The 2015 Sundance Film Festival begins tonight, Thursday, January 22. My responsibilities as Programming Associate for the festival take priority for the duration of the festival, which runs through Sunday, February 1, so w(n)td will be on hiatus during this time, with normal, daily weekday posting resuming on Monday, February 2.
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To catch up with Sundance programming, here are my 2015 Sundance documentary profiles, divided by festival section:
US Documentary Competition
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BEST OF ENEMIES
CALL ME LUCKY
CITY OF GOLD
HOT GIRLS WANTED
HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER
WELCOME TO LEITH
THE WOLFPACK (pictured)
World Cinema Documentary Competition
THE AMINA PROFILE
THE CHINESE MAYOR
CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD
LISTEN TO ME MARLON
THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER (pictured)
BEAVER TRILOGY PART IV
THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON
FRESH DRESSED (pictured)
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF
THE HUNTING GROUND
IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST
KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
THE MASK YOU LIVE IN
MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?
Park City at Midnight
THE ROYAL ROAD
SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE (pictured)
STATION TO STATION
6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA
THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST (pictured)
MISERY LOVES COMEDY
From the Collection
PARIS IS BURNING
New to VOD this week: CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO
Robert Berger and Karlyn Michelson’s experimental performance hybrid doc debuted at Sundance in 2013. It also went on to screen at the New York Film Festival, DocPoint, AFI Fest, CPH:DOX, and Hamptons, among others. It now comes to iTunes with the assistance of the Sundance Institute’s #ArtistServices program, with more VOD platforms to follow.
My pre-Sundance profile of the film may be found here.
The 21st edition of Slamdance runs this Friday, January 23 through Thursday, January 29. Taking place concurrently with Sundance, it’s usually a challenge for the scrappy event to rally audiences and industry interest, but there are often a couple of small, hidden gems that emerge from the programming. I won’t have time to attend any screenings at the Treasure Mountain Inn given my Sundance duties, but with just ten feature documentaries in Slamdance’s slim line-up, here are a few nonfiction works that might end up popping:
Ryan Wise’s I AM THOR (pictured) profiles not the Marvel comic book and movie Norse god, but Jon Mikl Thor, a 1970s rocker looking for his comeback. Another nostalgia-focused project, Jeremy Royce’s 20 YEARS OF MADNESS, reunites the team behind 1990s cult TV program 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS for a final episode.
Perhaps in line to benefit from more recent events, Colin Offland’s DENNIS RODMAN’S BIG BANG IN PYONGYANG (pictured) focuses on the outsized sports personality’s relationship to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Also exploring the intersection of celebrity and geopolitical events is Ben Patterson’s SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT, which sees the Fugees’ Pras Michel become involved in the Haitian presidential campaign. Finally, heading into more serious terrain, Morgan Schmidt-Feng’s ON HER OWN details a woman’s struggles to hold on to her family farm against economic instability.
The final profile for this year’s Sundance comes From the Collection, celebrating one of the most enduring documentaries about subcultures: PARIS IS BURNING, Jennie Livingston’s classic look at NYC’s drag ball culture. Continue reading
The second of two nonfiction projects in the new Special Events section closes out today’s profiles: MISERY LOVES COMEDY, Kevin Pollak’s revealing look at stand-up comedy. Continue reading
New to Sundance this year is the Special Events section, which includes two nonfiction projects. First up: A preview of the first episode of Andrew Jarecki’s new six-part HBO documentary series, THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST, about the reclusive real estate heir. Continue reading
Winding down this year’s profiles, we turn to the only documentary offering in the Spotlight section: Mark Cousins’ latest essay film, 6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA, an exploration of the noted author. Continue reading