Last week Natalie Portman starred in the new music video for James Blake’s “My Willing Heart.” The stunning black and white video, directed by Anna Rose Holmer, seemed like a random collaboration between Portman, The Fits director, and the British musician – you know, cool creatives just hanging out making art. But it turns out Portman and Holmer have another project underway.
The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is now in full swing, with masterpieces and disaster pieces alike having already screened for knife-sharpening critics. Sundance is where the indie breakouts of the year to come first capture critical attentions and generate buzz, but in a more immediate sense, the festival provides free-agent films with a precious opportunity to secure distribution. Sundance acts as a bustling film marketplace, where studios eager to find the next Brooklyn or The Diary of a Teenage Girl wheel and deal with producers to get the rights to the festival’s offerings. Below, we’ve compiled a full rundown of all the deals made at this year’s Sundance thus far — treat it like a preview of coming attractions, a guide to the future highlights of 2016.