The Best of Sundance 2010: For Your Netflix List

Sundance 2010 is now concluded, and we all can look forward to viewing some of its best films on our television sets and in theaters throughout the coming year. I create an annual Sundance list and add them to my Netflix Queu so that they eventually make their way to me as they become available. I’ve watched the reviews from Sundance 2010 carefully, and special thanks goes to Craig Detweiler and the Hollywood Reporter for their coverage that inspired this list. Here is my top 10 list of Sundance films that seem most compelling to me as a person who appreciates films with a message and that aspire to make a difference.

* Winter’s Bone won best film and best screenplay in the U.S. Dramatic competition.

* Waiting for Superman is a stirring argument for school reform and won the “Audience Award” for best documentaries.

* A Family Affair is the story of a family across generations. Picked up by Oprah’s Harpo Productions.

* A Small Act demonstrates the tangible difference one person can make. The film is the story of a Holocaust survivor who supports a Kenyan boy who grows up to be a human rights lawyer for the United Nations.

* Casino Jack and the US of Money tells the story of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

* Freedom Riders celebrates the civil rights era freedom rides through the South.

* The Mormon Proposition is a powerful documentary chronicling the Mormon involvement in California’s Proposition 8.

* The Company Men about downsizing in the current recession.

* The Tillman Story is the story of an American soldier who died as the result of friendly fire and the cover-up by the US Army.

* The Dry Land is the story of the return of an American soldier to his homeland.

Also on my list: A Drunk History, Twelve, Wasteland, The Kids Are All Right, The Shock Doctrine, Bhutto, Welcome to the Rileys, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, and HappyThankYouMorePlease.


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