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2014 Sundance Documentary competitions showcase Nick Cave, Internet paranoia and more

2014 Sundance Documentary Competitions showcase Nick Cave, Internet paranoia and more
Earlier this week, the 15 film Oscars Documentary shortlist was announced. 
If you were at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, you might have caught the majority of the films on that list, including “Blackfish,” “The Crash Reel,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars,” “God Loves Uganda,” “Life According to Sam,” “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” “The Square,” “Stories We Tell,” “20 Feet From Stardom” and “Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington.”
And the 2013 Sundance documentary slate also included a slew of acclaimed films that [for one reason or another] didn’t make the Oscars shortlist, including “Inequality For All,” “American Promise,” “Wikileaks,” “After Tiller” and the Festival’s big doc hit “Blood Brother.”
In short, if you’re a fan of mainstream documentaries, it’s still hard to beat Sundance when it comes to catching world and American premieres for top notch documentaries. 
On Wednesday (December 4), Sundance announced the competition slates for the the World and US Documentary Competition at the 2014 Festival, which will run from January 16-26 in Park City.
Since I end up providing the bulk of HitFix’s documentary coverage from Sundance, the docs end up being the first category I look at, while our movie gang’s got your look at the Narrative Competition films.
The Festival opens on January 16 with premieres from each of the four competition categories. On the U.S. Documentary side, the opener will be Todd Miller’s “Dinosaur 13,” which the Festival says is “the true tale behind one of the greatest documentaries in history.” On the World Doc side, things will open with Nadav Schirman’s “The Green Prince,” about the relationship between a spy and his handler within the Israeli intelligence complex. 
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