2018 Documentary Film Program
Director: Lisa D'Apolito
Rare private journals and intimate recordings reveal the personal side of the legendary Gilda Radner. Rocketing to stardom as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, the unforgettable comedian confronted the pleasures and perils of instant celebrity, but her biggest challenge was a battle with ovarian cancer.
Director: Morgan Neville
A moving exploration of the enduring impact of beloved children’s television show host and longtime Nantucket resident Fred Rogers on generations of viewers through his pioneering program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Morgan Neville will receive the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling award at the 2018 Screenwriters Tribute.
Director: Cameron Yates
Flynn McGarry began a supper club in his living room before he was even a teenager. This coming of age portrait follows the talented culinary wunderkind as he reckons with sudden fame and continues to develop his delectable craft.
Director: Stephen Maing
A diverse group of police officers courageously risk their lives and careers to become whistleblowers exposing corrupt New York Police Department practices that illegally target young minorities. Special Jury Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Director: Dana Adam Shapiro
A look back at the colorful history and cultural impact of the iconic cheerleading squad, who changed the face of professional sports. Special Jury Award, 2018 SXSW Film Festival.
Director: Eugene Jarecki
A musical road trip across America in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls Royce explores the rise and fall of America through the story of the life and death of the King of Rock and Roll. Featuring Alec Baldwin, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Ashton Kutcher, and Mike Myers.
Director: Rudy Valdez
A deeply felt portrait exploring the personal impact of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on the filmmaker's own family, centered on his imprisoned sister and her three young daughters. Audience Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Director: Sandi Tan
In 1992, as a teenager, Sandi Tan made Singapore's first indie film - only to have it vanish without a trace. Two decades later, it reappears, leading her to unravel the mystery of what happened. Directing Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Director: Alexandra Shiva
An empathetic look at the experiences of four Syrian refugee families newly-arrived in Baltimore, given just eight months to become self-sufficient, and unexpectedly having to contend with Trump's travel ban. Audience Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Director: Tim Wardle
The stranger than fiction tale of identical triplets separated at birth, adopted by different families, and reunited by coincidence at the age of 19 - and the shocking secret behind their unusual history. Special Jury Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.