An adopted child grows up into a traumatic life; first he's in and out of relationships, then he's off to an inhumane prison for a crime not his fault, where he's subjected to medical testing, and ultimately he finishes out his days as a maladjusted and angry ex-con. Sounds like the perfect Sundance drama, yet it's true, and the story is told in documentary form. Oh, and it's about a chimpanzee.

'Man on Wire' Oscar-winner James Marsh has done it again with 'Project Nim,' another riveting tale of a minor '70s celebrity, this time the precocious primate Nim Chimpsky, famous for being taught sign language (and definitely the inspiration for Virgil in the '80s movie 'Project X') yet less known for being an abandoned research tool and tragic victim of bad science.