by Bailey Pennick
It’s been an epic journey to get here, to the end of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and like any good saga, there have been twists and turns along the way. Even with these shifts, our goal to highlight the newest and most innovative voices in independent filmmaking never wavered, and, for the second year in a row, the Festival has taken place all over the world thanks to our online platform and Satellite Screens.
Over the past 11 days we’ve watched the premieres of 85 features, 59 short films, 6 Indie Episodic, and 15 New Frontier projects. On top of that, we played trivia with other cinema buffs, listened in on conversations with rock stars, discussed the climate crisis, and more.
Check out all of our 2022 Fest coverage below and keep an eye out for Sundance Film Festival releases throughout the year.
We kicked off the Fest this year with an unforgettable Opening Night Festival Welcome featuring warm remarks from Robert Redford, Joana Vicente, Shari Frilot, and Tabitha Jackson. These welcomes were accompanied by the short film Spirals, featuring Carrie Mae Weems, and the world premiere of Sam Green’s 32 Sounds.
- Jesse Eisenberg’s “When You Finish Saving the World” Redefines the Family Drama for the Internet Age
Once we were in full swing with mesmerizing premieres and dynamic talks and panels, there was no stopping us, especially because we had Tabitha Jackson as our guide for How to Fest: Daily. When we weren’t glued to our screens for film premieres, we were being inspired by “Calling All Artists: The Climate Crisis Is Recruiting” — an online event presented by Women at Sundance and Produced by Doc Society, Climate Story Unit — and a conversation with Meagan Good presented by Shadow and Act.
On our first weekend date of the 2022 Film Festival, we ran the gamut when it came to celebrating new voices, especially in the documentary and horror genres. We also previewed our Satellite Screen program with an in-depth conversation with programmer Basil Tsiokos about the lineup that different indie theaters across the country would be showing in one week’s time.
- “Babysitter” is a Relentless, Surrealist Satire of Sexual Liberation
- Maternal Instincts are Twistedly Tested in Body Horror Film “Hatching”
There was no time to rest on this Sunday, jam-packed with charming films about robots, a treasure trove of music documentaries, and more. We caught up with Este Haim and Christopher Stracey, the composers of Cha Cha Real Smooth, in an ASCAP conversation, and learned who took home the 2022 Sundance Institute | Amazon Studios Producers Awards. We also continued our previews of the Satellite Screen theaters by highlighting a/perture cinema in North Carolina.
While we’re normally not the biggest fans of Mondays, we were so excited to dive into world cinema gems and coming-of-age stories for people at any age. We continued our spotlight series on our Satellite Screens across the country with our profile on Indie Memphis; brunched with the Native Forum community; and learned a lot from “RIOTSVILLE, USA — Race, Media, and Policing in America,” a panel presented by XRM Media. Oh, yeah, we also surprise-announced the last film in our U.S. Documentary Competition category: Navalny.
With nearly all the premieres complete (see below for our final premiere), we decided to dive deep into the world of Indie Episodics and check out our From the Collection restoration film this year: Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. We hopped over to see the incredible After Yang win the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, and we highlighted Amherst Cinema in Massachusetts.
After the intensity of our surprise film’s premiere, we were excited to continue our journey into the second screenings, New Frontier, and more. We were introduced to the amazing work and coalition of Color Congress and were honored to introduce the Northwest Film Forum to our audiences.
Now that we’d seen a ton of groundbreaking works, it was time to prove our merit at NPR’s Film Trivia. We also were thrilled to unveil the winners of the 2022 Sundance Institute | Adobe Mentorship Awards. San Diego was calling us, so we dropped our profile on Satellite Screen, Digital Gym, and then we were spurred to action by NRDC’s Rewrite the Future initiative’s panel, “More than a Feeling: Climate Emotions in Film & TV”.
Thank god it’s a Festival Friday! We started the day by introducing nomadic micro-cinema mama.film to the Satellite Screen family and we ended it by announcing the winners of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival awards! Check out all the winners, who were presented in real time on Twitter, now.
Just like everyone else, we spent our final Sundance Film Festival Saturday catching up on the few award winners that we missed earlier. We also kicked off the Satellite Screens IRL and couldn’t wait to see who showed up on each of their press lines!
And just like that, we’ve hit the final hours of the Sundance Film Festival and we could not be more proud of all the projects that premiered and the artists who have put their faith in us. Thank you for joining along with us!
- The 2022 Cinema Café Fosters Thought-Provoking Conversations with Emma Thompson, Keke Palmer, and more