Sundance 2011: TAKE SHELTER gets a distributor; will have a tough jury to face

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 18th, 2011

With Terence Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE set to finally hit theaters this year, actress Jessica Chastain is looking to have one hell of a 2011.

Her next film, the Jeff Nichols-directed follow-up to his beloved debut SHOTGUN STOREIS, set to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has finally nabbed a distributor.

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American, Latin American, New Zealand, and Australian rights to TAKE SHELTER, a drama starring SHOTGUN star Michael Shannon and co-starring the up and coming actress.  The film follows

“Curtis LaForche (Shannon) who lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha (Chastain), and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can’t compare with Curtis’s privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify.”

The film will premiere, in competition, at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24th. No release date for the film has yet to be announced, but don’t be shocked if the film gets held on to until the third or fourth quarter of the year.  Trust me, awards season will be the perfect home for this hotly anticipated project.

However, the road to any sort of Sundance award for any film will be a tough one, as this year’s Sundance jury has been announced, and it’s a really interesting collection of names.

The festival has announced that Jason Reitman, Todd McCarthy, Kimberly Peirce, cinematographer Tim Orr, and America Ferrara will look on as the U.S. Dramatic Jury, with Susanne Bier, Rajenda  Roy and the previously announced Bong Joon-ho looking over the World Dramatic side of things. Matt Groening, Jeffrey Blitz, Laura Poitras, Jess Search and Sloane Klevin will be the US Documentary jury. Talk about a murderer’s row.

What do you think?

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  • Josh Frink

    I’m still fairly new to festivals and how jury’s work but don’t they compare the films against each other? Other than bringing their personal preferences, what about someone on a jury makes them harder or softer than someone else?

    • Josh Brunsting

      It’s not really a “tough” jury, just one with a lot of talented names. I’d think a tough jury would be full of talented people in the field. That’s what’s here.

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