Sundance Film Festival 2020

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The Dissident and Okavango: River of Dreams (Director's Cut)
Aggie (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Catherine Gund; Stars: Agnes Gund, Thelma Golden, John Waters, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Ava DuVernay, Agnes Gund, Thelma Golden, John Waters, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Ava DuVernay)
An exploration of the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund who sold Roy Lichtenstein’s painting Masterpiece in 2017 for $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund to end mass incarceration.
World premiere
Assassins (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Ryan White)
True crime meets global spy thriller in this gripping account of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader. The film follows the trial of the two female assassins, probing the question: were the women trained killers or innocent pawns of North Korea?
World premiere
Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Sam Feder; Stars: Laverne Cox, Mj Rodriguez, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Chaz Bono, Jamie Clayton)
An investigation of how Hollywood's fabled stories have deeply influenced how Americans feel about transgender people, and how transgender people have been taught to feel about themselves.
World premiere
The Dissident (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Bryan Fogel; Writer: Bryan Fogel, Mark Monroe)
When Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, his fiancée and dissidents around the world are left to piece together the clues to a brutal murder and expose a global cover up perpetrated by the very country he loved.
World premiere
Giving Voice (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: James D Stern, Fernando Villena)
Every year, thousands of high schoolers enter the August Wilson monologue competition for a chance to perform on Broadway. This film follows these students, examining how Wilson and his characters speak to a new generation, inspiring them to listen to his words and find their own voice.
World premiere
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The Go-Go's (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Alison Ellwood; Stars: Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin)
As the first all-female band to play their instruments, write their songs and have a No. 1 album, The Go-Go's made history. Underpinned by candid testimonies, this film chronicles the meteoric rise to fame of a band born in the LA punk scene who became a pop phenomenon.
World premiere
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Ron Cicero, Kimo Easterwood; Writer: Ron Cicero; Stars: John Kricfalusi, Robyn Byrd, Vanessa Coffey, Chris Reccardi, Richard Pursel, Bobby Lee)
Exploring the rise and fall of the groundbreaking animated series Ren & Stimpy and its controversial creator, John Kricfalusi, through archival footage, show artwork and interviews with the artists, actors and executives behind the show.
World premiere
Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Laurent Bouzereau)
Exploring actor Natalie Wood’s life and career through the unique perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best. An examination of her personal and professional triumphs and challenges, which have often been overshadowed by her tragic death at age 43.
World premiere
Okavango: River of Dreams (Director's Cut) (Country: botswana; Year: 2020; Director: Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert; Writer: Dereck Joubert)
An insiders’ view of one of the greatest river systems on the planet, presented as a love letter, exploring the layers of paradise, limbo and inferno in a natural history echo of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a river of dreams, or beauty of conflict and turmoil.
World premiere
Rebuilding Paradise (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Ron Howard)
On November 8, 2018, a spark flew in the Sierra Nevada foothills, igniting the most destructive wildfire in California history and decimating the town of Paradise. Unfolding during the year after the fire, this is the story of the Paradise community as they begin to rebuild their lives.
World premiere
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Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Lana Wilson; Stars: Taylor Swift)
A raw and emotionally revealing look at one of the most iconic artists of our time during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.
World premiere. Day One film
Untitled Kirby Dick/Amy Ziering Film (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering; Writer: Kirby Dick, Sara Newens, Amy Ziering; Stars: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Hines, Joan Morgan, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Shanita Hubbard)
A brilliant former hip hop executive grapples with whether to go public about her rape by one of the most powerful men in the music industry. A gripping and profound examination of race, gender, intersectionality, and the toll sexual abuse takes on survivors and on society at large.
World premiere
Vivos (Country: Germany, Mexico; Year: 2020; Director: Ai Weiwei)
Since an attack on students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College in 2014 resulted in six deaths and in the forced disappearance of 43, the students’ families have been living in limbo with their unanswered questions, their struggle embodying the psychological and emotional toll of endemic violence upon Mexican society.
World premiere

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