The Sundance Film Festival has added two documentaries to its 2022 program, both of which will make their world premieres under the festival’s Special Screenings banner.
Phoenix Rising (pictured) follows actor and activist Evan Rachel Wood, star of films and series like Thirteen, Kajillionaire and Westworld, as she works to build the anti-domestic violence coalition The Phoenix Act after her own highly-publicized experience of abuse. Directed by Oscar– and Emmy–nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us From Evil), Phoenix Rising is a two-part documentary. The festival will only screen part one.
Co-directed by Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales examines the ever-growing income gap in the U.S. through the lens of co-director Disney’s own legendary family and the company that bears their name. Contacted by a Disneyland employee who was seeking her help to get better pay, Disney visited “the happiest place on earth” to record firsthand the dire conditions facing the megacorp’s lowest-paid workers.
“We’re so pleased to welcome these two dynamic films into our program,” said Kim Yutani, the festival’s director of programming. “These bold, compelling, provocative documentaries tell indelible stories, each from a searing first-person perspective that we know will spark critical dialogue.”
The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 20 to 30, 2022 online only, after it was decided earlier this month to cancel in-person events given the surge of COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant.