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Two documentaries about an effort to bring health care to the world's poorest areas and a deep dive into The Grateful Dead have been added to the slate of films for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Also added to the festival roster, the Sundance Institute announced Wednesday, are two independent classics: Quentin Tarantino's 1992 mobster debut "Reservoir Dogs" and the groundbreaking 1985 lesbian romance "Desert Hearts."
The two new films, both appearing in the Documentary Premieres program, are:
• "Bending the Arc," directed by Kief Davidson and written by Cori Shepherd Stern, follows the 30-year journey of doctors and activists to bring quality health care to everyone even in the world's poorest regions.
• "Long Strange Trip," in which director Amir Bar-Lev ("My Kid Could Paint That," SFF '07; "The Tillman Story," SFF '10; "Happy Valley," SFF '14) gives an unvarnished look at The Grateful Dead, using interviews and never-before-seen footage.
The screenings of "Reservoir Dogs" and "Desert Hearts" will be included in the From the Collection program, which showcases classic independent films.
• "Desert Hearts" (1985), directed by Donna Deitch and adapted from Jane Rule's novel by Natalie Cooper, centers on a professor (Helen Shaver), staying at a ranch in Reno in 1959 to get a quickie divorce and falling in love with the rancher's self-assured daughter (Patricia Charbonneau). The festival will screen a new digitally restored version by the Criterion Collection and UCLA Film & Television Archive, in conjunction with the Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project.
• "Reservoir Dogs" (1992), Tarantino's debut as a writer and director, is a kinetic and blood-soaked thriller about a motley group of criminals caught in a heist gone wrong. The cast includes Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney and Tarantino himself. Miramax will provide a new 35mm print for this 25th-anniversary screening. After the screening, Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender will sit for an extended Q&A.
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 19-29 in Park City and at venues in Salt Lake City and the Sundance resort in Provo Canyon.