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The 2017 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah

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The 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today with the Day One Press Conference at 1 PM MT!   If you're at #Sundance this year, take part in our Snapchat and Instagram Challenges: ...

Sundance Film Festival 2017: Opening Day One Press Conference with Robert Redford

"Presidents come and go.. We support the storytellers and let them tell their stories." - Robert Redford ...

SUNDANCE: BENDING THE ARC Documentary Premiere on Doctors & Activists Who Turned Tide of History

BENDING THE ARC World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim will attend the world premiere of the stunning new documentary feature BENDING THE ARC at Sundance Film Festival and will be reunited with lifelong friends and co-founders of Partners In Health Dr. Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl (daughter of British novelist Roald Dahl) and patients from around the world whose lives were saved by their remarkable work. From directors Academy Award-Nominee Kief Davidson, Primetime Emmy Award Winner...

My Father’s Tools Premieres Native Documentary Short

2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Premieres Native Documentary Short My Father’s Tools *** A Wapikoni mobile Production ***   My Father’s Tools, an observational Canadian documentary directed by first-time aboriginal filmmaker Heather C...

SUNDANCE 2017: Route One Entertainment and Roadmap Writers Select Winner of First Annual Script Initiative

Dorothy Pecoraro-Bertram has the winner of their first annual script initiative Leading production, development and financing company Route One Entertainment and screenwriters resource organization Roadmap Writers today announced the winner of their first annual film and television competition to select a script for Route One’s option and development. The winning project is Sabiya, written by Dorothy Bertram.   The partnership with Roadmap Writers, championed by Vice Pr...

Full Music and Panels Lineup Announced, Including Art of Film Weekend

The excitement of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival happens both on-screen and off, with a robust slate of panels and music performances, many of which are free and live streamed so independent film and music fans can tune in from anywhere.   John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The conversations that start at the Festival and spread well beyond the mountain can now do so in realtime. Thanks to our live streams, fans of independent film and the latest in sto...

European Film Promotion supports 6 films at Sundance

Cate Blanchett in MANIFESTO represented by The Match Factory European Film Promotion dedicates Film Sales Support (FSS) to the promotion and marketing of six European films at this year's Sundance Film Festival (January 19 – 29, 2017). The flagship festival for the discovery of new independent cinema from around the world puts a special spotlight onto European films, making it one of the important gateways to the North American market. E...

GOLDEN EXITS (U.S. Dramatic Competition) Written and Directed by Alex Ross Perry

(Acquisition Title/WME and Forager Films) Starring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton     Synopsis: Nick has settled into a safe existence in a small pocket of Brooklyn, where he currently toils on an archival project for his father-in-law. Soon, 20-something Naomi arrives from Australia to assist Nick for the semester. She has no acquaintances in the city beyond a loose family connectio...

FAMILY LIFE Premiering in World Drama Competition at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

A Film by: Alicia Scherson & Cristián Jiménez Starring Jorge Becker, Gabriela Arancibia, Cristián Carvajal, and Blanca Lewin When a married couple decides to move to France with their young daughter for a few months, they ask a distant cousin, Martín, to housesit and take care of their cat. At 40 years old, Martín has no kids, no wife, and no job. Despite Martín’s brooding and st...

15 films, a docu-series and a VR work from Canada in Sundance

A selection of 15 films, a docu-series and a VR work highlights the creativity and diversity of some of Canada’s brightest voices. Une sélection de 15 films, une série documentaire et une œuvre de réalité virtuelle qui rend compte de la créativité et la diversité de nos talents canadiens. ...

Actress Eileen Dietz to attend the World Premiere of "Lake Alice

LAKE ALICE SYNOPSIS: LAKE ALICE is set during Christmas at an isolated cabin in the subzero temperatures of northern Wisconsin where the days are short and the nights last forever. The cast includes Brando Eaton (American Sniper), Peter O'Brien (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), Brad Schmidt (House of Lies), Caroline Tudor (Mortal Combat: Legacy), Laura Niemi (Jobs), and ...

