Sundance Adds Grateful Dead Doc, 'Reservoir Dogs' Screening

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Amir Bar-Lev's 'Long Strange Trip' will offer never-before-seen footage and interviews with the legendary band.

Get ready for Deadheads to converge in Park City, Utah.

The Sundance Film Festival has added Amir Bar-Lev's Grateful Dead doc Long Strange Trip to its Premieres lineup. The film, which focuses on the legendary band whose multigenerational fans are dubbed "Deadheads," will offer never-before-seen footage and interviews.

Joining Long Strange Trip as a last-minute Premieres addition is Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos' Bending the Arc, which chronicles the work of doctors and activists who banded together 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village. Their efforts spawned a global movement for the right to health for all.

Sundance also is bringing out two classics from its archive: Donna Deitch's Desert Hearts and Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, which premiered at the festival in 1986 and 1992, respectively. The two films hail from the Sundance Institute Collection at UCLA, a joint venture between UCLA Film & Television Archive and Sundance Institute. The Collection, established in 1997, has grown to more than 4,000 holdings.

With the additions, Sundance 2017 will screen 118 feature-length films, representing 32 countries and 37 first-time filmmakers, including 20 in competition. The films were selected from 13,782 submissions, including 4,068 feature-length films and 8,985 shorts. Of the feature film submissions, 2,005 were from the U.S. and 2,063 were international. More than 100 feature films at the upcoming festival are world premieres.

The fest is set to take place in and around Park City from Jan. 19-29.

The lineup additions follow:


Bending the Arc / U.S.A. (Directors: Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos, Screenwriter: Cori Shepherd Stern) — This powerful epic is about the extraordinary doctors and activists — including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim and Ophelia Dahl — whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. (World Premiere)

Long Strange Trip / U.S.A. (Director: Amir Bar-Lev) — The tale of The Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of The Dead. (World Premiere)


Desert Hearts / U.S.A. (Director: Donna Deitch, Screenwriter: Natalie Cooper) — Nevada, 1959: Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce and finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivvers, a self-assured lesbian. The emotions released by their developing intimacy combined with Vivian's insecurities are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country & Western songs. The festival will screen a new digitally restored version by the Criterion Collection and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Cast: Andra Akers, Dean Butler, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Helen Shaver, Glen Welles.

Reservoir Dogs / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino) — They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informant. But which one? Miramax provided a brand-new 35mm print for this special 25th anniversary screening, which will be followed by an extended Q&A with Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender. Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen.