Check out what’s coming to Sundance Now in July:
Wednesday, July 1
Friends with Money – Olivia, played by Jennifer Aniston, is a single, cash-strapped woman working as a maid in Los Angeles in order to make ends meet. She is surrounded by a support network of well-off friends consisting of Franny (Joan Cusack) – a stay at home mom with a large trust fund; Christine (Catherine Keener) – a successful television writer; Jane (Frances McDormand) – a fashion designer and their husbands.
Thursday, July 2
Blinded – Based on the book by Carolina Neurath, this financial thriller follows young financial journalist Bea Farkas, played by Julia Ragnarsson, who is having a secret affair with the bank director Peder Rooth played by Matias Varela. She knows it’s unprofessional – it’s her job to investigate people like him – but she’s in love and can’t bring herself to end it. But when she’s given the assignment to monitor the bank’s quarterly report, she soon senses that Peder is hiding something.
Monday, July 6
Accidents Happen – There are dysfunctional families and then there are the Conways. After a family tragedy, 15-year-old Billy Conway, played by Harrison Gilbertson, has become the de facto glue between his bitter mom, played by Geena Davis, distant brother (Harry Cook) and stoic dad (Joel Tobeck). But when Billy starts to act out, everything changes for him and his family.
An American Ascent – In only a few decades the United States will become a majority-minority nation, as people of color will outnumber today’s white majority for the first time ever. Yet, a staggering number of people in this soon-to-be majority do not consider the outdoors as a place for them. By taking on the grueling, 20,310-foot peak of the continent’s biggest mountain, nine African American climbers set out to shrink this Adventure Gap by building a legacy of inclusion in the outdoor/adventure community. The film addresses often overlooked issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the world’s most iconic peaks.
Thursday, July 9
The Fall, Season 2 Premiere – It has been ten days since Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) fled Belfast and Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson, is running out of time to catch him. Then Spector commits a brazen crime to silence someone from his past and Gibson finds crucial evidence that puts her hot on his trail once more.
Monday, July 13
Madonna: Goddess of Pop – This documentary of pop icon Madonna takes an inside look at the artist’s creative life and career, through the unique lens as her life as a dancer. Originally attending the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship, Madonna’s intense use of physicality has always been integral to her music, and this film discusses how she used it to achieve success, as told through interviews, rare archival footage, concert scenes and more.
New Homeland – Directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple, in collaboration with NowThis, this documentary offers a unique and intimate perspective into the experience of building a new home after fleeing the traumas of war.
Thursday, July 16
The Secrets She Keeps – Based on a novel by Michael Robotham, this drama builds on an encounter between two heavily pregnant women in a supermarket just outside of Sydney. While Meghan, played by Jessica De Gouw, is an upwardly mobile social media influencer, Agatha, played by Laura Carmichael, struggles to get by, working a low-wage job without any spousal support. Both have secrets that gradually emerge as their lives collide.
Monday, July 20
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s – A documentary on the Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities.
Trumbo – A documentary celebrating the life and work of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Written by Dalton Trumbo’s son, Christopher.
Tuesday, July 21
Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming – Margaret Fleming was a vulnerable adult understood by authorities to be in the full-time care of Edward Cairney and Avril Jones, living in a remote coastal property in Scotland. But when police started questioning Margaret’s friends and family, they were told no one had seen her since 1999. In the murder trial that unfolds, Cairney and Jones stand accused of killing her, disposing of her body, and claiming benefits in her name for 16 years.
Monday, July 27
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life – Carol Channing’s life story is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. This inspirational film captures the 90-year-old icon’s magic and vivacity both onstage and off, past and present. Illuminated by behind-the-curtain stories from Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, Barbara Walters, Tyne Daly, Tippi Hedren, Loni Anderson, Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, Tommy Tune, Bob Mackie, and Bruce Vilanch.
Breaking A Monster – Three 7th graders play heavy metal/speed punk as the band “Unlocking the Truth.” When the band’s internet fame explodes, they go from playing music they love to the very adult world of touring, managers, and a $1.8 million record contract.
Thursday, July 30
Idiomatic, Season 2 Premiere – Idiomatic follows the life and times of an urban, bilingual, environmentally conscious left-wing couple in their thirties: Aino (Anna Paavilainen), who’s originally from Finnish Lapland, and Swedish-speaking Micke (Elmer Bäck). In the second season, they consider starting a family, which is easier said than done! Aino and Micke have settled in a wealthy neighborhood in Helsinki where they live in Micke’s parents’ apartment. They share the apartment with Aino’s unemployed brother, who’s still trying to figure out what to do with his life. When Aino hears that a friend is pregnant, she and Micke discuss starting a family. Are they ready to become parents? Is their relationship ready for a new family member? Is the time right to have a baby, especially now that their careers are at a critical turning point?