The best part about tracking the Sundance Film Festival from afar is that studios do a decent job about releasing trailers for the programmed films so that we can play along and pretend like we are in Park City, Utah without braving the cold and the snow.
Director Christina Voros, for example, will premiere her documentary kink (which James Franco has produced) on Saturday night in Sundance, and a red-band trailer arrives online (via SlashFilm) to give you an idea of the movie’s intent. It catches up with the filmmakers and BDSM aficionados who work for the Web site Kink.com, the largest producer of bondage pornography in the world – according to this teaser trailer:
As you might expect, the point of kink (with an intentional lowercase) is to prove that people who are into BDSM are normal, functioning members of society. It also wants to clear up misconceptions that BDSM is “abuse.” It should be an eye-opening film-going experience, no matter what side of the fence you fall, and we’re likely to hear more about the film as it makes a splash at Sundance, so continue to track our festival coverage right here.
Franco, meanwhile, strikes a unique balancing act by moving from kink to Walt Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, where he plays the title character – a magician who’s carried to the Emerald City by the winds of a Kansas tornado. Here’s hoping audience members don’t confuse the two once Oz reaches theaters in March.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.