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Sundance 2014: Documentary Premieres

Sundance 2014: Documentary Premieres

Filmmakers tackle far-reaching subjects in 11 documentaries, each having their world premiere.

The
Battered Bastards of Baseball
/ U.S.A. (Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way)
— Hollywood veteran Bing Russell creates the only independent baseball team in
the country—alarming the baseball establishment and sparking the meteoric rise
of the 1970s Portland Mavericks. 

Finding
Fela

/ U.S.A. (Director: Alex Gibney) — Fela Anikulapo Kuti created the musical
movement Afrobeat and used it as a political forum to oppose the Nigerian
dictatorship and advocate for the rights of oppressed people. This is the story
of his life, music, and political importance.

Freedom
Summer
/ U.S.A. (Director: Stanley Nelson) — In the summer of 1964, more
than 700 students descended on violent, segregated Mississippi. Defying
authorities, they registered voters, created freedom schools, and established
the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Fifty years later, eyewitness
accounts and never-before-seen archival material tell their story. Not all of
them would make it through.

Happy
Valley
/ U.S.A. (Director:
Amir Bar-Lev) — The children of “Happy Valley” were victimized for
years, by a key member of the legendary Penn State college football
program. But were Jerry Sandusky’s crimes an open secret? With

rare access, director Amir Bar-Lev delves beneath the headlines to tell
a modern American parable of guilt, redemption, and identity.

Last
Days in Vietnam
/ U.S.A. (Director: Rory Kennedy) — During the chaotic final
weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the
panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground,
American soldiers and diplomats confront a moral quandary: whether to obey
White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens.

Life
Itself
/ U.S.A. (Director: Steve James) — Life Itself recounts the surprising
and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger
Ebert. The film details his early days as a freewheeling bachelor and Pulitzer
Prize winner, his famously contentious partnership with Gene Siskel, his
life-altering marriage, and his brave and transcendent battle with cancer.

Mitt / U.S.A. (Director:
Greg Whiteley) — A filmmaker is granted unprecedented access to a political
candidate and his family as he runs for President.

This
May Be the Last Time
/ U.S.A.
(Director: Sterlin Harjo) — Filmmaker Sterlin
Harjo’s Grandfather disappeared mysteriously in 1962. The community searching
for him sang songs of encouragement that were passed down for generations.
Harjo explores the origins of these songs as well as the violent history of his
people.

To Be
Takei
/ U.S.A.
(Director: Jennifer Kroot) — Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei
journeyed from a World War II internment camp to the helm of the Starship
Enterprise, and then to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans.
Join George and his husband, Brad, on a wacky and profound trek for life,
liberty, and love.

We Are The Giant / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Greg Barker) — We Are The Giant tells the stories of ordinary individuals who are transformed by the moral and personal challenges they encounter when standing up for what they believe is right. Powerful and tragic, yet inspirational, their struggles for freedom echo across history and offer hope against seemingly impossible odds.

WHITEY:
United States of America v. James J. Bulger
/ U.S.A. (Director: Joe
Berlinger) — Infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s relationship
with the FBI and Department of Justice allowed him to reign over a criminal
empire in Boston for decades. Joe Berlinger’s documentary chronicles Bulger’s
recent sensational trial, using it as a springboard to explore allegations of
corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement.

2014 Competition Lineup:

U.S Dramatic Competition

U.S. Documentary Competition

World Dramatic Competition

World Documentary Competition


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