Sundance Grand Jury Prize-Winners Through the Yearsby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 8 months ago
Let's take a look back at the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winners from the founding of the festival to the present.
1984 Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old, well-bred Lonnie meets the impudent Karen on the street. Karen teaches Lonnie some of her favorite pastimes, like make-up, shoplifting, skipping school, and lying to her parents about it, but confessing to the priest later on. But Karen also learns some honesty from Lonnie in this film about social differences and growing up.
1985 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: In their final year at Muncie's Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtle toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They also learn a great deal about life, both in and out of school, and not what school officials think they are teaching.
1986 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: A behind-the-scenes look at the process of turning Arthur Miller's Pulitzer-prize winning stage-play "Death of a Salesman" into an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning made-for-television movie starring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.
The Trouble with Dick (tie with Waiting for the Moon)
1987 Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Synopsis: A sci-fi author is plagued by his publisher's demands to add more sex to his new novel, the sexual advances of his girl's sexy best friend and her daughter, and hallucinations in which the novel's hero faces desert parasites and alien vixens.
1987 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by women who come and go in his life, his recurring dreams of nuclear holocaust, and Burt Reynolds.
Heat and Sunlight
1988 Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Synopsis: Photojournalist Mel Hurley returns home to San Francisco on the eve of his birthday, expecting his lover, Carmen, to meet him at the airport and tell him if she will be exclusively his. She's not there; she wants more time. Twenty years earlier, he'd photographed civil war in Biafra, wanting to tell a story that would save people. He now equates that war with his personal struggle: Can his photographs save this relationship?
Beirut: The Last Home Movie
1988 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: Fascinated by stories of the aristocratic Bustros family, who remained in their large 19th century mansion in the mostly deserted downtown section of Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War, director Jennifer Fox leaves NYU to document her friend Gabby Bustros' return to her family home.
Water and Power (tie with H-2 Worker)
1990 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing, and animation techniques, Water and Power explores the complex battle for natural resources waged between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley.
American Dream (tie with Paris Is Burning)
1991 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: This acclaimed documentary focuses on a mid-1980s workers' strike at a Hormel meatpacking plant in Minnesota. After employees have both their wages and benefits cut, the local union endorses a strike, but complications arise when the national branch of the union doesn't follow suit.
Finding Christa (tie with A Brief History of Time)
1992 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: In 1961, artist and filmmaker Camille Billops made the decision to put her four-year-old daughter up for adoption. In Finding Christa, Billops documents her search for her daughter and their eventual reconciliation.
Public Access (tie with Ruby in Paradise)
1993 Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Synopsis: Brewster seems to be an almost too perfect example of idyllic small-town America, with everyone living in peace and harmony. So when newcomer Whiley Pritcher starts up his own local cable TV show with the question "What's wrong with Brewster?", there surely can't be any deep dark secrets in the town that are just waiting to come to the surface - or can there?
Silverlake Life: The View from Here (tie with Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family)
1993 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: The film documents the lives, love, and dedication of longtime companions Tom Joslin and Mark Massi and their experiences living with AIDs.
Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family (tie with Silverlake Life: The View from Here)
1993 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: In 1961, Robert Young and Michael Roemer shot a gritty documentary in Palermo's Cortile Cascino, a slum reserved for rag pickers and scavengers. Thirty years later, Young's son and daughter-in-law go back to Sicily to pick up the story of Angela Capra, her now ex-husband, and their children.
2001 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a transgender man diagnosed with ovarian cancer who was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations
Capturing the Friedmans
2003 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: This documentary tells the story of the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
2015 Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: This documentary tells how the Angulo brothers, one of Boston's most notorious crime families, grew up confined to an apartment from a New York housing project, where they learned everything they knew about the world by watching movies and reenacting their favorite scenes with intricate homemade costumes.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
2015 Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Synopsis: High schooler Greg (Thomas Mann), who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl (RJ Cyler), finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer (Olivia Cooke).
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore.
2017 U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Synopsis: When a depressed woman (Melanie Lynskey) is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor (Elijah Wood). But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
2018 U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Synopsis: In 1993 a teenage girl named Cameron Post is caught having a sexual encounter with the prom queen. Cameron is then forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative aunt and uncle, who are her legal guardians.
Of Fathers and Sons
2018 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Synopsis: Talal Derki returns to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. The film provides a rare glimpse into the experience of growing up in an Islamic Caliphate.