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Sundance 2015: Additional Programming Announced

ad_34504873_9f4e6961aeb34e6e_webThe 2015 Sundance Film Festival has just announced a number of additional selections to the Premieres, Special Events, and New Frontier sections, while also revealing the lineups for Sundance Kids and this year’s From the Collection retrospective screening. The new programming may be found here.

Previously announced: US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions and NEXT; Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier; Premieres, Documentary Premieres, and Special Events; and Shorts.

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In Theatres: WE ARE THE GIANT

we are the giantComing to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 12: WE ARE THE GIANT

Greg Barker’s portrait of Arab Spring activists made its bow at Sundance this year. It has gone on to screen at Nantucket, Hot Docs, IDFA, Heartland, Docuwest, Hawaii, and AFI Docs, among others.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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On Cable: DINOSAUR 13

dinosaur 13Coming to CNN tomorrow, Thursday, December 11: DINOSAUR 13

Todd Miller’s look at a custody battle over fossil remains had its world premiere at Sundance this year. Other fest engagements have included Traverse City, Sydney, Melbourne, and its local setting of the Black Hills. After a theatrical and VOD release, the film now makes its broadcast debut.

I previously profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Sundance 2015: Shorts Announced

ad_34504873_9f4e6961aeb34e6e_webThis is the fourth pointer to the lineup announcements for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Just announced are the selections for Shorts programming, located here.

Previously announced: US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions and NEXT; Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier; and Premieres, Documentary Premieres, and Special Events.

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Dubai 2014: Documentary Overview

imgres-1The 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, the oldest Gulf State event of its kind, begins tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10, and runs for a week. This year’s festival has seen some radical changes due to budget constraints, largely reflected in the elimination of its co-production platform, as well as other perennial programs such as the Muhr Asia/Africa Awards section. As a whole, the event showcases a tighter line-up in 2014, including slightly fewer documentary features – 21 to last year’s 25. About a third of these are familiar from other festivals’ programming, while the remaining largely represent new regional work.

our metropolisThe Arabian Nights section includes Wafa Jamil’s COFFEE FOR ALL NATIONS, about a Palestinian man who opens a small coffee shop accessible to Palestinians and Israelis alike; and Takeharu Watai’s PEACE ON THE TIGRIS – IRAQ WAR AND 10 YEARS OF LIFE IN BAGHDAD, which follows the Japanese filmmaker as he tries to reunite with the Baghdad residents he filmed at the onset of the war in 2003; while the Cinema of the World’s doc offerings include Gautam Sonti and Usha Rao’s OUR METROPOLIS (pictured), chronicling Bangalore’s residents’ struggle against the forced development of their city.

in this landSeveral nonfiction works are included in the Muhr Feature category: Reine Mitri’s IN THIS LAND LAY GRAVES OF MINE (pictured), an exploration of racial and religious territorialism in Lebanese land sales; Bassem Fayad’s DIARIES OF A FLYING DOG, about a Lebanese man and his dog, both with obsessive compulsive disorder; Hazem Alhamwi’s FROM MY SYRIAN ROOM, a personal reckoning with Syria’s 2011 civil war; Hind Shoufani’s TRIP ALONG EXODUS, about the filmmaker’s father, a 1970s Palestinian revolutionary; Salim Abu Jabal’s ROSHMIA, which follows the efforts of an elderly Palestinian couple to seek compensation for the forced relocation; and Nujoom Al Ghanem’s NEARBY SKY, the story of the struggle of the first female Emirati to enter her camel in the traditionally male-led camel beauty pageant.

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Sundance 2015: Premieres, Documentary Premieres & Special Events Announced

ad_34504873_9f4e6961aeb34e6e_webThis is the third pointer to the lineup announcements for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Just announced are the selections for the Premieres, Documentary Premieres, and new Special Events section, located here.

The programming slate will wrap up this week with announcements revealing Sundance Kids and Shorts programming.

Announced last week: US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions and NEXT, and Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier.

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Sundance 2015: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight & New Frontier Announced

ad_34504873_9f4e6961aeb34e6e_webThis post is a pointer to the second lineup announcement for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. This year’s selections in Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier may be found here.

The remaining non-competition feature sections, Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Sundance Kids, and the new Special Events, as well as Shorts, will be revealed in further announcements next week.

If you missed yesterday’s announcement, the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, plus NEXT, click here.

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