December 11, 2012 | 11:00 AM
Lake Bell, the director of the quirky Four Stories film, ¡El Tonto!— filmed at W Mexico City — will be at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, supporting her second feature film, In a World. The film will screen as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition. It will be the second time she has been recognized by Sundance; the 2011 short, Worst Enemy, marked her directorial debut at the festival. She wrote and directed both films.
Here's a short description of In a World from Sundance's website:
An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voice-over star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.
Spencer Susser, the director of Four Stories' Eugene, is getting in on the Sundance action too. His short film, The Captain, was selected to be included in the U.S. Short Film Competition. According to Sundance's website, the film — which Spencer co-directed with fellow Directors Bureau filmmaker Nash Edgerton — is about "a who man wakes up with a hangover, only to discover the consequences of his actions."
Meanwhile, Roman Coppola, co-writer and director of Four Stories' Die Again, Undead One— filmed at W Hollywood — was honored with a nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay. Roman co-wrote the screenplay for this year's critically lauded film Moonrise Kingdom with Wes Anderson. The two wrote 2007's The Darjeeling Limited, as well.
Here's a short description from the Independent Spirit Awards:
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore—and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.