- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A University of Missouri professor’s documentary about an actress preparing for the role of a suicidal newscaster has been selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine,” explores themes of suicide, voyeurism and the nature of performance while following actress Kate Sheil as she transforms into Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who killed herself on air in 1974, the Columbia Missourian (https://bit.ly/1OWCGhq) reports.

Chubbuck’s 1974 death is also the topic of “Christine,” one of the 16 narrative films premiering in Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition next month.

“Sundance is the biggest place to start the life of a film in this country,” Greene said. “I feel really lucky.”

“Kate Plays Christine” is the first film Greene directed to premier at the festival, although two films he edited have previously screened at Sundance: Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up Philip” in 2014 and Charles Poekel’s “Christmas, Again” in 2015.

Although this is Greene’s first semester teaching at MU, his relationship with Columbia began years earlier when his second feature, “Kati with an I,” premiered at the 2010 True/False Film Fest in Columbia. Since then, he has directed and edited several other feature-length documentaries. Roger Ebert listed Greene’s film “Fake It So Real” as one of the best documentaries of 2012, and Greene’s 2014 film “Actress” was nominated for a Best Documentary Gotham Award.

Greene also co-edited “Killing Them Safely,” directed by MU alumnus and professor Nick Berardini, which screened at the Missouri Theatre last month.

“It’s also special that it happened our first semester at the Murray Center,” Greene said. MU’s Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism began its first classes in August.

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival will take place in and around Park City, Utah, from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31. All 65 features playing in and out of competition were officially announced Dec. 2 on Sundance’s website.


Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

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