable Bunch," is about a pair of reckless siblings dragged into a chaotic family wedding by their overwrought mother. Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Barkin, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Haden Church.
"Martha Marcy May Marlene" - Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
"On the Ice" - On the snow-covered Arctic tundra, two teenagers try to get away with murder.
"Pariah" - When forced to choose between losing her best friend or destroying her family, a Bronx teenager juggles conflicting identities and endures heartbreak in a desperate search for sexual expression.
"Take Shelter" - A working-class husband and father questions whether his terrifying dreams of an apocalyptic storm signal something real to come or the onset of an inherited mental illness he's feared his whole life. Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker.
"Terri" - Orphaned to an uncle who is fading away, mercilessly teased by his peers and roundly ignored by his teachers, Terri is alienated and alone. When the dreaded vice-principal sees something of himself in Terri, they establish a friendship that opens Terri up to the possibility that life is not something to be endured, but something to be shared, and even enjoyed. Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly.
U.S. Documentary Competition
This year's 16 films were selected from 841 submissions.
"Beats, Rhymes and Life" - The story of the rise and influence of one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the collective known as A Tribe Called Quest.
"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" - The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet, the heart and soul of Elmo, Kevin Clash.
"Buck" - About master horse trainer Buck Brannaman, who uses principles of respect and trust to tame horses and inspire their human counterparts.
"Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology" - "Connected" is a stream-of-consciousness ride through the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, progress and morality at the dawn of the 21st century.
"Crime After Crime" - Debbie Peagler is a survivor of brutal domestic violence incarcerated for her connection to the murder of her abuser. Two decades later a pair of rookie land-use attorneys cut their teeth on her case, attracting global attention to the troubled intersection of domestic violence and criminal justice.
"Hot Coffee" - Following subjects whose lives have been devastated by an inability to access the courts, this film shows that many long-held beliefs about our civil justice system have been paid for by corporate America.
"How to Die in Oregon" - In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. "How to Die in Oregon" gently enters the lives of terminally ill Oregonians to illuminate the power of death with dignity.
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" - The Earth Liberation Front is a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's "number one domestic terrorist threat." Daniel McGowan, an ELF member, faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. But who is really to blame?
"The Last Mountain" - A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.
"Miss Representation" - The film examines how American mainstream media's limited and disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of women in power positions, creating another generation of women defined by youth, beauty and sexuality, and not by their capacity as leaders.
"Page One: A year inside the New York Times" - Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.
"The Redemption of General Butt Naked" - A brutal warlord who murdered thousands during Liberia's horrific 14-year civil war renounces his violent past and reinvents himself as an Evangelist, facing those he once terrorized.
"Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles" - An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.
"Sing Your Song" - Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer; this film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.
"Troubadours" - A musical journey tracing the lives and careers of James Taylor and Carole King, pillars of the California singer/songwriter scene, which converged in and around LA's Troubadour Club in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"We Were Here" - A reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
This year's 14 films were selected from 1,073 international narrative feature submissions.
"Abraxas" - Japan. After botching a speech on career guidance at a local high school, a depressed Zen monk with a heavy metal past realizes that only music can revive his spirit.
"All Your Dead Ones" - Colombia. One morning, a peasant wakes to find a pile of bodies in the middle of his crops. When he goes to the authorities, he quickly realizes that the dead ones are a problem nobody wants to deal with.
"The Cinema Hold Up" - Mexico. Four childhood friends in Mexico's Guerrero colony toy with the idea of robbing a cinema. Each hopes that the heist will hurtle them past life's obstacles, only to realize that the caper risks the only thing they have: their friendship.
"A Few Days of Respite" - Algeria, France. A pair of gay men who have escaped from Iran seek safe harbor in a small French village, where a lonely middle-aged woman offers aid.
"The Guard" - Ireland. A small-town cop in Ireland has a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international drug-smuggling ring that has brought a straight-laced FBI agent to his door. However, a surreal chain of events pulls him into the action. Don Cheadle.
"Happy, Happy" - Norway. A perfect housewife, who just happens to be sex-starved, struggles to keep her emotions in check when an attractive family moves in next door.
