Nash Edgerton’s short film BEAR selected for Sundance Film Festival

Blue-Tongue Films is delighted to announce that BEAR, writer-director Nash Edgerton’s newest short film, will have its North American Premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

BEAR was first shown in Official Competition at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival in May 2011 as one of just nine short films selected worldwide, where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film. BEAR, Edgerton’s highly anticipated follow-up to his multi-award winning short film SPIDER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmbv8kevQ-E) is best summed up with this one line synopsis – Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions have horrible consequences.

Since its premiere at Cannes, BEAR has been thrilling audiences at over 25 festivals across Australia, Europe, Asia & South America and has won Best Short Film Awards at St Tropez, Strasbourg and Leeds Film Festivals.  BEAR will be Edgerton’s fifth short film selected for the Sundance Film Festival since he began his film career over 15 years ago.

Produced by Lauren Edwards & John Polson, BEAR was financed with the kind assistance of Billabong, fxphd and Movie Network Channels and stars Nash Edgerton, Teresa Palmer (I AM NUMBER FOUR) and multi-award winning writer-director Warwick Thornton (SAMSON & DELILAH). BEAR was co-written by fellow Blue-Tongue Films member, writer-director David Michôd (ANIMAL KINGDOM), with cinematography by Adam Arkapaw (ANIMAL KINGDOM). BEAR’s Facebook page

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Nash Edgerton commented, “It’s a huge honor that BEAR has been selected to screen at Sundance but especially meaningful because Kieran Darcy-Smith, with whom I made my very first short film LOADED and who started Blue-Tongue Films with Joel and I back in the day, will be at Sundance too with his debut feature WISH YOU WERE HERE opening the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. That’s a pretty memorable moment for us both and I can’t wait to be there supporting & celebrating with him.”

In other Blue-Tongue Films news, David Michôd’s ANIMAL KINGDOM will release in Japan in January 2012, while member & co-founder, Kieran Darcy–Smith’s highly-anticipated directorial debut feature WISH YOU WERE HERE starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price, Teresa Palmer and Antony Starr has indeed been selected to open the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Angie Fielder, producer of multi-award winning short films CROSSBOW and I LOVE SARAH JANE by Blue-Tongue Films’ collective members David Michôd and Spencer Susser respectively, WISH YOU WERE HERE is an Aquarius Films production in association with Blue-Tongue Films. The WISH YOU WERE HERE trailer is now live on the website www.wishyouwereherethefilm.com/video WISH YOU WERE HERE will be distributed in Australia by Hopscotch with its cinema release in 2012.  To keep up to date with WISH YOU WERE HERE news – follow the film on Twitter @Wish_UWereHere and become a Facebook fan.

BEAR was produced by Blue-Tongue Films, in association with Peachy Pictures, Tropfest and fxphd.