Sundance 2021 Full Lineup: Pandemic, Politics, Rita Moreno, Octavia Butler, ‘Passing’ & ‘Sesame Street’ Pack Semi-Virtual Festival

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You won’t need your boots, puffy coats and wooly hats for next year’s Sundance Film Festival, but the Robert Redford created cinema shindig is still aiming to capture movie fans and Hollywood’s attention, in a semi-virtual fashion.

“Each year we select a number of films to open the festival which represents a cross section of our programs,” says Programming Director Kim Yutani. “This year, we have films representing our premiere section, our U.S. dramatic competition, U.S. documentary competition, our two World Competitions and a Midnight Film,” she adds “It’s really to come out of the gate with a lot of energy.”

Tackling topics such as the coronavirus pandemic, politics and looking at trailblazers such as EGOT Rita Moreno, novelist Octavia Butler and Sesame Street, things are also going to be a little different next year in a number of ways. Today, Sundance have released virtually their entire program in one go, as opposed to over several days like in the past.


Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street / U.S.A. (Director: Marilyn Agrelo, Producers: Trevor Crafts, Ellen Scherer Crafts, Lisa Diamond) — How did a group of rebels create the world’s most famous street? In 1969 New York, this “gang” of mission-driven artists, writers and educators catalyzed a moment of civil awakening, transforming it into Sesame Street, one of the most influential and impactful television programs in history. World Premiere, Documentary

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