Sundance’s ‘Take 5’

Sundance Now (formerly DocClub) today launches the second season of its short-film series Take 5, subtitled A More Perfect Patriot — “exploring patriotism in America and what it means to be a patriot in a highly diverse and divided country.”

All six independent films can be streamed free by going to the series’ web page and scrolling down to the individual films. Titles include Take a Knee, about the response of former Green Beret and NFL player Nate Boyer to Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel down during the National Anthem last season:

Why is the series called Take 5? Maybe because the docs start at around five minutes long, but more likely because Take 5’s first season, Justice in America, featured just five documentaries covering “some of today’s hot-button issues.” Titles included A Hug from Paul Ryan, which followed a woman after her testimony at a House Budget Committee “War on Poverty” hearing.

Sundance Now, promising the “best films, documentaries and binge-worthy TV series, curated by filmmakers and cultural icons,” is normally a subscription streaming service. Costing $6.99 monthly or $59.99 annually after a seven-day free trial, it’s available at, or via iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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