Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Nate von Zumwalt
Five award winners from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival make their way to theaters this October, led by the Grand Jury Prize winner Whiplash, starring Miles Teller as a tenacious drum virtuoso training under the tutelage of a notoriously demanding mentor in J.K. Simmons.
Things are similarly taut on the documentary side with the release of Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters, which intimately tracks the proceedings in an isolated North Dakota town where an oil boom has yielded droves of out-of-staters looking for work. One local pastor shoulders the burden of the city’s new migrants by converting his church into a dorm and counseling center, until word gets out that sex offenders are among the church’s denizens.
Other highlights this month include William H. Macy’s directorial debut with Rudderless, and Kristen Stewart’s stint at Guantanamo Bay in Camp X-Ray. Check out all of this month’s Sundance-supported films below.
Friday, October 3
Web Junkie, directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
Friday, October 10
The Overnighters, directed by Jesse Moss
Whiplash, directed by Damien Chazelle
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, directed by Tommy Wirkola
Friday, October 17
Camp X-Ray, directed by Peter Sattler
Dear White People, directed by Justin Simien
Rudderless, directed by William H. Macy
Watchers of the Sky, directed by Edet Belzberg
Listen Up Philip, directed by Alex Ross Perry
Friday, October 24
Laggies, directed by Lynn Shelton
White Bird in a Blizzard, directed by Gregg Araki