Sundance Adds Michael Jackson and Steve Bannon Sexual Abuse Documentaries | Def Pen
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World premieres of potentially explosive documentaries — about Michael Jackson’s alleged sex crimes and ex-Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s White House skulduggery — are the final feature additions to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 24-Feb. 3.

Leaving Neverland, a U.S./Britain co-production directed by Dan Reed, is a testimonial exposé about Jackson featuring two men now in their 30s. They say they were at the respective ages of 7 and 10 when they were sexually abused by the late pop star during the height of his fame in the early 1990s.

The two were allegedly in “long-running relationships” with Jackson that also included their families. The doc purports to not only expose the alleged crimes but also show how the victims came to terms with what happened to them. Previous docs by producer/director Reed include The Paedophile Hunter and Terror in Mumbai.

Jackson, who died of a drug overdose in 2009, has long been suspected of being a sexual predator. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in a notorious case that was settled out of court for a reported payout of $23 million (US.).

The Brink, a U.S. production directed by award-winning documentarian Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) also promises to provide the untold story behind the story. It follows former Trump rainmaker, Bannon, as he tours the world as the self-appointed leader of the “populist movement,” spreading his ultra-right-wing and anti-immigrant messages.

A Sundance logline notes that Bannon is no longer constrained by his White House job, which ended in August 2017, leaving him “free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker with a direct line to the President.”

These two films bring to a new of total of 241 the features, shorts, and other projects from 49 countries that are headed to the Sundance fest, which is held annually in Park City, Utah.


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