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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jamey Phillips’ Untitled Bill Cosby Documentary

It is in the nature of the non-fiction film that the narrative mutates, takes a different shape, form and perspective. Wearing their colors on their parka sleeves and defending their filmmakers, naturally a progressive fest such as Sundance courts controversy. Photographed by the excellent Bradford Young (Restless CityPariah, Middle of NowhereAin’t Them Bodies SaintsA Most Violent Year and now Selma) and Lol Crawley (Ballast, Better Things, Four Lions) at this time Jamey Phillips (a Filmmaker Mag Top 25 New Faces of 2014 personality) finds herself at a crossroads or a new beginning. Will Phillips take a different path for her long into the works doc?

Gist: This ventures back to Bill Cosby’s years in the civil rights movement, footage that connects Cosby’s more recent activism with his childhood and early work.

Production Co./Producers: Steve Golin

Prediction: Documentary Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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