SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

 

Miss Sharon Jones! (2015/USA/93 min.) dir: Barbara Kopple; w/ Sharon Jones

A cinema-verité portrait of soul singer Sharon Jones as she battles cancer, develops a new
album, and readies for a world tour. The film filled with funk and soul music features toe-tapping
excerpts of Jones's performances with the Dap-Kings. Whether she is breaking barriers in the music business or beating cancer, Sharon Jones is a fighter, a survivor, and as portrayed by 2 time Oscar-winner Kopple, an effusive life force. 

 

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016/USA/91 min.) dir: Rachel Grady/Heidi Ewing; w/ George Clooney, Jay Leno, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Dabney Coleman, Louise Lasser. 

Meet the creative force behind hit shows like All in the Family, Maud and The Jeffersons in this
warm insightful film chosen to open this year's Sundance Film Festival. Now a spry 92, Lear
reflects on his role as the first television producer to use the genre of American sitcom to
address serious subjects - racism, feminism, abortion and homosexuality. In the words of Robert
Redford "he brought humanity, edge, humor and vulnerability into the mainstream." 

Opening Night Film: Sundance 2016