Round-up: 11 trailers from Sundance 2011

The annual film industry schmooze-fest known as the Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City, Utah for 10 days beginning today. For a sampling of what to see, realscreen has collected trailers for 11 docs (including The Flaw, pictured) screening at this year's event.
January 20, 2011

 The annual film industry schmooze-fest known as the Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City, Utah for 10 days beginning today. This year’s program features 37 documentary features screening in three programs: Doc Premieres, U.S. Documentary Competition and World Cinema Documentary Competition. Several doc-makers  have already cut trailers and teaser clips, and we’ve conveniently rounded up a bunch for your viewing pleasure.

Check out the 11 trailers below and stay tuned to the screening room in the coming days for more trailers for documentaries screening at this year’s Sundance fest.

Becoming Chaz (Doc Premieres)

Becoming Chaz profiles the only child of musical duo Sonny & Cher, born Chastity Bono, as he struggles with gender identity and eventually decides to undergo gender reassignment surgery to become a man.

Troubadours (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Troubadours examines the West Hollywood singer-songwriter scene in the 1970s that gave rise to musical icons such as James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell.

The Last Mountain (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Residents and activists in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley fight the industrial practice of mountaintop coal removal in director Bill Haney’s environmental doc The Last Mountain.

We Were Here (U.S. Documentary Competition)

In We Were Here, directors David Weissman and Bill Weber examine the social and political implications of the AIDS epidemic on San Francisco’s gay community in the 1980s.

Senna (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

The life of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna is the subject of director Asif Kapadia’s fourth feature film.

The Green Wave (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Ali Samadi Ahadi’s examination of The Green Revolution, the political movement that emerged prior to the tumultuous 2009 Iranian elections, combines animation with live-action interviews and compelling footage.

The Bengali Detective (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

A private detective working in the Indian city of Kolkata dreams of hosting a national talent show as he investigates counterfeit, poisonings, adultery and a triple homicide.

Family Portrait in Black and White (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

A Ukrainian woman raising 16 black foster children contends with local prejudices in this documentary feature from director Julia Ivanova.

An African Election (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Director Jarreth Merz gives viewers an insider’s account of Ghana’s 2008 presidential elections in the feature documentary An African Election.

Granito (Doc Premieres)

Filmmaker Pamela Yates returns to Guatemala where her 1982 documentary about the genocidal campaign against the country’s Mayan people, When The Mountains Tremble, is being used as evidence in an international war crimes tribunal.

The Flaw (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Director David Sington places the causes of the 2007 economic crash in a wider historical context in The Flaw.

Visit the official Sundance website for a list of screening times.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.