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2007 Sundance Film Festival – INDEPENDENT FILM COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARY

Congratulations to all the lucky suckers who got their films all up in Sundance. Here is the official list released by the Sundance Institute as of 11/29/06:

INDEPENDENT FILM COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARY

  • BANISHED (Director: Marco Williams) – This story of three U.S. towns which, in the early 20th century, forced their entire African American population to leave, explores what – if anything – can be done to repair racial past injustice.
  • CHASING GHOSTS (Director: Lincoln Ruchti) – Twin Galaxies Arcade, Iowa, 1982: the birthplace of makind’s obsession with video games. The fate of the world lies in the hands (literally) of a few unlikely heroes: They are the Original Video Game World Champions and the arcade is their battleground.
  • CRAZY LOVE (Director: Dan Klores) – An unsettling true story about an obsessive relationship between a married man and a beautiful, single 20-year-old woman, which began in 1957 and continues today.
  • EVERYTHING’S COOL (Directors: Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand) – A group of self-appointed global warming messengers are on a high stakes quest to find the iconic image, proper language, and points of leverage to help the public go from embracing the urgency of the problem to creating the political will necessary to an alternative energy economy.
  • FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO (Director: Daniel Karslake) – Grounded by the stories of five conservative Christian families, the film explores how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to support its agenda of stigmatizing the gay community and eroding the separation between church and state.
  • GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB (Director: Rory Kennedy) – This inside look at the abuses that occurred at the infamous Iraqi prison in the fall of 2003 uses direct, personal narratives of perpetrators, witnesses, and victims to probe the effects of the abuses on all involved. [Rory Kennedy is the youngest child of the Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy.]
  • GIRL 27 (Director: David Stenn) – When underage dancer Patricia Douglas is raped at a wild MGM stag party in 1937, she makes headlines and legal history, and then disappears. GIRL 27 follows author-screenwriter David Stenn as he investigates one of Hollywood’s most notorious scandals.
  • HEAR AND NOW (Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky) – Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky tells a deely personal story about her deaf parents, and their radical decision – after 65 years of silence – to undergo cochlear implant surgery, a complex procedure that could give them the ability to hear.
  • MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET) (Director: Jason Kohn) – In Brazil, known as one of the world’s most corrupt and violent countries, MANDA BALA follows a politician who uses a frog farm to steal billions of dollars, a wealthy businessman who spends a small fortune bulletproofing his cars, and a plastic surgeon who reconstructs the era of mutilated kidnapping victims.
  • MY KID COULD PAINT THAT (Director: Amir Bar-Lev) – A 4-year-old girl whose paintings are compared to Kandinsky, Pollock and even Picasso, has sold $300,000 worth of paintings. Is she a genius of abstract expressionism, a tiny charlatan, or an exploited child whose parents have sold her out for the glare of the media and lure of the almighty dollar?
  • NANKING (Director: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman) – A powerful and haunting depiction of the atrocities suffered by the Chinese at the hands of the invading Japanese army during “The Rape of Nanking”, one of the most tragic events of WWII. While more than 200,000 Chinese were murdered and tens of thousands raped, a handful of Westerners performed extraordinary acts of heroism, saving over 250,000 lives in the midst of horror.
  • NO END IN SIGHT (Director: Charles Ferguson) – A comprehensive examination of the Bush Administration’s conduct of the Iraq war and occupation. Featuring first-time interviews with key participants, the film creates a startlingly clear reconstruction of key decisions that led to the current state of affairs in this war-torn country.
  • PROTAGONIST (Director: Jessica Yu) – PROTAGONIST explores the organic relationship between human life and Euripidean dramatic structure by weaving together the stories of four men – a German terrorist, a bank robber, an “ex-gay” evangelist, and a martial arts student.
  • WAR DANCE (Director: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine) – WAR DANCE is set against the backdrop of Uganda’s 20 year civil war and its devastating affects on two generations of Ugandans. This film tells the story of Dominic, Rose and Nancy and their school in the Patongo IDP camp as they take an historic journey to compete in Uganda’s national music and dance festival.
  • WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN: THE DESTRUCTION OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI (Director: Steven Okazaki) – This film offers a visceral, topical and moving portrait of the human cost of atomic warfare.
  • ZOO (Director: Robinson Devor) – A humanizing look at the life and bizarre death of a seemingly normal Seattle man who met his untimely end after an usual encounter with a horse.
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