For the five 20-something actresses of “To the Stars,” the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival has produced plenty of jitters, and hopes that it will be bought and seen by more audiences.

The Associated Press shadowed the actresses — Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Madisen Beaty, Lauren Ashley Stephenson and Sophi Bairley — before their premiere last Friday, from last-minute decisions about what to wear to when the lights went down in the theater.

“To the Stars” is set in the 1960s in rural Oklahoma. It is about a teenage outcast and the new girl in town. Director Martha Stephens calls it an ode to the dust bowl and the photographs of Dorothea Lange.

It premiered to favorable reviews and is still seeking distribution.

Kara Hayward, left, and Liana Liberato, cast members in
Kara Hayward, left, and Liana Liberato, cast members in “To the Stars,” are interviewed together at the premiere of the film during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, Jan. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Liana Liberato, from left, director Martha Stephens and Kara Hayward pose for a portrait to promote the film
Liana Liberato, from left, director Martha Stephens and Kara Hayward pose for a portrait to promote the film “To the Stars” at the Salesforce Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
Martha Stephens, center, director of
Martha Stephens, center, director of “To the Stars,” poses with cast members Kara Hayward, left, and Liana Liberato at the premiere of the film during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, Jan. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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