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Category: Program Spotlight

Native and Indigenous Storytellers: Apply for Grants Up to $25K Via the New Short Documentary Fund

In the early years of his work as a television actor, Robert Redford was asked to audition to play a Native character on TV. Appalled by this request, he went on a personal quest to find Native actors that broadened his quest of trying to locate Native filmmakers.
Through his early environmental work and his acquisition of land in Utah to create a preserve of pristine lands, Redford had built deep, lasting relationships with many different American Indian tribes.

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Calling All Composers: Apply to the Film Music and Sound Design Lab

The line between documentary and narrative film continues to blur through boundary-pushing approaches to storytelling. Take for example the 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection Bisbee ’17, which revisits an Arizona town’s infamous 1917 mass deportation through conflicting accounts by current residents. In recent years, the Festival has awarded other such form-melding films as Kate Plays Christine, which follows an actress as she researches the story of real-life troubled television host Christine Chubbuck for a role in a soap opera, and the genre-bending Warsaw summer nightlife story All These Sleepless Nights, among many others.

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Meet the 2018 Knight Fellows

As part of our commitment to developing and nurturing the next generation of creative voices, Sundance Institute, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation annually selects four Knight Fellows to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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8 Indigenous-Made Films Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival—and a 20th Anniversary Screening of ‘Smoke Signals’

See the five projects by Indigenous filmmakers that made their world premieres at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival here.Following President and founder Robert Redford’s original vision, Sundance Institute has remained committed to supporting Native American artists throughout the Institute’s history. This support has established a rich legacy of work and has supported more than 300 filmmakers through labs, grants, mentorships, public programs, and the platform of the Sundance Film Festival.

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Three Native Program Alumni Invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month has been observed every November since 1990. During this month and throughout the year, Sundance Institute through its Native American and Indigenous Program recognizes and supports the immense talent and ongoing accomplishments of Indigenous storytellers in the Americas and globally.
Sundance Institute has been committed to the Native and Indigenous presence in film since the Institute’s founding in 1981.

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How Native and Indigenous Film Producers Can Help Hollywood Get it Right

Growing up in rural Oklahoma and raised as an elders’ child by my grandparents, I always went eagerly to see any movie that seemed to have something to do with Native people. And as I left the theater, my Comanche grandfather always said, disappointedly, the same remark: “Maybe someday they will get it right.” As a little Indian girl, I wondered if and how Hollywood would ever get the message.

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Meet the 2017-2018 Women at Sundance Fellows

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual class of Women at Sundance Fellows, a diverse group of women poised to take big leaps in their burgeoning careers during the coming fellowship year.
Women at Sundance offers a robust year-long fellowship that includes mentorship; professional coaching made possible by The Harnisch Foundation in partnership with Renee Freedman & Co; travel grants to the Sundance Film Festival to participate in curated activities; entree into branded and episodic content; and bespoke year-round support. Women at Sundance Fellows are a cohort of six emerging and mid-career narrative and documentary directors and producers, selected from a pool of recent Sundance Institute alumnae.

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Are You a Native Filmmaker in New Mexico or Michigan? Apply to the Full Circle Fellowship

Each year, Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program aims to support the next generation of Native American storytellers through the Full Circle Fellowship. The fellowship provides opportunities to explore a career as a filmmaker, attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a set internship at the Native Filmmakers Lab to gain hands-on film production experience, and a trip to Los Angeles with a schedule of production facilities tours, meetings with industry mentors, and film screenings.
This fellowship selects four New Mexico- and Michigan-based applicants, ages 18 to 24.

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Women at Sundance Fellows: Hitting Their Stride

As 2017 rolls on, Women at Sundance fellows past and present continue to pursue new creative endeavors and make headlines.
CURRENT FELLOWSRebecca Green completed production of two films this year: And Then I Go, a feature film based on the acclaimed novel Project X by Jim Shepard, which premiered at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, and 44 Pages, a portrait of Highlights magazine following the creation of the cultural phenomenon’s 70th anniversary issue, which premiered at the 2017 SXSWedu Film Program. Cecilia Aldarondo debuted her new documentary short, Picket Line, commissioned by Laura Poitras’ Field of Vision and Stanley Nelson’s Firelight Media for their series “Our 100 Days.

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