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Sundance 2018

First Look Media’s entertainment studio, TOPIC STUDIOS, and FIELD OF VISION, its visual journalism film unit, supported seven films accepted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Topic Studios is also producing a digital series, FRANCHESCA, that was featured in the festival’s new indie episodic program.

FRANCHESCA

Franchesca / U.S.A. (Director and writer: Kaitlin Fontana) — FRANCHESCA is a comedic documentary series about beauty and culture starring Franchesca Ramsey as she explores the hidden meanings behind her favorite trends, styles and rituals.  Each episode will feature Franchesca along with a fierce and funny celebrity friend as they pursue the “good Goop” with curiosity, authenticity and humor.

DARK MONEY

Dark Money / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kimberly Reed) — A century ago, corrupt money swamped Montana’s legislature, but Montanans rose up to prohibit corporate campaign contributions. Today, in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision — which allows unlimited, anonymous money to pour into elections nationwide — Montana is once again fighting to preserve open and honest elections. Following an investigative reporter through a political thriller, DARK MONEY exposes one of the greatest threats to American democracy.

LEAVE NO TRACE

Leave No Trace / U.S.A. (Director: Debra Granik, Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini) — LEAVE NO TRACE, the latest haunting film from Debra Granik (the Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone, Stray Dog, Down To The Bone) is a moody, mysterious and mesmerizing exploration of an unexpected existence on the edge. A teenage girl (breakout newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) and her father (Ben Foster) have lived undetected for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social service agency. They try to adapt to their new surroundings, until a sudden decision sets them on a perilous journey into the wilderness seeking complete independence and forcing them to confront their conflicting desire to be part of a community and fierce need to live apart. Based on the novel "My Abandonment" by Peter Rock. World Premiere

FIELD OF VISION

FEATURES SUPPORTED BY FIELD OF VISION

CRIME + PUNISHMENT

Crime + Punishment / U.S.A. (Director: Stephen Maing) — Over four years of unprecedented access, the story of a brave group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and one unrelenting private investigator who, amidst a landmark lawsuit, risk everything to expose illegal quota practices and their impact on young minorities. World Premiere

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Hale County This Morning, This Evening / U.S.A. (Director: RaMell Ross) — Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming.

OUR NEW PRESIDENT

Our New President / Russia, U.S.A. (Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin) — The story of Donald Trump's election told entirely through Russian propaganda. By turns horrifying and hilarious, the film is a satirical portrait of Russian media that reveals an empire of fake news and the tactics of modern-day information warfare. World Premiere.

SHORTS

A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN

A Night at The Garden / U.S.A. (Director: Marshall Curry) — Months before the start of World War II, 22,000 Americans gathered in New York's Madison Square Garden to rally in support of Nazism.

NUUCA

Nuuca / U.S.A., Canada (Director: Michelle Latimer) — The oil boom in North Dakota has brought tens of thousands of new people to the region as well as an influx of drugs, crime and sex trafficking.