Monday, March 31, 2008

notable sundance documentaries

Marshall Heyman of W Magazine gushed about this year's Sundance Documentaries and lists his favorites. if you've seen any of the following please leave a comment.

“There’s just been an explosion of creativity in documentaries,” he says. “Real life turns out to be wildly fascinating. You couldn’t make this s--- up.”

Marina Zenovich's "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired"
A riveting investigation into the shady facts behind the 1977 trial of the Academy Award–winning Polish filmmaker for statutory rape.

Alex Gibney's "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"
A nonfiction biopic of the renegade Rolling Stone journalist, who killed himself in February 2005.

Christopher Bell's "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*"
A personal, Michael Moore–style take on America’s perception of and preoccupation with steroids.

James Marsh's "Man on Wire"
An elegiac visual poem about Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who tightrope-walked between the Twin Towers on a 250-foot-long cable in August 1974, and the team that helped him.

Nanette Burstein's "American Teen"
An at times amusing, at times agonizing year in the life of a few students at a high school in Warsaw, Indiana.

Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Trouble the Water"
The aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina, as seen through the eyes (and camera) of amateur filmmaker and rapper Kimberly Roberts. The backstory: Deal and Lessin, professional and personal partners for 15 years and frequent collaborators of Michael Moore’s, went to Louisiana to make sense of what they were seeing on TV in September 2005.

--W Magazine April 2008

1 comment:

Ultramafic said...

i was a research assistant for gonzo, it is a great documentary. lots of amazing unseen footage, hilarious hunter stories, paints him as the heroic yet tragic figure that he was. cant wait to see it in theaters.

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