Category Archives: Overviews

2018 Sundance Docs in Focus

The 34th Sundance Film Festival takes place next month, running January 18-28, with a lineup consisting of 121 features, 69 shorts, and 24 installations, performances, AI, and VR experiences.

For the past seven years, I’ve profiled the feature documentary programming in advance of the festival, offering background about the exciting new crop of films. My 2018 lineup focus begins tomorrow with the US Documentary Competition and will continue film-by-film, section-by-section, until I’ve covered the more than 50 nonfiction titles this year, wrapping up just before the festival starts.

Please note that I am not reviewing these films – as a Documentary Programming Associate for Sundance, they are all recommended. These profiles simply include select background about the filmmakers, noting past Sundance projects where applicable, and why readers should seek out the docs, either during the festival or later in the year at other upcoming festivals and/or in release. For a sample, check out last year’s series, which began here.

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Sundance 2018: Additional Feature Programming Announced

This post is a pointer to the fourth lineup announcement for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Additional selections in the Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Spotlight, New Frontier, Midnight, Special Events, and From the Collection sections have just been announced and may be found here.

Previous announcements include the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids sections, Indie Episodic, Special Events, and Shorts, and New Frontier.

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Cinema Vérité 2017 Overview

Festival:
The 11th Cinema Vérité: Iran International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
December 10-17

About:
This Tehran event offers more than 70 new and recent features, as well as retrospective and shorts programming. Continue reading

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Sundance 2018: New Frontier Announced

This post is a pointer to the third lineup announcement for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. This year’s selections in the New Frontier section may be found here.

Already announced are the films in the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids sections, as well as the Indie Episodic, Special Events, and Shorts lineup.

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Dubai 2017: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 14th Dubai International Film Festival

Dates:
December 6-13

About:
The UAE event, one of the premier festivals in the Arab world, showcases approximately 90 features, among them just 17 works of nonfiction, down from a slight uptick in last year’s program. Continue reading

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Sundance 2018: Indie Episodic, Special Events, & Shorts Announced

This post is a pointer to the second lineup announcement for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, revealing the Indie Episodic, Special Events, and Shorts program, which may be found here.

Earlier lineup announcements include the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids sections.

Still to come is information on the New Frontier section.

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Sundance 2018: Feature Lineup Announced

As the lineup of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is revealed, I’ll be including pointers here. The Features lineup, which includes the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids, has just been announced today here.

Pointers for other sections – Shorts, Indie Episodic, and New Frontier – will follow as they are announced in the coming weeks.

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