Just when you thought you couldn’t care less about Hollywood film festivals they shock you and make you care less.
The Robert Redford-founded festival never shies away from headline-grabbing fare, and the upcoming edition will be no exception with a slate that includes Annette Bening as California Sen. Dianne Feinstein in The Report, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documentary titled Knock Down the House and a thriller that celebrates undocumented youth — aka Dreamers — who deliberately get detained by ICE in order to expose a shadowy, for-profit detention center in The Infiltrators. In addition, Sundance will debut a documentary about Harvey Weinstein aptly titled Untouchable , directed by Ursula Macfarlane and featuring interviews with former colleagues and accusers, as well as Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim’s The Great Hack, which delves into how individual data is being used to fuel a global marketplace of influence and how control over data has emerged as the newest human right, with the recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal used as a jumping-off point.
Here is a preview of it.
Knock Down the House / U.S.A. (Director: Rachel Lears, Producers: Sarah Olson, Robin Blotnick, Rachel Lears) — A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upset in recent American history. Cast: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. World Premiere