London, 4 April 2012 — Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of events and performances that will take place in the unique Cinema Café and Music Café spaces at the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival, 26-29 April at The O2.
Both the Cinema Café and Music Café are elements of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A. – the premier independent film festival in the United States – and will take place in festival hub the Sundance London Inc Club, located on the ground floor of The O2. Events at the Cinema Café were programmed by Sundance Institute, and performances at the Music Café were produced by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Admission to the Cinema Café and Music Café is non-ticketed and for guests 18 and older only. Sundance London “Credential” holders receive priority access while all other patrons with a ticket to a Sundance London event are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Credentials can be purchased at www.sundance-london.com.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Key to the success of the Sundance Film Festival is providing shared spaces and experiences for attendees, which is precisely our aim with the Cinema Café and Music Café. The line-up of events and performances announced today complement our film, music and panel programming and offer an additional opportunity for festival attendees to interact with each other as well as the visionary artists whose work will be presented at the first-ever Sundance London.”
Today at 10:00 a.m. GMT / 5:00 a.m. EST / 2:00 a.m. PST marks the beginning of individual ticket sales for films and panels at Sundance London. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.sundance-london.com.
Previously announced events and performances for Sundance London include the Opening Night event An Evening With Robert Redford And T Bone Burnett; a rare intimate concert performance by Placebo; Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird performing Maxinquaye; a performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright following the world premiere of Lian Lunson’s film about the music of their mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle; and screenings of 14 feature-length and eight short films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.
Cinema Café was created to inspire dialogue about film in a relaxed, engaging environment where there are no boundaries as to where the experience can go and anything can happen. It is a recent addition to the signature events at the Sundance Film Festival each January, where it’s fast becoming a favorite with patrons and filmmakers alike. The artists participating are linked to a subject or idea but the form of these events is open to their interpretation.
The Cinema Café will be located in the festival hub, the Sundance London Inc Club, located on the ground floor of The O2. Events are non-ticketed and for guests 18 and older only. Credential holders receive priority access while all other patrons with a ticket to a Sundance London event are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. This venue has limited capacity. Credentials can be purchased at www.sundance-london.com.
Friday, 27 April
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Table Read: FARMING, with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (actor/writer/director)
Join actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (GI Joe, The Bourne Identity, LOST, OZ) for a look inside the creative process of filmmaking as he directs a live table read of his compelling true story FARMING; a young African boy's search for love and belonging within a brutal skinhead subculture. Adewale participated in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters & Directors Labs and was awarded an Annenberg Film Fellowship Grant from the Institute for the script.
Saturday, 28 April
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Bring the Noise: Music in My Film
Since the days of silent films music has played a crucial role in the power of cinema, triggering a wide range of emotional reactions. This impact and the creative process behind it will be discussed by: Gina Rodriguez, who stars in Filly Brown as a young woman trying to make it as a rapper; Michael Olmos, director of Filly Brown; and Terence Nance, who directed and created much of the music for An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty. Hosted by John Nein, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.
Sunday, 29 April
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Director Sheldon Candis and producer Jason Michael Berman will discuss their journey in making their film, LUV. Providing insights into the director/producer relationship they will cover how they assembled their phenomenal cast (Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Michael K. Williams, Meagan Good) as well as share anecdotes about the obstacles and blessings they encountered. Hosted by David Courier, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.
The Music Café is a dynamic showcase for live performances by emerging and established artists and bands from across the musical spectrum in an intimate setting. These performances, with the exception of the Gibson Spotlight at Sundance London contest in association with Absolute Radio, were produced by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), which for years has produced a showcase for attendees of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A. to experience live music performances. Gibson Guitar will provide all backline and instrumentation for bands to use in the Music Café.
The Music Café will be located in the festival hub, the Sundance London Inc Club, located on the ground floor of The O2. Performances are non-ticketed and for guests 18 and older only. Credential holders receive priority access while all other patrons with a ticket to a Sundance London event are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. This venue has limited capacity. Credentials can be purchased at www.sundance-london.com.
Friday, 27 April
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Staves: The unique vocal harmonies and haunting melodies of sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor have already seen them tipped for success by The Guardian, iTunes, Time Out, and The Independent, among others. Known for their jaw-dropping live performances, The Staves have toured with The Civil Wars and Michael Kiwanuka.
Gibson Spotlight at Sundance London contest in association with Absolute Radio: Gibson Guitar has teamed with commercial radio station Absolute Radio to offer one unsigned band or singer-songwriter the opportunity to perform live at Sundance London. Absolute Radio DJ Pete Donaldson will select the winner to perform a brief live set at the Sundance London Inc Club and play their track on his Sunday Night Music Club on Absolute Radio. For details how to enter, visit http://www.facebook.com/GibsonGuitarUK.
Beatrice Andersen is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter. Since graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Beatrice has been writing and recording her debut album. Her sound combines big powerful melodies with an uncomplicated organic sound.
Daughter: Members Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella write dark, ethereal and beautiful songs that experiment delicately with a rich array of songwriting ideas and yet remain intent on pouring out their soul pure and unadulterated. The band have just returned from supporting Ben Howard on his sold-out UK tour.
Saturday, 28 April
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Charlene Soraia: Charlene attended the Brit School and was a contemporary of Adele. ‘Wherever You Will Go’ off her debut album (‘Moonchild’) with Paul Stacey (Oasis/Black Crowes) peaked at No.3 on the UK Singles Chart and has since passed 400,000 (Gold Status) sales.
