2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: ABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN

This new Netflix docuseries provides viewers with an in-depth look at today’s leading designers.

Festival Section:
Special Events

Docuseries Showcase

Sundance Program Description:

A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world. The Festival will debut an episode focusing on graphic illustrator Christoph Niemann, who deals in equal parts irony, agony, and abstraction. His simple yet surprising designs can be found everywhere, including children’s books, computer apps, and covers of The New Yorker.

Some Background:
Director/Executive Producer:


  • Marcella Steingart
    This is Steingart’s first Sundance credit. She has produced for television, including ICONOCLASTS for SundanceTV, and was a story producer for Neville’s recent doc KEITH RICHARDS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

Associate Producers:

  • Emma Baiada and Laila Kabbaj
    This project is the first for both at Sundance. Baiada is part of Neville’s Tremolo Productions staff, while Kabbaj has a background in producing for National Geographical Channel.

Executive Producers:

  • Scott Dadich
    This is also the first film project for the former WIRED editor-in-chief, who just stepped down after four years at the magazine’s helm.

  • Dave O’Connor
    Past Sundance docs:


    @radical.media’s O’Connor also served as an executive producer for KEITH RICHARDS.


Why You Should Watch:
Neville crafts an enjoyable and playful portrait of Niemann, cleverly employing animation and other graphics to bring the unassuming designer’s inventive work to life for the screen.

More Info:
For Sundance screening dates and times, click the film title in the first paragraph.

To experience the festival through the eyes of this year’s filmmakers, follow my Sundance 2017 Twitter list.

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