Sundance Institute at Sundown Presented by Acura

Los Angeles summer benefit honoring Boots Riley and his film Sorry to Bother You

DATE Friday, June 8th, 2018

TIME 10:47 am


This summer, Sundance Institute once again celebrated the incredible work of our artist community with a blowout fundraiser at downtown LA’s gorgeous Theatre at Ace Hotel. Attendees had the opportunity to witness special guest Rosario Dawson present breakout filmmaker and Sundance family member Boots Riley with the Sundance Institute Vanguard Award presented by Acura, followed by an exclusive advance screening of his electrifying film Sorry to Bother You.

The evening brought together filmmakers, supporters of Sundance Institute, and Los Angeles community members to celebrate Boots Riley and the spirit of authenticity and artistry that his film evokes. Thanks to the generosity of this community, we raised over $185,000, which will help fund grants, mentorships, and other critical resources that will allow the next generation of artists with as exciting new indie voices as Boots to bring their stories to life.

Keep an eye out on our website for more opportunities to engage with Sundance Institute events and become a part of supporting this work! For more information or to connect with one of our team members, please contact We hope to see you next summer! Until then, catch highlights from 2018 in our photo gallery.

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