Sundance Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

by honey-mary | created - 31 Dec 2012 | updated - 31 Dec 2012 | Public

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1. Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to... See full summary »

Director: Joseph B. Vasquez | Stars: Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, John Leguizamo, Nestor Serrano

Votes: 1,262 | Gross: $0.53M

2. Trust (1990)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

After being thrown out of her house, Maria encounters a married woman who complains of not having children. Maria ends up in an abandoned house, where she meets Matthew. When a baby is kidnapped Maria sets out to find the woman.

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Rebecca Nelson, John MacKay

Votes: 8,671 | Gross: $0.36M

3. The Waterdance (1992)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Neal Jimenez, Michael Steinberg | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, William Allen Young

Votes: 2,515 | Gross: $1.72M

4. Combination Platter (1993)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

The story of one man desperately trying to obtain a green card by marrying an American woman.

Director: Tony Chan | Stars: Jeffrey Lau, Coleen O'Brien, Chit-Man Chan, Colin Mitchell

Votes: 154

5. Living in Oblivion (1995)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck

Votes: 15,336 | Gross: $1.15M

6. Big Night (1996)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci | Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony, Larry Block

Votes: 15,708 | Gross: $11.88M

7. High Art (1998)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson, Gabriel Mann

Votes: 9,426 | Gross: $1.93M

8. Joe the King (1999)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A disadvantaged, abused, neglected, exploited but basically decent kid slips into criminality while trying to cope with his harsh, inescapable reality.

Director: Frank Whaley | Stars: Noah Fleiss, Karen Young, Camryn Manheim, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 2,513 | Gross: $0.06M

9. Guinevere (1999)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A young girl from an affluent family rebels and becomes involved with a much older photographer.

Director: Audrey Wells | Stars: Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea, Jean Smart, Gina Gershon

Votes: 2,308 | Gross: $0.61M

10. You Can Count on Me (2000)

R | 111 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, Amy Ryan, Michael Countryman

Votes: 26,427 | Gross: $9.18M

11. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 1,052,411 | Gross: $25.54M

12. Love Liza (2002)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, a web designer turns to gasoline fumes and remote-control airplanes while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.

Director: Todd Louiso | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Annie Morgan, Kathy Bates, J.D. Walsh

Votes: 6,953 | Gross: $0.21M

13. The Station Agent (2003)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin

Votes: 64,893 | Gross: $5.74M

14. We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

An indiscretion between two close friends tears down their respective marriages.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Naomi Watts

Votes: 8,932 | Gross: $2.04M

15. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 70,740 | Gross: $7.36M

16. Stephanie Daley (2006)

R | 92 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Pregnant forensic psychologist Lydie Crane is hired to learn the truth behind the case of 16-year-old Stephanie Daley, who is accused of concealing her pregnancy and murdering her infant.

Director: Hilary Brougher | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn, Timothy Hutton, Vincent Piazza

Votes: 1,659 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Grace Is Gone (2007)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, Family

65 Metascore

Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: John Cusack, Emily Churchill, Rebecca Spence, Jennifer Tyler

Votes: 8,853 | Gross: $0.05M

18. Sleep Dealer (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates.

Director: Alex Rivera | Stars: Luis Fernando Peña, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Metztli Adamina

Votes: 6,186 | Gross: $0.08M

19. Paper Heart (2009)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love.

Director: Nicholas Jasenovec | Stars: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake Johnson, Gill Summers

Votes: 7,919 | Gross: $1.27M

20. Winter's Bone (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone

Votes: 129,482 | Gross: $6.53M

21. Another Happy Day (2011)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics.

Director: Sam Levinson | Stars: Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Demi Moore

Votes: 3,858

22. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 113,310 | Gross: $4.01M



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