Sundance Film Festival Winners on Kanopy

Always wanted to attend Sundance but haven’t had the opportunity?  Kanopy has created a category for Sundance Film Festival Winners so you can easily browse and find something you like.  Just scroll down on the homepage to the category Sundance Film Festival Winners.  You can borrow as many as 6 titles per month.  The following are just a small selection of the Sundance winners available for streaming.  The film descriptions are from the database.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Winner of a Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival

Trouble the Water: Surviving Hurricane Katrina

The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall--just blocks away from the French Quarter. Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist, is turning her new video camera on herself and her neighbors trapped in the city. As the hurricane begins to rage and the floodwaters fill their world and the screen, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors.  The filmmakers document the couple's return to New Orleans, the devastation of their neighborhood and the appalling repeated failures of government.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.


As she prepares to execute another inmate, prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Black Is...Black Ain't: An Exploration of Black Identity

The final film by filmmaker Marlon Riggs, BLACK IS...BLACK AIN'T, jumps into the middle of explosive debates over Black identity. White Americans have always stereotyped African Americans. But the rigid definitions of "Blackness" that African Americans impose on each other, Riggs claims, have also been devastating. Is there an essential Black identity? Is there a litmus test defining the real Black man and true Black woman?

Winner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival.

Night Comes On

Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister to avenge her mother's death.

Winner of the NEXT Innovator Award at the Sundance Film Festival.