While it doesn’t boast the sheer number of features as Toronto International Film Festival, it’s still easy for premieres to get lost in the shuffle at Sundance. This fall, a handful of films will be hitting theaters and we’ve got the trailers for a trio that may have went under the radar at Park City.
First up, we have a red band trailer for Stacie Passon’s lesbian drama Concussion, which follows a mother-turned-escort and premiered to strong reviews. Then, following a festival teaser, the theatrical trailer has landed for another Jack Kerouac adaptation Big Sur, which stars Jean-Marc Barr and comes from director Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer). Lastly, we have the first theatrical trailer for Matt Porterfield‘s I Used to Be Darker and one can see our full review of that drama here.
Concussion and I Used To Be Darker will arrive on October 4th, while Big Sur lands on November 1st. Check out all three trailers below, along with synopses.
Abby is a fortysomething, wealthy, married, lesbian housewife who—after getting smacked in the head by her son’s baseball—walks around every corner of her suburban life to confront a mounting desire for something else. She takes on a new project and purchases a pied-à-terre in Manhattan. Walking around the city streets reminds Abby what it feels like to be sexy, and her pent-up libido shakes off its inhibitions. Her desire is not a take-home item for the minivan ride back home, so Abby inaugurates a double life that draws her deeply into a world of prostitution for women.
Big Sur focuses on a moment in Jack Kerouac’s life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling with alcoholism, he retreats to his publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur, which eventually inspires his 1962 novel of the same name. Kerouac’s time begins with quiet moments of solitude and communing with nature. But, struck by loneliness, he hightails it to San Francisco, where he resumes drinking heavily and gets pushed into a relationship with his best friend Neal Cassady’s mistress, Billie.
When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, Maryland, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill have problems of their own: they are trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter, Abby, just home from her first year of college. I Used to Be Darker is a story of people finding each other and letting each other go; of looking for love where they have found it before; and, when that does not work, figuring out where they might find it next.
Which of the above films will you seek out?