This Little Movie Went to Market...: Hollywood Dealmaking
Is No Longer Antithetical to the Sundance Film Festival, Where
More Than a Smattering of -- Dare We Say -- Commerical Fare
January 30, 2000
"One of the most dynamic categories that Sundance has
to offer is its documentaries... "Just, Melvin,"
a deeply personal and disturbing documentary about child abuse,
made by the grandson of a serial abuser. Filmmaker James Ronald
Whitney's grandfather, Melvin Just, abused Whitney's mother,
her sisters and step-sisters, as well as the women in his
second marriage. Whitney managed to extract very matter-of-fact
confessions of the violence from many of the women."