How to Fest From Off the Mountain

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Can’t make it to the Sundance Film Festival this year? Find relief in this year’s robust schedule of online coverage, from Google Hangouts to daily Guest Tweeters, and follow along as we trek through the 10 days of the Festival.

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Meet the 2013 Guest Tweeters

Founded by Sundance alumni Zooey Deschanel, producer Sophia Rossie and writer/Internet Sensation Molly McAleer, is the ultimate entertainment destination for smart, independent and creative types. Be sure to follow our Official Lifestyle Coverage Partner @hellogiggles for all things fun, fashion and lady-friendly at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

For the past few years we have invited a special group of filmmakers, artists and alumni to become official Guest Tweeters of the Sundance Film Festival. Each day of the Festival will feature a new and interesting voice, sharing their on-the-ground experiences to our worldwide social audience. Check out our incredible line-up and be sure to follow along and interact with them @sundancefest:

1/17 Like Crazy director, and 2011 Grand Jury Prize winner, @drakedoremus is back this year with the World Premiere of his newest film, Breath In. He’ll be tweeting in between courses at our An Artist at the Table event.

1/18 Back with her fifth film to play at Sundance, director @lucyjwalker tells us the intimate story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce in The Crash Reel, premiering today.

1/19 S-VHS, the sequel to V/H/S/, which screened at the 2012 Festival, brings together another stellar lineup of indie horror veterans, five of whom will be tweeting today from their premiere: @ghuwevans @Simon_Barrett @AdamWingard @tiMObros @jasoneisener

1/20 Two-time Sundance alum, actor @MarielHemingway returns to this year’s Festival as the subject of Barbara Kopple’s documentary Running From Crazy, a film exploring the famous family’s disturbing history of mental illness and suicide. She’ll be tweeting along with her daughter @langleyfox from the film’s premiere.

1/21 Funny lady and Sundance Member @caseyrosewilson makes her Festival debut starring in the Midnight comedy she co-wrote, Ass Backwards.

1/22 Multitalented musician Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana fronts a mission to resurrect the rapidly vanishing human touch behind the creation of music in his feature directional debut, @soundcitymovie, look out for Dave’s tweets from today’s TimesTalks at Cinema Café.

1/23 Power-couple, and the director and star of Big Sur, @michael_polish @katebosworth respectively, are today’s Guest Tweeters. Look out for their updates from the film’s premiere tonight!

1/24 In documentary Dirty Wars director Richard Rowley takes us on a chilling ride with fearless whistle-blower, investigative journalist, and today’s Guest Tweeter, @jeremyscahill. Tweet your questions using #NeedToKnow during Out of Sight (and Outside the Law) panel where Jeremy is a panelist.

1/25 #NewFrontier artist @YuungJaaKe‘s flowing lyrics about tweet culture, datamoshing and #hashtags make him the perfect Guest Tweeter. Download his app and have your mind blown:

1/26 AM Writer/director @lizwgarcia invents a delectable coming-of-age story in her first feature @LifeguardMovie, and we’re pretty sure her tweets today will be equally as witty and clever!

1/26 PM Seven-time Sundance alum, actor, writer and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitrecordjoe) is hosting the 2013 Awards Ceremony! Join our programmers @cooperdance and @trevorgroth for a behind-the-scenes look at our premier Festival event. Who knows what surprises we have in store?

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Google Hangouts

Sundance Institute will present a series of seven exclusive Google Hangouts with artists and special guests of the 2013 Film Festival. Broadcast live daily from Friday, January 18 to Friday, January 25 each day at 1:00 PM PST / 2:00 PM MST / 4:00 PM EST and syndicated at Sundance’s Google+ Page.

Anyone from around the world has a chance to join in. Users can pick an episode they’d like to join and, if chosen, they will become one of 10 video feeds in the live conversation. Others can simply watch and follow along and submit questions through the Google chat module. You can also submit questions on Twitter using the hashtag #SundanceHangouts.

Conversations will revolve around Screenwriting, Cinematography, Distribution, Festival Tips, Music and Transmedia. Additional guests will be announced later this week.

