Sundance London Announces Talks and Music Performances for ‘The Festival Hub’ at Th

The O2, 9 April 2013 — Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of talks and music performances that will take place in The Festival Hub at the second Sundance London film and music festival, 25-28 April at The O2. Located under Cineworld at The O2, admission to The Hub is open to all Sundance London ticket holders 18 and older, subject to capacity.

The Hub Talks were programmed by Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., as well as by Sundance London partners the British Music Experience, Film London and Kickstarter. Music performances were curated by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “We created The Hub as a hangout for our invited artists and London audiences to discuss their love of film and music. These talks and musical performances, open to all Sundance London ticket holders, add to the experience of the festival in exciting ways.”

Tickets for all Sundance London films, panels and music performances are now on sale at online. Music performers include Peaches, Gregg Allman and John Paul White of The Civil Wars, and British Sea Power. The film programme, made up of 21 feature films and nine short films, includes the International, European or UK premieres of films from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, including several award winners.

Hub Talks — A dialogue inspired by film in a relaxed, engaging environment. Participants are linked to a subject or idea but the form of these events is open to their interpretation.

Friday 26 April, 4:00 p.m.

Hub Talk — Meet the creative team behind Sundance Institute. John Cooper (Director, Sundance Film Festival), Paul Federbush (Director, Feature Film Program International), Peter Golub (Director, Film Music Program), Trevor Groth (Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival), Michelle Satter (Founding Director, Feature Film Program) will discuss their roles in the non-profit’s year-round programs.

Saturday 27 April, Noon

Bands on Film – The Art of the Music Video: Over the last 20 years, the music video has ceased to be a humble promo, becoming as important as the song itself and evolving into an extension of a musician’s creative identity. In 3 ½ minutes a great music video can tell a story as iconic, moving and meaningful as any feature-length film. In this discussion, the British Music Experience will be examining how music video directors create the cinematic for the world of song.

Saturday 27 April, 2:00 p.m.

Filmmaker Hub Talk : Documentary filmmakers Barbara Kopple (Running From Crazy), Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda) and Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) will discuss the process of directing films full of powerful, emotional resonance that focus on urgent causes of global concern.

Saturday 27 April, 4:00 p.m.

Kickstarter and Creative Independence — Kickstarter helps filmmakers and audiences come together to make the films they want to see, while protecting the filmmaker’s vision for their work. Join the filmmaking team behind the award-winning documentary Blood Brother, Sundance Institute’s own Keri Putnam, Kickstarter’s Kendel Ratley, and more to be announced for a discussion on fundraising and audience building.

Sunday 28 April, 1:00 p.m.

Film London Microwave – Producing and Exhibiting Micro-budget Films : Film London Microwave, in partnership with BBC Films, challenges filmmakers to shoot a feature film for £120,000. A unique training through production scheme, it aims to discover emerging London-based talent and provides funding, bespoke mentoring and training. Join us for an open discussion on low-budget filmmaking and exhibition, featuring filmmakers who have produced a feature under the constraints of a micro-budget.

Sunday 28 April, 3:00 p.m.

Filmmaker Hub Talk : Filmmakers Francesca Gregorini (Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes), Jeff Nichols (Mud) and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will discuss the creative process they went through to make unique coming-of-age stories that deftly balance humor, heart and distinctive cinematic styles.

