The nonprofit is crossing the pond for the newest member of its senior leadership team. Tabitha Jackson, who most recently served as Arts Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 in London, is joining Sundance Institute as Director, Documentary Film Program. Reporting directly to Executive Director Keri Putnam, her role will include planning and implementing a range of strategic partnerships, granting $1.8 million per year to independent documentaries globally and hosting five annual Labs for documentary filmmakers, among other activities. The 20-year industry veteran will relocate to LA and oversee a staff of eight, starting December 6.
Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher, Chad Hartigan’s This Is Martin Bonner and other Sundance buzz-makers and world premieres will screen at the Sundance Institute’s inaugural NEXT Weekend Film Festival from August 8-11 in Los Angeles. Here are the 10 newly unveiled titles set to screen at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre, Cinefamily, Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, MOCA, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television:
The late film critic Roger Ebert and award-winning Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler were the honorees at last night’s third annual Celebrate Sundance Institute event at The Lot in Hollywood. Ebert’s widow Chaz was on hand to accept the Vanguard Leadership Award for her husband, who died April 4 but had hoped to attend in person. The Sundance Institute announced that the Roger Ebert Scholarship For Film Criticism would be established in order to promote ”passionate and articulate aspiring young film critics” in the legendary critic’s memory. Sundance founder Robert Redford presented the award to Chaz Ebert and recounted his own personal connection to Roger. Redford recalled meeting him in 1980, right as the actor-director was starting to formulate plans for the development of the Sundance Lab, even before the Festival was started several years later. Ebert, there as a journalist, was interested in covering the beginnings of the Sundance Lab, which would foster independent film.
Sundance London, the film and music festival whose sophomore edition kicks off next month, has added three features to its roster. Stuart Zicherman’s A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clark …
Six venues in Los Angeles will play host to the new Sundance Institute-backed Next Weekend Film Festival, an extension of Sundance’s stylistically adventurous NEXT < => section to be …
Five international filmmakers today won the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The awards went to Sarthak Dasgupta’s The Music Teacher (India) Jonas Carpignano’s A Chjana (Italy/US), Aly Muritiba’s The Man Who Killed …
Women have made up 29.8% of all the filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival over the last decade, a new study released today reveals. The report, Exploring the Barriers and Opportunities For Independent Women Filmmakers, comes in a year that sees for the first time female-helmed films making up half of the titles in the festival’s U.S. Dramatic competition. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles commissioned the study and looked at the gender of 11,197 producers, directors, writers, editors and cinematographers in 820 American movies programmed for Sundance from 2002-2012. While the Sundance data remains mostly flat, the report shows a stark contrast for women in the indie world and the studio world: The study finds female filmmakers made up 23.9% of directors in all categories at Sundance from 2002-2012, but just 4.4% among the top 100 box office movies over the same time frame. The study says that “gendered financial barriers” and “male-dominated industry networking” are seen as the two top reasons why women’s growth in the industry is stunted.
The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC conducted the research.
The inaugural Sundance London Film and Music Festival ran in April this year, hosting the UK and European premieres of movies that debuted in Park City in January, along with musical performances by 17 acts. Today, Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute and AEG Europe announced they’ve renewed the event for two more years. The 2013 Sundance London Festival will be held from April 25-28 at London’s O2 Arena. The program, which will again feature new work by American filmmakers and music artists, will be drawn up by the Sundance Institute. A series of panels and workshops is also being planned as a forum
Under the guidance of President & Founder Robert Redford and in close collaboration with Executive Director Keri Putnam, the 23-person Board is responsible for the governance of Sundance Institute and works to actively advance creative and financial support for artists developing original stories for the screen and stage. Wally Weisman continues as Chairman of the Board.
Park City, UT — May 16, 2012 – Sundance Institute today announced that the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Utah, in January, generated an overall economic impact of $80 million for the State of Utah, according to the independent annual economic and demographic study conducted by the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the David Eccles School of Business (BEBR).
The Sundance Institute and London’s 02 arena have announced a slate of 14 features and documentaries that will screen at the inaugural Sundance London festival next month. All of the films debuted in Park City in January and are making their UK premieres in April. The festival will also include live music performances, panels, guest speakers and the opening night event: An Evening With Robert Redford And T Bone Burnett. On announcing the lineup, Sundance Institute founder and president Redford said: “I welcome the opportunity to see how people in the UK experience these films. While they are American productions they speak to universal experiences and global challenges.” The full list of premieres running April 26-29 follows:
Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the naming of a Creative Producing Fellowship in honor of independent film pioneer Bingham Ray. The recipient, to be announced this summer, will have access to project-specific support through Labs, grants and long-term advisor relationships with industry mentors and Sundance Institute Feature Film Program staff.
“Bingham embodied so much of what makes a great independent film producer – passion, unwavering commitment, tenacity and a deep love of cinema,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “We hope that his clarity of purpose around films that he championed lives on in the spirit of a new generation of producers.”
Filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival who don’t land a distribution deal don’t have to leave empty-handed: The Sundance Institute unveiled today an Artist Services program that will enable directors to show their movies on iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, SundanceNOW and YouTube. They can charge viewers if they want, and don’t have to sacrifice their ownership rights. The Institute will help with marketing and promotion, and has a new deal with Topspin Media to provide direct marketing tools and retail fulfillment services. The program kicks off with two films from the 2011 festival: the documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology directed by Tiffany Shlain, and a narrative film On the Ice directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean. Sundance says that filmmakers of Jess + Moss, Lord Byron, New Low, Obselidia, The Oregonian, Space Tourists, and The Woods plan to take advantage of the initiative.