An Epilogue

With the 2023 Sundance Film Festival kicking off tomorrow, in-person in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT, for the first time since 2020, and keeping me busy in my role as Senior Programmer, this is typically the time of the year when w(n)td goes on hiatus for the duration of the Festival.

This year, it also makes for a fitting time to bring this site to a close, more or less. I’ve been posting about all things documentary since the summer of 2010, usually multiple times daily during the work week. While my writing has been less in-depth in recent years, making the site function more like a nonfiction release listing, it’s still been a time commitment. With others providing similar information – I recommend interested readers sign up for DOC NYC’s Weekend Watch newsletter – I feel like it’s time for me to step away from regular posting for the foreseeable future. I may pop in with an occasional post, such as notable Sundance announcements or listings of Sundance alumni releases, but, after 12.5 years and more than 8000 posts, my daily contributions to w(n)td have now wrapped.

Thanks to everyone who has checked out this site over the years, which I’ll continue to maintain as an archive. If you’re headed to Sundance, I hope to see you in person there.

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Sundance Documentaries Coming in February

The following past Sundance Film Festival documentaries or docuseries are scheduled for release this month:

>February 3 & February 5:
Streaming: Showtime, On TV: Showtime

MURDER IN BIG HORN
Sundance 2023

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jeff Hutchens | courtesy of SHOWTIME

Director:
Razelle Benally, Matthew Galkin

About:
The deaths of a group of Native American women in rural Montana are the focus as Native families, journalists, and local law enforcement reveal a violent crisis set in motion almost 200 years ago.

>February 7:
On VOD

TO THE END
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Director:
Rachel Lears

About:
Stopping the climate crisis is a question of political courage, and the clock is ticking. Over three years of turbulence and crisis, four remarkable young women of color fight for a Green New Deal, igniting a historic shift in US climate politics.

>February 7:
On TV: HBO, Streaming: HBO Max

ALL THE BREATHES
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Director:
Shaunak Sen

About:
Against the darkening backdrop of Delhi’s apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protect one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the Black Kite.

>February 10:
In Theatres: Anthology Film Archives

SEARCHERS
Sundance 2021

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Director:
Pacho Velez

About:
An exploration of online dating apps and the need for human connection during a time of enforced isolation.

>February 14:
On DVD/VOD

FRAMING AGNES
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ava Benjamin Shorr

Director:
Chase Joynt

About:
After discovering case files from a 1950s gender clinic, a cast of transgender actors turn a talk show inside out to confront the legacy of a young trans woman forced to choose between honesty and access.

>February 21:
On DVD

CALENDAR GIRLS
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Love Martinsen

Director:
Maria Loohufvud, Love Martinsen

About:
A coming-of-golden-age look at Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60, shaking up the outdated image of “the little old lady,” and calling for everyone to dance their hearts out, while they still can.

>February 24:
On VOD

MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Rebecca Greenfield

Director:
Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace

About:
An immersive journey through the New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11, the film tells the story of how a new generation kickstarted a musical rebirth for New York City that reverberated around the world. Inspired by the book by Lizzy Goodman.

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2023 Sundance Awards

The winners of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival were announced earlier today. A list of the feature awards follows:

US Documentary Competition Awards:

Grand Jury Prize: GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Audience Award: BEYOND UTOPIA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Directing Award: A STILL SMALL VOICE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award: GOING VARSITY IN MARIACHI | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Special Jury Award: Clarity of Vision: THE STROLL | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Special Jury Award: Freedom of Expression: BAD PRESS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

World Cinema Documentary Competition Awards:

Grand Jury Prize: THE ETERNAL MEMORY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Audience Award: 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov
Directing Award: SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Special Jury Award: Creative Vision: FANTASTIC MACHINE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Alexander Tikhomirov
Special Jury Award: Verite Filmmaking: AGAINST THE TIDE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

US Dramatic Competition Awards:

