Celebrate Sundance Institute: LA

On Wednesday evening, June 5, 2013, Sundance Institute will host our third annual Celebrate Sundance Institute Los Angeles Benefit at The Lot in West Hollywood, celebrating artistry and visionary leadership in independent film. We will come together to raise funds for the non-profit Institute and its year-round artist-support programs for the development and presentation of independent film and theatre around the world.

This year, Sundance Institute President and Founder Robert Redford will present the Vanguard Leadership Award in Memoriam to beloved journalist and film critic Roger Ebert, in recognition of his lifetime advocacy of independent cinema. The Vanguard Award, presented to a risk taking emerging artist by Tiffany & Co., will be given to Ryan Coogler, a director and alum of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station, won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at this year´s Sundance Film Festival.

The evening will also feature Sundance Institute-supported artists at each table, where they will discuss their creative journeys and the invaluable role the Institute has played in bringing their stories to life.

Be a part of this truly memorable occasion alongside our 2013 Celebration Host Committee, Sundance Institute Board of Trustees, and Alumni Advisory Board. Sundance Institute relies on the generosity of friends like you who share our commitment to nurturing new artists, supporting unique and diverse creative voices, and furthering the reach of independent feature and documentary films around the world. This event will raise funds to support the Institute´s year-round programs for artists, including Labs, grants and the Sundance Film Festival.

Tickets and tables on sale soon. For more information or questions, contact Lauren Sadowski at lauren_sadowski@sundance.org.