"Kinyarwanda" - Rwanda, USA. Based on accounts from survivors, Kinyarwanda tells the story of Rwandans who crossed the lines of hatred during the 1994 genocide, turning mosques into places of refuge for Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis.
"Lost Kisses" - Italy. A 13-year-old girl in the deprived outskirts of a sprawling Sicilian city becomes a local celebrity to her needy community when word spreads that she just might be able to perform miracles.
"Mad Bastards" - Australia. In a frontier town of northern Australia's Kimberley Region, an urban street warrior meets his match in a local cop. Performances and stories from real people in Kimberley are woven through the music of legendary Broome musicians, The Pigram Brothers.
"Restoration" - Israel. Aided by a young and mysterious apprentice, an antique furniture restorer struggles to keep his workshop alive, while his relationship with his own estranged son, who is trying to close down the shop, begins to disintegrate.
"The Salesman" - Canada. Car salesman Marcel LA(c)vesque operates by the rules of a bygone era, turning on the charm to make his quota. But the increasing decline of his fading industrial town threatens to plummet this peddler of dreams into an unfriendly reality.
"Ticket to Paradise" - Cuba. A teenage girl running away from her father's sexual harassment meets a young rocker who has escaped to Havana with his misfit group of friends. Set in 1993, during a period of acute shortages in Cuba, the local AIDS hospice begins to look like an unlikely refuge to the hopeless teens.
"Tyrannosaur" - United Kingdom. For Joseph, a man plagued by self-destructive violence and rage, a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker with a devastating secret of her own.
"Vampire" - Japan, Canada. On the surface, Simon seems like a fairly normal, average young man, devoted to his teaching job and ailing mother. Secretly, he is compelled to hunt through online chat rooms and message boards, searching for the perfect girl who will ensure his own survival.
World Cinema Documentary Competition
This year's 12 films were selected from 796 international documentary submissions.
"An African Election" - Switzerland, U.S.A. The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind the scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third-world democracy struggling to avoid civil war and establish stability for good.
"The Bengali Detective" - India, U.S.A., United Kingdom. Chubby, dance-obsessed private-detective Rajesh Bharti and his motley band of helpers tackle poisonings, adultery and the occasional murder on the frenzied streets of Kolkata.
"The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" - Sweden, U.S.A. From 1967 to 1975, Swedish journalists chronicled the Black Power movement in America. Combining that 16mm footage, undiscovered until now, with contemporary audio interviews, this film illuminates the people and culture that fueled change and brings the movement to life anew.
"Family Portrait in Black and White" - Canada. In a small Ukrainian town, Olga Nenya, raises 16 black orphans amidst a population of Slavic blue-eyed blondes. Their stories expose the harsh realities of growing up as a bi-racial child in Eastern Europe.
"The Flaw" - Within a few months in 2008, several American financial institutions failed, and before you knew it the U.S.A. was in the red. An imaginative blend of archive, animation and personal stories delivers a devastating indictment of the unfettered capitalism which has led to crippling, catastrophic income inequality in the land of the free.
"The Green Wave" - Germany. Animated blogs and tweets tell the story of democracy under fire and hopes dashed as protesters are arrested, tortured and raped during Iran's tumultuous elections of June 2009.
"Hell and Back Again" - U.S.A., United Kingdom. Told through the eyes of one Marine from the start of his 2009 Afghanistan tour to his distressing return and rehabilitation in the U.S., we witness what modern "unconventional" warfare really means to the men who are fighting it.
"KNUCKLE" - Ireland, United Kingdom. An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting, this film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans.
"Position Among the Stars" - Netherlands. The effects of globalization in Indonesia's rapidly changing society ripple into the life of a poor Christian woman living in the slums of Jakarta with her Muslim sons and teenage granddaughter.
"Project Nim" - The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who was taught to communicate with language as he was raised and nurtured like a human child.
"Senna" - United Kingdom. The story of the legendary racing driver and Brazilian hero Ayrton Senna takes us on the ultimate journey of what it means to become the greatest when faced with the constant possibility of death.
"Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" - Australia, U.S.A. When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally created one of the world's first "viral" pop culture sensations.