Slamdance 2020: Documentary Overview

The 26th Slamdance Film Festival

January 24-30

This scrappy Park City event includes 14 docs among its 27 features, an increase over last year’s edition.


Among the films in the Documentary Competition are several making their world premieres: Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli’s ASK NO QUESTIONS, an investigation into a Chinese conspiracy to frame an influential but outlawed group; Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb’s JASPER MALL, a portrait of a dying mall in Alabama; Hasan Oswald’s HIGHER LOVE, which explores heroin addiction in Camden NJ; and Ernest Nkosi’s AN ORDINARY PEOPLE, a look at car spinning, a uniquely South African motorsport.


Most of the docs in the Breakouts section are also debuts: Lynne Sachs’ FILM ABOUT A FATHER WHO, the filmmaker’s attempt to understand her father; Joe Saunders’ THE PENNY BLACK, in which a man is entrusted with his missing neighbor’s valuable stamp collection; and Steve Markle’s SHOOT TO MARRY, which follows the filmmaker as he tries to find true love by interviewing women for his doc.

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