Donor Spotlight:  John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

recommended image width: 1088px

2014 New Frontier Flash Lab, Miami by Michael Toledo

Discovering and supporting independent artists is what Sundance Institute is all about. We believe that providing an inclusive space for artists to create and thrive encourages diverse stories and greater understanding. In 2013, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation joined us in support of this goal by helping Sundance Institute reach into two new communities, Philadelphia and Miami, in search of new voices, new perspectives, and new stories to be told.

Now Knight Foundation is expanding its support with a new $1 million investment. The Knight Fellows Project will provide filmmakers and related artists in eight U.S. cities with local programs modeled on the Institute’s renowned residential Labs and successful one-day workshops for emerging filmmakers.

Over the next three years, storytellers from Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul will have access to creative and tactical training from esteemed Sundance Alumni and Advisors. Programs will include ShortsLabs, New Frontier Flash Labs and Screenwriters Intensives, as well as immersive workshops on documentary storytelling, film music, and creative marketing and distribution.

As Knight Foundation's Arts VP Dennis Scholl said, “Over the last few years, independent filmmakers in these communities have begun to use film to tell unique and compelling stories about their cities that resound with audiences around the globe. By bringing Sundance Institute to these eight cities, we hope that emerging filmmakers will have access to the training necessary to launch their films and, eventually, a wider audience.”

In addition, four artists from these cities will be invited to attend the Sundance Film Festival as Knight Fellows. Together with the 2014 Knight Fellows -- Jos Duncan, Monica Peña, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, and Heidi Saman -- these talented storytellers will join the dynamic community of independent artists and audiences that we are so proud to serve – across the United States and around the world.

We look forward to sharing the success of the Knight Fellows with you throughout the months and years ahead.

Lead photo:

2014 New Frontier Flash Lab, Miami by Michael Toledo