Sundance film tells story of town versus white supremacist

Tuesday , January 20, 2015 - 8:11 AM

The Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. — One of the films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is a documentary done by two New York filmmakers about white supremacist Craig Cobb’s attempt to take over the North Dakota town of Leith.

The 86-minute documentary by Michael Nichols and Christopher Walker is called “Welcome to Leith.” The festival’s senior programmer says its underpinning is “how we wrestle with our democratic principles when they’re pushed to the limit.”

Cobb’s effort to turn Leith into an Aryan enclave failed. He’s now serving probation for menacing and terrorizing.

Nichols says he and Walker were fascinated by the turmoil in Leith. Their film uses footage of what happened and interviews with people to drive the narrative.

The film premieres Monday in Park City. Leith’s mayor will attend, and Cobb will Skype in to answer questions.

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