LOS ANGELES CELEBRATES SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
On June 6 in Los Angeles, the Sundance community came out in full force to support the Institute and celebrate two of its own at the third annual Celebrate Sundance Institute benefit. Among the crowd of Institute Trustees, industry leaders and Sundance artists, were some of our own Patron Circle members who reveled in the festivities with us! It was great to see so many familiar faces in the room. Thank you to all who came out to support!
The event program was both touching and thrilling as Ryan Coogler, the first-time writer/director of the Sundance and Cannes Award-winning film Fruitvale Station, and Roger Ebert, the legendary advocate for authentic storytelling in film who passed away in April of this year, were honored with this year’s Vanguard Awards.
Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam announced the creation of the Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism, in memory of the revered journalist. “Roger Ebert was, without question, one of the greatest champions of independent filmmaking talent the world has ever known,” said Putnam. The scholarship will provide grants to six to eight young critics, allowing them to attend and cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Indiewire Critics Academy. If you are interested in supporting the Roger Ebert scholarship fund click here.
Robert Redford presented Chaz Ebert with the Vanguard Leadership Award in Memoriam to Roger Ebert, and cited Roger’s early belief in the Sundance mission to provide a home and support-base for independent filmmakers. Chaz said, “Storytelling is what Roger loved about Sundance. It is there you see films about kindness and empathy and begin to understand what makes people tick." Citing Roger’s own words, she continued, “We think creativity is a gift, but truly it is imagination’s life and breath.”
Actress and Sundance alum Kerry Washington gave the Vanguard Award, Presented by Tiffany & Co., to Coogler, who offered his gratitude to the Institute for the varied and steadfast assistance provided throughout the development and production of his first feature film, Fruitvale Station. “Sundance really is like a family. Michelle is like my film mom, and then you got Uncle Bob,” he said, referring to Feature Film Program Director Michelle Satter and Robert Redford, respectively. Throughout the entire event’s program the work and mission of Sundance Institute resonated and the bright spirit of our independent community shined.Photos courtesy of WireImage
PRESERVE FILM CULTURE – DONATE TO THE COLLECTION
Sadly, independent films fall victim to loss, damage or neglect all too often, so investing in film preservation and ensuring the relevance of cinema in our cultural history remains core to our mission. At the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, we hosted a lovely Collector’s Circle Dinner in which your fellow Patron Circle members voted for our next restoration project. After five worthy films, each in need of preservation, were presented to them by our Festival programmers, they chose Steve James’ milestone 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams to be restored.
When we shared the news with Steve James he was delighted and humbled by the Patron Circle support. “Back in 1994, we were instructed by our sales reps to, well, lie, if the press or distributors asked us what the film was shot on,” he recalls (Hint: it wasn’t film). “There was such a stigma attached to the inferior quality of the video compared to film (we dreamed of shooting on film but couldn’t afford it). Today I cringe when I watch the film because the quality of even professional video 20 years ago is so inferior compared with today’s HD. So imagine how thrilled I was to learn that Sundance wanted to restore Hoop Dreams using the most advanced technology, making it possible not only for the film to look better than it ever has, but preserving it for generations of film lovers and basketball dreamers to come.”
As a steady stream of old tapes and original materials arrive at the archive, the restoration work on Hoop Dreams is now underway, but we still need your help! Thanks to some enthusiastic Patron Circle supporters, we are now only $48,000 away from officially inducting a pristine, fully-restored version of Hoop Dreams into the Sundance Collection. All levels of giving are encouraged and appreciated, but if you donate $10,000 or more your name will be included in the restoration credits attached to the beginning of this unique, newly restored version of a seminal documentary.
To donate to the Hoop Dreams restoration project, please contact Jamie Powell in the Development Office at 310-492-2327 or email@example.com.Pictured above is our archivists working on the Hoop Dreams restoration in real time!
THEATRE PROGRAM LAB PROJECTS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN UPCOMING THEATRE SEASON
On April 8, 2013 we celebrated the work of the Theatre Program at a fantastic New York Celebrate Sundance Institute benefit event. Today we continue the celebration by acknowledging the recent success of some of the artists they have supported! The 2013/14 theatre season will showcase full productions of six plays and musicals that were developed through the Theatre Labs:
Congratulations to all of the artists and the Theatre Program for fostering these important stories. If you happen to be in these cities during the run of these shows, please take the opportunity to support our Sundance Institute Alumni!Photo courtesy of WireImage
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the Patron Circle or ideas that may help us improve the program! Call Jamie Powell, manager of the Patron Circle, at 310-492-2327 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GLIMPSE INTO THE LABS THROUGH INSTAGRAM
Summer is our favorite time of year at Sundance Institute. Not for vacations or sunbathing, but because it’s Lab season! Every summer, artists are selected by our development Programs (Feature Film, Documentary Film, Theatre, Film Music, Native Film) to participate in our Labs at the beautiful Sundance Resort. During these weeks, artists have a unique opportunity to explore their independent stories with the guidance of advisors and Sundance staff. Some of our favorite Festival films of the last two years have come out of the Lab process, including Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Our class of 2013 artists have been sharing their experiences through Instagram and we hope you take a moment to peek into their journey!
Click here to view our growing gallery! Here are some of our favorites:
Summer Screening Series
During the summer, we host an outdoor screening series at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City and Canyons Resort in Park City. Grab a blanket, bring your friends, and enjoy Film Festival favorites under the stars. Click here to view the 2013 Line-up.
August 8-11 in Los Angeles
Celebrating the renegade spirit of independent filmmaking, Sundance Institute presents NEXT WEEKEND, a four-day film festival in Los Angeles featuring screenings, panels, parties, and filmmaker workshops. Over one summer weekend, L.A. film lovers have the chance to see eight yet-to-be-released feature films and engage with filmmakers, cast, and crew. Members at all levels will be the first to reserve tickets to what is sure to be a sold-out event.
Filmmakers are invited to participate in this full day seminar of Sundance-organized screenings and panel discussions to offer firsthand insight and access into the world of story development, production, and exhibition of narrative short-form storytelling. This all-day (10am-6pm plus reception) educational workshop includes short film screenings and panels on enhancing story and dialogue, collaborating with essential crew, working with actors and going from short to feature. Click here to register before it sells out!
Check out these Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival supported films hitting theatres, coming to DVD, or showing through #ArtistServices and the YouTube Screening Room this month.
AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS
FIRE IN THE BLOOD
YOUTUBE SCREENING ROOM