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Yance Ford’s new documentary “Strong Island” walked away from last month’s Sundance Film Festival with a very appropriate recognition: a special jury prize for storytelling. The filmmaker used the documentary to work through the heart-wrenching crime that took his brother’s life nearly a quarter-decade ago, crafting an intensely personal and unique storytelling conceit along the way.
Twenty-four years ago, Ford’s brother William was shot and killed by a 19-year-old white mechanic over a dispute involving a car repair. The mechanic claimed self-defense against William, who was unarmed at the time, and the man was set free. The doc is not just an investigation into the shooting, but a searing and insightful look into the racism that influenced the story and the injustice of how William became a prime suspect in his own death. »
- Kate Erbland
This year’s Sundance Film Festival is mere days from unspooling in snowy Park City, Utah and, with it comes a brand new year of indie filmmaking to get excited about. As ever, the annual festival is playing home to dozens of feature films, short offerings and technologically-influenced experiences, and while there’s plenty to anticipate seeing, we’ve waded through the lineup to pick out the ones we’re most looking forward to checking out.
From returning filmmakers like Alex Ross Perry and Gillian Robesepierre to a handful of long-gestating passion projects and at least one film about a ghost, we’ve got a little something for every stripe of film fan.
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Ahead, check out 20 titles we’re excited to finally check out at this year’s festival.
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- Chris O'Falt, Eric Kohn, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene and Zack Sharf
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