The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has revealed the slate of works selected for its Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections today (Dec. 10), with Nanette Burstein’s Hillary and Marina Zenovich’s Lance among the projects premiering.
Hillary interweaves footage from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign with biographical chapters of Clinton’s life, including interviews with the former Democratic candidate, her husband Bill Clinton, friends and journalists. Lance, meanwhile, offers a personal examination of Lance Armstrong, painting a “psychological portrait” of a celebrity who fell “spectacularly and publicly from grace.”
Of the projects announced, 48% were directed or created by one or more women, 33% were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 19% by one or more people who identify at LGBTQIA.
The Indie Episodic section, under which projects such as Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men and Work In Progress have premiered, includes William Kirkley’s Awkward Family Photos, Steve James’ City So Real and David Shapiro’s Untitled Pizza Movie, among other titles.
Sundance’s Special Events section, which in previous years has featured Lorena and Wild Wild Country, includes Hillary, Lance, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing’s Love Fraud, Natalie Johns’ Max Richter’s Sleep, James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte’s McMillions and Matthew Heineman’s The Trade.
“Authenticity and independent voices resonate across formats – and that’s evident across the full spectrum of this year’s Indie Episodic and Special Events slates. Defined by distinctive voices and enlightening viewpoints, these are riveting projects that find inspiration in the urgent stories and extraordinary individuals of our times,” Kim Yutani, the festival’s director of programming, said in a statement.
The 22 Documentary Short Films selected to premiere at Sundance Film Festival are listed below. To see the full slate, visit the festival’s website.
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS
Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa / U.S.A. (Directors: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Mike Attie)
All That Perishes at the Edge of Land / Pakistan (Director: Hira Nabi, Screenwriters: Hira Nabi, Qurratulain Hyder)
Bereka / U.S.A., Ethiopia (Director and screenwriter: Nesanet Teshager Abegaze)
Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business / U.S.A. (Director: Christine Turner)
Broken Orchestra / Canada, U.S.A. (Director: Charlie Tyrell)
Character / U.S.A. (Director: Vera Brunner-Sung)
Church and the Fourth Estate / U.S.A. (Director: Brian Knappenberger)
The Deepest Hole / U.S.A. (Director: Matt McCormick)
Día de la Madre / U.S.A. (Directors: Ashley Brandon, Dennis Höhne)
Do Not Split / U.S.A., Norway (Director: Anders Hammer)
E-Ticket / Hong Kong, U.S.A. (Director: Simon Liu)
Guisado on Sunset / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Terence Nance)
John Was Trying to Contact Aliens / U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Killip)
Junior Bangers / United Kingdom (Director: Danny Lee)
Lichen / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Lisa Jackson)
A Love Song for Latasha / U.S.A. (Director: Sophia Nahli Allison)
Narcissister Breast Work / U.S.A. (Director: Narcissister)
Now Is the Time / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Christopher Auchter)
See You Next Time / U.S.A. (Director: Crystal Kayiza)
The Shawl / U.S.A. (Director: Sara Kiener)
The Starr Sisters / U.S.A. (Directors: Beth Einhorn, Bridey Elliott)
While I’m Still Breathing (Tandis Que Je Respire Encore) / France (Directors: Laure Giappiconi, Elisa Monteil, La Fille Renne, Screenwriter: Laure Giappiconi)