The documentaries increase the total number of films at the online festival to 83.
Two documentaries have been added to the Sundance Film Festival 2022 – one where a well-known actress records domestic abuse that she has endured for years, and the other a look at income inequality told by the heir of one of Hollywood’s most lucrative names. .
The Sundance Institute, the non-profit arts organization that hosts the festival, announced the additions on Wednesday, just eight days before the festival begins, on January 20 online at festival.sundance.org.
Individual Sundance online screening tickets are being sold to the public on Thursday; Sundance members can start buying individual tickets on Wednesday.
These two documents, both presented as special screenings, are:
• “The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales”, Filmmaker and activist Abigail E. Disney – the ancestor of Walt Disney’s animated legend – explores America’s dysfunctional and unequal economy, using her famous family’s own story to find out how this systemic injustice has hit the country. Disney co-directed with Kathleen Hughes.
• Phoenix Rising in which actor and activist Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”, “Kajillionaire”) reclaims her story of surviving domestic violence when she first named her rapist. (In February 2021, Wood accused singer Marilyn Manson of abusing her during their relationship between 2007 and 2010. Manson denied the allegations.) Director Amy Berg has addressed the issue of sexual abuse before, both in the Roman Catholic Church. in 2006 in “Deliver Us From Evil” and in Warren Jeffs’ FLDS Church in 2015 in “Prophet’s Prey”. “Phoenix Rising” is a two-part documentary; the festival will screen the first part.
Both films increase the number of feature screenings at the festival to 83.
The creators of the film, which was originally supposed to star on Sundance, pulled out the title on Monday. “Final Cut” is a French horror comedy – a remake of the Japanese film “One Cut of the Dead” from 2017 – in which the film crew discovers that their horror zombie was interrupted by a real zombie attack. “Final Cut” is directed and written by Michel Hazanavicius, whose dumb comedy “The Artist” from 2011 won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Director.
In a statement released Monday, the filmmaker said he “fully supported” Sundance’s decision to cancel personal screenings due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, but added: “We believe it’s best to have a ‘Final Cut’ premiere in a live theater.”
A statement from the Sundance Institute said: “We respect the desire of filmmakers to share their work in another capacity. We remain committed to supporting filmmakers as they move through a changing environment to give independent artists the visibility they deserve, and while we are deeply disappointed that we are not meeting as intended, the safety of our entire community must come first. ”