Sundance Institute Selects Six Creative Teams and Projects for New Frontier Story Lab, October 23-28

Lab Specifically Supports Projects that Converge Film, Visual Art, Media, Live Performance, Music and Technology

Posted Oct 10, 2013

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Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the six projects selected for the New Frontier Story Lab, October 23-28 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Inspired by New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival and built on the renowned Sundance Institute Lab model, the Lab specifically supports artists innovating the art and form of storytelling at the convergence of film, visual art, media, live performance, music and technology.

Activities at the weeklong, immersive Lab include individualized story sessions, conversations about key artistic, design and technology issues, and case study presentations from experts in diverse related disciplines. The Lab draws talent and expertise from all of Sundance Institute’s creative programs, including Feature Film, Documentary Film, and the Sundance Film Festival.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, ”As our New Frontier initiative continues to develop, we hope the Story Lab provides a unique opportunity for these artists to receive the support which will allow them to focus on the story driving their projects. The work that results will both define the space and advance it.”

Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, said, “The New Frontier Lab offers a creative process that is immersive, collaborative and designed to be a catalyst for innovation and stories that resonate in meaningful ways. The fellows will engage with a wealth of experts in various disciplines who are leading the future of storytelling in design, gaming, live performance and immersive experiences.”

Creative Advisors for the New Frontier Story Lab include Scott Snibbe (Artist – Bjork’s Biophila), D.V. DeVincentis (Screenwriter – High Fidelity), Chris Holmes  (Musician and DJ – Beck, Paul McCartney), Sandi DuBowski (Director – Trembling Before G-d), Wesley Strick (Screenwriter – Cape Fear), Nick Fortugno (Co-Founder, Playmatics), Katherine Dieckmann (Screenwriter and Director, Motherhood), Lance Weiler (Artist – Pandemic 1.0, Collapsus), Lynn Nottage (Playwright – Ruined), Noland Walker (Director - A Day in the Life of Jeremiah Burke High School), Susan Bonds (CEO, 42 Entertainment), Lynette Wallworth (Artist – CORAL Rekindling Venus), Stewart Wallace (Composer – The Bonesetter’s Daughter opera), Jeremy Mendes (National Film Board of Canada, Interactive Producer – Bear 71) and Aaron Koblin (Leads the Data Arts Team at Google’s Creative Lab).

The creative teams and projects selected for the 2013 New Frontier Story Lab are:

#PostModem
Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva

#PostModem is a comedic, satirical sci-fi musical set in a future Miami on the brink of the convergence of artificial and human intelligence. In this complex storyworld of live and digital spaces, audiences are immersed in the narrative of a teenage girl who must decide to usher in this “singularity” or destroy it at its source.

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva were included in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” list, and their collaborations have screened at film festivals, museums and galleries worldwide including the Sundance Film Festival, Milan, SXSW, MoMA, Guggenheim Museums in Venice, Bilbao, Berlin, New York, and the permanent collection of the Miami Art Museum. Together they help run the Borscht collective and Film Festival.

Hashtag Hamlet
Jay Bushman and M. Elizabeth Hughes

This multiplatform web series radically modernizes Shakespeare’s most famous play as a political thriller for the social media age.

Jay Bushman is a writer, producer and pioneer of independent transmedia. He was the transmedia producer and a writer for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, for which he won a 2013 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Original Interactive Program. Other projects include the Emmy® Award-winning Dirty Work.

M. Elizabeth Hughes is a producer residing in Los Angeles. She has credits on the award-winning Short Term 12, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, and Save the Date. She also produced the web series Husbands, currently airing on CW Seed.

The Memory Mosaic
Banker White and Sarah Kramer

The Memory Mosaic is a web-based, public art project that captures the complex emotional experience of connecting with our aging loved ones. The project will offer visitors a place to tell personal stories and connect with others, creating a powerful mosaic of a community connected through compassion.

Banker White is an award-winning filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist. His films were supported by Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Film Fund, LEF Foundation, Impact Partners, GoodPitch, Fledgling Fund, Working films and Influence Film Foundation. In 2009, he founded WeOwnTV, a collaborative filmmaking and storytelling project in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Sarah Kramer is an Emmy and Peabody Awards-winning documentary storyteller and journalist. She was a founding staffer and senior producer of NPR's StoryCorps and a multimedia editor at The New York Times where she created One in 8 Million. She started in documentary films at PBS and HBO.

Mythical Creatures
Gary Baseman and David Charles

This is the story of Gary Baseman, one of America’s most prolific artists, and the relationship between his art and the breath-taking discoveries about his parents who survived the holocaust in the Ukraine.

Gary Baseman is a Los Angeles-based artist and three-time Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning creator. Deemed one of the 100 Most Creative People by Entertainment Weekly, a retrospective of his work from the past 25 years showcased at the Skirball Cultural Center in 2013.

David Charles is an award-winning writer and director. He has created interactive and non-traditional storytelling experiences for brands and properties worldwide. In 2011, Charles became Baseman’s creative partner; which has spawned a feature currently in development, an animation and their next project: Mythical Creatures.

An Untitled Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
Joshua Frankel and Judd Greenstein

The most powerful and visionary builder in New York City history is confronted by a groundbreaking urban theorist leading a revolt against his plan to demolish her neighborhood, igniting a conflict that will shape the cities of the future and the lives of those who call them home.

Joshua Frankel is a director, animator and visual artist. Works include Plan Of The City, public murals, Lincoln Center and Broadway projections, and videos for President Obama’s 2008 campaign; presented at BAM, London Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Public Art in Sweden, Annecy International Festival of Animation and UN World Urban Forum.

Judd Greenstein is a composer. Recent commissions include the Minnesota Orchestra, Lucerne Festival, Alabama Symphony, Claremont Trio, ETHEL, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth. He is the co-director of New Amsterdam Records/New Amsterdam Presents, the curator of New York's Ecstatic Music Festival, and as a founding member of NOW Ensemble.

Vacant America
Ricardo Rivera, Joshua James – Klip Collective

Vacant America is a documentary that uses projection mapping on the nation’s empty structures to examine the underlying American philosophy that has shaped the concept of vacancy through expert interviews and community stories. 

Klip Collective specializes in creating immersive visual experiences by combining media technology and problem-solving engineering with a cinematic vision. Klip excels in invention-based production with multiple patents in projection mapping. In 10 years, Klip has gone from an artistic endeavor to a creative partner of the world’s most respected advertising agencies. They premiered What's He Building in There? at the 2013 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival.

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 Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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