Netflix unveiled its expanded slate of diverse originals making their world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, including four original films, one original documentary feature, and episodes of two documentary series’
With a roster of talent including Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Rashida Jones, Melanie Lynskey, Jesse Plemons, and Alfre Woodard, the titles selected for Sundance Film Festival highlight the breadth of creativity found at Netflix.
“Sundance Film Festival has always been committed to giving voice to true originals, and their curation of titles for the 2017 festival is exceptionally strong and innovative, it’s thrilling for Netflix to have the opportunity to premiere such a compelling array of original films, documentaries and series this year.”
Netflix CCO, Ted Sarandos.
Keep reading for stills and descriptions of these brand new originals.
Burning Sands (Netflix launch: March 10, 2017)
- Deep into a fraternity’s Hell Week, a favored pledge is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.
- The film stars Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Trevante Rhodes, Christian Robinson, Rotimi, Octavius Johnson, Malik Bazille, Mitchell Edwards, Imani A. Hakim, Serayah, and Nafessa Williams.
- Directed by Gerard McMurray, Written by Christine Berg & Gerard McMurray and Produced by Stephanie Allain, Jason Michael Berman, Reginald Hudlin, and Mel Jones. Executive Produced by Caroline Connor.
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (Netflix launch: March 17, 2017)
- Two teenage sisters start robbing trains to make ends meet after their single mother’s emotional meltdown in an electronics store lands her in jail.
- Directed by Sydney Freeland and written by Shelby Farrell, the film stars Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson, David Sullivan, Danielle Nicolet, Sasheer Zamata, Missi Pyle, Arturo Castro, and Sharon Lawrence.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix launch: February 24, 2017)
- When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.
- Written and directed by Macon Blair, the film stars Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy, Devon Graye, Christine Woods, Robert Longstreet, Gary Anthony Williams, and Lee Eddy.
The Discovery (Spring, 2017)
- A love story set in a world where the afterlife has been scientifically proven, and as a result millions of people start taking their own lives to “get there.”
- Directed by Charlie McDowell, The Discovery stars Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough and Ron Canada.
The Mars Generation (Netflix launch: Spring, 2017)
- The Mars Generation, a Time Inc. production world premiering in the Sundance Kids section, is a comprehensive look at the little known history of mankind’s efforts to reach Mars as seen through the eyes of the teens who aspire to be the first ever to set foot on the Red Planet, as well as the leading experts currently pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation in space exploration. The film sheds light on just how close we are to a manned mission to Mars and the incredible impact that such a journey would have on both the scientific advancement and the collective pride of the people of Earth.
- Directed by Michael Barnett, Produced by Austin Francalancia and Clare Tucker.
Abstract: The Art of Design (Netflix launch: February 10, 2017 )
- Abstract: The Art of Design demystifies the contemporary creative experience for a wide audience by bringing us inside the lives and minds of some of the greatest designers working today in a variety of disciplines. By seeing the world through these designers’ eyes, Abstract shows viewers in a fresh and inspiring way how design impacts every aspect of life and exposes them to a new perspective on design thinking.
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (Netflix launch: Spring, 2017)
- Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On tells personal stories about people whose lives are affected by the explosion of the Internet where pornography, dating apps and virtual relationships are all just a click away. The series explores the intersection of sex and technology telling stories of intimacy, connection, disconnection, self-promotion, race and gender politics. How is establishing sexual relationships through screens now rewiring us in fundamental ways?
- Executive Produced by Rashida Jones, the series is an extension of the feature documentary Hot Girls Wanted, which premiered at Sundance in 2015.
All titles will launch globally on Netflix in 2017.
images & press release courtesy of Netflix PR