We can’t all make it to Park City this January, but the Sundance Institute is bringing 14 films online to coincide with this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The #ArtistServices program brings films associated with Sundance to viewers at home, with each film now available via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and VUDU.
This year’s titles include the documentaries “Above All Else,” about landowners and activists in East Texas opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline, and “Charlie Victor Romeo,” a performance documentary consisting of recreations of Black Box transcripts from six airline emergencies. The latter film played at 2013’s Sundance Film Festival and made John Waters’ list of the ten best films of 2014, coming in at number 2.
Features included “Something, Anything,” about a Southern newlywed who becomes a spiritual seeker; “Valley of Saints,” Sundance 2012’s World Dramatic Audience Award winner about a romance in war-torn Kashmir; and “Water & Power,” about twin brothers rising in political and police ranks in Los Angeles. Also included is a newly remastered version of “Dirty Wars” director David Riker’s debut “The City,” an American neorealist about Latin American immigrants in New York City. The film, which was featured in Sundance’s 1999 lineup, is making its digital debut.
The full list of films is below. More details can be found here.
“Above All Else” (Director: John Fiege) — “Above All Else” is a portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America. (With support from Austin Film Society)
(Director: Grace Lee) — Grace Lee Boggs is an activist and philosopher in Detroit who has dedicated her life to the next American Revolution and the possibility of a better, more just future for all of humanity. At age 97, she has been building movements and developing strategies for social change for most of her life reminding us that revolution is not only possible and necessary, but a process that must always be in motion. (With support from Film Independent)
“Before You Know It” (Director: PJ Raval) — Three LGBTQ seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years. (2012 Sundance Documentary Film Program)
“Charlie Victor Romeo”
(Directors: Karlyn Michelson, Patrick Daniels, Robert Berger) — “Charlie Victor Romeo” (CVR) is a performance documentary derived entirely from the “Black Box” transcripts of six major real life airline emergencies. (2013 Sundance Film Festival)
“Evolution of a Criminal”
(Director: Darius Clark Monroe) — Ten years after robbing a Bank of America, filmmaker Darius Monroe returns home to examine how his actions affected the lives of family, friends…and victims. (With support from Austin Film Society)
“The Foxy Merkins: A Lesbian Hooker Comedy”
(Director: Madeleine Olnek) — Margaret is a down-on-her-luck, lesbian hooker in training. She meets Jo, a beautiful, self-assured grafter from a wealthy family and an expert on picking up women, even though she considers herself a card-carrying heterosexual. The duo hit the streets, where they encounter bargain hunting housewives, double dealing conservative women, husky voiced seductresses, mumbling erotic accessory salesmen, and shopaholic swingers. Navigating the bizarre fetishes and sexual needs of their “dates” brings into focus the hilarious differences between the two hookers, fellow travelers who share the road, but only for a while. (2014 Sundance Film Festival)
“La Ciudad” (“The City”) – Remastered Re-release
(Director: David Riker) — “La Ciudad” (“The City”), David Riker’s critically acclaimed debut feature, is a moving tribute to the struggles and hopes of Latin American immigrants in New York City. A groundbreaking American neorealist film, reminiscent of The Bicycle Thief and The Grapes of Wrath. Newly remastered thanks to funds raised on Kickstarter and available digitally for the first time. (1999 Sundance Film Festival)
(Director: Paul Harrill) — When a tragedy shatters her plans for domestic bliss, a seemingly typical Southern newlywed gradually transforms into a spiritual seeker, quietly threatening the closest relationships around her.
(With support from IFP)
(Directors: Lisa and Rob Frutchman) — In 1994, Rwandans suffered a terrible genocide. Years later, Kiki Katese, a pioneering theatre director, founded Ingoma Nshya, offering healing for women from both sides of the conflict. When Kiki came up with the idea to open Rwanda’s first and only ice cream shop, the women were intrigued. What was ice cream exactly and how would they do it? Kiki invited Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda and help the drummers open their shop, which they named Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams). “Sweet Dreams” follows this remarkable group of women as they create their own path to a future of peace and possibility.
(With support from San Francisco Film Society)
(Director: Julian Goldberger) — Julian Goldberger’s award winning film tells the story of a fifteen year old Ryan Kazinski who dreams his days away in Florida’s juvenile detention system, and then escapes only to have his frailty become his undoing. (2001 Sundance Film Festival)
“Valley of Saints”
(Director: Musa Syeed) — In war-torn Kashmir, a lakeside city is plunged into a military curfew. Stranded together on breathtaking Dal Lake, a working-class boatman and a beautiful young scientist form an unlikely bond. But as violence spills in from the city, their budding romance may not survive. (Audience Award Winner, 2012 Sundance Film Festival)
“Water & Power”
(Director: Richard Montoya) — Twin brothers nicknamed “Water” and “Power” from the Eastside streets of Los Angeles rise through the city’s political and police ranks to become players in a complex and dangerous web of the powerful and corrupt of Los Angeles. (2007 Sundance Feature Film Program)
“Welcome to the Machine”
(Director: Avi Zev Weider) — Upon fathering triplets, filmmaker Avi Zev Weider explores the nature of technology, seeking what it means to be human. After his mother’s sudden death, a young boy runs away into the deep woods of upstate New York and meets an unpredictable and mysterious drifter. (With support from IFP)
(Directors: Paul Collins & Anlo Sepulveda) — Yakona, meaning “rising water” in the native Tonkawa language, is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos river and its headwaters at Spring Lake. “Yakona” will take the viewer from prehistoric times through to the modern era on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. Engaging the viewer in a visceral experience, Yakona inspires awe and respect and a desire to preserve and protect a river that longs to be as it always was. (With support from Austin Film Society)