Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022

Dispatches from the Sundance Film Festival are usually accompanied by descriptions of the looming mountains, snowy premieres and frantic bus shuttles. This year's Sundance, which played out entirely virtually due to the COVID-19 surge driven by the omicron variant, meant less evocative screening...

Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

A drama about an undocumented nanny in New York City, a documentary about three exiled dissidents from Tiananmen Square and another doc about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny won top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival. Winners were announced Friday evening in a virtual ceremony. ...

Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

Within hours of Russian authorities  officially adding Alexei Navalny to the country's registry of terrorists and extremists, a new documentary about the imprisoned Russian opposition leader premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Navalny" was dramatically added to the festival at the...

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

It was 2017 when filmmaker Paula Eiselt started seeing articles about rising maternal mortality rates in the United States. She'd had traumatic experiences giving birth to her four children, but didn't realize that the problems were widespread and disproportionately affecting Black women....

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

Dakota Johnson is having a big year. Not only is she part of one of the season's big awards contenders in "The Lost Daughter," but she's also just debuted her company's first two films at the Sundance Film Festival, "AM I OK?" and "Cha Cha Real Smooth," which she produced and stars in, too. ...

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

Rarely have past and present mingled in a documentary the way they do in "Descendant," a nonfiction account of the last known ship to bring African captives to the American South for enslavement. 

Margaret Brown's "Descendant," which recently premiered at the virtual Sundance Film...

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

Can a music scene still develop the way grunge did in 1990's Seattle or hip-hop did in the Bronx in the 1970s? Or has the digital makeover of music made such geographical-based explosions obsolete?

It's a question that hovers over the Sundance Film Festival documentary "Meet Me in the...

Monday, Jan. 24, 2022

Richard Davis was a bankrupt pizzeria owner when he got the idea for a bulletproof vest in 1969 Michigan.

Body armor was nothing new, of course, but Davis had an inkling that he could make something lighter that could be worn, undetected, under clothes. Kevlar, he'd discover, was the...

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022

Dale Dickey tends to get "those crusty roles," as she heard someone once call them. A familiar, craggy face from films like "Winter's Bone" and "Hell or High Water," Dickey has long been a riveting supporting player in rural dramas. 

But in the Sundance entry "A Love Song," Dickey, long a...

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya wanted to make a documentary about his 1996 fight against Julio César Chávez. It was coming up on 25 years since the "Ultimate Glory" showdown and he figured the time was right to look back. So he asked Eva Longoria Bastón, his friend of 20 years, if she'd be...

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