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where’s my roy cohn?

OVERVIEW: Roy Cohn personified the dark arts of American politics, turning empty vessels into dangerous demagogues—from Joseph McCarthy to his final project, Donald J. Trump. This thriller-like exposé connects the dots, revealing how a deeply troubled master manipulator shaped our current American nightmare.

FILMMAKER: A film by Matt Tyrnauer, director of Scotty & the Secret History of Hollywood; Studio 54; Citizen Jane; and Valentino: The Last Emperor.

NOMINEE: Sundance Film Festival

PRESS: Vanity Fair, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, The Wrap

knock down the house

OVERVIEW: In 2018, a young bartender in the Bronx (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada and a registered nurse in Missouri join a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress.

FILMMAKER: A film by Rachel Lears, director of The Hand That Feeds and Aves De Paso.

WINNER: Sundance Film Festival

PRESS: Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Variety, The Wrap, Vox

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won’t you be my neighbor?

OVERVIEW: For more than 30 years, he was America's favorite neighbor: Fred Rogers. This documentary tells the story of the soft-spoken minister, puppeteer, writer and producer whose beloved TV program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," featuring Rogers and his cast of puppets and friends, spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues in a simple, direct fashion.

FILMMAKER: A film by Morgan Neville, director of the acclaimed film 20 Feet from Stardom, which won him the Academy Award and a Grammy Award.

PREMIERED at Sundance Film Festival and won numerous festival awards

PRESS: Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety

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Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

OVERVIEW: A deliciously scandalous portrait of Scotty Bowers, who after decades of discretion wrote a best-selling memoir detailing his secret life during Hollywood's Golden Age as a legendary escort and sexual procurer to closeted gay celebrities including Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and many more.

FILMMAKER: A film by Matt Tyrnauer, Director of Where’s my Roy Cohn, Studio 54, Citizen Jane, and Valentino: The Last Emperor

WINNER: Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

PRESS: The New York Times, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Huffington Post

night comes on

OVERVIEW: Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister to avenge her mother's death.

FILMMAKER: The directorial debut feature of Jordana Spiro. As an actress she has starred in numerous films and television series including Netflix's Ozark and TBS comedy television program My Boys.

WINNER: Sundance Film Festival

PRESS: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Deadline, Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter

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this is home

OVERVIEW: This Is Home follows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016. They have just eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient. The clock starts right when they land. Despite good intentions, a vast cultural divide prevents the new arrivals and the Americans trying to help them from truly understanding each other.

FILMMAKER: A film by Alexandra Shiva, director of Bombay Eunuch; Stagedoor; and How to Dance in Ohio.

WINNER: Sundance Film Festival

PRESS: Vogue, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety

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Inventing tomorrow

OVERVIEW: Meet passionate teen innovators from around the globe tackling environmental threats in their own backyards while they navigate the doubts and insecurities of adolescence. Join these inspiring teenagers as they present their cutting-edge solutions at the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

FILMMAKER: A film by Laura Nix, director of The Yes Men Are Revolting; and The Light in Her Eyes.

NOMINEE: Sundance Film Festival

PRESS: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Indiewire

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sembene!

OVERVIEW: Sembene! tells the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self- taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans.

FILMMAKERS: A film by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SembeneFilm

NOMINEE: Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival

PRESS: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Indiewire

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a rising tide

OVERVIEW: After the destruction of his family's restaurant during Hurricane Sandy, a young chef (Hunter Parrish) must grow up quickly, taking the biggest risks of his life, both in business and love. Tim Daly and Ashley Hawkins co-star.

FILMMAKER: A film by Ben Hickernell, director of Backwards; Lebanon, PA.; and Cellar.

NOMINEE: Seattle International Film Festival

PRESS: Variety

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the uncondemned

OVERVIEW: THE UNCONDEMNED tells the riveting story of an underdog group of young lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an international war crime. The case changed the course of international judicial history.

FILMMAKERS: A film by Michele Mitchell and Nick Louvel. Michele’s credits include Haiti: Where Did the Money Go; and reporting for PBS and CNN. Louvel’s credits include Domino One; Haiti: Where Did the Money Gol; and more.

WINNER: Hamptons International Film Festival

PRESS: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter

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afghan cycles

OVERVIEW: What lengths would you go to in order to ride a bicycle? Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women's rights - human rights - and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society.

FILMMAKER: A film by Sarah Menzies

WINNER: Seattle International Film Festival

PRESS: National Geographic, Huffington Post, Indiewire, Outside Magazine, GOOD

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breach

OVERVIEW: Wayne & Richie have a simple plan to rob the bank, but as soon as the plan changes - so do they. The two enter the bank as allies, and leave with very different endings.

FILMMAKER: A film by Jake Westphal

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93queen

OVERVIEW: In a Hasidic enclave in Brooklyn, there are seemingly endless services tailored for the community—stores in Yiddish, school buses and even a dedicated EMS. Yet the corps is made up entirely of men, and one group of women wants to change that. On a mission to start the city's first all-female volunteer EMS corps, these women are set on shattering the glass ceiling in the unlikeliest of communities.

FILMMAKER: A film by Paula Eiselt, also known for Rachels Rettungsdienst: Ultraorthodoxe Jüdinnen im Einsatz; P.O.V.’s Bronx Princess; and Priscilla.

Official Selection: HotDocs

PRESS: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, IndieWire, The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian

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the feeling of being watched

OVERVIEW: In the Chicago suburb where journalist Assia Boundaoui grew up, most residents in her Muslim immigrant neighborhood believe they are under surveillance. Assia investigates and uncovers FBI documents about "Operation Vulgar Betrayal," one of the largest pre-9/11 counterterrorism probes conducted on domestic soil, right in Assia's hometown.

FILMMAKER: A film by Assia Boundaoui, investigative reporter and filmmaker.

WINNER: Chicago International Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival

PRESS: The New York Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Deadline

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one child nation

OVERVIEW: After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

FILMMAKERS: A film by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang. Wang’s credits include Hooligan Sparrow, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and I Am Another You, which premiered at SXSW. Zhang’s credits include Complicit.

WINNER: Sundance Film Festival

PRESS: The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, The Washington Post