Future Independent Lens Films Debut to Accolades at Sundance

January 23, 2012 by Brooke Shelby Biggs in

It’s week two at Sundance, and already several films that are headed for Independent Lens in coming seasons are bringing down the house in their debuts in Park City.

A record five films confirmed for broadcast on Independent Lens are premiering at Sundance. They are The Invisible War, Detropia, The House I Live In, Love Free or Die, and The Island President. Check out what people are saying about them!

The Invisible War
Last week, the premiere of The Invisible War by Kirby Dick (Sick, This Film is Not Yet Rated) brought the audience to its feet, and many to tears. The film, about sexual assault against female servicemembers in the United States military, garnered some pretty impressive reviews as well. Even Mary J. Blige was there for the premiere and was so moved, she pledged to write an original song for the film! Watch the trailer, and look for the film in the 2012/2013 season of IL.

On Saturday, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka) premiered their newest film, Detropia (again, to great reviews).

Watch two interviews with the filmmakers, including clips from the film, from Sundance.

The House I Live In
Hollywood heavyweight Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, Freakonomics, The Trials of Henry Kissinger) brings his documentary about the War on Drugs to Sundance this year. The film, The House I Live In, examines how the War on Drugs has functioned primarily like a Jim Crow system, disproportionately incarcerating and impoverishing African Americans. Sundance’s website says, “This film is surely destined for the annals of documentary history.” (Trailer not yet available)

Love Free or Die
A new film from award-winning filmmakers, Director Macky Alston (Family Name, Questioning Faith) and Producer Sandy Itkoff (Cadillac Desert, The Killer Within, Defamation), Love Free or Die focuses on Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay partnered person to be consecrated a bishop in the three largest high church traditions of Christendom. His historic elevation by the Episcopal Church in America in June 2003 has caused controversy within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Says Film School Rejects: “This is a fine documentary, a nicely-observed character study… Bishop Gene Robinson is quite lovable, really.” (Trailer not yet available)

The Island President
Although not in competition, the compelling documentary The Island President, by Jon Shenk will screen at Sundance the year, too. Check out the trailer.

Brooke Shelby Biggs