FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP

AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

AFTER INNOCENCE ^ Jessica Sanders has observed a collection of lives dramatically altered by a flawed legal system…

THE ARISTOCRATS ^ Directed by comedian Paul Provenza, ”The Aristocrats” is a brilliant solution to the eternal problem of how to discuss the creative process behind comedy without becoming boring…

THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON ^ For those that don’t know, Daniel Johnston is best known as a brilliant singer-songwriter who has the lyricism of Dylan, but the musical chops, or lack thereof, of Wesley “King of Rock ’n Roll” Willis…

THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX ^ And now, Film Threat’s first-ever political endorsement – Ms. Shelby Knox for President in 2030!

ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM ^ Powerful on many levels at once, “Enron” couldn’t be more necessary as we wade into the muck of a second Bush term — an era in which corporations will undoubtedly be given even more leeway with which to rob the American public…

THE FALL OF FUJIMORI ^ In her thorough and fascinating historical documentary “The Fall of Fujimori,” Ellen Perry creates an objective yet not overly dry character study of the man, now a fugitive living in Japan, as he recalls his days in power…

FROZEN ANGELS ^ Radio personality Bill Hendel, who uses his talk show to promote the genetics business that he’s a part of, becomes the movie’s recurring voice, and I don’t know if he’s joking when he says that he considers reproduction through sex immoral…

MARDI GRAS: MADE IN CHINA ^ Are you ready for some GUILT? Well, I hope so, especially if you’ve ever gone wild for some beads at Mardi Gras. This tale of globalization is here to rub your face in the mess you’ve helped create, you…you…consumer…

MURDERBALL ^ “Murderball” goes beyond the obvious subjects to explore the lives that quad rugby affects…

NEW YORK DOLL ^ The high point of the film is the reuniting of the Dolls for a performance at the 2004 Meltdown Festival in London, courtesy of longtime fan Morrissey…

RING OF FIRE: THE EMILE GRIFFITH STORY ^ It’s impossible to tell whether Griffith was simply a dull person without much of a personality, or if the documentarians simply failed to translate it to the screen. But the resulting material won’t attract people beyond a specialized audience with interest in the subject…

ROMANTICO ^ What was supposed to be a picture about the life of a San Francisco-based immigrant musician, inadvertently evolved into a richly observed slice of life tale about a man returning home, a bittersweet immigrant tale in reverse…

SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS ^ In a high-security Kentucky prison, a storm is brewing. It’s not a violent one, but an emotional one as some of the well-behaved prisoners put on a production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”…

TRUDELL ^ If anyone has the right to “hate America” or to call for an end to Western Civilization as we know it, it’s an American Indian…

TWIST OF FAITH ^ Dick doesn’t even try to offer impartiality; his film is an all-out attack on the church that employs such rules as “mental reservation,” an obscure loophole in the Catholic canon that authorizes priests to lie if doing so protects the church…

WHY WE FIGHT ^ So, why do we fight? Simple, to feed that gluttonous son of a bitch that is the American military industrial complex…

Get the American Dramatic Competition selections in part four of FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP>>>




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