15 Independent Films to Make Digital Debut via Sundance Institute’s Artist Services in August and September

Includes Premiere of Sing Me the Song That Says I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle with Martha and Rufus Wainwright

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Share on Tumblr

Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the 15 independent films that will make their digital debut this fall through a variety of platforms and storefronts, via the Institute’s Artist Services program, which provides access to self-distribution for artists supported by the Institute. Titles will roll out between August 13 and September 17. For details visit sundance.org/nowplaying.

Upcoming releases range in theme from films that document political turmoil faced by citizens in their own nations (An African Election, Hot House) as well as their adopted homes (Made in L.A.), to protagonists fighting powerful personal demons (Romántico, So Much So Fast, TV Junkie). Feature films include Ed’s Next Move, All She Can, GYPSY DAVY, and L.I.E.

Sing Me The Song That Says I Love You: A Concert For Kate McGarrigle, will make its digital premiere September 17.  The film is  a stirring  tribute to renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle and features her well known musical family – children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, older sisters Anna and Jane – and talented  friends including Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Jimmy Fallon, and Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) in a concert recorded at New York City's Town Hall in May 2011. Directed by Lian Lunson, the film made its world premiere at Sundance London in 2012 and had a theatrical run earlier this summer.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern won both the Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and the Audience Award: Documentary at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Made in L.A.  won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story-Long Form in 2008. TV Junkie was the Documentary Special Jury Prize winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Titles will be available on a variety of platforms, including  iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Entertainment Network, SundanceNOW, VUDU and YouTube.

The Sundance Institute Artist Services program provides artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work. The exclusive aggregation partner for distribution across all portals participating in the Artist Services program is Cinedigm. The Artist Services initiative is made possible by The Bertha Foundation. These deals were brokered via pro bono legal services generously provided by law firm O’Melveny & Myers, which has built the legal framework for the Artist Services program and participating filmmakers since its inception.

TITLES AVAILABLE AUGUST 13

An African Election (Director: Jarreth Merz) — An African Election is a suspenseful political drama about the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, with unexpected twists and turns, yet always personal through the eyes of director Jarreth Merz. (2011 Sundance Film Festival)
Ed’s Next Move (Director: John C. Walsh) — Eddie, a young Wisconsin scientist, moves to New York's East Village and, as he struggles to navigate his strange new urban world, begins an awkward, halting courtship of a violinist in an alternative band. (1996 Sundance Film Festival)
Hot House (Director: Shimon Dotan) — Granted extraordinary access to the highest-security institutions in Israel, filmmaker Shimon Dotan uncovers a startling truth: Israeli prisons have become a breeding ground for the next generation of Palestinian leaders and a hotbed for terrorist plots. (2007 Sundance Film Festival)
No Loans Today (Director: Lisanne Skyler) — Filmed in the aftermath of the 1992 riots, No Loans Today intimately portrays daily life in the African-American community of South Central Los Angeles through the lens of its key financial institution, the ABC Loan Co., a 25-year-old pawnshop and check-cashing outlet. (1995 Sundance Film Festival)      
So Much So Fast (Directors: Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan) — Remarkable events are set in motion when Stephen Heywood, 29, discovers he has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and his brother becomes obsessed with finding a cure. The film is a cliffhanger of romance and cutting-edge science by Academy Award nominees Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan.
(2006 Sundance Film Festival)                                              
Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (Directors: Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan) — Troublesome Creek is the acclaimed story of the Jordan family's gamble to save their Iowa farm. From fighting the Crooked Creek Gang in 1867, to fighting off the bank today. The film is an Academy Award-nominated cliffhanger about history, humor and the unsettling of America. (1996 Sundance Film Festival)
TV Junkie (Directors: Michael Cain and Matt Radecki) — This Sundance Film Festival award-winning film is a striking video diary of Rick Kirkham, a 48-year old television journalist who at first appears to be living a charmed life, but all is not as it seems. (2006 Sundance Film Festival)

TITLE AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 3

Violeta Went to Heaven (Director: Andrés Wood) — The extraordinary story of iconic poet, musician and folksinger Violeta Parra, whose songs have become hymns for Chileans and Latin Americans alike. Director Andres Wood (Machuca) traces the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art. (2012 Sundance Film Festival)

TITLE AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 17

All She Can (Director: Amy Wendel) — Luz Garcia wants something different than the few options available after high school in her forgotten Texas town. Her college dreams rest on a powerlifting competition.  When family troubles, money struggles, and fear get in the way, she must find a different kind of strength to keep her dream alive. (2011 Sundance Film Festival)
GYPSY DAVY (Director: Rachel Leah Jones) — When a blonde Californian with Alabama roots becomes a Flamenco guitarist in Andalucían boots, what happens along the way and behind the scenes? GYPSY DAVY tells the story of David Jones, stage name "David Serva," from the perspective of his five women and five children—one of whom is the director. (2012 Sundance Film Festival)
L.I.E (Director: Michael Cuesta) — A 15-year-old Long Island boy loses everything and everyone he knows, soon becoming involved in a relationship with a much older man. (2001 Sundance Film Festival)
Made in L.A. (Director: Almudena Carracedo) — Emmy Award-winning film Made in L.A.  tells the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants struggling to survive in Los Angeles sweatshops who, determined to win basic labor protections, embark on a three-year odyssey that will transform their lives forever. (2006 Sundance Documentary Film Grant)
Putin’s Kiss (Director: Lise Birk Pedersen) — Putin's Kiss is a 2012 Danish documentary film, directed by Lise Birk Pedersen, dealing with Russian youth activist Masha Drokova and her experiences with the youth organization Nashi. (2012 Sundance Film Festival)
Romántico (Director: Mark Becker) —  Romantico is a documentary portrait of Mexican musician Carmelo Muniz, who returns home to his young daughters after years playing the San Francisco taqueria circuit. Their reunion is bittersweet, as once Carmelo arrives in his hometown, he finds himself confronted with the million reasons he left years ago. At the age of 60, another border crossing begins to seem absurd, but Carmelo has not given up. (2005 Sundance Film Festival)
Sing Me the Song That Says I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle (Director: Lian Lunson) — Rufus and Martha Wainwright pay tribute to their mother, the late Kate McGarrigle, in a concert filmed in New York City. Through song and story the film looks at how her children have to terms with her loss. (2012 Sundance London)

Sundance Institute
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire, regardless of geo-political, social, religious or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

# # #

Download Press Release