Following last week’s dual Sundance announcements (of its competition and much of its out-of-competition lineup), the Sundance Institute has today announced the films screening in the Premieres and Documentary Premieres section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, taking place from January 19-29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Odgen and Sundance, Utah.

With its selection of the 23 films in the two out-of-competition categories, Sundance has stayed close to its indie roots, as emphasized by festival director John Cooper: “The fact that most of the Premieres have been produced completely independently further underscores the resourcefulness and tenacity of filmmakers in this climate. That drive and entrepreneurial spirit has pushed narrative and documentary filmmakers alike to create rich stories which will entertain and inspire audiences at the festival and in the year to come.”

Among the premieres the festival will play host to are Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, Stephen Frears’ Lay the Favorite, Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer and Amy Berg’s West Memphis Three documentary West of Memphis, which was co-produced by Peter Jackson and his production company WingNut Films.

In addition, the festival has announced that it will play host to a live interactive performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his open collaborative production company hitRECord, which launched as part of the New Frontiers section of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

For a complete list of the 2012 Sundance lineup, head to