Sundance 2006 doc lineup…

From IndieWIRE: The complete list of documentary competition titles is published below. Spectrum, Park City at Midnight, and Frontier lineups will be announced Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 a.m. ET and the Premiere’s section lineup will be announced on Thursday, December 1st at 1:00 a.m. ET. The festival’s short film lineup will be released on Monday, December 5th.

Independent Feature Film Competition: Documentary

    A Lion In The House,” directed by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert
    Five diverse families — each with a child fighting cancer — navigate the ups and downs of treatment over six years, while maintaining hope in this complex portrait of human resilience. [World Premiere]

    American Blackout,” directed by Ian Inaba
    A stylish hard hitting documentary that recounts the fascinating career of Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and the suppression of the black vote historically and during the recent Presidential elections in Florida and Ohio. [World Premiere]

    An Unreasonable Man,” directed by Henriette Mantel and Stephen Skrovan
    Using rarely seen archival footage and over forty recently conducted on-camera interviews, this documentary traces the career of Ralph Nader from quixotic consumer advocate to upstart presidential candidate to public pariah. [World Premiere]

    Crossing Arizona,” directed by Joseph Mathew
    A balanced, far-reaching look at a range of human stories unfolding in the midst of Arizona’s illegal immigration crisis. [World Premiere]

    God Grew Tired Of Us,” directed by Christopher Quinn
    Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety. [World Premiere]

    The Ground Truth: After The Killing Ends,” directed by Patricia Foulkrod
    Reveals how the military trains our soldiers for war, the reality of combat in Iraw and the effects of this war on our soldiers coming home. [World Premiere]

    Iraq In Fragments,” directed by James Longley
    Contemporary Iraq is illuminated in three chapters that follow the diverse stories of Iraqis against a backdrop of war, occupation and ethnic tension. [World Premiere]

    Small Town Gay Bar,” directed by Malcolm Ingram
    A voyage to the deep South to tell a tale of the struggle for community and expression in the face of ignorance, hypocrisy and oppression. [World Premiere]

    So Much So Fast,” directed by Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan
    A black-humored cliffhanger of romance, guerrilla science and the redefinition of time. When Stephen Heywood finds out he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), his brother Jamie becomes obsesses with finding a cure and the woman who’s falling in love with Stephen has a decision to make. [World Premiere]

    Thin,” directed by Lauren Greenfield
    With unprecented access and an unflinching eye, “Thin” documents 4 women struggling with anorexia and bulimia at a residential facility for the treatment of eating disorders in South Florida. [World Premiere]

    “‘Tis Autumn — The Search for Jackie Paris,” directed by Raymond De Felitta
    Explores the legendary jazz vocalist Jackie Paris’ meteoric rise, enigmatic career and mysterious life while probing the question of how much we need to know of an artist’s personal story to appreciate their art. [World Premiere]

    The Trials of Darryl Hunt,” directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
    The wrongful conviction of a black man for a white woman’s rape and murder offers a provocative, haunting examination of a fear-based racially-biased community and criminal justice system. [World Premiere]

    TV Junkie,” directed by Michael Cain
    From the time he was born Rick knew he had a special purpose. If he could only record it he might be able to figure out what it is. 46 years, 5000 hours of video and over 3000 photos later he may have figured it out. [World Premiere]

    Wide Awake,” directed by Alan Berliner
    A first-person account of filmmaker Alan Berliner’s struggle with sleeplessness, as both a blessing and a curse. Portrait of an artist as an insomniac. [World Premiere]

    Wordplay,” directed by Patrick Creadon An in-depth look at ‘The New York Times’ crossword puzzle and its editor Will Shortz, and the wonderfully unique and loyal fan base he has built and nurtured during his 12-year tenure at the paper. [World Premiere]

    The World According to Sesame Street,” directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan
    A behind-the-scenes look at the unexpected dynamics of adapting the most-watched children’s television show for audiences in some of the world’s political hotspots and incorporating locally relevant themes. [World Premiere]

