Robert Gordon, Kentucker Audley, Nick Case headed to Sundance
Memphians will have representation at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival next month.
In a story in The Commercial Appeal by John Beifuss, it’s reported that Memphis filmmaker and author Robert Gordon co-directed and co-produced the documentary “Best of Enemies” that will screen at Sundance. The film, part of the U.S. Documentary Competition, is about the 1968 television debates between conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal.
Gordon is author of “It Came from Memphis,” “Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters” and “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion” published this year.
“Best of Enemies” was co-directed and co-produced by Morgan Neville, Gordon’s filmmaking partner. Neville, of Los Angeles, made “20 Feet from Stardom,” a film about music-industry backup singers that premiered at Sundance and won this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Gordon and Neville previously collaborated the documentary “Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story,” done six years before the book.
Memphis author and publisher Tom Graves, who is consulting producer on “Best of Enemies,” programmed some of the debate tapes at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in 2009. This became the genesis of the documentary.
Kentucker Audley, a Memphis filmmaker and actor who now lives in Brooklyn, stars in the Sundance-bound film “Christmas, Again,” written and directed by Charles Poekel. The film will screen in the festival’s “Next” slot for “next wave” American cinema.
Nick Case of Memphis, founder of local production company Paper Moon Films, will also have a film in the “Next” category with “Take Me to the River” by writer-director Matt Sobel. (This is unrelated to the Memphis music documentary of the same name).
Sundance will be Jan. 22-Feb. 1 in Park City, Utah.