Grand Jury Prize: A THOUSAND AND ONE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Focus Features
Audience Award: THE PERSIAN VERSION | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Directing Award: THE ACCIDENTAL GETAWAY DRIVER | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: THE PERSIAN VERSION | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Special Jury Award: Ensemble | THEATER CAMP | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Special Jury Award: Creative Vision: MAGAZINE DREAMS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Glen Wilson
Special Jury Award: Acting: MUTT | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

World Cinema Dramatic Competition Awards:

Grand Jury Prize: SCRAPPER | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Chris Harris
Audience Award: SHAYDA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Directing Award: SLOW | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Special Jury Award: Creative Vision: ANIMALIA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Special Jury Award: Cinematography: MAMI WATA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Special Jury Award: Best Performance: WHEN IT MELTS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

NEXT Awards:

NEXT Innovator Award: KOKOMO CITY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by D Smith
Audience Award: KOKOMO CITY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by D Smith

Festival Favorite:

Festival Favorite: RADICAL | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

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95th Oscars: Best Documentary Nominees

Oscar nominations were announced this morning, including the documentaries listed below. Congratulations to all the nominees – particular the past Sundance Film Festival titles recognized – and good luck on Sunday, March 12.

Documentary Feature:

ALL THAT BREATHES
ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED
FIRE OF LOVE
A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS
NAVALNY

Documentary Short Subject:
The Elephant Whisperers
Haulout
How Do You Measure a Year?
The Martha Mitchell Effect
Stranger at the Gate

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: JUSTICE

JUSTICE
Exploring the epic battle to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.

Director:
Doug Liman

Producer:
Amy Herdy

Festival Section:
Special Screenings

More Info:
Check out the Sundance website for more details, including screening info, by clicking on the film title above.

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On VOD: THE MISSION

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Antti Savolainen

Coming to VOD next Friday, January 27:
THE MISSION

Director:
Tania Anderson

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Göteborg, Thessaloniki Doc, Zurich, Beldocs, Docs Against Gravity

About:
A revelation of the inner lives of young Mormon missionaries, as they leave their homes for the first time and embark upon the most emotionally, physically, and psychologically challenging period of their life.

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Timothy D Easley

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
The first authorized work exploring the extraordinary life of Willie Nelson traverses the personal and career ups, downs, and in-betweens of one of the world’s most beloved musicians, by turns spiritual, dramatic, and playful.

Directors:
Thom Zimny, Oren Moverman

Executive Producers:
Thom Zimny, Oren Moverman, Keith Wortman, Mark Rothbaum, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Sean Stuart, Leonid Lebedev, Annie Nelson, Mark Ankner

Festival Section:
Indie Episodic

More Info:
Check out the Sundance website for more details, including screening info, by clicking on the film title above.

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On DVD: BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

Coming to DVD this coming Tuesday, January 24:
BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

Director:
Nina Menkes

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Karlovy Vary, Thessaloniki Doc, BFI London, Jeonju, Istanbul, Beldocs, Docaviv, Frameline, Encounters, Bergen, Ambulante

About:
Based on Nina Menkes’ acclaimed talk “Sex & Power: The Visual Language of Cinema,” this is a mesmerizing journey into how shot design intersects with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse/assault and employment discrimination against women.

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)

SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
An epic event that celebrated Black history, culture, and fashion shines a light on the importance of history and the healing power of music during times of unrest. World Premiered in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s US Documentary Competition section, where it won the US Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and Audience Award: US Documentary.

Director:
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Producers:
David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel

Festival Section:
Encore Special Screenings

More Info:
Check out the Sundance website for more details, including screening info, by clicking on the film title above.

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On DVD: ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

Coming to DVD in re-release this Friday, January 20:
ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

Director:
Sacha Gervasi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2008

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Chicago, Bergen, Biografilm, Docville, Göteborg, Helsinki, San Francisco Jewish

About:
An influential but obscure Canadian 1980s metal band attempts to mount a comeback and finally get their long-deserved due.

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