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December 9, 2016

Cinereach will be at Sundance 2017 to celebrate the new year in independent film and these eight world premieres.

We’re proud of how singular and bold each of these films are. Each tackles a complex premise from a distinctively artful and empathic perspective. We hope these films compel their festival audiences to look inward, examine assumptions, and find compassion during this time of intense political and social division.

Beach Rats, a Cinereach production in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, is the second feature film by Eliza Hittman, whose It Felt Like Love premiered at Sundance ’13. Seven nonfiction films in the festival were supported through one or more Cinereach grants towards their production, completion, and/or distribution and audience strategy.

Beach Rats

Directed and written by Eliza Hittman
Produced by Brad Becker-Parton, Andrew Goldman, Drew Houpt and Paul Mezey

U.S. Dramatic Competition

An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

Beach Rats screening times

Casting JonBenet

Directed by Kitty Green
Produced by Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay and James Schamus

U.S. Documentary Competition

The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world’s most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey’s Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

Casting JonBenet screening times


Directed and produced by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini

U.S. Documentary Competition

An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.

Dina screening times

Last Men in Aleppo

Directed by Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen
Produced by Søren Steen Jespersen, Kareem Abeed and Stefan Kloos

World Cinema Documentary Competition


After five years of war in Syria, Aleppo’s remaining residents prepare themselves for a siege. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, have remained in the city to help their fellow citizens—and experience daily life, death, struggle and triumph in a city under fire.

Last Men in Aleppo screening times



Directed by Jonathan Olshefski
Produced by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

U.S. Documentary Competition

For over a decade, this portrait of a North Philadelphia family and the creative sanctuary offered by their home music studio was filmed with vérité intimacy. The family’s 10-year journey is an illumination of race and class in America, and it’s a testament to love, healing and hope.

Quest screening times

Strong Island

Directed and produced by Yance Ford
Produced by Joslyn Barnes

U.S. Documentary Competition

Examining the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, and re-imagines the wreckage in catastrophe’s wake, challenging us to change.

Strong Island screening times

The Force

Directed and produced by Pete Nicks
Produced by Linda Davis and Lawrence Lerew

U.S. Documentary Competition

This cinema verité look at the long-troubled Oakland Police Department goes deep inside their struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson and an explosive scandal.

The Force screening times

Whose Streets?

Directed and produced by Sabaah Folayan, co-directed by Damon Davis
Produced by Jennifer MacArthur, Flannery Miller, and Chris Renteria

U.S. Documentary Competition

A nonfiction account of the Ferguson uprising told by the people who lived it, this is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back—and sparked a global movement.

Whose Streets screening times