In “Dark Money” the voters of Montana fight back against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision

In “Dark Money” the voters of Montana fight back against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision

Source:  Deadline

To get elected anymore in this country you need to be a millionaire or have access to a great deal of money — but where is that money coming from?

Following the money is what filmmaker Kimberly Reed’s “Dark Money” tries to do during a recent election in Montana. The film is in this year’s U.S. Documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film follows an investigative reporter on the trail of a major legal case in Montana which all ties back to dark money political ad campaign spending that no one is privy to where the funding is coming from.

The documentary reveals how this practice is devastating elections throughout the country.

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Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg could be the toast of this year’s Sundance Film Festival

Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg could be the toast of this year’s Sundance Film Festival

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

At 84, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who is expected to attend the world premiere of “RBG,” the documentary about her life and legacy that first screens at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 — could be the toast of the fest.

“Millennials are big fans of hers,” says Julie Cohen, who directed the film along with Betsy West. “What they love about her is the contrast between her seriousness of purpose and her lighter side.”

Having embraced the hip-hop moniker Notorious RBG (originally bestowed upon her by an NYU law student), Ginsburg doesn’t shy away from the notoriety or pop culture currency her nearly 25 years on the court have brought (though in October 2016 she said she’d never seen Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of her on Saturday Night Live).

Justice Ginsburg allowed the filmmakers, who worked on the project for three years, into her chambers and into her life outside the court.

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A teen prodigy deals with fame in “Chef Flynn”

A teen prodigy deals with fame in “Chef Flynn”

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Flynn McGarry began his culinary career throwing dinner parties at the age of 10 in his living room. A few years later, he relocated into some of the most famous kitchens in the world before he could legally drive a car.

The teenage gourmet has already graced the cover of the New York Times Magazine and now, at 19, finds himself the subject of a documentary, “Chef Flynn,” which tracks his beginnings and everything that follows a meteoric rise.

“Chef Flynn” will premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival.

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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds explores Mormon treatment of the LGBTQ community in new HBO doc “Believer”

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds explores Mormon treatment of the LGBTQ community in new HBO doc “Believer”

Source:  Paste

HBO has struck the first deal of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, acquiring the U.S. TV rights to director Dan Argott’s new documentary “Believer.”

The film follows Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons fame as he investigates the Mormon Church’s treatment of its LGBTQ members.

Reynolds also explores the policies of the Church that purposely ostracize the marginalized sector of its congregation and how those policies relate to the rapid increase in teenage suicide rates in Utah over the past decade.

“Believer” is likely to be a hot-button offering at Sundance which is held yearly in Park City, Utah.

Reynolds, who is Mormon, said his aim is to provoke meaningful gay rights discussions within Mormonism on a larger scale.

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Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me 2” pulled from Sundance, dropped by YouTube Red after admitted sexual misconduct

Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me 2” pulled from Sundance, dropped by YouTube Red after admitted sexual misconduct

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

Days after filmmaker Morgan Spurlock posted his essay “I am part of the problem” on Twitter, his movie, “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!,” has been pulled from the Sundance Film Festival.

The decision to pull the documentary from the festival came after YouTube Red said that it would not distribute “Super Size Me 2,” which it had bought the rights to for $3.5 million after this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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The Sundance Film Festival unveils its 2018 documentary lineup

The Sundance Film Festival unveils its 2018 documentary lineup

Last week, the Sundance Film Festival unveiled its documentary lineup set to screen next month in Park City, Utah.

15 films have been selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition. 

12 films have been selected for the World Cinema Documentary Competition.

12 films will be making their world premieres at Sundance next month.

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 18 – 28, 2018.

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