The world premiere of BrettMorgen's
Morgen, who previouslyco-directed 2002 Sundance favourite TheKid Stays In The Picture, wrote and directed this"innovative" documentary combining storytelling, archival footage, interviewsand animation about the 1968 anti-war protests at the Democratic NationalConvention in Chicago and the ensuing Chicago Conpsiracy Trial in 1969.
"We are particularly excitedto be able to present a film that pushes the boundaries of many of thetraditional aspects of documentary filmmaking, that speaks to audiences beyondwhat one might expect and that exemplifies the range of creativity anddiversity that we support at the Festival," said festival director GeoffreyGilmore.
Morgen added: "It seemsfitting to me that a film about the importance of taking a stand should launchthe 2007 edition. For the past five years I have laboured to bring this storyinto focus and with each passing day, the film becomes increasingly relevant. Ican't think of a more appropriate time and place to unleash this beast."
The last documentary to openthe festival was Stacy Peralta's RidingGiants in 2004.
Sundance runs Jan 18-28 in