2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: NAVALNY

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NAVALNY
In August 2020 while on a plane traveling from Siberia to Moscow, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government. Navalny partnered with journalists and international news organizations to investigate his attempted assassination and find proof of the Kremlin’s involvement. 

Director:
Daniel Roher

Producers:
Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, Shane Boris

Festival Section:
US Documentary Competition

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Special Note: w(n)td & 2022 Sundance

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival begins tomorrow, Thursday, January 20, and runs through Sunday, January 30. w(n)td will be on hiatus for the duration while I’m busy with my responsibilities as a Senior Programmer for the festival. Regular daily weekday posting will resume on Monday, January 31.

Sundance is available online across the US — and in-person at seven Satellite Screens — so I encourage everyone who is able to catch as much of our amazing lineup as possible. Full program and ticketing info is available at the link above.

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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: GONDWANA

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Gondwana
A durational VR experience that runs over 24 hours, and a constantly-evolving virtual ecosystem chronicling the possible futures of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, the Daintree. Powered by climate data, each showing is unrepeatable and speculative, a meditation on time, change, and loss in an irreplaceable landscape.

Lead Artists:
Ben Joseph Andrews, Emma Roberts

Key Collaborators:
Lachlan Sleight, Michelle Brown, The Convoy

Producer:
Emma Roberts

Festival Section:
New Frontier

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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: 32 SOUNDS

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32 Sounds
An immersive documentary and sensory film experience that explores the elemental phenomenon of sound and its power to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. The film will be presented in its “live cinema” form, featuring live music and live narration.

Lead Artist:
Sam Green

Producers:
Josh Penn, Tommy Kriegsmann

Festival Section:
New Frontier

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On TV: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY

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Coming to Showtime Sunday, January 30:
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY

Director:
W Kamau Bell

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

About:
Can you separate the art from the artist? Should you even try? While there are many people about whom we could ask those questions, none poses a tougher challenge than Bill Cosby.

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Streaming: FEELS GOOD MAN

Coming to MUBI Friday, January 28:
FEELS GOOD MAN

Director:
Arthur Jones

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
True/False, SXSW, Big Sky Doc, Taipei, Fantasia, Sidewalk, Kyiv

About:
An exploration of the unpredictable development of an influential Internet meme.

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

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In Theatres: THE CONDUCTOR

Coming to theatres Thursday, January 27:
THE CONDUCTOR

Director:
Bernadette Wegenstein

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2021

Select Festivals:
SF Jewish, United Nations Association, Luneberg Doc, Global Peace

About:
Leonard Bernstein’s protégée Marin Alsop reveals how she smashed the glass ceiling to become an internationally renowned conductor.

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On VOD: HAMTRAMCK, USA

Coming to VOD next Tuesday, January 25:
HAMTRAMCK, USA

Director:
Razi Jafri, Justin Feltman

World Premiere:
SXSW 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, DOXA, Sarasota, St Louis, CAAMFest, Melbourne Doc, Virginia

About:
An election in America’s first majority Muslim city splits the community along ethnic lines.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Formerly a solid Polish Catholic town, Hamtramck MI is America’s first majority Muslim city. During one election cycle, popular incumbent Karen Majewski faces Muslim challenger Mohammed Hassan for mayor, and the typically harmonious, culturally commingling community begins to split along ethnic lines. Going behind the scenes of small-town politics to explore the beauty and challenges that come with multiculturalism, Razi Jafri and Justin Feltman’s film is a heartwarming reminder that civility and respect can coexist in our political races.

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Streaming: PRISM

Coming to OVID.tv Friday, January 28:
PRISM

Director:
Eléonore Yameogo, An van Dienderen, Rosine Mbakam

World Premiere:
New York 2021

About:
The lighting for movie cameras has always been calibrated for white skin; three filmmakers collectively explore the literal, theoretical, and philosophical dimensions of that reality in this discursive, playful, and profound work of nonfiction.

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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: PHOENIX RISING

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PHOENIX RISING
Actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational trauma, and reclaim her story in a culture that instinctively blames women. The film intimately charts her journey as she moves toward naming her infamous abuser for the first time.

Director:
Amy Berg

Producers:
Kirsten Sheridan, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller

Festival Section:
Special Screenings

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