Sundance 2017 Jury Members announced

Jessica Williams to Host Live-Streamed Awards Show ...

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is Back at Sundance

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is Back at Sundance: Monday January 23rd!  The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every First Tuesday of the month at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago. This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is de...

HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to the searing documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to the searing documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA, by Oscar® nominee Evgeny Afineevsky, ahead of its world premiere in the Documentary Premieres section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22. This harrowing account of the Syrian civil war from the inside out is Afineevsky’s follow-up to the Emmy®- and Oscar®-nominated “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedo...

Spotlight Initiative Gala to Light Up Park City

Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Laura Prepon, and Barbara Kopple named 2017 Honorees to receive Awards The Creative Coalition announced this year’s honorees headlining the 2017 Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala Dinner to be held at the Kia Supper Suite during the upcoming Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Confirmed talent include actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly; actors Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Laura Prepon, Carrie Preston, directors Barbara ...

Netflix presents Burning Sands

PRESENTS BURNING SANDS from director/co-writer Gerard McMurray starring Trevor Jackson (ABC's American Crime), Alfre Woodard (Netflix's Luke Cage), Steve Harris (ABC's The Practice), Tosin Cole and DeRon Horton. Burning Sands takes you on a raw, voyeuristic journey of fraternity pledging through the eyes of one favored pledgee, who is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing....

Newness and TRUMPED: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time Join Festival Lineup

2017 Sundance Film Festival Adds Two More Films (L-R) Newness. Credit: Courtesy of Production; TRUMPED: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time. Credit:Laura Hudock/Courtesy of SHOWTIME. Sundance Institute augments the 2017 Sundance Film Festival program with two new independent films, announced today: Newness, from director Drake Doremus, and TRUMPED: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time, from directors Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne and Mary Robertson. The...

Anyone can make a movie. With no money. And be a well-known filmmaker.Download this ebook to findout how!

NO BUDGET FILMMAKING by Jack Truman. The entire Ebook will be available for free during Sundance and Slamdance. Here's a link to the Ebook for your review: Anyone can make a movie. With no money. And be a well-known filmmaker. An informative, alternative, out-of-the-box reference book for the film industry, NO BUDGET FILMMAKING covers a wide range of tips and tools: from proven filmmaking techniques, valuable industry resources, and more...

Oklahoma City premieres in Sundance traces the events where 168 people were killed and 675 were injured in the blast

OKLAHOMA CITY Barak Goodman's Startling Look At the Catastrophic Origins of the White Nationalist Movement   *Premieres at Sundance 2017* *Opens in Theaters Feb. 3* *Premieres on PBS on Feb. 7*           From American Experience - PBS: On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, a former soldier deeply influenced by the literature and ideas of the radical right, parked a Ryder truck with a five-ton fertilizer bomb in front of the Alfred P. M...

GOLDEN EXITS Premieres in Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition

Written and Directed by Alex Ross Perry (Acquisition Title/WME and Forager Films) Starring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton     Synopsis:   Nick has settled into a safe existence in a small pocket of Brooklyn, where he currently toils on an archival project for his father-in-law. Soon, 20-something Naomi arrives from Australia to assist Nick for the semester. She has no acquainta...

LOOK AND SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry to screen at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

LOOK AND SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (previously titled THE SEER), directed by Independent Spirit Award-winning filmmaker Laura Dunn (THE UNFORESEEN), will screen in the Spotlight section at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as part of the The New Climate program, following its award-winning premiere at SXSW earlier this year. The Sundance Film Festival...

Followup to An Inconvenient Truth to World Premiere at 2017 Sundance Film Festival as Day One Screening

Documentary Caps Festival’s First Slate of ‘The New Climate’ Films and Work About Environment and Conservation   The Honorable Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, Social Entrepreneur Jeff Skoll & Others Join ‘Power of Story’ Panel on January 22; Live Streamed at   ...

