Houston has again been selected as one of 10 cities for satellite screenings as part of the annual Sundance Film Festival, which takes over Park City, Utah, from Jan. 17-27, 2013.
On Jan. 31, the festival will come to the Bayou City with a one-time preview of Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which tells the story of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. The film stars Rooney Mara, was was nominated for an Oscar for her starring role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck.
The screening will take place at Sundance Cinemas in Bayou Place.
A soon-to-announced filmmaker will be on-site to introduce the film and participate in an audience question-and-answer session moderated by CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh.
Variety has recently named the film's director David Lowery to its list of "10 Directors to Watch."
Variety has recently named the film's director David Lowery to its list of "10 Directors to Watch." His previous short film, Pioneer, landed him on Filmmakers's "25 New Faces" list in 2011. He developed Ain't Them Bodies Saints, a drama-thriller that has been described as a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, at the Sundance Institute Directors Lab.
"Sundance Film Festival USA celebrates the theaters and audiences that are an integral part of supporting and encouraging the work of independent filmmakers," said Robert Redford, the founder and president of Sundance, in a statement.
"By extending the Festival to these 10 cities, we will create a larger shared experience and dialogue around the issues of our time, as explored in these film."
Tickets for the event are on sale now through the Sundance Cinemas box office.