Music Performers for The Hub — A dynamic showcase of intimate live performances by emerging and established artists and bands from across the musical spectrum. These performances were produced by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), which for years has produced a showcase for attendees of the Sundance Film Festival to experience live music performances. Production provided by Gibson.
Friday 26 April, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Lesley Pike — Canadian indie darling Lesley Pike’s new album Tug of War blends pop sensibility, hints of ‘80s influence and electronic with her signature vocals and heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics. Pike has toured extensively throughout North America and the UK for the past four years and is known for her engaging and oftentimes hilarious live shows.
Iman — After featuring on Wilkinson’s smash ‘Need To Know’, and a new EP, ‘Golden’, due out May this year, it’s certainly an exciting time for Iman. She has also been busy writing with John Legend, Frank Ocean and Ed Sheeran, proving her credentials as not only a talented artist but also a highly sought after songwriter.
Charles Bruno — After becoming one of the most sought-after session guitarists, Charles Bruno posted a couple of rough recordings online and quickly signed a publishing deal with Sony/EMI. With his unique voice, classic songwriting ability and evident musicality, Charles Bruno is a rare artist, a raw talent that captivates with direct emotion.
Luls — Hotly tipped London three-piece Luls introduced themselves at the end of 2012 with their art-rock anthemics bringing together a towering wall of sound aesthetic with cathartic dynamics and an intrinsic ear for euphoric melody, bridging the gap between the classic pop sensibilities of the Everly Brothers and jagged edge of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s.
Saturday 27 April, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Olivia Sebastianelli — Olivia Sebastianelli was signed to a major label at the age of 17 but left when they tried to turn her into Katy Perry. Far from the usual winsome girl with a guitar, she cites artists as diverse as Chrissie Hynde, Deborah Harry, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and Alice in Chains as influences.
Josef Salvat — Less than a month after releasing his debut song This Life, Australian singer-songwriter Josef Salvat is climbing high in the HypeMachine charts (number 1 in ‘No-Remixes’ and number 9 in the ‘Most Blogged’ charts, respectively) and gaining increasing support from the UK’s leading taste makers.
Mary Epworth — With the 2012 release of her debut album Dream Life, Mary Epworth has emerged as one of the UK’s most exciting talents.  The album’s blend of 1960s West Coast psychedelia with gospel and dream pop gained Mary widespread radio exposure and glowing reviews.
Wolf Alice — Wolf Alice’s journey began in earnest and was quickly lauded by industry heads as one of the most exciting prospects around. Championed by Radio One, NME and many more as one of the hottest acts to emerge in 2013, the band’s debut single ‘Fluffy’ established them as one of the UK’s must-watch new bands.
Sunday 28 April, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Public Service Broadcasting — Public Service Broadcasting is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe.
Sam Lee and Friends — Folk singer Sam Lee’s debut album ‘Ground Of Its Own’ is a musical manifesto for Sam’s journey collecting very old songs of The British Isles. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize and won FRoots album of the year. Sam is fast defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong.
Alex Burey — A musical endowment to be acclaimed is one way to describe the talent that is soul singer Alex Burey. At just 17 years of age, the teen from Croydon is ready to take the UK music scene by storm.
Mt. Wolf — Describing their sound as ‘dreamfolk,’ a cinematic fusion of both folk and electronica, Mt. Wolf mix a unique hybrid of strings and instrumentation with heart-melting harmonies and contemporary electronic and bass influenced sounds. The four piece band’s first EP ‘Life Size Ghosts’ received critical acclaim when it was released last October.


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Notes to the Editor:

Sundance London
The Sundance London film and music festival is a partnership between Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe. The second Sundance London will take place from 25-28 April, 2013 at The O2 and will host the international and UK premieres of films fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., as well as live music performances, panels and events. Tickets are now on sale.

Sundance London is supported by: Presenting Partner — Jaguar; Lead Partner — Sundance Channel Global; Supporting Partners — The Langham, London and Nokia; Media Partners — Empire, Fade to Black and Time Out; and Official Providers — ASCAP, Cineworld at The O2, Dolby, Gibson, Kenneth Cole, Kickstarter and the US Embassy London. For partnership opportunities email

Robert Redford
Robert Redford is an Academy Award-winning actor, director and producer, a passionate advocate for the arts and a leading environmentalist. He serves as President of the non-profit Sundance Institute, which he founded 30 years ago to foster independence, discovery and new voices in American film and theatre. Mr. Redford also founded the Sundance Channel, Sundance Resort, Sundance Catalog, and Sundance Cinemas and the non-profit Redford Center. Though very different in their activities and independent in their operations, all of Mr. Redford’s Sundance entities share the same core mission he has always held dear: a passionate connection to new artists, new voices and new perspectives.

Sundance Institute
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire, regardless of geo-political, social, religious or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels , Trouble the Water , Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amreeka , An Inconvenient Truth , Spring Awakening , Light in the Piazza and Angels in America . Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

AEG Europe and The O2
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. It owns or operates some of the world’s best arenas and theatres, numerous sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and LA Galaxy (MLS), and a collection of companies dedicated to producing, promoting and presenting world-class live entertainment.

In May 2005, AEG Europe announced that it would transform the former Millennium Dome and the surrounding area into the UK’s most exciting and technically advanced music, sport and entertainment destination. It was renamed The O2 and opened in June 2007.

The centrepiece of the multi-million pound development is the 20,000 capacity indoor arena, the most popular and busiest arena in the world. There is also a live music venue – indigO2 – with a capacity of 2,900, The O2 bubble – a state of the art exhibition space that is host to the British Music Experience, a permanent, high-tech, interactive music museum, an 11 screen cinema complex, and a vibrant ‘Entertainment District’ featuring a variety of bars, restaurants and leisure facilities.

The O2 arena sold more tickets than any other arena in the world last year (breaking all previous records) – making it the most popular music venue in the world for the fifth year running.

AEG employs more than 3,000 staff in over 45 operating companies worldwide. Its international head office is in Los Angeles, and its European headquarters is based in London.

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