Sundance Film Festival 2009

A tribute to the abundance of compelling new voices and the creative spirit in independent filmmaking, the Spectrum program presents out-of-competition dramatic and documentary films from some of the most promising filmmakers in the world today.

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Tyson Tyson
Tyson and It Might Get Loud
It Might Get Loud (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Davis Guggenheim; Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White)
The history of the electric guitar from the point of view of Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White.
U.S. Premiere
No Impact Man (Country: USA; Year: 2009; Director: Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein; Stars: Michelle Conlin, Colin Beavan)
The documentary follows the Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption Fifth Avenue lifestyle in an attempt to make a no-net environmental impact for the course of one year.
World Premiere
Passing Strange (Country: USA; Year: 2009; Director: Spike Lee, Annie Dorsen; Writer: Stew; Stars: Colman Domingo, De'Adre Aziza, Chad Goodridge, Stew)
A musical documentary about the international exploits of a young man from Los Angeles who leaves home to find himself and 'the real'. A theatrical stage production of the original Tony-Award winning book by Stew.
World Premiere
Tyson (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: James Toback; Writer: James Toback; Stars: Mike Tyson), Official Site
Intimate portrait of the heavyweight boxer.
North American Premiere
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (Year: 2008; Director: Robert Townsend; Writer: Daryle D'Millitant Littleton, John Long, Quincy Newell, Robert Townsend; Stars: Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Marlon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle, Bill Cosby, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Katt Williams)
Using rare archival clips along with provocative interviews with many of today's leading comedians and social critics, Why We Laugh celebrates the incredible cultural influence and social impact black comedy has wielded over the past 400 years.
World Premiere
The Yes Men Fix The World The Yes Men Fix The World
The Yes Men Fix The World and Passing Strange
Wounded Knee (Year: 2009; Director: Stanley Nelson; Writer: Marcia Smith)
In 1973, American Indian groups took over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota to draw attention the 1890 massacre. Though the federal government failed to keep many of the promises that ended the siege, the event succeeded in bringing to the world's attention the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life.
World Premiere
The Yes Men Fix The World (Country: France, USA; Year: 2009; Director: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr; Writer: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno; Stars: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno), Official Site
A documentary about two friends who put on suits and pretend to be senior corporate figures in order to try and set the world to rights.
World Premiere

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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