Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2020 Sundance TV Series

Sundance screened less independent and international TV series in 2020 than years past, but the carefully curated crop nonetheless bore strong fruit. One, unsurprisingly, shines brightest in the bushel: Steve James’ “City So Real,” which marks the filmmaker’s first project since kicking off the festival’s inaugural Indie Episodic section in 2018 with the excellent docuseries, “America To Me.” His follow-up is shorter, but still substantive — like the festival’s lineup around it. Check out the best of Sundance’s 2020 TV crop below, and make sure to forward this memo to the proper distributors, should you know how to bend their ear.

“City So Real”

Join. The. Movement! Steve James’ return to Sundance may be six hours shorter than his 2018 debut of “America to Me,” but the new Chicago-set docuseries is nonetheless substantial, engrossing, and declarative. Ostensibly chronicling the contentious 2019 mayoral election — which saw an unprecedented 21 candidates vying for Rahm Emmanuel
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