Sundance 2016: Documentary Premieres

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1. Becoming Mike Nichols (2016)

TV-14 | 72 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Mike Nichols sits down with theater director Jack O'Brien to discuss his personal life and professional work.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Mike Nichols, Jack O'Brien

Votes: 324

2. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

Director: Thorsten Schütte | Stars: Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel, Chuck Ash

Votes: 1,046 | Gross: $0.35M

3. Film Hawk (2017)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Film Hawk is based on the life of Bob Hawk. The documentary traces his early years as a young gay child of a Methodist minister to his current career as a consultant on some of the most influential independent films of our time.

Directors: JJ Garvine, Tai Parquet | Stars: Robert Hawk, Kevin Smith, Edward Burns, Scott McGehee

Votes: 14

4. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 10,756 | Gross: $0.59M

5. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

An examination of the life and work of the revered and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Nancy Rooney, Harry Mapplethorpe, George Stack, Robert Mapplethorpe

Votes: 1,108

6. Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

66 Metascore

The first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Guy Johnson, Diahann Carroll, Don Martin

Votes: 396

7. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 1,901

8. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, History

66 Metascore

A look at the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Norman Lear, John Amos, Bea Arthur, Adrienne Barbeau

Votes: 314 | Gross: $0.07M

9. Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (2016)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Biography

Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper discuss their notable family's history.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Anderson Cooper, Pearson Marx, Stan Stokowski, Alfred Vanderbilt III

Votes: 574

10. Resilience (II) (2016)

27 min | Documentary, Short

In a shantytown of Brazil a man refuses to let his physical disability prevent him from living a full life and to fulfill his dream of being able to live with his son.

Director: Ricardo Koanuka

Votes: 13

11. Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A feature documentary on the life and work of filmmaker, Richard Linklater. Produced and Directed by Louis Black (founder of SXSW Festivals and the Austin Chronicle) and Karen Bernstein (... See full summary »

Directors: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein | Stars: Sandra Adair, Patricia Arquette, Jack Black, Ellar Coltrane

Votes: 280

12. Under the Gun (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A look at the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre where 20 children were murdered at their school by a resentful, gun-obsessed shooter, but led to no changes in American federal gun laws.

Director: Stephanie Soechtig | Stars: Katie Couric, Ted Cruz

Votes: 698

13. Unlocking the Cage (2016)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Drama, History

63 Metascore

Between 2013 and 2015, a group of nonprofit attorneys seek nonhuman clients for whom they can advocate in two U.S. territories, in order to establish legal personhood for elephants, cetaceans and nonhuman apes in the U.S.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Star: Steven M. Wise

Votes: 315 | Gross: $0.03M



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