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Steve Bannon, Michael Jackson docs round out Sundance lineup

The Sundance Institute has unveiled two documentary features as the final additions to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival program. In the Documentary Premieres category is director Alison Klayman’s (pictured) The Brink, ...
January 9, 2019

The Sundance Institute has unveiled two documentary features as the final additions to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival program.

In the Documentary Premieres category is director Alison Klayman’s (pictured) The Brink, about former White House Chief Strategist and self-proclaimed ‘populist’ media personality Steve Bannon and his rise to power and influence. The film is produced by Marie Therese Guirgis.

The documentary was recently acquired by New York-based distributor Magnolia Pictures.

Leaving Neverland, directed by Dan Reed, will have its world premiere in the Special Events category. It tells the story of two boys, now in their 30s, who accused pop icon Michael Jackson of sexual abuse when they were seven and 10 years old. Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in 2005 and died in 2009.

The Brink and Leaving Neverland are part of a program of 241 projects from 49 countries, including several documentary premieres.

Of the films screening, 113 (47%) were directed or created by one or more women; 100 (41%) were directed or created by one or more filmmakers of color; and 41 (17%) were directed or created by one or more people who identify as LGBTQ+.

The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort from Jan. 24 to Feb. 3, and is hosted by the non-profit Sundance Institute.

(Photo from Alison Klayman’s Facebook page)

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