Rams’ Pocket Radio: Rams’ Pocket Radio has earned comparisons with the likes of Frightened Rabbit, and played with Darwin Deez, Marina and the Diamonds and You Me at Six. His songs are meticulously crafted and effortlessly epic, mixing elements of pounding, piano-based pop with heavier rock sounds. Rams’ recently supported Snow Patrol on their European tour and will be heading out around the UK in May supporting Get Cape Wear Cape Fly.
Seye: Having made a name for himself playing guitar for big-name pop artists such as Paloma Faith, The Noisettes and Ellie Goulding, Seye’s sound is a melting pot of colourful music and electronic beats, pulled together with a pure pop sensibility.
Man Without Country: Man Without Country are a modern duo with tour de force dynamics and a lingering afterburn in both sound and vision. Their intensely atmospheric sonic palette combines manic and eerie synth pulses, glacial guitar ripples, heavy bass and haunting vocals that describe a relentlessly compelling world view – uneasy, heavy, confrontational.
Sunday, 29 April
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cosmo Jarvis: Cosmo is a musical magpie who’ll go anywhere, from hip hop to punk hoedown to gorgeous ensemble orchestration. With his new album, ‘Think Bigger’, he adheres to a singer-songwriter template tinged with alt-country sensibilities. His music and films, including the contagious shanty, Gay Pirates, have made him an online phenomenon.
Escapists: Escapists are rapidly establishing themselves as a future force of alt-indie. Their debut EP ‘Burial’ is charged with urgent guitars and counterbalanced by a remarkable vocal delivery, speaking as much of the band’s dark personal histories as their collective bright futures.
Gabrielle Aplin: Gabrielle’s pared-down blend of sweetly romanticised, introspective pop-folk hovers somewhere between Ellie Goulding and Mumford & Sons and with her fresh, new sonic perspective, clings fast to the adage that less is more. She has played to sold-out audiences on four headline UK tours. Gabrielle is currently in the studio recording her debut album which will be released later this year.
Simon Lynge: Simon writes and performs mostly on guitar with a style that produces bell-like harmonies that splinter in gorgeous patterns around superb melodies. His work has been compared to the likes of Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake and other uncommonly gifted artists.
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Notes to the Editor:
The first-ever Sundance London takes place at The O2 26 – 29 April, 2012, and is a partnership between Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe. Sundance London will host the UK premieres of films fresh from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival as well as live music performances and events each evening, including the previously announced Opening Night event An Evening With Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett, Placebo in concert, Rufus and Martha Wainwright sing Kate McGarrigle, and Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird performing Maxinquaye. Also on offer to Sundance London audiences will be unique opportunities to attend panels and hear guest speakers talk about the part they play in making films, documentaries and the role of music in modern cinema. Sundance London is made possible by support from: Presenting Partner – Sony Entertainment Network; Supporting Partners – The Langham, London and Stella Artois®; Official Providers – Air New Zealand, ASCAP, Dolby Laboratories, Inc, Gibson Guitar Corp., HR Owen and Aston Martin, MGM HD, US Embassy Office of Cultural Affairs, and WorldView. Special thanks to AMC Networks, The BRITDOC Foundation; BAFTA, BFI, Film London, and Sundance Channel. 30% of proceeds go to the nonprofit Sundance Institute. For more information or to purchase tickets for Sundance London please visit www.sundance-london.com or follow @SundancefestUK on Twitter.
Robert Redford is an Academy Award-winning actor, director and producer, a passionate advocate for the arts and a leading environmentalist. He serves as President of the non-profit Sundance Institute, which he founded 30 years ago to foster independence, discovery and new voices in American film and theatre. Mr. Redford also founded the Sundance Channel, Sundance Resort, Sundance Catalog, and Sundance Cinemas and the non-profit Redford Center. Though very different in their activities and independent in their operations, all of Mr. Redford’s Sundance entities share the same core mission he has always held dear: a passionate connection to new artists, new voices and new perspectives. www.sundancegroup.net
The Sundance Film Festival is a program of Sundance Institute, 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 introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. It owns or operates some of the world’s best arenas and theatres, numerous sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and LA Galaxy (MLS), and a collection of companies dedicated to producing, promoting and presenting world-class live entertainment.
In May 2005, AEG Europe announced that it would transform the former Millennium Dome and the surrounding area into the UK’s most exciting and technically advanced music, sport and entertainment destination. It was renamed The O2 and opened in June 2007.
The centrepiece of the multi-million pound development is the 20,000 capacity indoor arena, the most popular music arena in the world. There is also a live music venue – indigO2 - with a capacity of 2,350, The O2 bubble – a state of the art exhibition space that is host to the British Music Experience, a permanent, high-tech, interactive music museum, an 11 screen cinema complex, and a vibrant ‘Entertainment District’ featuring a variety of bars, restaurants and leisure facilities.
The O2 arena sold more tickets than any other arena in the world last year (breaking all previous records) – making it the most popular music venue in the world for the fifth year running.
AEG employs more than 3,000 staff in over 45 operating companies worldwide. Its international head office is in Los Angeles, and its European headquarters is based in London.
Sony Entertainment Network are proud to be Presenting Partner of Sundance London. Sony Entertainment Network is the ultimate destination for digital music, movies, games, and more accessible across a wide array of connected devices through one convenient account. The service incorporates Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited and the PlayStation Network. Video Unlimited is a global premium digital video service with a growing library of over 80,000 of blockbuster movies and hit TV shows. It gives users convenient, single account access to great content across a wide variety of connected devices both in the home and on the go. Music Unlimited is a global cloud-based, digital streaming music service that features an expanding catalogue of over 15 million songs. It gives music lovers convenient, single account access to great music on a wide variety of connected devices both in-home and on the go. www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com