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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld

After a trio of titles (92’s A Brief History of Time ,97’s Fast Cheap & Out of Control, 99’s Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.) Errol Morris hasn’t presented a docu at the fest in some time. A promo reel was shown in Cannes and at TIFF, RADiUS-TWC picked up the rights and mention that a 2013 release is planned for The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld. Logically they might want to lock the helmer down before it conflicts with the production of Freezing People Is Easy – Morris’ feature debut.

Gist: Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Production Co./Producers: Errol Morris, History Films, Radius-TWC and Participant Media

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition or Spotlight Documentary

U.S. Distributor: RADiUS-TWC

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).


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