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Now Playing: Glenn Close and Mila Kunis Star in Rodrigo García’s Drama “Four Good Days”

Starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis, Rodrigo Garcia’s drama Four Good Days played the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Below, read what Garcia and his cast had to say at the film’s world premiere in Park City ahead of the film hitting theaters on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Twenty years after making his first Sundance Film Festival appearance, Rodrigo Garcia arrived in Park City with his fifth Festival film, Four Good Days, jokingly referring to himself as an “indie-saurus” at the drama’s Saturday night premiere.

“The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” Lead Sundance-Supported Oscar Winners

On Sunday evening in Los Angeles, the longest award season in film history came to an end with a couple of monumental firsts at the 2021 Academy Awards — among them, Sundance Institute alum Chloé Zhao becoming the first woman of color to take home the Oscar for Best Director for her work on Nomadland. The big night — which was co-produced by Sundance alums Steven Soderburgh and Stacey Scher, along with Jesse Collins, and featured musical direction by Questlove, who helmed the 2021 Festival documentary Summer Of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) — also saw The Father’s Anthony Hopkins become the oldest performer to win Best Actor, while Minari’s Yuh-jung Youn became the first Korean performer to be awarded Best Supporting Actress.Daniel Kaluuya was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his turn as Fred Hampton in Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah, which told the story of the Black Panther Party chairman’s 1969 assassination.

Congratulations to the Sundance-Supported Independent Spirit Award Winners

At the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Carey Mulligan’s fearless performance in Emerald Fennell’s dark and daring feminist thriller Promising Young Woman elicited no shortage of dropped jaws at the feature’s world premiere. And on Thursday night at Film Independent’s virtual Independent Spirit Awards, Mulligan was awarded Best Female Lead for her turn as Cassie, a “suspiciously unambitious” med-school dropout on a righteous quest for vengeance. (Fennell — previously known for her work on TV’s Killing Eve — was also awarded Best Screenplay for her debut feature.

Watchlist: 9 Essential Independent Films by Arab American Directors

When filmmakers Najwa Najjar and Cherien Dabis reconnected in 2009, four years after bringing projects through the Sundance Institute’s Rawi Middle East Screenwriters Lab in Jordan, the pair had a lot to discuss. Soon after their international call, the two would fly to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival premieres of their respective debut features, Najjar’s Pomegranates and Myrrh and Dabis’s Amreeka.
During their conversation, both filmmakers talked about how their backgrounds helped shape their work as filmmakers.

A Peek Into the Sundance Archives During Preservation Week

Preservation Week — celebrated every year during the last week of April — is a time to shed light on the importance of archives and to engage in conversations surrounding preservation and its role in maintaining the historical record. As we enter the Sundance Institute’s 40th anniversary this summer, there’s more opportunity than ever for us to look back and share some of our own unique history.The Sundance Archives & Collection is a small but dedicated Institute department committed to encouraging independent artists to preserve their work and educating the community about the Institute’s legacy.

Release Rundown: “Together Together” and “In the Earth” Hit Theaters in April

Welcome to Release Rundown, your monthly look at the Sundance-supported titles hitting theaters and streaming platforms. In this revamped column, we’ll let you know where you can find each release, offer up trailers, and also clue you in on some classic Festival titles currently available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu, Criterion Channel, and beyond. Here’s a look at everything you’ll want to add your your queue in April 2021.

Perspectives: Filmmakers Shaandiin Tome and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers on Carrying On a Legacy of Leadership

Last month, the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program published a new series, Perspectives, featuring Indigenous artists who have been supported by the Institute’s Indigenous Program whose work continues to broaden and champion all Indigenous experiences. We kicked off the series talking to filmmakers Miciana Alise (Tlingit) and Daniel Hyde (Navajo) on creating Black and Indigenous narratives; this month, in celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re back speaking with writer-directors Shaandiin Tome (Diné Nation) and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Kainai Nation, Blackfoot Confederacy, and Sámi from Uŋárga).
While Women’s History Month in the United States began as Women’s History Week in 1981, Indigenous communities have always maintained and honored women as leaders.

The Sundance Institute Announces Chief Executive Officer Keri Putnam to Step Down

LOS ANGELES—Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam has informed staff and the Board of Trustees that she will be stepping down later this year after more than 10 years with the Institute. Under her leadership, the renowned media and arts nonprofit has seen a decade of extraordinary growth and impact. The organization is uniquely positioned as a leading global advocate for independent artists, diversity in media, freedom of expression, and the critical role of arts in shaping society.

A Note from Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam

To our Sundance community —
After 10 deeply rewarding years, I have decided that it is the right time for me to step down as CEO of the Sundance Institute. Leading this incredible organization through a volatile era in media with the help of such a passionate and talented group of colleagues, artists, audiences, board members, partners, friends, and donors has been one of the greatest joys of my life. As I work with the team and the Board of Trustees to prepare for my departure at the end of this summer, I am confident that Sundance is thriving and poised to begin a transformative new era.