“THE SPECTACULAR NOW” Premiers at Sundance this Friday!
Director (and Athens native) James Ponsoldt is packing his bags and heading to Park City Utah for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. His feature film THE SPECTACULAR NOW filmed entirly in Athens, Georgia.
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“The Spectacular Now” Ponsoldt is three-for-three with Sundance — his debut “Off the Black” screened there in 2006, and his follow-up, “Smashed,” played in competition in 2012. This latest tells the story of a self-confident, party-hardy high school senior and a sensitive “good girl” who meet cute and develop a relationship with mixed consequences. The mix of Ponsoldt, who has a way with modestly scaled, realistic drama, and the imaginative writers of “(500) Days of Summer,” forecasts a unique coming-of-age movie. That it features Shailene Woodley in her first big-screen appearance since her remarkable turn in “The Descendants” — along with the ever-riveting Jennifer Jason Leigh — is a major bonus. [Jay A. Fernandez]