January 14, 2005

Toledo sex-abuse scandal a big-screen documentary

Toledo Blade


The good news: Toledo is hitting Sundance.
The bad news: It might not be the way you'd like.

When the Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah, one of the premieres will be Twist of Faith, a documentary recounting the sex abuse scandals that erupted in the Toledo Catholic Diocese in 2002. The filmmaker is the well-regarded director Kirby Dick, and his film isn't just debuting.

It'll be playing in the American Documentary competition - generally considered the strongest segment of Sundance, the long-running, hype-screeching showcase for independent filmmaking founded by Robert Redford in the early 1980s. Its competition includes documentaries about Chinese factory workers, glam-rock legends the New York Dolls, and Enron. It's set to air later this year on HBO.

And that's not all:

Twist of Faith also is on the shortlist for a best documentary nomination at the Academy Awards. Of the hundreds of nonfiction films screened by the Academy, a list of 12 possible nominees is drawn up; this year, that includes the hit fast-food expos Super Size Me, the climbing adventure Touching the Void, as well as Twist of Faith. From this list, five nominees are picked - and set to be announced Jan. 25.

Posted by kshaw at January 14, 2005 07:55 AM