MACHINES by Rahul Jain World documentary competition

75 min / color /India, Germany, Finland / 2016 / North American premiere Director Rahul Jain is available for interviews - screenings TBA Guy Lodge in Variety: "Mechanical spectacle and human pain make surprisingly complementary subjects in Rahul Jain's composed, immersive Indian factory tour. Following its critically acclaimed world premiere at the International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Rahul Jain's feature debut MACHINES competes in ...

The Wound to Make World Premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

The Wound, a film by by John Trengove, will make its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 19-29 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah. The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, The End of the...

New Frontier Showcases Storytelling’s Future at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Virtual / Augmented Reality Experiences, Installations, Live Performances Lead Programming, Including Works by Chris Milk, Nonny de la Peña      Now in its second decade of breaking new ground at the forefront of art and technology, Sundance Institute has curated an in-depth vision of storytelling’s future for the 2017 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance ...

THE GOOD POSTMAN by Tonislav Hristov - World Cinema Documentary Competition

Sundance Film Festival - world cinema documentary competition -          82 min / color / Finland / Bulgaria / 2016 / North American premiere Screenings TBA Critical praise for THE GOOD POSTMAN: Variety: "Tonislav Hristov's superb documentary study of electoral process in a small Bulgarian village pulses with wider-world resonance." Screen International: "for outsiders to Europe’s issues, a textbook illustration...

PERSON TO PERSON to Make World Premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Abbi Jacobson, Bene Coopersmith and George Sample III Head up Ensemble Cast     PERSON TO PERSON, written and directed by Dustin Guy Defa, will make its World Premiere in the NEXT Section at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 19-29 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah. In PERSON TO PERSON, a record collector hustles for a big score while his heartbroken roommat...

Premieres at Sundance

BEATRIZ AT DINNER DIRECTOR  Miguel Arteta SCREENWRITER  Mike White PRINCIPAL CAST  Salma Hayek,   John Lithgow U.S.A.  /  83 Min   BEFORE I FALL DIRECTOR  Ry Russo-Young SCREENWRITER  Maria Maggenti ...

Sundance Festival full slate

The Workers Cup Courtesy of Sundance Institute Sundance Institute convenes a full slate of provocative and agenda-setting independent films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, beginning with today’s announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT, as well as a slate of environmentally focused programming under the Festival’s The New Climate program. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance M...

Sixty-eight short films at Sundance 2017

Sixty-eight short films, announced today, will complement the lineup of longer fare at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The short film slate aligns thematically with other Festival categories, including Midnight and The New Climate, the Festival’s new programming strand highlighting climate change and the environment. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort January 19-29. The Institute’s support for short films extends internat...

US Dramatic Competition at Sundance

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film. Band Aid / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Zoe Lister-Jones) — A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band. Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Hannah Simone, Ravi ...

US Documentary Competition

Sixteen world-premiere American documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people and events that shape the present day. Casting JonBenet / U.S.A., Australia (Director: Kitty Green) — The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world’s most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey’s Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective ...

World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance

Twelve films from emerging filmmaking talents around the world offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles. Axolotl Overkill / Germany (Director and screenwriter: Helene Hegemann) — Mifti, age 16, lives in Berlin with a cast of characters including her half-siblings; their rich, self-involved father; and her junkie friend Ophelia. As she mourns her recently deceased mother, she begins to develop an obsession with Alice, an enigmatic, and much older, white-collar criminal. Cast...

Next at Sundance

NEXT Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a "greater" next wave in American cinema. Presented by Adobe. Columbus / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kogonada) — Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side...

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Twelve documentaries by some of the most courageous and extraordinary international filmmakers working today. The Good Postman / Finland, Bulgaria (Director: Tonislav Hristov) — In a small Bulgarian village troubled by the ongoing refugee crisis, a local postman runs for mayor—and learns that even minor deeds can outweigh good intentions. North American Premiere In Loco Parentis / Ireland, Spain (Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane) &mdash...





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