Since 1981, Sundance Institute has supported thousands of independent film and theatre artists with its artist development programs and its annual Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute Archives is dedicated to preserving and facilitating access to the work of these independent film and theatre artists and the material that documents their artistic processes in the creation of this work. By preserving seminal work in independent film, the history of the organization itself and the artists to come through its programs, the Archives provides an opportunity for dialogue about the process of creating independent film and theatre, the creative and career trajectories of individual artists whose bodies of work are closely linked to the Institute, and the impact of such work on contemporary American culture at large. The Archives is comprised of a range of specialized collections, including Sundance Collection at UCLA, an effort to collect and preserve independent film prints.
Our Online Archives represent the first major effort to make holdings from the Institute Archives publicly accessible. This searchable database is an exhaustive record of the artists and work supported through the Labs and the Film Festival since 1981.The Online Archives currently includes a fraction of the Archives' photographic material with additional photographic and other material to be added as resources allow. Additionally, selections of Archives material are occasionally featured in temporary exhibitions in conjunction with the Film Festival, Labs, or other Institute activities.
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