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December 27, 2017

In his post on the 2018 Sundance Film Festival lineup, Sundance Institute’s Nate von Zumwalt describes the program as “a careful distillation of the times—and a representation of what that looks like across a broad spectrum of voices.”

These Nine Park City-bound films are a microcosm of that observation. They span the U.S. and World Cinema Documentary competitions, Documentary Premieres, NEXT and U.S. Dramatic Competition sections. They dig into personal histories and contemporary happenings, alternate realities and imagined worlds. The perspectives these filmmaking teams offer feel singular, essential, and deserving of the widest possible audience. We are proud to be among their many supporters and champions.

If you have the opportunity, we hope you will put these vital and imaginative entries on your festival schedule (links to screening times below). Expect the unexpected when you take your seat for…

Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock

Director: Cody Lucich
Producers: Heather Rae, Gingger Shankar, Ben-Alex Dupris

Section: Documentary Premieres
Cinereach engagement: grant support
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Standing Rock, 2016: the largest Native American occupation since Wounded Knee, thousands of activists, environmentalists, and militarized police descend on the Dakota Access Pipeline, in a standoff between Big Oil and a new generation of native warriors. Embedded in the movement, native activist and filmmaker Cody Lucich chronicles the sweeping struggle in stunning clarity, as the forces battle through summer to bitter winter, capturing the spirit and havoc of an uprising.

 

Generation Wealth

Director: Lauren Greenfield
Producers: Frank Evers, Lauren Greenfield

Section: Documentary Premieres
Cinereach engagement: grant support through the Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute
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Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture. Simultaneously photographic journey, memoir, and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom–bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of late-stage capitalism, narcissism and greed.

 

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Director: Ramell Ross
Producers: RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes, Su Kim

U.S. Documentary Competition
Cinereach engagement: grant support
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Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South – trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming.

 

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

Director: Steve Loveridge
Producers: Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey

Section: World Cinema Documentary Competition
Cinereach engagement: financed and produced by Cinereach, in association with Hard Working Movies and Doc Society.
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Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

 

Monsters and Men

Writer and Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Producers: Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, Josh Penn, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Luca Borghese
Cast: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams, Nicole Beharie
Rob Morgan

Section: U.S. Dramatic Competition
Cinereach engagement: grant support
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This interwoven narrative explores the aftermath of a police killing of a black man. The film is told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

 

Night Comes On

Director: Jordana Spiro
Screenwriters: Jordana Spiro, Angelica Nwandu
Producers: Jonathan Montepare, Alvaro R. Valente, Danielle Renfrew Behrens
Cast: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Hall, John Earl Jelks, Max Casella, James McDaniel

Section: NEXT
Cinereach engagement: grant support
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Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister that could destroy their future.

 

Shirkers

Director: Sandi Tan
Producers: Sandi Tan, Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph

Section: World Cinema Documentary Competition
Cinereach engagement: made in association with Cinereach, receiving grant support and a loan.
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In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan shot Singapore’s first road movie with her enigmatic American mentor, Georges—who then absconded with all the footage. The 16mm film is recovered 20 years later, sending Tan, now a novelist in Los Angeles, on a personal odyssey in search of Georges’ vanishing footprints—and her own.

 

Sorry to Bother You

Writer and Director: Boots Riley
Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson,Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer, Omari Hardwick

Section: U.S. Dramatic Competition
Cinereach engagement: Cinereach co-financed Sorry to Bother Your with Significant Productions, MNM Creative, Macro Ventures and Gus Deardoff, and was part of the film’s producing team. With support from the SF Film and Sundance Institute. 
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In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success—which propels him into a macabre universe.

 

We the Animals

Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Writers:  Dan Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar
Producers: Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey
Cast: Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Gabriel

Section: NEXT
Cinereach engagement: financed by Cinereach, produced by Cinereach and Public Record. With support from the SF Film and Sundance Institute.
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Us three, us brothers, us kings. Manny, Joel and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah, the youngest, embraces an imagined world all his own. Based on the novel by Justin Torres.