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Sundance's 2009 NON-COMPETITIVE Lineup

I should have specified in yesterday's Sundance post, that the 64 films listed then where just those IN COMPETITION.

This afternoon, the 54 NON-COMPETITIVE feature films were announced. In essence, they will screen at the festival, BUT will be excluded from any awards recognition.

Of note on today's list are:

Brooklyn's Finest, Antoine Fuqua's latest directorial effort about three unconnected Brooklyn cops who wind up at the same deadly location. Cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin.


Endgame, a British entry and political thriller in which a businessman initiates covert discussions between the African National Congress and white intellectuals to try and find a peaceful solution to the Apartheid regime. Cast: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong.


Passing Strange, Spike Lee's documentary on the stage musical of the same name, about the international exploits of a young man from Los Angeles who leaves home to find himself and "the real." A theatrical stage production of the Tony-Award winning book by Stew. Cast: De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Stew.


Tyson - An intimate look at the complex life of former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson.


Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy - a documentary by Robert Townsend (where has he been?), using rare archival clips along with provocative interviews with many of today's leading comedians and social critics. The film celebrates the incredible cultural influence and social impact black comedy has wielded during the past 400 years. Cast: Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Steve Harvey, Dick Gregory.


Black Dynamite, a film I've talked about previously on this blog. When "The Man" murders his brother, pumps heroin into local orphanages and floods the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor, 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite is the one hero willing to take him on. Cast: Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Byron Minns, James McManus. Directed by Scott Sanders.

And... this one is quite a head-scratcher. Has "Lil Wayne" been around that long, and had such an impact, that the world needs an "in-depth, initimate look" at his life?

The Carter - a documentary directed by Adam Bhala Lough, who brought us 2002 critically acclaimed Bomb The System, considered a tribute to graphiti artists and New York City. The Carter is an in-depth, intimate look at Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter Jr., proclaimed by many as the "greatest rapper alive." Cast: Lil Wayne, Brian Williams, Cortez Bryant.

You can see the entire list of 54 NON-COMPETITIVE films here: HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


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