Slamdance 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 27th Slamdance Film Festival

Dates:
February 12-25

About:
Presented online – and a few weeks later than its usual concurrence with Sundance – this ever-scrappy event presents 25 features, with docs making up just over half that number, including the highlights below.

Among the offerings:

ANATOMY OF WINGS
Director: Nikiea Redmond, Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander
Racial inequities lead to friction as Black middle school girls collaborate with older Black and white mentors to create a coming of age documentary in Baltimore.

BAD ATTITUDE: THE ART OF SPAIN RODRIGUEZ
Director: Susan Stern
The filmmaker pays tribute to her late husband, legendary underground comic book artist.

CODE NAME: NAGASAKI
Director: Fredrik S Hana
Marius and Fredrik forge a friendship through filmmaking, taking on the challenge of finding Marius’ long lost Japanese mother.

END OF THE LINE: THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK
Director: Shannon Kring
Courageous indigenous women establish a peaceful camp in protest of the multi-billion Dakota Access oil pipeline construction that desecrated ancient burial and prayer sites and threatens their land, water, and very existence.

HOLY FRIT
Director: Justin Monroe
A talented yet unknown LA artist bluffs his way into winning the commission to create the world’s largest stained-glass window of its kind, even though he has no idea how to make it…

ME TO PLAY
Director: Jim Bernfield 
As their bodies give way to Parkinson’s disease, two New York actors put their hearts into one final Off-Broadway production of Beckett’s ENDGAME.

A TINY RIPPLE OF HOPE
Director: Jason Polevoi
A charismatic activist works to build a better Chicago for the teens in his neglected community even if it comes at the cost of his home, his family, and his safety.

WORKHORSE QUEEN
Director: Angela Washko
After being cast on RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, 47-year old suburban telemarketer Ed Popil leaves his job to pursue a full-time entertainment industry career as his drag queen alter ego, 1960’s era housewife Mrs Kasha Davis. 

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