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Special Note: w(n)td & 2018 Sundance

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival begins tonight, Thursday, January 18, and runs through Sunday, January 28. w(n)td will be on hiatus for the duration while I’m busy with my responsibilities as a Programming Associate for the festival. Aside from a post the morning of January 23 when the Oscar nominations are announced, regular daily weekday posting will not resume until Monday, January 29.

To catch up with Sundance doc programming, here are links to my series of 2018 Sundance documentary profiles, divided by festival section:

US Documentary Competition

BISBEE ’17 | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jarred Alterman/4th Row Films

CRIME + PUNISHMENT | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

DARK MONEY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Eric Phillips-Horst

THE DEVIL WE KNOW | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

HAL | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by IDIOM Film/RaMell Ross

INVENTING TOMORROW | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by IQ 190 Productions

KAILASH | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

KUSAMA – INFINITY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Harrie Verstappen

THE LAST RACE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

MINDING THE GAP | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Bing Liu

ON HER SHOULDERS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Alexandria Bombach

THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

SEEING ALLRED | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Alex Pollini

THE SENTENCE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

 

World Cinema Documentary Competition

ANOTE’S ARK | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matthieu Rytz

THE CLEANERS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by gebrueder beetz filmproduktion

GENESIS 2.0 | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Evgenia Arbugaeva

MATANGI/MAYA/MIA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

OF FATHERS & SONS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Kahtan Hasson and Talal Derki

THE OSLO DIARIES | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Saar Yaacov

OUR NEW PRESIDENT | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

A POLAR YEAR | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

SHIRKERS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

THIS IS MY HOME | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Gidalya Pictures

WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pierre Verdy

A WOMAN CAPTURED | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Bernadett Tuza Ritter

 

Documentary Premieres

AKICITA: THE BATTLE OF STANDING ROCK | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

BAD REPUTATION | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Kevin Kerslake

BELIEVER | Courtesy of Sundance Institute / photo by Dan Argott

CHEF FLYNN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Will McGarry

THE GAME CHANGERS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by The Game Changers

GENERATION WEALTH | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Lauren Greenfield

HALF THE PICTURE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ashly Covington

JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo courtesy of Everett Collection

KING IN THE WILDERNESS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Flip Schulke Archives/Getty Images

QUIET HEROES | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Torben Bernhard

RBG | Courtesy of Sundance Institute and CNN Films

ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Mark Sennet

STUDIO 54 | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jim Judkis

 

Next

306 HOLLYWOOD | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Elan Bogarín and Jonathan Bogarín

 

Kids

SCIENCE FAIR | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pete Alton

 

New Frontier

NARCISSISTER ORGAN PLAYER | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by PJ Norman

A THOUSAND THOUGHTS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

 

Special Events

THE KING | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by David Kuhn

THE TRADE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

WILD WILD COUNTRY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

 

Indie Episodic

AMERICA TO ME | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Participant Media

THE MORTIFIED GUIDE | Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival | photo by Rebecca Aranda

THE SHOW ABOUT THE SHOW | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Stephen Melichar

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2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE SHOW ABOUT THE SHOW (Season 2)

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Stephen Melichar

THE SHOW ABOUT THE SHOW (Season 2) (part of Indie Episodic Program 4)
Caveh Zahedi resumes his acclaimed hybrid series, in which each episode examines the preceding one.

Festival Section:
Indie Episodic
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2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE MORTIFIED GUIDE

Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival | photo by Rebecca Aranda

THE MORTIFIED GUIDE (part of Indie Episodic Program 2)
Storytellers share personal tales of growing up, reading from their old diaries.

Festival Section:
Indie Episodic
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2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: AMERICA TO ME

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AMERICA TO ME
Steve James explores the intersection of race and educational achievement in this expansive yet intimate docuseries following a year in a diverse suburban Chicago-area high school.

Festival Section:
Indie Episodic
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On TV: THE FORCE

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens this coning Monday, January 22:
THE FORCE

Director:
Peter Nicks

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, CPH:DOX, True/False, Full Frame, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, BAMcinemaFest, Melbourne, Cleveland, San Francisco, Sarasota

About:
An immersion into the beleaguered Oakland Police Department as it attempts to reform its scandal-ridden image.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: WILD WILD COUNTRY

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WILD WILD COUNTRY
Chapman Way and Maclain Way revisit an Indian spiritual community’s attempt to take over a small Oregon town in this gripping docuseries.

Festival Section:
Special Events
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2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE TRADE

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THE TRADE
Matthew Heineman examines America’s opioid epidemic through multiple perspectives in the chain, from growers to law enforcement.

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