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Finding Fela! Documentary To Premiere At Sundance

Director Alex Gibney's "Finding Fela!" documentary is set to premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


Finding Fela!, a documentary on the intertwined roles of music & political expression in the life of afrobeat creator Fela Kuti will be premiering at the upcoming 30th edition of the Sundance Film Festival. Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney [Taxi To The Dark Side (2007), Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005), Gonzo (2008)] took charge of the Fela documentary feature.

Gibney describes Finding Fela! as "looking at [Fela] in the past and the attempt to recreate his magic in the present as a way of finding the essence of what made him tick, and why we care about him so much still so many years afterwards." The documentary was produced by Jigsaw Productions alongside Okayafrica/Okayplayer & Knitting Factory Entertainment among others. Stay tuned to this space for more information on the picture and, in the meantime, check out our additional Sundance 2014 recommendations.

UPDATE:

While we're out at Sundance, we'll be celebrating with the Fela! Band throughout the week. Check below for showtimes and party locations and head over to Sundance for more info!

Finding Fela Sundance Showtimes:

Jan. 17, 2:15pm, The MARC, Park City

Jan. 18, 9:00am, Egyptian Theatre, Park City

Jan. 18, 6:00pm, Sundance Resort Screening Room, Sundance Resort

Jan. 21, 9:00pm, Salt Lake City Library Theatre, Salty Lake City

Jan. 25, 7:00pm, Redstone Cinema 2, Park City

The Fela! Band At Sundance:

Jan. 17, Sundance Channel House

Jan. 18, Sundance Music Cafe (hosted by KCRW)

Jan. 19, Sundance House (The Sundance Institute's Film Music Program's Celebration of Music in Film)

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