Sundance just unveiled their out-of-competition roster, including a series of documentaries in the festival's Spotlight section. Sure to be noticed is the presence of a second Sundance film from Lucy Walker, this one about nuclear weapons produced by Participant called COUNTDOWN TO ZERO. Yesterday, the festival announced Walker's WASTE LAND as a World Competition title.
One of the most interesting films/experiences on today's list - for this writer, at least - is the announcement of Sam Green's piece in the New Frontier section. Titled UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS, it's described by the festival as a "live documentary" with on-site narration from the filmmaker.
The festival also announced its new Spotlight section, which it subtitles as "a tribute to the cinema we love. Regardless of where these
impressive films have played throughout the world, the Sundance Film
Festival is thrilled to light a marquee for them." Interestingly, although the narrative films in this section are films that have played other festivals, the docs are all world premieres. And one of these is a new film from ENTOURAGE star (and, it should be noted a documentary filmmaker who has screened previous work at Toronto) Adrian Grenier about paparazzi, marking the second such film at Sundance on that topic (Leon Gast's SMASH HIS CAMERA is in the US Competition).
A list of nonfiction titles announced today, by section, are below, with descriptions supplied by the festival.
Closely based on the book by award-winning journalist Naomi Klein, Shock Doctrine exposes how shock is used to implement economic policy in vulnerable environments. North American Premiere
Sharp-tongued comedian Louis C.K. pulls no punches in this visceral concert experience. World Premiere
An examination of the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8 denying marriage rights for Gay and Lesbian couples. World Premiere
When a young New York City photographer is contacted on Facebook by an 8-year-old painting prodigy from rural Michigan, he becomes deeply enmeshed in her life, even falling in love with her older sister--that is, until a crack appears in her story. World Premiere
An over-consuming, crowded world, with depleting resources and a changing climate is giving birth to 25 million climate refugees resulting in a mass global migration and border conflicts. World Premiere
A fascinating and frightening exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present day threats and featuring insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate total global disarmament. World Premiere
More than an examination of new technology, the film is foremost an intimate, character-based drama about people whose lives are dramatically transformed by the virtual world called Second Life. World Premiere
A 13-year-old paparazzi boy snaps a photo of actor Adrian Grenier, leading Grenier to explore the effects of celebrity on culture. World Premiere
Tapping into the success of Muhammad Yunus after winning the Nobel Peace Prize (2006), Grameen America has opened in Queens, NY replicating the banking model program Yunus first started in Bangladesh. World Premiere
Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. World Premiere
An earthy, psychedelic experimental narrative infused with the band, Animal Collective’s aural and musical sensibilities. World Premiere
In this “live documentary” Sam Green’s live narration blends with Dave Cerf’s soundtrack to explore the battered state of the utopian impulse at the dawn of the 21st century. World Premiere