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Berlinger, Kennedy docs among Sundance out-of-comp premieres

The Sundance Film Festival has revealed eight out-of-competition docs premiering at the fest, including a Joe Berlinger film on Paul Simon (pictured), and a doc directed by Amy Berg in collaboration with Peter Jackson, focusing on the West Memphis Three.
December 5, 2011

The Sundance Film Festival has revealed eight out-of-competition docs premiering at the fest, including a Joe Berlinger film on Paul Simon (pictured), and a doc directed by Amy Berg in collaboration with Peter Jackson, focusing on the West Memphis Three.

Realscreen first reported last week that Berlinger (Crude, Paradise Lost 3) had submitted a new doc to premiere at the festival, and his effort joins other notable directors’ latest works premiering in Utah including Rory Kennedy (The Fence, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) and James Marsh (Project Nim, Man On Wire), the latter of whom has a fiction film screening out-of-competition.

In all, eight documentaries will screen in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, in the out-of-competition documentary premieres section of the 2012 fest, taking place from January 19-29.

The eight documenataries are below, with descriptions from the Sundance Institute:

About Face / U.S.A. (Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) — An exploration of beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels. Participants including Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Paulina Porizkova, Jerry Hall and Christy Turlington weigh in on the fashion industry and how they reassess and redefine their own sense of beauty as their careers progress.

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography / U.S.A. (Director: Stacy Peralta) — When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too – as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.

The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia / U.S.A. (Director: James Redford) — While following a dyslexic high school senior struggling to achieve his dream of getting into a competitive college, The D Word exposes myths about dyslexia and reveals cutting edge research to elucidate this widely misunderstood condition.

Ethel / U.S.A. (Director: Rory Kennedy) — This intimate, surprising portrait of Ethel Kennedy provides an insider’s view of a political dynasty, including Ethel’s life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.

A Fierce Green Fire / U.S.A. (Director: Mark Kitchell) — A definitive history of one of the most important movements of the 20th century, A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the environmental movement’s fascinating evolution from the 1960s to the present.

Something from Nothing: The Art or Rap / United Kingdom (Director: Ice-T, Co-Director: Andy Baybutt) — Through conversations with Rap’s most influential artists – among them Chuck D, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, MC Lyte, Mos Def, and Kanye West – Ice-T explores the roots and history of rap and reveals the creative process behind this now dominant art form.

Untitled Paul Simon Project / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Berlinger) — Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he sparked for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa, designed to end apartheid.

West of Memphis / U.S.A. (Director: Amy Berg) — Three teenage boys are incarcerated for the murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Nineteen years later, new evidence calls into question the convictions and raises issues of judicial, prosecutorial and jury misconduct – showing that the first casualty of a corrupt justice system is the truth.

In addition, the Park City at Midnight program will also feature a documentary:

Shut Up and Play the Hits — Directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace follow James Murphy, frontman of the band LCD Soundsystem, for 48 hours – including the band’s final gig ever, in Madison Square Garden.

Details of the documentaries screening in the in-competition categories can be found here.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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