By Elisabeth Copper
ITVS Social Media Manager, @eacopper
With parkas, scarves, and boots in tow, we’ve hit the road for what’s going to be an incredible week in Park City, Utah! A couple of us have already arrived at Sundance to meet with storytellers and directors, participate in panels, and preview some of the year’s most buzzed about films, which includes five ITVS supported documentaries. If you’re in town, you definitely don’t want to miss the following screenings:
Best of Enemies by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
Legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson
Whether they were right or wrong, whether they were good or bad, more than 40 years after the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California, the group, and its leadership, remain powerful figures in our popular imagination. This film weaves voices from varied perspectives who lived this story — police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters, and detractors, those who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.
In Football We Trust by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn
In Football We Trust chronicles the journey of young Polynesian-American men in Utah, as they transform out of their adolescence, striving to take warrior culture to the next level, through American football.
(T)ERROR by David Sutcliffe and Lyric Cabral
(T)ERROR is the story of S**** a 62-year-old former Black Panther turned counterterrorism informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Welcome to Leith by Michael Nichols and Christopher Walker
Welcome to Leith offers a glimpse into a North Dakota town struggling for sovereignty against one man’s extremist vision. Filmed during an 8-month period documenting a white separatist’s arrest for terrorizing the townspeople on an armed patrol, and his subsequent release from jail six months later.
The ITVS crew will be around for the duration of the festival so if you see us around, make sure you stop by and say hello. Here’s to a great week and we can’t wait to see you on the slopes!