1987 Sundance Film Festival

The United States Film Festival presented nearly 70 feature films and 15 shorts in 1987, including THE BIG EASY, BETTY BLUE, NEXT OF KIN, RIVER'S EDGE, SHERMAN'S MARCH, HOOSIERS, TROUBLE WITH DICK, WAITING FOR THE MOON, WORKING GIRLS, ARE WE WINNING, MOMMY?, and 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD. In addition, the Festival showcased the next wave in Canadian film with 21 screenings and a panel discussion, and highlighted several films from Great Britain's Channel Four Television.

  • Awards
  • Credits
  • Panels
  • Projects

No Picnic

Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic

Chile: Hasta Cuando? (Chile: When will it End?)

Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary

Sherman’s March

Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Trouble With Dick

Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

Waiting for the Moon

Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

Chile: Hasta Cuando? (Chile: When will it End?)

Special Jury Prize Documentary

Sullivan’s Pavilion

Special Jury Prize for Originality

River’s Edge

Special Jury Recognition

Working Girls

Special Jury Recognition Dramatic

Sheila Benson

Documentary Competition Juror

Peter Biskind

Documentary Competition Juror

Robert Gardner

Documentary Competition Juror

David Loxton

Documentary Competition Juror

Jayne Loader

Documentary Competition Juror

Randa Haines

Dramatic Competition Juror

Jean-Jacques Beineix

Dramatic Competition Juror

Amy Robinson

Dramatic Competition Juror

L.M. Kit Carson

Dramatic Competition Juror

Karen Cooper

Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Lawrence Smith

Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Tony Safford

Program Director, Sundance Film Festival

84 Charing Cross Road

90 Days

A Composer’s Notes: Philip Glass and the Making of an Opera

A Promise

A Walk on the Moon

All-American High

Anne Trister

Are We Winning, Mommy? America and the Cold War

As Seen on TV


Betty Blue (37*2 Le Matin)

Beyond Therapy

Bingo Inferno

Chile: Hasta Cuando? (Chile: When will it End?)

Crime Wave

Dancing in the Dark

Dead End Kids

Directed By William Wyler

Do Not Enter: The Visa War Against Ideas

Drive-In Blues


Final Offer

Forest of Bliss

Frances Steloff

Hellfire: A Journey From Hiroshima

Her Name is Lisa


Impure Thoughts

Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer


Jacques et Novembre

Jimi Plays Monterey

John and the Missus

Karen Blixen

Le Dernier Glacier

Leos Janaceck: Intimate Excursions

Lily Tomlin

Linda Joy

Little Songs of the Chief Officer of Hunar Louse, or This Unnameable Little Broom

Living On Tokyo Time


My American Cousin

My Little Girl

Next of Kin

No Picnic

Off Season


Penn & Teller’s Invisible Thread


Ping Pong

Playing Away

Positive I.D.

Pouvoir Intime

Precious Images


Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

River’s Edge

Seize the Day

Shake: Otis at Monterey

Sherman’s March

Sitting in Limbo



Spark Among the Ashes: A Bar Mitzvah in Poland

Square Dance



Street of Crocodiles

Sullivan’s Pavilion

The Big Easy

The Bullfighter and the Lady

The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer: Prague’s Alchemist of Film

The Decline of the American Empire (Le Declin de L’Empire Americain)

The Electronic Sweatshop (Quel Numero What Number?)

The Fringe Dwellers

The Great Horseshoe Crab Field Trip

Trouble With Dick


Waiting for the Moon

Welcome Back Mr. Fox

William Carlos Williams

Working Girls

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