This year marks the 2nd Annual “7 Fresh Faces in Film” celebration. All seven of the up-and-comers honored at the event by 7 For All Mankind and Gen Art, are starring in films premiering this year at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Amy Seitmetz’s performance in The Off Hours received impressive early buzz at Sundance. At twenty-nine, she’s already built herself a nicely rounded career in the film industry, a career that includes writing, producing, and directing, along with acting. Still, it’s acting in indie films that has brought her the most notoriety. She can be seen in A Horrible Way to Die, Myth of the American Sleepover, and Tiny Furniture, just to name three of nine films she completed in 2010 alone. Up next with Seitmetz are lead roles in Small Pond (now completed), and No Matter What (now in post production).
Labeled by festival programmers as this year’s Carey Mulligan, Felicity Jones is attending Sundance for her lead role in Like Crazy, alongside Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence. Like Crazy — centered around a British college student who falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa — sold to Paramount earlier today for $4 million. Next month, Jones can be seen in the British/German co-production Chalet Girl.
In 1997, at eight years old, Juno Temple began her acting career with Vigo: Passion for Life, followed by memorable performances in Notes on a Scandal and Atonement. Now, at twenty-one, she’s attending Sundance for two films: Little Birds, a drama centered on two girls in trouble after they run away to Los Angeles, and Kaboom, a sci-fi story following the sexual awakening of a group of college stuents. Temple is currently filming Jack and Diane as the lead, Diane.
Adepero Oduye gives a remarkable performance as Alike in Dee Rees’ feature film directorial debut Pariah, which received a standing ovation upon premiering on Sundance’s opening night. Pariah is the story of a Brooklyn teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. New-comer Oduye starred in a previous production of Pariah as a short film. Oduye has carved quite a start for herself, and we’re sure to see much more from her in the future.
Thomas Dekker has been working professionally in acting in both television and film since he was five years old, including a lead role in John Carpenter’s “Village of the Damned”. Most known for his recent role as a young John Connor on the Fox series “Terminator: The Sarah Conn0r Chronicles” and 2010’s remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, Dekker’s career will take off even further in 2011. At Sundance, Dekker’s starring in Kaboom with fellow “Fresh Facer” Juno Temple. He will next be seen on HBO’s “Cinema Verite”, based on the true story of the first family who were the subjects of a reality show, and recently wrapped indie feature “Angel’s Crest”.
Olivia Crocicchia stars as Heather in Azezel Jacobs’ Terri, the story of a large 15-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life. She has previously guest starred in Law & Order and a reoccurring role in Rescue Me, and has recently finnished up filming the romantic comedy Nailed with director David O. Russell.
Like his co-star, Juno Temple, A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Kyle Gallner is also showing his acting diversity with two roles premiering at Sundance: Little Birds and Kevin Smith’s Red State. Gallner takes the lead in his next film, the 2011 comedy Losers Take All, now in post production.