Sundance Institute Honors Boots Riley


Sundance Institute at Sundown

Featuring the LA Debut Screening of Sorry to Bother You and Afterparty

Yesterday evening, Sundance Institute hosted Sundance Institute at Sundown at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. During the event, Sundance Institute presented filmmaker Boots Riley with the Institute’s Vanguard Award. Rosario Dawson presented Riley with the Award. The evening was presented by Acura with additional support from media sponsor, Variety.

Following the presentation, attendees enjoyed a screening of Sorry to Bother You and an after party. Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit Institute’s year-round programs for independent film and theatre artists.

Sorry to Bother You, which had its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is a genre-defying work, taking place in a modern day alternate reality version of Oakland, CA where telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre new universe.

Boots Riley’s Acceptance Speech (Credit: Sundance Institute)

The film, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer and Omari Hardwick was produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams, and will be released in theatres by Annapurna Pictures on July 6, 2018.

Attendees included Sorry to Bother You cast members Tessa ThompsonLakeith StanfieldJermaine Fowler, Steven Yeun, Danny Glover, Patton Oswalt and Kate Berlant; Producers Forest WhitakerCharles D. KingNina Yang BongioviGeorge Rush; Executive Producers Kim RothPoppy Hanks and Gus Deardoff; Sundance Executives Keri Putnam (Executive Director of Sundance Institute) and Michelle Satter(Founding Director, Sundance Institute Feature Film Program).

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