2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Mark Sennet

ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND
Marina Zenovich reveals the highs and lows of the late comedian/actor.

Festival Section:
Documentary Premieres

Sundance Program Description:

When David Letterman saw a young Robin Williams perform stand-up, Letterman quipped, “It was like he could fly.” Williams’ boundless energy, lightning wit, and knack for comedic characters sparked a career on stage and screen unlike any other, making him one of the most beloved stars in modern entertainment. Marina Zenovich carefully collects a trove of intimate archival material and new interviews with Williams’ confidants (including Pam Dawber and Billy Crystal) to summon an intricate portrait of a man who needed an audience just as much as audiences needed someone like him.

Hilarious outtakes from MORK & MINDY and Williams’ films illustrate his legendary spontaneity and seemingly effortless humor, but also that his line between stage and life looked, at times, to be perilously thin. Outlandish and unpredictable, Williams gave his all to famously energetic performances that seemed to defy physics. The source of Williams’ comedy was everyday life, and this documentary highlights both his ability to touch so many people and how he earned his place as one of the funniest actors of his generation.

Some Background:
Director/Executive Producer:

Producers:

Associate Producer:

  • Bethany Dettmore

    Dettmore has worked in research and production for past Jigsaw Pictures productions. This marks her first Sundance credit.

Senior Producer:

Executive Producers:

Co-Executive Producers:

  • Stacey Offman
    Past Sundance docs:

    CITY OF GHOSTS
    WATER & POWER
    THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS
    WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN? (2008, producer)

    Jigsaw Productions’ SVP of production and development has executive produced several of Gibney’s docs and series, most recently including ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE, PARCHED and THE KILLING SEASON.

  • Richard Perello
    Past Sundance docs:

    WATER & POWER
    THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS

    The Jigsaw Productions’ COO and EVP of production also served as producer for Sundance narrative alumni projects, including SUPER TROOPERS (2001).

Editors:

Assistant Editors:

  • Jake Witterschein and John DiMare

    Witterschein and DiMare have both had post-production experience with past Sundance titles, including UNDER THE GUN (2016) and WATER & POWER.

Why You Should Watch:
Combined with the reflections of Williams’ inner circle, Zenovich resurrects the legendary performer through an expert use of archival material, ably reminding audiences of his irrepressible comic genius.

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

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