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Special Note: w(n)td & 2017 Sundance

sundance 2017The 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicks off tonight, Thursday, January 19, and runs through Sunday, January 29. Because of my responsibilities as a Programming Associate for the festival, w(n)td will be on hiatus for the event’s duration – regular daily weekday posting will not resume until Monday, January 30.

Follow me on Twitter, to keep up with Sundance, and also follow my Sundance 2017 Twitter list to experience the festival through the eyes of this year’s filmmakers.

To catch up with Sundance doc programming, here are links to my series of 2017 Sundance documentary profiles, divided by festival section:

US Documentary Competition
questCASTING JONBENET

CHASING CORAL

CITY OF GHOSTS

DINA

DOLORES

THE FORCE

ICARUS

THE NEW RADICAL

NOBODY SPEAK: HULK HOGAN, GAWKER AND TRIALS OF A FREE PRESS

QUEST: THE FURY AND THE SOUND (pictured)

STEP

STRONG ISLAND

TROPHY

UNREST

WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST

WHOSE STREETS?

 

World Cinema Documentary Competition
in loco parentisTHE GOOD POSTMAN

IN LOCO PARENTIS (pictured)

IT’S NOT YET DARK

JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS SUPERPOWER

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

MACHINES

MOTHERLAND

PLASTIC CHINA

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

TOKYO IDOLS

WINNIE

THE WORKERS CUP

 

Documentary Premieres
legion of brothers500 YEARS

BENDING THE ARC

CRIES FROM SYRIA

GIVE ME FUTURE

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER

LEGION OF BROTHERS (pictured)

LONG STRANGE TRIP

OKLAHOMA CITY

RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN

TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS

TRUMPED: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL UPSET OF ALL TIME

UNTITLED BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB DOCUMENTARY

 

New Frontier
did you wonder18 BLACK GIRLS / BOYS AGES 1-18 WHO HAVE ARRIVED AT THE SINGULARITY AND ARE THUS SPIRITUAL MACHINES: $X IN AN EDITION OF $97 QUADRILLION

DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN? (pictured)

WORLD WITHOUT END (NO REPORTED INCIDENTS)

 

 

Midnight
78/5278/52

 

 

 

 

 

Kids
mars generationTHE MARS GENERATION

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight
look and seeLOOK AND SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY

 

 

 

 

 

Special Events

time kalief browderABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN

THE HISTORY OF COMEDY

HOT GIRLS WANTED: TURNED ON

RISE

TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY (pictured)

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Slamdance 2017: Documentary Overview

slamdanceThe 23rd edition of the Slamdance Film Festival runs this Friday, January 20 through next Thursday, January 26. The event offers just over two dozen features to compete with its higher-profile neighbor, Sundance, among them the below ten doc features:

the-children-send-their-regards-program-film-still-02_600Making their world premiere are: Cullen Hoback’s WHAT LIES UPSTREAM, following the filmmaker’s investigation into drinking water contamination; Stephen Richardson’s BOGALUSA CHARM, a portrait of a Louisiana charm school; Patricia Josefine Marchart’s THE CHILDREN SEND THEIR REGARDS (pictured), about now adult victims of clergy sexual abuse; Scott Drucker and Yu Gu’s WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?, a profile of a JEOPARDY winner-turned-cultural critic; Michael Rubenstone’s ON THE SLY: IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY STONE, about the filmmaker’s ill-fated quest to track down the reclusive musician; and Stefan Avalos’ STRAD STYLE, which follows a man’s attempt to reproduce a Stradivari violin.

the_modern_jungle-5x7-3_600Charles Fairbanks and Saul Kak’s look at indigenous Oaxacan lives, THE MODERN JUNGLE (pictured), makes its North American premiere at the festival. US premieres include Matteo Borgardt’s YOU NEVER HAD IT: AN EVENING WITH BUKOWSKI, which repurposes a lost interview into a new portrait of the writer; and Pete Gleeson’s HOTEL COOLGARDIE, which follows the latest in a string of new young female bartenders in an Australian mining town. Finally, the festival also screens DOC NYC alum SUPERGIRL, Jesse Auritt’s portrait of an Orthodox Jewish teenage powerlifting champion.

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2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY

time kalief browderTIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY
A preview of the first two episodes of the new Spike TV docuseries examining a case of wrongful incarceration.

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2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: RISE

riseRISE
Three episodes of the new Viceland docuseries focusing on indigenous resistance.

Festival Section:
Special Events

Special Program:
The New Climate
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2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: HOT GIRLS WANTED: TURNED ON

hot girls wantedHOT GIRLS WANTED: TURNED ON
The online world of porn and its impact on real life is explored in this new Netflix docuseries.

Festival Section:
Special Events

Program:
Docuseries Showcase
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2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE HISTORY OF COMEDY

the history of comedyTHE HISTORY OF COMEDY
A sneak-preview of two episodes of a new CNN docuseries exploring the genre across historical, social, and political lines.

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

abstractABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN
This new Netflix docuseries provides viewers with an in-depth look at today’s leading designers.

Festival Section:
Special Events

Program:
Docuseries Showcase
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