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2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Top Prizes Go To Clemency, One Child Nation, The Souvenir and Honeyland Brittany Runs a Marathon, Knock Down the House, Queen of Hearts and Sea of Shadows  Win Audience Awards Park City, Utah — After 10 days and 121 feature films, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, with host Marianna Palka emceeing and jurors presenting 28 prizes for feature filmmaking. Honorees, named in total…

Slamdance Film Festival 2019 Winners and Russo Fellowship winners announced

Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture receives the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize while Kifaru takes Documentary Prize.   Audience Awards given to narrative feature The Vast of Night and documentary feature Kifaru, while Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story takes home Best of Breakouts Audience Award  Hannah Peterson, director of…

Shorts Awards Announced at 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Aziza Wins Grand Jury Prize Park City, Utah — Winners of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival jury prizes in short filmmaking were announced today by Sundance Institute at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. The Short Film Grand Jury Prize, awarded to one film in the program of 73 shorts selected from 9,443 submissions, went to Aziza, directed by Soudade Kaadan and co-written by…

Photos from Sundance 2019 at Chase Sapphire on Main (days 3-5)

Chase Sapphire on Main hosted some of today’s most talked about stars at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival including Natalia Dyer, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Jesse Williams and more – as part of the LA Times Studio and LA Times LIVE movie panel for THE SUNLIT NIGHT.  Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, director Julius Onah and more as…

‘Programmers of Colour Collective’ launches at Sundance

POC2 members at Sundance Film Festival (picture courtesy of Abraham Ferrer) ‘PROGRAMMERS OF COLOUR COLLECTIVE’ LAUNCHES AT SUNDANCE 2019 Park City, Utah – January 2019 Members from a new collective of film festival programmers comprising people of colour, women and TSLGBTQ+ made their first public appearance together last night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.…

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Presents Prize to The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Announces New Grants to Artists at 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Winners of Commissioning Grant, Episodic Storytelling Grant and Lab Fellowship Revealed Director-Screenwriter-Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Honored Park City, Utah — At a reception at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival today, the beneficiaries of $70,000 in grants from Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation were revealed. Doron Weber, Sloan Vice President of Programs and Director…

Photos From DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at Sundance Film Festival (Day 3)

Photos From DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at Sundance Film Festival (Day 3). “Them That Follow” party – Guests included: Walton Goggins, Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Thomas Mann, Jim Gaffigan, Britt Poulton [WRITER/DIR], Daniel M Savage [WRITER/DIR], Gerard Butler and more. “Blinded By The Light” party – Guests included: Viveik Karia, Hayley Atwell, Sally Phillips,…

Photos From DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at Sundance Film Festival (Day 2)

Photos From DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at Sundance Film Festival (Day 2). Includes “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” Party – Guest included: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Haley Joel Osment, Angela Serafyan, James Hetfield, Joe Berlinger [DIR] and many more. “The Wolf Hour” Party – Guest included: Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Alistair Banks Griffin…

Filmmakers and Cast talking at DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (Day 1)

Directors, Actors, Filmmakers talking at DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (Day 1), with film parties for “Honey Boy,” “The Farewell” and “To the Stars,” cast lunches at the Jon & Vinny’s pop up and Variety Studio presented by AT&T.    

Pictures from Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE – The Future is Fluid Screening and Conversation at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Participants and panelists including Ariel Wengroff, Jade Jackman, Sage Grace Dolan-Sandrino, and Jules Spector. Guests including Gucci America President and CEO Susan Chokachi, Emilie Baillargeon, Patricia Chica, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Christina Ibarra, Molly Logan, Charlie Plummer, Alex Rivera, and more. Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE hosted a film screening of The Future is Fluid, a…

Sundance Institute Announces 2019 Recipients of Merata Mita Fellowship for Indigenous Artists

Fellowship Honors Artistic Contributions of Late Māori Filmmaker Park City, Utah — Co-Directors Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith are the 2019 recipients of the Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Institute…

Photos From SUNDANCE 2019 DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T

DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, with film parties for “Honey Boy,” “The Farewell” and “To the Stars,” cast lunches at the Jon & Vinny’s pop up and Variety Studio presented by AT&T. Notable Day 1 attendees included: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Mindy Kaling, Jada Pinkett Smith, Malin Akerman, Jenna Dewan,…

Sundance Photos from Chase Sapphire on Main (Days 1-3)

