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Sundance 2017: JonBenet Ramsey, Hulk Hogan Docs Lead Lineup

Film festival also hosting New Climate program revolving around environmentally focused documentaries

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Documentaries about JonBenet Ramsey, Hulk Hogan, ISIS and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri lead 2017's slate at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Documentaries about JonBenet Ramsey, Hulk Hogan, ISIS and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri lead 2017’s lineup at the Sundance Film Festival, taking place in and around Park City, Utah from January 19th through 29th.

On the heels of an avalanche of TV specials this year dedicated to the unsolved 1996 murder, Casting JonBenet will focus on the impact the Ramsey murder had on the girl’s community.

Other notable documentaries include Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press, a film about the First Amendment court case between the wrestler and the popular site and Whose Streets?, a look at the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson.

This year’s festival will also include a New Climate program focused on environmentally minded films like Chasing Coral (about the disappearing coral reefs), Trophy (about big game hunting and conservation) and Water & Power: A California Heist, a documentary on the state’s water barons.

“My own engagement on climate change began more than 40 years ago, and the urgency I felt then has only grown stronger given its very real and increasingly severe consequences,” Sundance founder Robert Redford said in a statement. “If we’re going to avoid the worst-case scenario, then we must act boldly and immediately, even in the face of indifference, apathy and opposition.”

Among the 16 feature films up for the esteemed U.S. Dramatic Competition are Brigsby Bear, co-written by Saturday Night Live‘s Kyle Mooney and Life in Pieces star Zoe Lister-Jones’ Band Aid.

A few musicians also pop up in this year’s Sundance cast as Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz co-stars in Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits and the Jesus Lizard’s David Yow appears in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. Roxanne Roxanne, a biopic about Eighties hip-hop star Roxanne Shante, is also among the films in competition.

Check out the full slate of films at the Sundance site.


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