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Sundance ’18: RuPaul retrospective, “Akicita” complete lineup

The Sundance Film Festival has finalized its 2018 slate with the addition of eight features, a VR experience and a RuPaul’s Drag Race retrospective. RuPaul, the host of VH1′s Emmy-winning RuPaul’s ...
December 20, 2017

The Sundance Film Festival has finalized its 2018 slate with the addition of eight features, a VR experience and a RuPaul’s Drag Race retrospective.

RuPaul, the host of VH1′s Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be in Salt Lake City to serve as the festival’s inaugural and only NEXT Innovator Award juror — a category which aims to showcase pure, bold works distinguished by innovative, forward-thinking approaches to storytelling. He will present the NEXT Innovator Award to his favorite film in that category.

RuPaul will also host a panel that will reflect on Drag Race‘s impact as it enters its 10th season. Panel participants include executive producers and World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, along with WOW CCO Tom Campbell and Viacom’s Pamela Post, senior VP of original programming for MTV, VH1 and Logo.

Eight new features have also been added to the program, including the documentary feature Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock. Directed by Cody Lucich, the doc chronicles the 2016 protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

An addition to the New Frontier category features a VR experience inside Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated film, Isle of Dogs. It features face-to-face interviews with the dogs on set, while the crew of the film works around you to create the animation you are seeing.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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