Sundance is packed with major documentaries this year, a few of which are particularly buzz-worthy.
An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim is back with
Waiting for Superman, an examination of the dire state of public education. After a year spent living with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan, directors Sebastian Junger (
A Perfect Storm) and Tim Hetherington have produced
Restrepo, a peek into day-to-day of life in a combat zone—according to critics, it breathes new life into the war-film genre. Oscar-winner Alex Gibney turns the lens on Jack Abramoff in
Casino Jack, which tells the bizarre and engrossing true story of the infamous lobbyist’s rise and fall. And audiences will find comic relief in the Joan Rivers documentary
A Piece of Work, in which the iconic comedian allows directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg to follow her for a year as she struggles to maintain her place in show business, and in the process exposes her rarely seen softer side.