Sundance Film Fest 2021: U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

The 10 films in this section are all world premieres.

Ailey (Director: Jamila Wignot, Producer: Lauren DeFilippo) — Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Told in his own words and through the creation of a dance inspired by his life, this immersive portrait follows a man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, determined to build one that would.

All Light, Everywhere (Director: Theo Anthony, Producers: Riel Roch-Decter, Sebastian Pardo, Jonna McKone) — An exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens.

At the Ready (Director: Maisie Crow, Producers: Hillary Pierce, Maisie Crow, Abbie Perrault) —

Home to one of the region’s largest law enforcement education program, students at Horizon High School in El Paso train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents as they discover the realities of their dream jobs may be at odds with the truths and people they hold most dear.

Cusp (Directors: Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt, Producers: Zachary Luke Kislevitz, Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt) —

In a Texas military town, three teenage girls confront the dark corners of adolescence at the end of a fever dream summer.

Homeroom (Director: Peter Nicks, Producers: Peter Nicks, Sean Havey) —

Following the class of 2020 at Oakland High School in a year marked by seismic change, exploring the emotional world of teenagers coming of age against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world.

Rebel Hearts (Director: Pedro Kos, Producers: Kira Carstensen, Shawnee Isaac-Smith, Judy Korin) —

A group of pioneering nuns bravely stand up to the Catholic Church patriarchy, fighting for their livelihoods, convictions and equality against an all-powerful Cardinal. From marching in Selma in 1965 to the Women’s March in 2018, these women have reshaped our society with their bold acts of defiance.

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (Director: Mariem Pérez Riera, Producers: Brent Miller, Mariem Pérez Riera, Ilia J. Vélez-Dávila) —

Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become one of a select group who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Over a seventy year career, she has paved the way for Hispanic American performers by refusing to be pigeonholed into one-dimensional stereotypes.

Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Producers: David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel) —

During the same summer as Woodstock, 300,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival, celebrating African American music and culture, and promoting Black pride and unity.

The footage from the festival sat in a basement, unseen for over 50 years, keeping this incredible event in America’s history lost–until now. DAY ONE

In a world where cool kids are nerds, the orchestra is world class, and being Asian American is the norm, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams.

Users (U.S.-Mexico – Director: Natalia Almada, Producers: Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, Josh Penn) —

A mother wonders, will my children love their perfect machines more than they love me, their imperfect mother? She switches on a smart-crib lulling her crying baby to sleep. This perfect mother is everywhere. She watches over us, takes care of us. We listen to her. We trust her.