2003 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition Lineup
SUNDANCE 2003 LINEUPS:
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(indieWIRE: 12.03.02) — The Documentary Competition Lineup for the 2003 Sundance Film Festival:
“Capturing the Friedmans,” directed by Andrew Jarecki
Capturing the Friedmans explores the nature of family relations through the prism of the strange and tragic true story of an American family indicted for sex crimes against children.
“My Flesh and Blood,” directed by Jonathan Karsh
“My Flesh and Blood” is a documentary film following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.
“The Weather Underground,” directed by Sam Green & Bill Siegel
The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1960s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.
“What I Want My Words to Do to You,” created by Judith Katz, Madeleine Gavin, and Gary Sunshine
A look at playwright Eve Ensler’s writing workshop inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women.
CAST: Nerys Arias, Cynthia Berry, Kathy Boudin, Judith Clark, with Glenn Close, Eve Ensler, Rosie Perez, Marisa Tome
“The Same River Twice,” directed by Robb Moss
From peyote to prozac, a sensitive portrait of five former hippies now approaching middle age.
“Bukowski: Born Into This,” directed by John Dullaghan
The life of late cult author Charles Bukowski.
“Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” directed by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer
A documentary about Bayard Rustin, one of the first “freedom riders,” an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King and A. Philip Randolph, and organizer of the March on Washington, who was denied his place in the limelight for one reason — he was also gay.
“The Murder of Emmett Till,” directed by Stanley Nelson
A documentary examining the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago while visiting relatives in Mississippi, and the broad impact of his death, his funeral, and the subsequent trial and acquittal of his accused killers.
“Stevie,” directed by Steve James
The filmmaker, who long ago served as Stevie’s Big Brother, decides to catch up with the grown-up Stevie. As the story of Stevie’s impoverished, trailer-park life is revealed, the filmmaker and the audience get more than they bargained for.
“The Education of Gore Vidal,” directed by Deborah Dickson
A contrarian and wickedly funny man, “The Education of Gore Vidal” explores Vidal’s extraordinary life and work, joining him at his cliff-side villa in Ravello, Italy.
“A Certain Kind of Death,” directed by Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock
Unblinking and unsettling, this documentary lays bare a mysterious process that goes on all around us – what happens to people who die with no next of kin.
“State of Denial,” directed by Elaine Epstein
An unprecedented and unflinching look at how the citizens of South Africa are living with the AIDS epidemic, given the climate of governmental confusion and neglect.
“The Pill,” directed by Chana Gazit & David Steward
A documentary recounting the development of the birth control pill.
“Robert Capa: In Love and War,” directed by Anne Makepeace
A documentary about the life of famed war photographer Robert Capa.
“A Decade Under the Influence,” directed by Richard LaGravenese & Ted Demme
A documentary examing the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today’s best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.
“Tom Dowd and the Language of Music,” directed by Mark Moormann
A documentary about Tom Dowd, who was an innovative recording engineer and producer of noted albums with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and many others.