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Filmmakers with Sacramento ties score at Sundance

Utah’s Sundance Film Festival will wrap up Feb. 1, after bringing good news to two filmmakers with strong ties to the Sacramento region.

“Mistress America,” the latest collaboration between “Frances Ha” actress-screenwriter Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, was picked up just before the festival started by Fox Searchlight, the distributor behind “Little Miss Sunshine” and “12 Years a Slave.”

In “Mistress,” which Gerwig co-wrote with Baumbach, Gerwig plays a New York bon vivant who takes a college freshman (Lola Kirke) under her wing. The film drew a rave review from Variety when it showed at Sundance, with the critic pointing out how “Mistress” establishes Gerwig, a St. Francis High School graduate, as today’s foremost screwball comic actress.

Director and Nevada County native Patrick Brice, who I wrote about last summer when he brought his film “Creep” to the Nevada City Film Festival, debuted his new project, the sex comedy “The Overnight,” at Sundance. In the film, Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Adam Scott (“Parks & Recreation”) play a couple who are being hit on by their new neighbors (Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godréche).

Distributor The Orchard picked up the low-budget comedy, which Rolling Stone loved, at Sundance, reportedly for $4 million.

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