The Wrap 10 Sundance Directors to Watch: Justin Kelly

By January 22, 2015No Comments

10 Sundance Directors to Watch Includes Spike Lee Protege, ‘Yes Man’ Writers, ‘Martha Marcy’ Producer

Filmmaking careers are born at Sundance, as evidenced by directors Kevin Smith (“Clerks”), J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) and Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”). This year’s festival features plenty of returning artists as well as new voices with something fresh to say. TheWrap talked to buyers and sellers before whittling down this list of 10 buzzworthy filmmakers on the eve of Sundance. Something tells us we’ll be hearing about them for years to come.

Justin Kelly, “I Am Michael” – With the help of James Franco and Zachary Quinto, Kelly explores the role religion plays in sexuality in this indie drama, which will surely generate discussion in Park City. Kelly’s lyrical direction serves as a nice compliment to the complex material, and he gets admirable performances out of his actors while leaving them room to improvise and experiment.