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December 01, 2011 at 09:04 PM EST

Compliance: From Sundance: “When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unscathed. Based on true events.” (Cast: Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, Dreama Walker, Bill Camp, Philip Ettinger. Written and directed by Craig Zobel, who brought the music-industry con-artist drama Great World of Sound to the festival in 2007.)

I Am Not a Hipster: Okay, but the inflatable pink-dolphin chandelier says otherwise. “Set in the indie music and art scene, this is a character-driven story exploring themes of love, loss and what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy,” according to the synopsis. (Cast: Dominic Bogart, Alvaro Orlando, Brad William Henke, Tammy Minoff, Kandis Erickson, Lauren Coleman. Director and screenwriter: Destin Daniel Cretton)

Kid-Thing: A little girl who lives without a real guardian wanders the woods, causes trouble, and shoplifts for survival. Then one day she finds a woman calling for help from a giant hole in the ground… This brief description of the young main character calls to mind the Dardenne brothers drama The Kid With a Bike, which played Cannes this year, but with the Zellner brothers you never know what to expect … (Cast: Sydney Aguirre, Susan Tyrrell, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner. Director and screenwriter: David Zellner, who brought the missing cat drama Goliath to Sundance in 2008)

Mosquita y Mari: “A friendship between two 15-year-old Latinas becomes complex as they struggle to recognize the sexual undercurrent in their relationship,” according to the Sundance description. (Cast: Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso, Joaquín Garrido, Laura Patalano, Dulce Maria Solis. Director and screenwriter: Aurora Guerrero)

My Best Day: A receptionist in a small town finds her neatly ordered life in chaos after her estranged father calls one day requesting a repair for his refrigerator. Through a series of misadventures, as she tries to get close to him, all hell breaks lose and she discovers a sister addicted to gambling and a grade school-aged brother in trouble with bullies. (Cast: Rachel Style, Ashlie Atkinson, Raúl Castillo, Jo Armeniox, Robert Salerno, Harris Doran. Director and screenwriter: Erin Greenwell)

Pursuit of Loneliness:  “An elderly patient dies in a county hospital leaving no known next of kin. Over the next 24 hours, four central characters try to find a family member to contact regarding the death of this anonymous individual,” according to Sundance. (Cast: Joy Hille, Sandra Escalante, Sharon Munfus, Kirsi Toivanen, Natalie Fouron. Director and screenwriter: Laurence Thrush)

Sleepwalk With Me: Mike Birbiglia stars and directs in this movie version of his stand-up storytelling routine, which includes tales of awkward love, coming-of-age much too old, and battling an embarrassing sleepwalking problem that sometimes sends him crashing through hotel windows. Birbiglia’s act has been excerpted on Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life, and the host of that show, Ira Glass, serves as one of the screenwriters. (Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn, Cristin Milioti. Co-directors: Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish, Screenwriters: Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Joe “Not THE Joey Bags” Birbiglia, Seth Barrish.)

That’s What She Said: “Armed with nothing but their addictions and lots of personal baggage, two best friends and a mysterious young interloper battle a series of misadventures on their quest for love in New York City,” says the Sundance blurb. (Cast: Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis, Alia Shawkat. Director: Carrie Preston, Screenwriter: Kellie Overbey)

Twenty-Eight Hotel Rooms: “Seen only as fragments in the secret world of hotel rooms, a long-term affair becomes perhaps the most significant relationship of a couple’s lives,” again, quoting Sundance’s official guide. (Cast: Chris Messina, Marin Ireland. Director and screenwriter: Matt Ross)

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