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Explore our digital archive to discover all the independent artists and stories supported through Sundance Institute’s labs and festivals.
Edward James Olmos was a resource actor at the inaugural Directors Lab in 1981 in addition to numerous Sundance Film Festival credits.
Liv Tyler and Debbie Harry enjoy Park City snow during the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. They starred in James Mangold’s Heavy which won the Special Jury Recognition for Directing.
Searching took home both the Audience Award: NEXT and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize in 2018. Take a look back at all the Festival award winners.
Sundance Institute affirmed its commitment to Native American filmmakers by launching a Festival program to showcase Native and Indigenous films from around the world. Panels covered topics on interactivity and cinema and the fate of short film. Lodge Kerrigan’s Clean Shaven, Rose Troche’s Go Fish, and Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral were among many films that saw box-office success and critical acclaim. Award winners included Steve James’s Hoop Dreams and David O. Russell’s Spanking the Monkey.
Fun fact: Wes Anderson’s 13-minute short Bottle Rocket screened during the 1993 Festival, and his feature-length version of the film was supported by the Institute’s Screenwriters Lab in the same year.
Directors Mel Howard and Philip Porcella and screenwriter Nancy Larson workshopped their screenplay adaptation of the Wizard of Loneliness at the 1985 Directors Lab along with actors Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern, and Lukas Haas. Set within a small Vermont town during the closing years of World War II, this story focuses on three characters—a 12-year-old orphan, Wendall, his aunt Sybil, and the tragic figure of her past lover, Duffy—and the raw complexities of their changing relationships.
Narcissister Organ Project and 2018 Theatre Lab Fellow
Shush, 5th World, The Left-Handed Path, Shimásání, Native Filmmakers Lab Creative Advisor
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, We the Animals
The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords, The Murder of Emmett Till, A Place of Our Own, Freedom Summer
Songs My Brother Taught Me, The Rider, Time Warner Fellow
Hard Eight (aka Sydney), Cigarettes and Coffee, Feature Film Program Labs Creative Advisor
Director: Terence Nance
Screenwriter: Terence Nance
Director: Moises Kaufman
Screenwriter: Moises Kaufman
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski
Director: Asif Kapadia
Screenwriter: Manish Pandey