Digital Debut for 12 Independent Films via Sundance Institute’s Artist Services

Upstream Color Makes its Digital Premiere May 7 documentaries about the experiences of motherhood for Mother’s Day. In addition to appearing on the Institute’s Now Playing page, themed collections will be highlighted on GoWatchIt.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, Code of the West and One Mile Away are the first films making their digital premieres as part of a new collaboration between Artist Services and partner organizations The Bertha Foundation, BRITDOC, Cinereach, Film Independent, Independent Filmmaker Project and the San Francisco Film Society.

Upstream Color, from award-winning director Shane Carruth, makes its digital debut on May 7, following a theatrical run beginning April 5. The film, which premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design, is the long-awaited follow up to Carruth’s 2004 cult classic, Primer.

Sleepwalk With Me, winner of the Best of NEXT <=> Audience Award, Presented by Adobe Systems Incorporated, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, will be available in the UK on April 29, the day after its European premiere at the second Sundance London film and music festival at The O2. One Mile Away will also be available in the U.S. and UK earlier that week.

Unfinished Spaces, part of the FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue 2012 program and winner of the Jameson FIND Your Audience Award from Film Independent, makes its digital debut April 16.


Code of the West (Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen) — Code Of The West follows the human stories behind the recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana growers. This is the story of what happens when politics fail, emotions run high and communities pay the price. (Released through Artist Services collaboration with IFP and Cinereach)
Ecological Design: Inventing the Future (Director: Brian Danitz) — This documentary’s thesis focuses on the emergence of ecological design, from the original vision of the independent thinkers in the 1920s to the powerful present-day movement. (1995 Sundance Film Festival)
Unfinished Spaces (Directors: Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray) — Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro’s Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece. (FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue)


One Mile Away (Director: Penny Woolcock) — One Mile Away is directed by award-winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock and charts the attempts by two warring gangs in inner city Birmingham, the Burger Bar Boys (B21) and the Johnson Crew (B6), to bring peace to their neighborhoods. (Released through Artist Services collaboration with BRITDOC)


Sleepwalk With Me (Director: Mike Birbiglia) — Reluctant to confront his fears of love, honesty, and growing up, a budding standup comedian has both a hilarious and intense struggle with sleepwalking. (2012 Sundance Film Festival)


Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives (Directors: Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore) — Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth. Today, as nearly a third of all babies are born via C-section in the U.S., they labor on, fighting to preserve their knowledge and pushing, once again, for the rebirth of birth. (Released through Artist Services collaboration with Film Independent)


Upstream Color (Director and screenwriter: Shane Carruth) — A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.(2013 Sundance Film Festival)


Anderson Monarchs (Director and screenwriter: Eugene Martin)
Baby, It’s You (Director: Anne Makepeace)
A Doula Story (Director: Daniel Alpert)
Home of the Brave (Director and screenwriter: Paola di Florio)
How To Be Louise (Director and screenwriter: Anne Flournoy)

The Artist Services program provides artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work. The exclusive aggregation partner for distribution across all portals participating in the Artist Services program is Cinedigm. The Artist Services initiative is made possible by The Bertha Foundation. These deals were brokered via pro bono legal services generously provided by law firm O’Melveny & Myers, which has built the legal framework for the Artist Services program and participating filmmakers since its inception.

Sundance Institute

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Alexis Chikaeze as Kai in 'Miss Juneteenth,' coming to digital platforms June 19

Channing Godfrey Peoples on a Bittersweet ‘Miss Juneteenth’ Release and the Urgency of Portraying Black Humanity on Screen

After premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Channing Godfrey Peoples’s debut feature is hitting digital platforms this Juneteenth—the day for which the film is named and which is very close to the director’s heart. “I feel like I’ve been living Miss Juneteenth my whole life,” she says.
The June 19 holiday—which commemorates the day slavery was finally abolished in Texas (more than two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was issued)—is celebrated in her hometown of Fort Worth with a deep sense of reverence and community, with barbecues, a parade, and a scholarship pageant for young Black women.

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