HBO Documentaries at Sundance 2018
Not only did HBO Documentaries debut seven movies at Sundance, it added two new titles to its slate.
Among the pickups was this year’s Audience Award documentary winner, The Sentence, a deeply personal portrait of a family in crisis. First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s film about the aftermath of his sister’s incarceration is a searing look at the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing.
Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, the filmmakers tell the story of Cindy Shank, a woman who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend — something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.”
Also acquired was The Oslo Diaries, a geopolitical story from directors Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, which chronicles 1992’s Oslo Accords, the secret meetings conducted between Israelis and Palestinians at a time when any communication between the two groups was punishable with jail time.
Read on to hear more from the filmmakers at this year's festival.
King in the Wilderness
“Love was his driving weapon. He was persistent. I think we could use a little bit of persistence these days.” — Peter Kunhardt, director, on the doc's subject, Martin Luther King, Jr.
RX: Early Detection a Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee
“I know that God make me go through this to share it and show it. It’s not pretty, and it’s certainly not semi-homemade.” — Sandra Lee on her journey
The Price of Everything
“There’s not one event that changed the art market and the art world, it was the perfect storm of excess money in the world. The point of the movie is that art matters and the market is just noise.” — Jennifer Blei Stockman, producer of The Price of Everything
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
“Robin comes off as a larger-than-life person and you would think he was always on, but he actually wasn’t always on”. — Shirel Kozak, producer of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Jane Fonda in Five Acts
“I am not a fully realized person, I am a work in progress. It’s not over.” — Jane Fonda
“We can argue about religion, about doctrine, but we should all agree that shaming has to stop.” — Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons on his mission to explore how the Mormon church treats its LGBTQ members.
“I can’t imagine a day when I won’t be absolutely enthralled with what women talk about, think about, dream about, and make.” — Jenny Gage, director of “Funny Girls,“ one of the featured shorts in Lenny.