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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #93. Untitled Penny Lane – Religious Activism Documentary

Proselytism can sometimes send people to canoe to remote islands with inhospitable tribe habitants. Penny Lane has found some docu zealots among programmers (her three features were shown at Rotterdam) and cinephiles alike with her form bending Our Nixon (2013), Nuts! (2016 – Sundance winner), and The Pain of Others (2018). A Cinereach back project, her latest on faith was awarded some coin from the Sundance Institute.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: A wildly entertaining and surprising look at the intersection of faith and activism, that follows one of the most controversial religious movements in modern American history.

Production Co./Producers: Gabriel Sedgwick (Captivated – The Trials of Pamela Smart).

Prediction: U.S Documentary Comp section.

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

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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