New 2019 Sundance Announcements Include Projects By Stephen Frears, Gregg Araki, Amy Berg & Wu-Tang Clan

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Sometimes the Sundance Film Festival takes a few weeks to take shape. This year, the festival has taken off like a rocket with its announcements and has already unveiled the bulk of its lineup. Still, that said, there’s always more to come. Today, the festival unveiled works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts, and Special Events sections of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Highlights include new projects from filmmakers like Stephen Frears, Amy Berg and Gregg Araki’s new work with executive-producer Steven Soderbergh. Araki will premiere parts of “Now Apocalypse” an upcoming American comedy television series for Starz produced alongside Soderbergh and Gregory Jacobs (“Magic Mike 2“). Stephen Frears is unveiling “State of the Union,” a short-form comedy series to be produced by See-Saw Films for SundanceTV starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd and written by Nick Hornby. Director Amy Berg’s (“An Open Secret,” “West of Memphis“) latest documentary is a currently untitled work about a new era of feminism that was catalyzed at the massively-attended Woman’s March in 2017 and ” Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men,” promises to offer the definitive cultural history of the iconic Staten Island rap group.

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There’s also “As Told To G/D Thyself,” a film inspired by Kamai Washington’s critically acclaimed second album Heaven and Earth, the film is directed by a collaborative collective The Ummah Chroma which consists of noted cinematographer Bradford Young (“Selma,” “Arrival,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story“), Terence Nance (“Random Acts of Flyness”), Jenn Nkiru (Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “APESHIT”), Marc Thomas (“Michael & Javier“) and Kamasi Washington.

Of the projects announced today, 53% were directed or created by one or more women, 51% were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 26% by one or more people who identify as LGBTQIA. 12 were supported by Sundance Institute in...
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