2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Corey Hughes.

Theo Anthony interrogates the idea of objectivity through the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing, and justice.

Festival Section:
US Documentary Competition

Sundance Program Description:

The “observer effect” is a term used in physics to describe the process in which the act of observation disturbs the system that’s being observed. Humans are such observers—and we have our inherent limitations, biases, and blind spots that skew how we perceive and interpret. In his remarkable, kaleidoscopic essay film, Theo Anthony investigates the correlation between how we see things and the tools and practices involved in the act of seeing.

ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE directs our gaze to some fascinating, often surprising connections among technology, weapons, and mechanics of motion, as well as the effect of those factors on the ways in which we construct our realities. Without being prescriptive or didactic, Anthony skillfully points out how politicized the act of seeing is and just how flawed our framing methods can be. The supposedly more objective machines aren’t quite the answer either, despite offering more detailed perspectives. They can be a reflection of power dynamics and biases too. So don’t let anyone fool you— see ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE. 

Some Background:

Theo Anthony
First Sundance credit. This is Anthony’s sophomore doc feature, following his acclaimed debut, RAT FILM. He has been a fellow of both the Sundance Institute’s Art of Non-Fiction and Science Sandbox Nonfiction Initiative. Anthony’s past work has screened at notable fests including Rotterdam, Toronto, New York, and Locarno.

Riel Roch-Decter
Projects director/co-founder, MEMORY. Roch-Decter produced RAT FILM as well as Theo Anthony’s most recent short doc, SUBJECT TO REVIEW. He is a Sundance alum as a producer of the episodic fiction project STRANGERS, and has previously participated in the Sundance Creative Producing Lab.

Sebastian Pardo
First Sundance credit. Creative director/co-founder, MEMORY. Pardo also produced RAT FILM and SUBJECT TO REVIEW.

Jonna McKone
First Sundance credit. McKone has a background in documentary photography and radio journalism. This is her first feature documentary project as producer.

Executive Producers:
Greg Boustead
First Sundance credit. Founding director, Sandbox Films. Sandbox Films has been affiliated with the Sundance Institute via the Science Sandbox Nonfiction Initiative, which was introduced in 2018. Boustead’s Sandbox Films debuted this past September with a focus on producing creative and experimental science-focused documentaries. Recent project include IN SILICO (DOC NYC), RED HEAVEN (SXSW, DOC NYC), and FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS (Toronto).

Jessica Harrop
First Sundance credit. Head of production, Sandbox Films. The Emmy-nominated Harrop has a background producing primarily science-focused nonfiction films and series for Netflix, Showtime, Discovery, National Geographic, and PBS.

David Dolby & Natasha Dolby
First Sundance credit. David Dolby, the son of Dolby Laboratories founder Ray Dolby and his wife Dagmar, is a technology investor and philanthropist. Natasha Dolby shares her husband’s focus on philanthropy, and is also an investor in Impact Partners and Gamechanger.

Tim Nash
First Sundance credit. Founding partner, Somesuch, the award-winning global advertising, film, fashion, and music production company.

More Info:
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