Chase Sapphire guests and festival attendees attend unique experiences including LA Times co-sponsored panels for select films, culinary demos by Bon Appetit Chef Brad Leone, and a special mural reveal by artist, Timothy Goodman. The star-studded event included the cast, directors, and producers of the film celebrating their work among Chase Sapphire cardholders and other…

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2019 EASTERSEALS DISABILITY FILM CHALLENGE | Announced at Sundance

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2019 EASTERSEALS DISABILITY FILM CHALLENGE: A FORCE FOR CHANGE, DISABILITY INCLUSION & CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT Film Competition Takes Place April 5-7; Winners Announced at Red Carpet Ceremony at Sony Pictures Studios, on May 9 LOS ANGELES– (Jan. 26, 2019) – Easterseals Southern California, a leading disability services organization, announced registration is now open…

Study Shows Promising Directorial Pipeline for Women and People of Color

Sundance Institute/USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study shows women are represented at Sundance in significantly greater numbers than ten years ago, but are still far below 50%. PARK CITY, UT – Sundance Institute and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AI2) today released demographic data on submissions and acceptances to the annual Sundance Film Festival to reveal…

Interview with Melissa Stephens, Director and Creator behind Finding The Asshole (Releasing Today!)

Q&A Interview with Melissa Stephens, Director and Creator behind Finding The Asshole, releasing today at Slamdance Film Festival and on Vimeo! (Finding The Asshole: Chapter 1, Chapter 2,  Chapter 3) “I think it’s very important for everyone to know that we are all assholes.” – Melissa Stephens Finding The Asshole is a series of 3 short films created…

GAZA, Documentary That Takes A Look Into Everyday Lives On The Gaza Strip – Premiering at Sundance 2019 On January 29th

GAZA, a film that takes a look into everyday lives on the Gaza strip, is premiering in the Sundance Film Festival 2019 in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. The official trailer is below, along with some behind the scenes vlogging by Gazan citizens Fady Hanouna and Ali Abu Yaseen as they document their journey via The Long Road to Sundance,…

Conversation With Director and Co-Writer Julius Onah about LUCE – World Premiere US Dramatic Competition Sundance 2019

LUCE (World Premiere US Dramatic Competition Sundance 2019 / Co-Written and Directed by Julius Onah Starring Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr. Dir. Julius Onah Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Luce (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) is a star athlete and debate-team captain in his suburban Virginia high school. Raised by loving adoptive white parents Amy and Peter…

The Family Coppola Launches New Interactive Campaign to Celebrate Francis Ford Coppola’s 80th Birthday

JOIN INTERACTIVE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH CELEBRATING LEGENDARY FILM ICON FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA IN HIS 80TH YEAR The Family Coppola wants to feature your stories, and through community, partnerships and content, reminds its fans in the New Year: You get one life. The biggest risk is to waste it. GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (January 24, 2019) – Today, The Family…

Q&A with JB Ghuman, Jr. (Director / Writer / Editor / Creator / Performer) about “The (ART) oF BE(i)NG” premiering at Sundance 2019

Q&A with JB Ghuman, Jr. (Director / Writer / Editor / Creator / Performer) about “The (ART) oF BE(i)NG” premiering at Sundance 2019. It’s not a traditional film at all with a beginning, climax, end, protagonist and antagonist. It’s more of an existential experience rather than, which I personally kind of see as a new cinematic…

New Trailer for MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE – Slamdance 2019 Doc / Heart-wrenching journey of Transition and Transitioning Back

Markie in Milwaukee, which was a 2015 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program selection, tells the engrossing story of a 7 foot tall transgender woman from Wisconsin who transitions back to a man because of her faith. It is a heart-wrenching journey. Wenzel, a former Baptist minister, is a dynamic force that is a truly inspiring.…

Sundance 2019 / New Trailer – STIEG LARSSON: THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (about author of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”)

NEW TRAILER LAUNCHES FOR SUNDANCE DOC ‘STIEG LARSSON: THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE’ (ABOUT THE FAMED AUTHOR OF THE MILLENIUM SERIES) The doc details “Millennium” (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”) trilogy author Stieg Larsson, and his pioneering work in fighting right wing extremists and neo-Nazis up until his death – an obsession that ultimately had fatal…

Offscreen at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival: Panels and Events

Jackie Chan, Lena Waithe, Jane Campion, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Boots Riley, Hannah Pearl Utt, Desiree Akhavan, Tommy Orange, Among Many Others Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute will convene dozens of offscreen events, including inclusive and intersectional conversations on the next wave of storytelling, radical data transparency, the future of democracy at its intersection with the arts,…