Sundance Adds 16 Films to 2004 Fest Lineup
by Eugene Hernandez
Sixteen films have been added to the lineup for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival (January 15-25, 2004). In the premiere section, Pieter Jan Brugge's "The Clearing," starring Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe, and Sundance chief Robert Redford will screen. Meanwhile, in the American Spectrum section, the festival will welcome the new doc from "Startup.com" co-director Jehane Noujaim. "The Control Room" looks at the media's coverage of the Iraq war.
Twelve special screenings, nine of which are docs, are being added to the Sundance lineup. Two films from the Sundance Institute's Sundance Collection at UCLA will also be shown.
Added special screening include Orlando Bagwell and Noland Walker's "Citizen King," about Dr. Martin Luther King, it will screen on the King holiday, which marks 75 years since the slain civil right's leader's birth. "Home" by Omelga Mthiyane from South Africa looks at a personal journey back home for the director's aunt; and also from South Africa is Karin Slater's "The Meaning of the Buffalo." Harry Thomason and Nick Perry's "The Hunting of a President" explores the campaign to "destroy the political history of the Clintons." And, Chris Smith, Dan Ollman and Sarah Price's "The Yes Men" goes inside the high-jinx of a group of activist pranksters.
Also on tap are Lesli Klainberg and Gini Reticker's "In The Company of Women," a look at women on the big screen, while Thom Anderson's "Los Angeles Plays Itself" deconstructs the image of Los Angeles as seen through scenes in films. David Lebrun's "Proteus" is an animated doc, while Abby Epstein's "Until The Violence Stops" looks at the movement to end violence against women.
Also added are Lars Von Trier's acclaimed "Dogville," from Cannes 2003, and "The Five Obstructions," which Von Trier directed with Jorgen Leth. The festival will also showcase a collection of shorts from Dana Brunetti and actor Kevin Spacey's web community.
Films from the Sundance Collection that will screen include Alex Cox's "Repo Man" and Melvin Van Peebles' "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Organizers noted that the movie is an ideal companion film for Mario Van Peebles' "Gettin' the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass," which is playing in the Premiere section; the younger Van Peebles' movie is a dramatization about the making of his father's seminal work.
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