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2014 Sundance Film Festival Lineup: U.S. Documentary Competition
“Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory”
Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett
A man discovers that songs embedded deep in memory can ease the pain of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
“All the Beautiful Things”
Director: John Harkrider
An account of a close friendship between two men, tested by betrayal when one of them is falsely accused of rape.
“Captivated — The Trials of Pamela Smart”
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
An examination of the media’s impact on Smart’s 1991 murder trial, which became one of the highest-profile criminal cases of all time.
“The Case Against 8”
Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White
A behind-the-scenes look at the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Cesar’s Last Fast”
Directors: Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee
A portrait of Cesar Chavez’s devotion and personal sacrifice in fighting for economic justice on behalf of America’s poorest workers.
Director: Todd Miller
An up-close look at one of the greatest discoveries in history.
Directors: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman
A look at the high-stakes investigative work undertaken by four intrepid human-rights workers.
Director: Stephanie Soechtig
An expose of the food industry’s 30-year campaign to mislead the American public, resulting in one of the worst health epidemics in history.
“The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz”
Director: Brian Knappenberger
Documents the life and accomplishments of programming prodigy and information activist Swartz before he took his life at the age of 26.
Director: Andrew Rossi
An inquiry into whether college is worth it in an era of soaring tuition costs.
DIrector: Mark Grieco
A historic Colombian mining town becomes the center of a modern gold rush when a Canadian company seeks to excavate the $20 billion in gold beneath residents’ homes.
“No No: A Dockumentary”
Director: Jeffrey Radice
A portrait of former baseball player Dock Ellis, who once pitched a no-hitter on LSD and subsequently spent decades counseling drug abusers.
Director: Jesse Moss
The story of a pastor seeking to help the desperate men who work in the North Dakota oil fields.
Director: Cynthia Hill
An intimate portrait of domestic violence against women as told through two personal stories.
Directors: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
An examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town.