“Muscle Shoals,” “The Summit,” “Blackfish” set for Sundance London

Alison Ellwood's History of the Eagles Part One (pictured) will also screen at the second annual London event, with the Californian rock band taking part in a post-screening Q&A.
March 11, 2013

Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Blackfish, Steve Hoover’s Blood Brother, and Alison Ellwood’s History of the Eagles Part One (pictured) are among the docs that will get their international premieres at the second annual Sundance London event next month.

The premiere of the latter film will feature a post-screening Q&A with the titular Californian rock band.

The news comes as the Sundance Institute and London venue The O2 today (March 11) unveiled the program of panels, features and shorts set for the film and music festival, which this year runs from April 25-28.

Other docs set for Sundance London will include the European premiere of Roger Ross Williams’ God Loves Uganda, and screenings of Nick Ryan’s The Summit, and Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier’s The Moo Man.

Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford said: “We would hope for Sundance London to be another ‘Sundance’ experience – lively, culturally relevant and fun. We look forward to engaging with audiences as we discover new voices, new points of view and new perspectives.”

The full list of docs playing at Sundance London, with descriptions via the Sundance Institute, follows below:

Blackfish (Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite)

Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. (Documentary) International Premiere

Blood Brother (Director: Steve Hoover)

Rocky went to India as a disillusioned tourist. When he met a group of children with HIV, he decided to stay. He never could have imagined the obstacles he would face, or the love he would find. Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. (Documentary) UK Premiere

God Loves Uganda (Director: Roger Ross Williams)

A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law. (Documentary) European Premiere

Muscle Shoals (Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier)

Down in Alabama Rick Hall founded FAME Studios and gave birth to the Muscle Shoals sound. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono and others bear witness to the greatest untold American music story. (Documentary) UK Premiere

Running from Crazy (Director: Barbara Kopple)

Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness. As tragedies are explored and deeply hidden secrets are revealed, Mariel searches for a way to overcome a similar fate. From two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple. (Documentary) International Premiere

History of the Eagles Part One (Director: Alison Ellwood)

Iconic American rock band the Eagles have earned countless awards and sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, including the best-selling album of all time. Using never-before-seen home movies, archival footage and new interviews with all current and former members of the Eagles, this documentary provides an intimate look into the history of the band and the legacy of their music. Includes an extended Q&A with the Eagles. (Documentary) International Premiere

The Moo Man (Directors: Andy Heathcote, Co-director: Heike Bachelier)

A year in the life of heroic farmer Steve, scene stealing Ida (queen of the herd), and a supporting cast of 55 cows. When Ida falls ill, Steve’s optimism is challenged and their whole way of life is at stake. (Documentary) UK Premiere

The Summit (Director: Nick Ryan)

Twenty-four climbers converged at the last stop before summiting the most dangerous mountain on Earth. Forty-eight hours later, 11 had been killed or simply vanished. Had one, Ger McDonnell, stuck to the climbers’ code, he might still be alive. Winner of the Editing Award: U.S. Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. (Documentary)

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