Also on the docket for Netflix original movies is Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, which follows two teens who start robbing trains to make ends meet after their mother ends up in jail. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore tells the story of a woman (Melanie Lynskey) and her neighbor (Elijah Wood) who get in over their heads battling back against a pack of dangerous criminals. The Discovery, which stars Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, and Jesse Plemons, is “a love story set in a world where the afterlife has been scientifically proven, and as a result millions of people start taking their own lives to ‘get there.’”
Leading the way for Netflix original documentaries hitting Sundance is the second installment of docu-series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, which continues to examine how the Internet and technology have disrupted and changed the way people live their sex lives and find relationships. The Mars Generation chronicles the history of Earth’s exploration of the red planet through the eyes of teens who wish to be the first to step foot on it, while Abstract: The Art of Design takes a closer look at some of the world’s most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines.
Netflix’s newest slate of original movies and documentaries is certainly an ambitious one, especially considering that they submitted them to a field of movies as competitive as those found at Sundance. The network is clearly betting big on its own original programming, which was already vast, with this new group of content. While most of Netflix’s original shows have been hugely successful to this point, their movies and docs have been more hit-and-miss: the network is hopeful that the upcoming slate to be featured at Sundance represents a leap forward.