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Donald Trump Docu From ‘The Circus’ Team Added To Sundance Lineup

Deadline logo Deadline 1/9/2017 Dominic Patten
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Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on the second day of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and he also will be looming large in Park City.

The Robert Redford-founded fest reveled today that they’ve added the world premiere of Trumped: Inside The Greatest Political Upset Of All Timeto the Documentary category. The up-close-and-personal look at Trump’s White House win comes from Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon – the on-air team that made up Showtime’s weekly The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth last year. After appearing at Sundance, Trumped will air on Showtime on February 3.

Sundance also today added the Nicholas Hoult and Danny Huston drama Newness directed by fest vet Drake Doremus to the festival. Doremus’ Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2011 and the director had films in the fest in previous years. Newness is produced by Doremus,  Scott Free and Lost City with worldwide sales being held by UTA Independent Film Group.

No official word on when Trumped will debut at Sundance, but I hear January 23 had been penciled in as the first of several screenings. We do know for sure that the day after the inauguration, Sundance vet Chelsea Handler is schedule to lead a women’s march down Park City’s Main Street. Marches are planned in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, New York City and all over the country to protest the new Commender-in-chief.

With the sequel to ex-VP Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth set for the opening daySundance 2017 runs January 19-29.

Here’s an official description of the newly added films:

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES

Trumped: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time / U.S.A. (Directors: Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne, Mary Robertson) — In a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest political upset in recent history, Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon offer unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage of candidate Trump, from the primaries through the debates to the dawning realization that the controversial businessman will become the 45th President of the United States. World Premiere

PREMIERES

Newness / U.S.A. (Director: Drake Doremus, Screenwriter: Ben York Jones) — In contemporary Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media–driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries. Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Huston, Courtney Eaton, Matthew Gray Gubler, Albert Hammond Jr. World Premiere

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