Sundance Announces New ‘Art of Nonfiction’ Initiative Supporting Innovative Documentary Filmmaking

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Cameraperson by Kirsten Johnson

In recent years, much of the focus in documentary filmmaking has been on content: what’s the best story to tell, not necessarily what’s the most cinematic way to tell it.  Add to this the pressures of traditional documentary funding opportunities, grants that demand “impact” and “reach,” and the art of nonfiction can take a backseat.

The renowned Sundance Labs are bringing form to the foreground with their new Art of Nonfiction Lab, giving filmmakers space and guidance for exploring experimentation and process in lieu of more typical project-based lab frameworks, an exciting development in the future of innovative documentary filmmaking.  Read more about the inaugural lab in Filmmaker Magazine: Sundance Announces New “Art of Nonfiction” Initiative Supporting Innovative Documentary Filmmaking.  

Miami International Film Festival is proud to bring several films premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival to Miami audiences, including the following documentaries:

Cameraperson: Kirsten Johnson has traveled the world as a cinematographer for documentary makers such as Michael Moore and Laura Poitras; now she draws upon that footage to craft her own poetic reflection on looking through the lens.

Trapped: Director Dawn Porter gives us an eye-opening look at abortion providers in the south who are struggling against a conservative agenda to force them out of business, a battle that’s going before the Supreme Court this year.

Weiner: Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner gives a camera crew deep access to his 2013 campaign as he attempts to mount a political comeback running for Mayor of New York City. But just as his campaign is getting started, a fresh sex scandal spirals out of control for Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin — one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides — as we watch the political couple endure a tabloid feeding frenzy and go into crisis management mode.

Another riveting documentary stirring up media attention is Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper by Liz Garbus: CNN host Anderson Cooper conducts probing interviews with his mother Gloria Vanderbilt, spanning from her childhood as the “poor little rich girl” caught in a custody dispute, to her public romances with Frank Sinatra and Sidney Lumet, and her triumphs as a fashion designer, writer, and painter, amid tragic twists of fate.

And remember the Festival’s Knight Documentary Achievement Award is chosen by audience votes.  You can win a year’s worth of free movies at CocoWalk’s Cinepolis just for buying a ticket to any of our Festival documentaries and voting for your favorite!

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