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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman’s E-Team

Two documentary heads are better than one. Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman already have a track record with the fest, Chevigny co-directed Deadline (Sundance ’04) with another filmmaker we included on our predictions list and in the same edition Kauffman was one half of the filmmaking team that took home the Film Festival Audience Award (Documentary) and nabbed the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Born into Brothels. In 2010, their docu E-Team received a grant from Sundance Institute, additional coin has come from the likes of the MacArthur Foundation in ’12, Cinereach ’12, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund ’12. This should be ready to be unveiled to the world.

Gist: This follows three Human Rights Watch Emergency Team investigators for over a year as they make their way in and out of some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world in order to investigate and shed light on abuses of human rights. Much of the story takes place in Syria and Libya and is, thus, an in-depth look at one of the most important, persistent, present day, international news stories, told through a human rights frame.

Production Co./Producers: Marilyn Ness

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition. SXSW and Tribeca are strong possibilities as well.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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