Sundance announces line-up for new Documentary Premieres section

The Sundance Institute says this new component of its film festival, featuring eight world premiere docs, is geared towards mirroring the 'expanding impact and popularity' of documentaries globally.
December 2, 2010

The Sundance Institute has announced the line-up of films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and new Documentary Premieres sections of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Festival director John Cooper says the new Documentary Premieres component was designed as a ‘natural evolution to shine a light on films with prominent filmmakers or anticipated subjects without distracting from documentaries in competition,’ adding that ‘Sundance Institute has, since its inception, been one of the leading organizations in the world in support of nonfiction film, and our Festival remains a platform for both first-time and established documentary filmmakers.’

The eight films to be featured in the new section are:
Becoming Chaz / U.S.A. (Directors: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato) – Follows the story of Chastity Bono, born biologically female, as he transitions from female to male.
Bobby Fischer Against the World / U.S.A. (Director: Liz Garbus) – Traces the path of late chess-master Bobby Fischer, from troubled childhood, to World Champion and Cold War icon, to fugitive.
Granito / U.S.A. (Director: Pamela Yates) – Examines the role that documented footage from the film When the Mountains Tremble played in the prosecution of a Guatemalan military dictator.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold / U.S.A. (Director: Morgan Spurlock) – Super Size Me‘s director returns with a documentary about branding, advertising and product placement… financed and made possible, interestingly enough, by those very things.
The Interrupters / U.S.A. (Director: Steve James) – The helmer of Hoop Dreams brings this story of ex-gang members who are now protecting their communities from violent crime.
Reagan / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Eugene Jarecki) – A look at the enigma and icon that was President Ronald Reagan.
Rebirth / U.S.A. (Director: Jim Whitaker) – Using time-lapse photography that chronicles the hour-by-hour redevelopment of Ground Zero, the film also interlocks five stories of individuals whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11, 2001.
These Amazing Shadows / U.S.A. (Directors: Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton) – An 85-minute exploration of the U.S.’ National Film Registry and the power of cinema itself.

Also premiering at the fest, while not a part of the new Documentary Premieres section, is Kevin Macdonald’s Life in a Day. The film, dubbed the first user-generated feature and executive produced by Ridley Scott, is built from footage uploaded to YouTube and shot by professional and amateur filmmakers on July 24, 2010.

The Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. For more information and a complete list of films visit

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