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Special Note: w(n)td & 2015 Sundance

ad_34504873_9f4e6961aeb34e6e_webThe 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.

To keep up with goings on in Park City, follow me on Twitter, as well as my Sundance filmmaker class of 2015 Twitter list.

To catch up with Sundance programming, here are my 2015 Sundance documentary profiles, divided by festival section:

US Documentary Competition
wolfpack3 1/2 MINUTES

BEING EVEL

BEST OF ENEMIES

CALL ME LUCKY

CARTEL LAND

CITY OF GOLD

FINDERS KEEPERS

HOT GIRLS WANTED

HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO

LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER

MERU

RACING EXTINCTION

(T)ERROR

WELCOME TO LEITH

WESTERN

THE WOLFPACK (pictured)

World Cinema Documentary Competition
russian woodpeckerTHE AMINA PROFILE

CENSORED VOICES

THE CHINESE MAYOR

CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM

DARK HORSE

DREAMCATCHER

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

LISTEN TO ME MARLON

PERVERT PARK

THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER (pictured)

SEMBENE!

THE VISIT

Documentary Premieres
fresh dressedBEAVER 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

PROPHET’S PREY

TIG

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

Park City at Midnight
nightmareTHE NIGHTMARE

 

 

 

 

New Frontier
sam klemkeTHE ROYAL ROAD

SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE (pictured)

STATION TO STATION

 

 

Spotlight

6 desires6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA

 

 

 

 

Special Events

the jinxTHE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST (pictured)

MISERY LOVES COMEDY

 

 

 

From the Collection

paris is burningPARIS IS BURNING

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On VOD: CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO

charlie victor romeoNew 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.

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Slamdance 2015: Documentary Overview

slamdanceThe 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:

thorRyan 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.

rodmanPerhaps 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.

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2015 Sundance Docs in Focus: PARIS IS BURNING

paris is burningThe 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

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2015 Sundance Docs in Focus: MISERY LOVES COMEDY

misery loves comedyThe 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

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2015 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST

the jinxNew 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

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2015 Sundance Docs in Focus: 6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA

6 desiresWinding 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

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