Sundance 2013 Roundup

By now, you've probably heard—the official selections are in for Sundance 2013's U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions. Among them are five films that the Film Society has supported through grants and fiscal sponsorship as they've developed into feature-length, fully-formed films:

AMERICAN PROMISE

directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

2011 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner:  $25,000 for postproduction

This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.


CUTIE AND THE BOXER

directed by Zachary Heinzerling
2011 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $50,000 for postproduction

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.


FRUITVALE

directed by Ryan Coogler
Spring 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant winner: $100,000 for production
Fall 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant finalist (winners announced Dec 11)
SFFS Off the Page script workshop, April 2012

Fruitvale is the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008.


INEQUALITY FOR ALL

directed by Jacob Kornbluth
Currently enrolled in San Francisco Film Society
Project Development program

In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic-policy expert Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality, and addresses the question of what effects this increasing gap has on our economy and our democracy.


NARCO CULTURA

directed by Shaul Schwarz
2012 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $20,000 for postproduction

An examination of Mexican drug cartels’ influence in pop culture on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War.