Sundance Film Festival 2012

Created to highlight the growing impact and popularity of documentaries in our world today, Documentary Premieres presents eight moving new films about big subjects or by master filmmakers that showcase the power of the form. Each is a world premiere.

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Ethel and About Face: Supermodels Then And Now
About Face: Supermodels Then And Now (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Stars: Carmen Dell'Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Bethann Hardison, Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova, Christy Turlington, Pat Cleveland, Calvin Klein), Trailer
An exploration of ageing and beauty in the company of the original supermodels.
World premiere
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Stacy Peralta; Stars: Stacy Peralta, Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill), Official Site
When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too – as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.
World premiere
The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: James Redford; Stars: Richard Branson, Gavin Newsom, Geralyn Lucas, Dylan Redford, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Tyler Lucas, Skye Lucas, Kyle Redford, Charles Schwab, David Boies, Allison Schwartz)
While following a Dyslexic high school senior struggling to achieve his dream of getting into a competitive college, The D Word exposes myths about Dyslexia and reveals cutting edge research to elucidate this widely misunderstood condition.
World premiere
Ethel (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Rory Kennedy; Writer: Mark Bailey)
Documentary about the director's mother, Ethel Kennedy.
World premiere
A Fierce Green Fire (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Mark Kitchell; Writer: Tom Turner), Official Site
A definitive history of one of the most important movements of the 20th century, A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the environmental movement’s fascinating evolution from the 1960s to the present.
World premiere
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt; Stars: Eminem, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Chuck D., MC Lyte)
Through conversations with Rap’s most influential artists – among them Chuck D, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, MC Lyte, Mos Def, and Kanye West – Ice-T explores the roots and history of Rap and reveals the creative process behind this now dominant art form.
World premiere
Under African Skies (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Joe Berlinger)
Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he sparked for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa, designed to end Apartheid.
World premiere
West Of Memphis (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Amy Berg; Writer: Amy Berg; Stars: Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Miskelly, Lorris Davis, Pam Hobbs), Official Site
A documentary team sets out to challenge the conviction of three teenagers, labelled Satanists, for the murder of three boys.
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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