Sundance documentary a first for MU and professor

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri professor's documentary about an actress preparing for the role of a suicidal newscaster has been selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

The Columbia Missourian ( ) reports that Robert Greene's film is "Kate Plays Christine." The film explores themes of suicide, voyeurism and the nature of performance while following actress Kate Sheil as transforms into Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who killed herself on air in 1974.

Chubbuck's 1974 death is also the topic of "Christine," one of the 16 narrative films premiering in Sundance's U.S. Dramatic Competition next month.

Greene said that Sundance is "the biggest place to start the life of a film in this country." He added that he feels "really lucky."


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