Two of the most trenchant and buzz-generating documentaries out of this year's Sundance Film Festival come to theaters in May. Last November when director Will Allen's name was omitted from the Competition announcement for Holy Hell, plenty of conjecture surrounded the film and its sensitive subject matter, which unveils the inner-workings of a spiritual community gone wrong while subtly exploring the psychological forces that led to its leader's abuse of trust and power.
An unseasonably windy morning blows in Charlotte as an eclectic group of filmmakers enter the Bechtler Modern Art Museum. With a registration list cut off at 375, the Wells Fargo Auditorium inside the Bechtler fills up, and there are folks who have come hoping to fill a vacant seat. Filmmakers are networking prior to the start of the program, greeting each other with hugs and handshakes. When the door closes and the lights dim, there are more than 245 in the audience, several who have driven more than three hours to attend this Sundance Institute Short Film Master Class.