The Sundance Film Festival continues through the weekend in Park City, Utah. Here are some of the independent films there that you may be hearing more about soon:
• The raunchy comedy “Bachelorette” ups the ante on anyone trying to repeat the success of “Bridesmaids.” Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher and Kirsten Dunst play the bridal party to a high school pal they never really liked. “We’re all huge fans of ‘Bridesmaids,’” Caplan told E! “ ‘Bachelorette’ takes it to a much darker, more independent place.”
• Elizabeth Olsen, dubbed “Miss Sundance” last year after her riveting performance in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” impressed crowds again in Josh Radnor’s college-based romantic comedy, “Liberal Arts.” She told the Daily Beast, “I am loving every moment of this. I couldn’t be happier.”
• Only one person reportedly passed out during the screening of “V/H/S.” Nonetheless, it’s the horror film everyone is talking about at Sundance, according to AintItCool.com. It’s a clever setup for an anthology: Petty criminals are hired to search through a house filled with VHS tapes to find a rare piece of footage.
• After audiences gave two standing ovations to “The Surrogate,” Fox Searchlight paid $6 million to distribute it. John Hawkes plays a bedridden polio victim whose priest (William H. Macy) helps him hire a sex surrogate (played by Helen Hunt).
• “Under African Skies” is a documentary following singer/songwriter Paul Simon as he returned to South Africa 25 years after making his classic “Graceland” album. Simon said looking back, he thinks the album and tour with South African musicians raised awareness that helped end apartheid in the 1990s. (Coincidentally, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo just played KC. See the review onE6
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays an alcoholic grade school teacher in “Smashed.” Nick Offerman of NBC’s “Parks Recreation” and Octavia Spencer of “The Help” try to help her get sober. Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” plays her husband.
• Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro star in “Red Lights,” about a parapsychologist who wants to debunk a famous psychic.
• “The Invisible War” investigates the startling statistics that in 2010 at least 20 percent of servicewomen and 1 percent of men — about half a million in all — experienced sexual trauma while serving. “We weren’t really ready for all the stories we heard,” producer Amy Ziering told the Washington Post. “Each one had a lot of similarities and all were equally horrific.”