The first-ever Sundance London film and music festival took place last month, offering four days of film screenings and music performances hosted by Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute, and AEG Europe, with the support of Presenting Partner Sony Entertainment Network.
Sundance London provided an array of film premieres, live music performances, discussions, and panels with guest speakers. Opening the proceedings on April 26, Robert Redford and 12-time Grammy Award winner T Bone Burnett led a fascinating discussion on the magical relationship between film and music. The two shared their recollections of achieving great musical moments with the many filmmakers, actors, and musicians they’ve collaborated with throughout their storied careers.
Making their UK premieres at Sundance London were 14 fiction and documentary features as well as eight short films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, including Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles, Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts, and Joe Berlinger's Under African Skies. Sundance London also featured a special screening of the documentary HARMONY, which chronicles three decades of environmental activism by HRH The Prince of Wales, which he and Robert Redford introduced (pictured above).
Music was featured prominently at the festival. In addition to showing several music-themed films, Friday night saw Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird reunite to perform the album Maxinquaye, and Placebo gave an electrifying performance to a sold-out crowd on Saturday night.
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FOCUS FORWARD FILMMAKER CHALLENGE
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As part of the initiative and with support from GE and Cinelan, Focus Forward is holding a Filmmaker Challenge and giving $200,000 USD in cash prizes to the top five entries, which will be announced at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the cash prizes, up to 100 finalists will be featured online at www.focusforwardfilms.com in the fall of 2012 alongside work by Steve James, Lucy Walker, Victor Kossakovsky, and others. Click here for more details and submission requirements. Submissions close on August 23, 2012.
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2012 SHORTS LABS
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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE PRESENTS: OUTDOOR COMMUNITY SCREENINGS IN UTAH
Under African Skies
CSNY Déjà Vu
This month, Charlie Reff, Assistant to Director of Programming Trevor Groth and Shorts Labs Coordinator,
Young & Wild – It’s not often that you see a teen comedy convincingly create the world of the teenage bubble. Similar to Amy Heckerling’s ‘Fast Times…” and “Clueless”, Marialy Rivas’ debut captures a fun, contemporary coming-of-age story full of troubled love, controlling parents, and sexual angst.
The Foot Fist Way – This was my favorite comedy of the 00’s. It has a unique sense of humor that I find perfectly offensive and entertaining. Somehow this film gets you to root for Danny McBride’s arrogant and insecure karate teacher all the way to his foolish final match.
DIG! – This is my favorite peek into the world of rock stardom. I’ve watched it more times than any other music documentary. It’s fascinating to watch the ugly side of something you grew up idolizing.
Thompson – The filmmakers walk a fine line with the tone of this documentary short. It’s an endearing story of friendship told through a funny character profile.
My Rabbit Hoppy – This is the most purely entertaining found footage film you’ll ever see. It’s a very short film by Anthony Lucas about a young boy’s school project on his pet rabbit.
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