(August 1, 2014) Sundance Institute and The Metroplex will present Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects, a screening series of new American independent films accompanied by a delegation of filmmakers and Festival organizers from September 19 to 28, 2014, at the newly opened cineplex in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong. Drawing on the Sundance Film Festival's 30-year history of discovery and innovation and The Metroplex’s commitment to supporting film culture, Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects will offer the Hong Kong premieres of eight new films direct from the 2014 Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, "In our effort to share the best of American independent film with audiences outside the U.S., Hong Kong seemed an excellent location with a rich cinematic history. In partnership with The Metroplex, we look forward to presenting a program of diverse and high quality American independent films."
For more than three decades, Sundance Institute has promoted independent storytelling to inform and inspire audiences across political, social, religious and cultural differences. Through labs, funding, special projects with key partners and the Sundance Film Festival, the Institute serves as a leading advocate for independent film and theatre artists worldwide. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Little Miss Sunshine, An Education, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, Boys Don’t Cry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, and Napoleon Dynamite. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®. Since 2012 Sundance Institute, with AEG Europe, has annually presented the Sundance London film and music festival and in 2013 the Institute launched the Los Angeles-based Sundance NEXT FEST, with this year’s event taking place August 7 to 10.
The Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects program will be announced in mid-August followed by the commencement of ticket sales in late August. The Screening Series is jointly presented by Sundance Institute and The Metroplex, supported by the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau. Screenings will span across two weekends from September 19 to 28, 2014.
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About The Metroplex
In 2014 The Metroplex opened its doors to the public as a state-of-the-art 9 screen multiplex at the heart of Eastern Kowloon. The Metroplex is a self-operated independent cinema under Hopewell Holdings Limited, showing a wide range of films from Hollywood blockbusters, international award-winning pictures, film festivals, local, specialty and independent films in its 9 silver screens. Moreover, being located in one of the Group’s investment properties Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre (KITEC), Metroplex has the flexibility in cross platform entertainment such as film/music festivals, live streaming, concerts and shows, multimedia conferences, and many other events of similar genre. For more details, please visit www.metroplex.com.hk.
About Sundance Institute
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.