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Wu-Tang Clan series, documentary shorts join Sundance slate

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled more of its slate screening alongside the previously announced feature selections, including a Wu-Tang Clan docuseries, documentary shorts and special events. Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics ...
December 4, 2018

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled more of its slate screening alongside the previously announced feature selections, including a Wu-Tang Clan docuseries, documentary shorts and special events.

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men will have its world premiere as part of the Indie Episodic program. The series is directed by Sacha Jenkins and executive produced by Peter J Scalettar, Peter Bittenbender and Chris Gary. It tells the cultural history of the hip-hop supergroup.

The Special Event program, meanwhile, will feature an untitled Amy Berg doc directed and produced by Berg and following two female activists, as well as Amazon Prime’s upcoming true crime docuseries Lorena, delving into the Lorena Bobbitt case, from EPs Joshua Rofé, Steven J Berger, Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Thomas Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni.

Of the 73 short films that will screen at Sundance, 18 are documentary shorts.

In keeping with the festival’s efforts to increase diversity, 53% of the projects just announced were directed or created by one or more women, 51% were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 26% by one or more people who identify as LGBTQIA. Meanwhile, 12 were supported by Sundance Institute, whether through direct granting or residency Labs.

“Our newly-expanded programming team took in a full spectrum of human experience across genres and formats in creating this year’s Festival program. Following the success of last year’s inaugural Indie Episodic section, we’re immensely proud to showcase these stories told across installments, alongside several provocative, conversation-starting Special Events,” said Kim Yutani, Sundance’s director of programming, in a statement.

“This year’s crop of shorts are rowdy, reflective, visionary — we are excited to discover so many new voices and perspectives on today’s world,” added senior programmer Mike Plante.

The complete list of documentary short films playing the festival appears below:

All Inclusive (Switzerland)
Director and screenwriter: Corina Schwingruber Ilić

Black 14 (U.S.)
Director: Darius Clark Monroe

Cablestreet (U.S.)
World Premiere
Director: Meredith Lackey

The Dispossessed (India)
World Premiere
Director and screenwriter: Musa Syeed

Dulce (U.S., Colombia)
Directors: Guille Isa, Angello Faccini

Easter Snap (U.S.)
World Premiere
Director: RaMell Ross

Edgecombe (U.S.)
Director: Crystal Kayiza

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) (U.S.)
World Premiere
Director and screenwriter: Scott Calonico

Fast Horse (Canada, pictured)
U.S. Premiere
Director and screenwriter: Alexandra Lazarowich

The Ghost Behind (U.S.)
Director: Caroline Rumley

Ghosts of Sugar Land (U.S.)
World Premiere
Director: Bassam Tariq

It’s Going To Be Beautiful (U.S., Mexico)
Directors and screenwriters: Luis Gutierrez Arias, John Henry Theisen

Libre (U.S.)
Director: Anna Barsan

Life in Miniature (UK)
U.S. Premiere
Director and screenwriter: Ellen Evans

Life Overtakes Me (Sweden, U.S.)
World Premiere
Directors: John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson

Stay Close (U.S., China)
World Premiere
Directors and screenwriters: Shuhan Fan, Luther Clement

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk (Canada)
World Premiere
Directors: Eva Kaukai, Manon Chamberland,
Screenwriters: Emilie Baillargeon, Clark Ferguson

The Tough (Poland)
World Premiere
Director and screenwriter: Marcin Polar

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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