Miami, FL — Sundance Institute and Knight Foundation announced today the first Artist Services workshop in Miami will take place this Saturday, October 25 at O Cinema Wynwood. Miami-area filmmakers are invited to attend the free day-long workshop and join industry experts in a critical conversation around creative financing, digital distribution, guerilla marketing and independent theatrical distribution.
Featured speakers include: Dennis Scholl (Knight Foundation), Straith Schreder (BitTorrent Inc), Jeremy Schwartz (SquareSpace), Emily Eddey (Light Iron), Toby Halbrooks (Producer, Ain't Them Bodies Saints), Jessica Jalsevac (Gumroad), James M. Johnston (Producer, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Listen Up Philip), and Yvonne Welbon (Producer, The New Black) as well as Sundance Institute staff. The event will be followed by a reception on site.
Since launching in 2011, Artist Services has helped to launch 120+ new and encore Sundance films into the digital marketplace and guided 200+ alumni artists with successful Kickstarter projects totaling over $8 Million. Artists whose work has been cultivated through the program include Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Detropia), Shane Carruth (Primer and Upstream Color) and Tiffany Shlain (Connected).
Select breakout sessions for the workshop include:
Finance and Fans: Every Kickstarter is a Story
• Dan Schoenbrun / Kickstarter
• Missy Laney / Sundance Institute
Everything You Wanted to Know About Digital Deliverables (But Were Afraid to Ask)
• Emily Eddey / Light Iron
• Holden Payne / Sundance Institute
What We Love Right Now: Gumroad
• Jessica Jalsevac / Gumroad
Designing Your Look and Feel
• Jeremy Schwartz / SquareSpace
Strategy to Know: Screening for Audiences Without an All-Rights Deal
• Yvonne Welbon / Producer
• Chris Horton / Sundance Institute
Bittorrent and the Art of the Bundle
• Straith Schreder / BitTorrent Inc
• James M. Johnston / Filmmaker and Producer
• Toby Halbrooks / Filmmaker and Producer
For more information, please visit sundance.org/artistservices.
Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to connect audiences to their work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling as art and as a compelling and powerful way to inform, inspire and unite people. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, The Invisible War, The Square, Dirty Wars, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.