The top eco and adventure flicks from this year’s iconic film festival Come late January, the movie industry turns its spotlight to Sundance, the largest independent film festival in the United States. A-list actors and directors, indie favorites, and up-and-comers descend on Park City, Utah, for 10 days of screenings, talks, events, and star-studded parties. Much buzz from this year’s event came from big-money acquisitions like the political thriller The Report and the comedy Late Night , as well as works from a growing number of female filmmakers. But provocative documentaries made quite the splash, too, including several that shine a light on pressing environmental, conservation, and social hot buttons—from activists trying to save a rare dolphin species from extinction to the first all-female crew to race a sailboat around the world, thus shifting outdated perceptions about a woman’s place in a male-dominated sport (and society as a whole, for that matter). Here are five Sundance premieres that deserve two thumbs up for their commitment to activism, conservation, and making the world a more just place. Sea of Shadows The winner of Sundance’s Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary, this riveting film by director Richard Ladkani and executive producer […]

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