Pittsfield’s Elizabeth Banks teams up with a New England director for Sundance film

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Actors Jacob Lofland, Boyd Holbrook, and Elizabeth Banks pose for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the WireImage Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift on January 21, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Actors Jacob Lofland, Boyd Holbrook, and Elizabeth Banks pose for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the WireImage Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift on January 21, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)Getty Images

Pittsfield’s Elizabeth Banks was one of the local celebs at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Tuesday. She joined her “Little Accidents” costars Jacob Lofland and Boyd Holbrook to promote the film, which is about residents in a coal mining town whose lives are affected by the same tragedy. The Sara Colangelo-directed movie was adapted from a short, also directed by Colangelo, that featured a Massachusetts character. She explains her connection to the area in Vanity Fair this week. “I’m from a small town north of Worcester,” Colangelo says, “and it’s a factory town. The short film ‘Little Accidents’ was set in a factory and I was interested in, first of all, placing a narrative within a single town, and the politics of that. I was very interested in how, when an accident does happen, what the socioeconomic lines of the conflict are and how it affects different people within a community in different ways. It definitely came out of being from an industrial town and the aesthetic of an industrial town that really appealed to me, and it’s something I wanted to bring out.”

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