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Bill Hader film to be featured at Sundance Film Festival

December 5, 2013

YellowBrix

Dec. 05--A comedy-drama starring Tulsa native Bill Hader, with Kristen Wiig playing his twin sister, will make its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

The prestigious indie-movie festival on Wednesday announced that it had selected "The Skeleton Twins" as one of its 16 feature films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, which "offers festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film," according to the festival's press release.

"The Skeleton Twins" is written and directed by relative newcomer Craig Johnson (the co-writer is Mark Heyman of "Black Swan"), and the cast beyond Hader and Wiig includes veterans Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson and Joanna Gleason.

The picture's Internet Movie Database synopsis is as follows: "After 10 years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong.

"As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other."

To best understand the tone of the comedy, as well as the drama in "The Skeleton Twins," it might be important to know that brothers Jay and Mark Duplass ("The Puffy Chair," "Cyrus," "Jeff, Who Lives at Home") are the film's executive producers.

Since leaving "Saturday Night Live" following the 2012-2013 season, Hader's film projects have ranged from indie pictures like his wife's directing debut "The To-Do List" and the upcoming drama "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy to the announcement that the Cascia Hall graduate will voice characters in a pair of upcoming Disney/Pixar animated movies.

Next month's Sundance Film Festival is set for Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, with a reported 118 films showing from 37 different countries, and from 54 first-time filmmakers.

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