World Cinema Competition: Documentary

    5 Days,” directed by Yoav Shamir (Israel)
    On August 15, 2005, Israel began to evacuate 8,000 Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip. In a unilateral move by the Israeli government, they were removed from their homes to make way for 250,000 Palestinians. With exclusive access to the Israeli Defense Forces and the General in charge, seven film crews simultaneously follow key characters during this historic five-day event. [North American Premiere]

    Angry Monk – Reflections on Tibet,” directed by Luc Schaedler(Switzerland)
    A portrait of the rebellious Tibetan monk Gendun Choephel, this film reveals a face of old and present-day Tibet that runs against popular cliches. [North American Premiere]

    Black Gold,” directed by Marc Francis and Nick Francis
    A cinematic journey that uncovers the world of coffee and trade from the struggling Ethiopian bean grower to your coffee cup. [World Premiere]

    By the Ways, A Journey with William Eggleston,” directed by Cedric Laty and Vincent Gerard (France)
    A journey through the southern United States home of William Eggleston considered “the father of color photography.” Eggleston’s persistent silence defies each truth revealed about his character. [North American Premiere]

    Dear Pyongyang,” directed by Yang Yonghi (Japan)
    A Korean-Japanese daughter explores her father’s fierce political loyalty to North Korea – costly to the point of breaking up his family. [North American Premiere]

    The Giant Buddhas,” directed by Christian Frei (Switzerland)
    A film about the destruction of the famous Buddha statues in Afghanistan. An essay on fanaticism and faith, terror and tolerance, ignorance and identity. [U.S. Premiere]

    Glastonbury,” directed by Julian Temple (U.K.)
    A staggering range of music presented at England’s annual Glastonbury Festival, captures the spirit of important social changes over the last 30 years. [World Premiere]

    I Is For India,” directed by Sandhya Suri (England, Germany, Italy)
    A tale of migration and belonging, told primarily through Super 8 films and audio letters sent between India and England over a period of 40 years. [World Premiere]

    In the Pit,” directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo (Mexico)
    According to Mexican legend, whenever a bridge is built the devil asks for one soul, in exchange for keeping the bridge standing. This film chronicles the daily lives of the workers building a second deck to Mexico City’s Periferico freeway – their hopes, dreams and struggle for survival. [World Premiere]

    Into the Great Silence,” directed by Philip Groening (Germany)
    The first film ever to examine life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the mother house of legendary Carthusian Order. An austere, next to silent meditation on monastic life in a very pure form. [U.S. Premiere]

    KZ,” directed by Rex Bloomstein (U.K.)
    A look at the way thee town of Mauthausen, formerly the site of a German concentration camp, faces the ultimate demons of its dark past. [North American Premiere]

    No One,” directed by Tin Dirdamal (Mexico)
    The story of Maria, a Central American immigrant forced to leave her family in search of a better life. On her way to the United States, she crosses Mexico where she encounters a nightmare. [U.S. Premiere]

    The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez,” directed by Heidi Specogna (Germany)
    Behind the heroic tale of the first U.S. soldier to die in the war in Iraq, there unfolds the story of a Guatemalan street child drawn into war by the promise of a green card in a foreign country. [World Premiere]

    Songbirds,” directed by Brian Hill (U.K.)
    Downview Prison in England is host to 250 women who have committed crimes ranging from drug trafficking to manslaughter, but these women are also mothers and caretakers. In a musical set in the prison, the women sing about their lives and the crimes that led to their imprisonment. [North American Premiere]

    Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst,” directed by Gillian Armstrong (Australia)
    Flamboyant design pioneer Florence Broadhust lived a colorful life, but it is only now that her time has truly come, with her bold, exotic wallpaper prints in huge demand internationally. [World Premiere]

    Viva Zapatero,” directed by Sabina Guzzanti (Italy)
    A critical and playful look at censorship in Italy under Berlusconi contrasted with other European nations. [North American Premiere]

One Response to “Sundance 2006 doc lineup…”

  1. myahquote Says:

    American Blackout was great. Audience reaction was incredibly positive and moving. The documentary is entertaining thanks to editing, music and clear story telling through film. America needs for this documentary to get wide distribution

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