Indian actress Priyanka Chopra’s next Hollywood film, “A Kid Like Jake,” is all set to screen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, to be held in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah, from Jan. 18 to 28, 2018.
The film, directed by Silas Howard, will be showcased in the premiere section.
Chopra shared her excitement on Twitter Nov. 30, writing that she cannot wait for her fans to watch the film. “When I read the script of ‘Kid Like Jake,’ I knew immediately that this was a story I had to be a part of... A story that needed to be told and seen…And now it’s been selected for Sundance Film Festival!” she tweeted.
The official premise of “A Kid Like Jake,” starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Chopra, Ann Dowd, and Amy Landecker, is: “As married couple Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents to a young son who prefers Cinderella to G.I. Joe, a rift grows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what’s best for their child, and each other.”
“Kailash,” a film on child rights activist and Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, will also debut at the 2018 festival. Directed by Derek Doneen and produced by Davis Guggenheim and Sarah Anthony, the film will be showcased in the U.S. documentary category. The film will depict how Satyarthi, who as a young man promised himself that he would end child slavery in his lifetime, has rescued more than 80,000 children and built a global movement in the decades since. This intimate and suspenseful film follows one man’s journey to do what many believed was impossible, said the festival.
The 2018 lineup also features “Blindspotting,” starring Indian American actress Janina Gavankar, Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal and Jasmine Cephas Jones. “Blindspotting,” which will be competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, is a buddy comedy in a world that won’t let it be one. It is directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada.
Among the 110 films that will be screened at the prestigious festival is Indian American filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty’s “Search.”
“Search” has found a place in the ‘Next’ category, a category, which, according to the festival, shows films that “will shape a ‘greater’ next wave in American cinema.” Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include “A Ghost Story,” “Tangerine” and “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.”
“Search” is also the winner of the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.
In the thriller, after his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.
Chaganty, who also worked on the film as a screenwriter, found instant fame on the Internet after his short film, “Seeds,” went viral. Following its success, the young filmmaker writes in his LinkedIn bio, he was recruited by Google to develop and direct commercials as part of the Google 5, a team of five young creatives from around the world helping run the Google brand from New York City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in film and TV production from the University of Southern California.