The Speed Art Museum is partnering with the 2021 Sundance Film Festival to present this selection of 12 films as one of over 30 Satellite Screens. This wide array of films features social justice documentaries, broad comedies, heartwarming tales, and gripping dramas—each screened for the first time in Louisville. The films will all be premiering online on the Sundance Film Festival’s bespoke channel and in Satellite Screens across the nation on the same day.
The full selection of 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s 72 feature films and 50 shorts is available online for rentals via a Sundance-built online platform January 28 through February 3. The full selection can be accessed here. Speed members will receive a one-time $5 discount code to access the streaming films via email.* Join or renew now!
At the Speed, we value public safety and great care will be enforced to make sure that audience members are safe. Masks will be required while in the museum and throughout the screenings. No food or drink will be allowed in either the Grand Hall or the Speed Cinema where the screenings will take place. In accordance with state mandates, the capacity for each space will be capped at 33%. Increased cleaning protocols will be in effect prior to and after each screening. Guests will enter through the museum’s main entrance and seating will be assigned upon arrival.
January 28, 8 pm
Directed by Nanfu Wang
Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation), uncovers how the Chinese government turned pandemic coverups in Wuhan into a triumph for the Communist party. This documentary is an essential narrative of firsthand accounts of the coronavirus, and a revelatory examination of how propaganda and patriotism shaped the outbreak’s course–both in China and in the US., 2021, US, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles, 95 minutes. World Premiere. Premieres. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
The opening night festivities include a ticket to the screening, a Rabbit Hole Bourbon tasting in the Gheens Court, a commemorative portrait by Rabbit Hole photographer who will e-mail the portraits after the event, and a Rabbit Hole and Speed Cinema gift bag at the end of the night.
January 29, 3 pm
Directed by Peter Nicks
Following the class of 2020 at Oakland High School in a year marked by seismic change, this documentary explores the emotional world of teenager coming of age against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world. 2021, US, DCP, 90 minutes. World Premiere. US Documentary Competition. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
January 29, 6 pm
Directed and Written by Iuli Gerbase
A mysterious and deadly pink cloud appears across the globe forcing everyone to stay home. Strangers at the outset, Giovana and Yago try to invent themselves as a couples as years of shared lockdown pass. While Yago is living in his own utopia, Giovana feels trapped deep inside. 2021, Brazil, DCP, in English and Portuguese with English subtitles. World Premiere. World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
January 29, 9 pm
Directed by Pedro Kos
A group of pioneering nuns bravely stand up to the Catholic Church patriarchy, fighting for their livelihoods, convictions and equality against an all-powerful Cardinal. From marching in Selma in 1965 to the Women’s March in 2018, these women have reshaped our society with their bold acts of defiance. 2021, US, DCP, 99 minutes. World Premiere. US Documentary Competition. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
January 30, 3 pm
Directed by Hogir Hironi
With just a mobile phone and a gun; Muhud, Ziyad, and their group risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls being held by ISIS as Sabaya (abducted sex slaves) in the most dangerous camp in the Middle East, Al-Hol in Syria. 2021, Sweden, DCP, in Kurdish with English subtitles, 91 minutes. Contains discussion of sexual violence. World Premiere. World Cinema Documentary Competition. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
January 30, 6 pm
Directed, Written, and Starring Amalia Ulman
Amidst the devastation of post-crisis Spain, mother and daughter bluff and grift to keep up the lifestyle they think they deserve, bonding over common tragedy and impending eviction. 2021, US/Spain, DCP, in Spanish with English subtitles, 79 minutes. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
Director Amalia Ulman will be at the Speed to introduce her film.
January 30, 9 pm
Directed and Written by Fran Kranz
Years after a tragic shooting, the parents of both the victim and the perpetrator meet face-to face. With Jason Isaacs, Anne Dowd, Martha Plimpton, and Reed Birney. 2021, US, DCP, 110 minutes. World Premiere. Premieres. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
January 31, 3 pm
Directed and Written by Blerta Basholli
Fahrie’s husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo. She sets up her own small business to provide for her kids, but as she fights against a patriarchal society that does not support her, she faces a crucial decision: to wait for his return or to continue to persevere. 2021, Kosovo/Switzerland/Macedonia/Albania, DCP, 84 minutes. World Premiere. World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
January 31, 6 pm
Directed and Written by Nikole Beckwith
When a young loner Anna is hired as the surrogate for Matt, a single man in his 40s, the two strangers come to realize this unexpected relationship will quickly challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries, and the particulars of love. With Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, and Tig Notaro. 2021, US, DCP, 90 minutes. World Premiere. US Dramatic Competition. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
January 31, 9 pm
Directed by Clint Bentley
An aging jockey is determined to win one last championship by his dream is complicated when a young rookie shows up claiming to be his son. With Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker, Moises Arias. 2021, US, DCP, 99 minutes. World Premiere. US Dramatic Competition. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
February 1, 3 pm
Directed and Written by Ajitpal Singh
A mother toils to save money to build a road in a Himalayan village to take her wheelchair-bound son for physiotherapy, but her husband believes that an expensive religious ritual is the remedy. 2021, India, DCP, in Hindi with English subtitles, 85 minutes. World Premiere. World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
February 1, 6 pm
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
This is an extraordinary, intimate, global portrait of life on our planet, filmed by thousands of people across the world on a single day: July 25, 2020. 2021, UK/US, DCP, 90 minutes. World Premiere. Special Screenings. Full description from Sundance Film Festival site.
February 1, 9 pm
Directed by Shaka King
FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther party when J. Edgar Hoover fears charismatic leader Chairman Fred Hampton will emerge as a Black Messiah. O’Neal lives in fear of discovery and cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his betrayal. Produced by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Creed, Fruitvale Station), Charles D. King, and Shaka King. With Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominque Fishback, and Martin Sheen. 2021, US, DCP, 126 minutes. Rated R. World Premiere. Special Screenings.
February 2, 2 pm
A panel organized by FilmNorth and Speed Art Museum
This panel will explore ways that producers and distributors can help support the ideas of filmmakers in using social impact campaigns to stimulate activism to support social/racial justice.
Thanks to our Sponsors
Selections from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival is presented by the Speed Art Museum and the Sundance Institute with Acura, Sundance TV, Chase Sapphire, and Adobe with support from Rabbit Hole Distillery, Gill & Augusta Holland, Jeff & Susan Callen, and Unbridled Films.
Paid parting is available in the Speed art Museum Garage. Signs will direct you to the museum’s main entrance.
Volunteer Ushers Needed
Help to seat audience members and distribute program notes while accessing screenings for free! Contact Hunter Dixon: 502.634.2971 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you are a Speed member and do not receive the promo code via email, please reach out to email@example.com.