“The Hunting Ground,” “Black Panthers” head to Sheffield

Sundance docs The Hunting Ground (pictured), The Russian Woodpecker and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution are the first titles confirmed for this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up.
February 11, 2015

Three docs that world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month are headed to Sheffield Doc/Fest in June.

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s The Hunting Ground (pictured), an examination of rape culture on U.S. university campuses, will screen at the British festival.

First-time filmmaker Chad Gracia’s World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury winner The Russian Woodpecker will make its UK premiere, and Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution returns to Sheffield for its international premiere a year after being pitched at the festival’s MeetMarket.

Ahead of Sheffield, The Hunting Ground will make its international premiere in Toronto next month at Hot Docs’ monthly screening series Doc Soup. CNN has the U.S. TV rights for the film.

Meanwhile, Nelson’s Black Panthers will get a limited theatrical run in the U.S.┬áthis fall courtesy of PBS Distribution before airing on ‘Independent Lens’ during the PBS doc strand’s winter 2016 season.

The full Sheffield Doc/Fest program will be announced in May. The festival takes place June 5-10.

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