The Sundance Film Festival features line-up was announced today, Wednesday December 4, and we are egg-static for the following AlumNest filmmakers, who will be premiering their films at the festival in Park City, Utah from Thursday, January 23 to Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Our AlumNest filmmakers are the 300+ talented, diverse women nonfiction directors from all around the world that we have supported throughout our almost fifteen years as an organization. The following films were not directly supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures, but the filmmakers behind them are the directors of formerly supported Nest-supported projects or have received and participated in the Chicken & Egg Award.
A Thousand Cuts
Directed by 2018 Chicken & Egg Award Recipient Ramona Diaz (also supported through Motherland)
Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy.
Directed by Catherine Gund (AlumNest filmmaker for Born to Fly, Dispatches from Cleveland, and What’s on Your Plate?)
An exploration of the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund who sold Roy Lichtenstein’s painting “Masterpiece” in 2017 for $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund to end mass incarceration.
Dick Johnson Is Dead
Directed by 2017 Chicken & Egg Award Recipient Kirsten Johnson (also supported through Cameraperson)
With this inventive portrait, a cameraperson seeks a way to keep her 86-year-old father alive forever. Utilizing moviemaking magic and her family’s dark humor, she celebrates Dr. Dick Johnson’s last years by staging fantasies of death and beyond. Together, dad and daughter confront the great inevitability awaiting us all.
Code for Bias
Directed by Shalini Kantayya (AlumNest filmmaker for Catching the Sun and a DROP of LIFE)
Exploring the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.
The Last Thing He Wanted
Directed by Dee Rees (AlumNest filmmaker for Eventual Salvation)
A veteran D.C. journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she’s trying to break. Adapted from the Joan Didion novel of the same title.
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana
Directed by 2019 Chicken & Egg Award Recipient Lana Wilson (also supported through The Departure and After Tiller)
A raw and emotionally revealing look at one of the most iconic artists of our time during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.
Congratulations to these incredible women filmmakers on their Sundance Premieres. We’ll see you in Park City!
The DOC NYC Film Festival recently released their inaugural 40 Under 40 List, sponsored by Topic Studios, honoring documentary talents under the age of 40. Of the 40 artists selected, over half are women. Congratulations to all on this honor!
Assia Boundaoui, director of The Feeling of Being Watched (2016 Accelerator Lab and recipient of The Whickers Chicken & Egg Pictures Award)
Nausheen Dadabhoy, director of An Act of Worship (2018 Diversity Fellows Initiative)
Jessica Devaney, co-director of Love the Sinner (2016 Impact and Innovation Initiative), and producer of the Nest-supported films Always in Season, The Feeling of Being Watched, Roll Red Roll, and Speed Sisters.
Sabaah Folayan, director of Whose Streets? (2016 Accelerator Lab). Whose Streets? premiered on PBS on July 30.
Farihah Zaman, co-director of Remote Area Medical
And congratulations to our other Nest friends!
- Erin Casper, editor of Roll Red Roll (dir. Nancy Schwartzman)
- Mariam Dwedar, camera operator for On Her Shoulders (dir. Alexandria Bombach, 2018 SXSW LUNA/Chicken & Egg Pictures Award recipient)
- Danielle Vega, co-producer of Cameraperson (dir. Kirsten Johnson, 2017 Breakthrough Filmmaker Award)
Check out more DOC NYC news from the Nest.