The New Frontier of Storytelling – Transmedia Disruptors

Friday January 18, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

Emerging technology combined with extreme creativity has created the landscape of experimentation in storytelling never before seen. Join some of the #NewFrontier artists from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for this lively convo exploring the tools and tactics of hybrid-media. Must be 1/3 Nerd to truly appreciate this mix of thinkers.

Yung Jake, Sundance #NewFrontier Artist

Jigar Mehta, Sundance #NewFrontier Artist

Gregory Bayne, Sundance #NewFrontier Artist

Brigitte Dale, Sundance #NewFrontier Artist

Kickstarter School (Experts Analyze $100 Million Bucks of Film Funding)

Saturday January 19, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

2012 may have been the Year of the Dragon to most, but for independent filmmakers it may as well have been the Year of the Kickstarter. The past 12 months produced an astonishing piece of math: $100 million dollars in film funding across industry leader has created an expanding international culture of crowd producing the likes of which no one imagined.

Elisabeth Holm, Film Program Director,

Matthew Porterfield, Director, I Used To Be Darker

Steve Holmgren, Producer, I Used To Be Darker

Direct-To-Fan Distribution Church

Sunday January 20, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

From comedian Louis C.K. to filmmaker Kevin Smith to musician Beck – the upcoming year will continue to be an explosion of Direct-to-Fan Distribution (#D2F). The D2F model bypasses traditions and lets the artist create interest in their work directly with fans, market directly to and develop relationships with those fans, sell directly to and monetize those relationships, and use those relationships to expand their fan base. Sounds like a lot of work? It is.

Michael Mohan, Filmmaker, Save The Date and One Too Many Mornings

Bob Moczydlowsly, VP of Strategy and Product Development, Topspin Media

Chris Horton, Cinetic Executive turned Sundance Staffer, #ArtistServices

Painting with Light – Cinematographers Smackdown

Monday January 21, 2013 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

As a film’s main visual collaborator, the cinematographer or Director of Photography is one of any project’s most demanding jobs. Find out how this group of Sundance DP’s got their starts, what inspires them, what techniques they don’t want anyone else to know about and where they see the art and science of cinema headed in 2013:

Sean Stiegemeier, Moderator and Cinematographer, The Beauty Inside
John Guleserian, Cinematographer, Like Crazy and Breathe In
Bradford Young, Cinematographer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Mother of George, and Pariah

Fade In: The Art and Craft of Great Screenwriting

Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

The Sundance Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer’s workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors, Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft, as well as the means to do the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material. We’ve rounded up a group of them to share some tips and tricks with you. We’ll even take some pitches from the online crowd and see what stories you’ve been dying to tell.

Naomi Foner, Writer and Producer

Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones, Writers, Like Crazy and Breathe In

Cherien Dabis, Writer, May In The Summer and Amreeka

David Lowery, Writer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Pit Stop

Get Funky: Film and Musicians Mixer

Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

Every great film needs great music. For 15 years, Sundance and ASCAP have celebrated the connection of sound and screen at the annual Music Café. Sundance Institute Film Music Manager Jarom Rowland is helping us collect a surprise mixer of filmmakers, songwriters, musicians and composers to jam about the connection between these two artforms. Acoustic Sets Expected.

Film Festival Secrets from Sundance and AFI

Thursday January 24, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

12,146 short films and features were submitted for consideration to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Once you’ve sent your DVD in a hopeful package to one of the top festivals in the world, what happens next and how to Festival Programmers select the films they showcase? We’re pulling back the curtain and letting you ask anything you want with some top Festival Gurus.

Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming, AFI Film Festival

Adam Montgomery, Senior Manager of Sundance Film Festival Programming

Surprise Hangout and Preview of the Sundance Film Festival Awards

Friday January 25, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

Last year Beasts of the Southern Wild and Waiting for Sugarman took away awards at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony. Now they’ve been nominated for Oscars. You’ll get a sneak peek with a surprise guest as we ready to honor the filmmakers of the Sundance Class of 2013.

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