Oregon Attorney’s Documentary ‘Hot Coffee’ Makes the Sundance Cut
February 12, 2011 - 6:27pm — Bibliofuture
Many lawyers have fantasized about putting their practice on hold and making a movie, but few actually do it.
Even fewer can say their maiden effort landed them a coveted spot at an internationally renowned film festival.
Ashland, Ore., lawyer Susan Saladoff is that rare lawyer who not only followed her dreams but has bragging rights to boot. Her 2009 film Hot Coffee will be screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The feature-length documentary is one of 16 selected from 841 entrants for the festival's U.S. documentary competition. It largely focuses on the infamous 1994 McDonald's coffee spill case—in which a jury awarded plaintiff Stella Liebeck $2.86 million in damages after she spilled hot coffee on herself—while also exploring how and why the case has become so iconic.