You may have heard about Lynn Shelton’s made-in-Seattle “Laggies” getting a distribution deal at the Sundance Film Festival this week, but here’s some more news of a (former) local doing well there. Craig Johnson grew up in Bellingham, attended the U.W., lived in Seattle for many years and shot his first feature, “True Adolescents” here in 2009. This week, his newest film “The Skeleton Twins,” just landed one of Sundance’s biggest distribution deals: an estimated $3.5 million in domestic and worldwide rights. “The Skeleton Twins,” directed by Johnson and written by Johnson and Mark Heyman, explores a reunion between a pair of estranged twins, played by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.
The film will be released theatrically this summer, but you can get a sneak peek early, through the Sundance Film Festival USA program. Johnson will be in his old hometown to introduce the film on Thursday, January 30, at 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. at the Sundance Cinemas in Seattle’s University District; click here for ticket information.