More Midwest films to Sundance

More Midwest films to Sundance

More good news from Park City as the Sundance Film Festival announced the rest of its 2014 lineup, revealing a few more films with some Chicago and Midwest ties…

NICK OFFERMAN: AMERICAN HAM. This live taping of Nick Offerman’s hilarious one-man show at New York’s historic Town Hall theater features a collection of anecdotes, songs, and woodworking/oral sex techniques. The routine includes Offerman’s ten tips for living a more prosperous life, so hearken well. AMERICAN HAM is directed by Detroit native and Columbia College Chicago alum Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who collaborated with Offerman on 2013 Sundance hit KINGS OF SUMMER. Offerman, best known for his work in the NBC series PARKS & RECREATION, was born and raised in Illinois, attended U of I in Champaign and co-founded the dearly departed Defiant Theatre here in Chicago in the 90s.

LIFE ITSELF. The latest feature from Kartemquin Films’ Steve James (HOOP DREAMS, THE INTERRUPTERS) recounts the surprising and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Executive produced by Martin Scorcese, the film details Ebert's early days as a freewheeling bachelor and Pulitzer Prize winner, his famously contentious partnership with Gene Siskel, his life-altering marriage, and his brave and transcendent battle with cancer. Kartemquin films is currently is in the midst of a campaign to raise completion funds for LIFE ITSELF, you can support this film here.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS. The latest feature from Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg. I wrote about this one a bit earlier this week, here’s the article.

You can check out all of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival selections here. Sundance runs from January 16-26 in Park City, UT.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.