Sundance 2014 documentary coverage continues with Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Web Junkie and Ivory Tower, all shared by their filmmakers direct from their world premieres at the festival. Trailer footage and film clips are expanded on in extended interviews with filmmakers Joe Berlinger, Andrew Rossi, Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia in the second installment from Sundance 2014 of the world’s only doc talk show…
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WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER: Infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger wielded a mystique as the Robin Hood of South Boston. Fabricated in his hometown, Bulger’s legend captured the imagination of the entire country. Separating the man from the myth, this riveting documentary challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking new allegations. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Joe Berlinger utilizes this past summer’s sensational trial against Bulger as a springboard to explore corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Embedded for months with retired FBI agents, Massachusetts state police, victims, lawyers, gangsters, journalists, and federal prosecutors, Berlinger scrutinizes Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice—an interaction that allowed him to reign over a criminal empire for decades. Academy Award nominee Berlinger returns to the Sundance Film Festival for the sixth time with this mesmerizing and complex account of crime and corruption.
WEB JUNKIE: China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. With extraordinary intimacy, Web Junkie investigates a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed, focusing on three teens, their parents and the health professionals determined to help them kick their habit.
IVORY TOWER questions the purpose of higher education in an era when the price of college has increased more than for any other service in the U.S. economy since 1978. While many college graduates struggle to find menial employment waiting tables and cleaning toilets, new student loans over the next 10 years will total $184 billion. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi reveals the moment in history when the United States, long regarded as the epicenter of higher education, embraced a business model promoting property expansion over quality learning. Through interviews with Andrew Delbanco, Anya Kamenetz, and Internet education pioneer Daphne Koller, cofounder of the revolutionary online platform Coursera, Ivory Tower exposes the instability of traditional college education as it searches the country for alternative forms of cost-effective learning, ranging from concepts of self-governance taught at Deep Springs College in Big Pine, California, to the unofficial hacker houses of northern California.
00:01 Welcome to Sundance 2014.
00:37 WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JAMES J. BULGER, clip.
03:18 Talking with director Joe Berlinger.
25:25 IVORY TOWER
26:00 Welcoming Andrew Rossi to BYOD from Sundance 2014.
31:15 IVORY TOWER, Trailer.
45:42 IVORY TOWER, clip.
45:40 WEB JUNKIE: Trailer.
46:35 Interview with filmmakers, Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia.
1:02:33 WEB JUNKIE: clip.