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A green film festival you can enjoy at home

A green film festival you can enjoy at home

Film festivals are great for spotlighting up-and-coming talent, and highlighting niche topics. The conventional film festival isn’t, however, a good vehicle for creating wide-scale conversations, as audiences are limited by location and/or willingness to travel during a specific time period. After two years of hosting the Do Something Reel film festival in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market recognized these limitations: they could inspire festival-goers to consider the environmental and food-related messages of the films screened, but most of those audience members would be from the local area.

Short film program announced for Sundance London inaugural event

Short film program announced for Sundance London inaugural event

Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of eight short films that will screen at the inaugural Sundance London festival, taking place at The O2 from 26-29 April. These films screened in January at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – the premier independent film festival in the United States. All eight short films will screen together in one Short Film Programme.

2012 Sundance Film Festival selects DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST and REALITY BITES for 'From the Collection' screenings

2012 Sundance Film Festival selects DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST and REALITY BITES for 'From the Collection' screenings

Park City, UT – Sundance Institute announced today that DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST(1991) and REALITY BITES (1994) have been selected for the From the Collection screenings at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Both titles are part of The Sundance Collection at UCLA (The Collection), a film preservation program designed to archive work that has been supported by a Sundance Institute program. The Festival takes place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Ticket information is available at www.sundance.org/tickets.

Sundance Institute announces films for Sundance Film Festival USA on Jan. 26

Sundance Institute announces films for Sundance Film Festival USA on Jan. 26

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that will screen in independent theaters in nine different cities around the country. The screenings are part of Sundance Film Festival USA, a program designed to bring the Festival experience to film-loving audiences nationwide. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival takes place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

On January 26, the second Thursday of the Sundance Film Festival, nine filmmakers will each travel from Utah to one of the following cities: Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; San Francisco, CA; and Tucson, AZ. Their travel is courtesy of Official Airline Sponsor Southwest Airlines. In each city, the filmmaker will introduce and screen their film and participate in a Q&A with the audience. A video featuring highlights from this year’s Sundance Film Festival will precede each screening.

The Sundance Film Festival USA initiative was established in 2010.

Weekly movie trailer roundup: I MELT WITH YOU

Weekly movie trailer roundup: I MELT WITH YOU

This week we’re featuring just one trailer, and yeah, full disclosure, it made its debut at Sundance, but with record walkouts and a tangle of incredibly divisive reviews, it’s not exactly what you would call a Sundance success story. It could be argued, however, that the notoriety its initial screening incited is only to its benefit, and now that the trailer is out and it’ll be On Demand in just about a month, the people are talking…

David Lynch's AFI Fest

David Lynch's AFI Fest

David Lynch is one the most imaginative and influential filmmakers of our day, and with a roster of films and TV series like TWIN PEAKS, BLUE VELVET and MULHOLLAND DR., it’s hard to imagine that he ever doubted his abilities, but back when Lynch was 22-years-old he was less than certain. “I was living in Philadelphia, and I didn’t see the brightest future for myself. I applied for an independent filmmaker grant in 1968, and I won that, and it changed my life.”

2010 Sundance Film Festival line-up unveiled

2010 Sundance Film Festival line-up unveiled

Sundance Institute announced the films that will be in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in both the U.S. and International dramatic and documentary categories. The festival will run from January 21-31 in Park City, Utah. There are a few changes this year as there will be no opening-night picture and the festival will take select festival films to eight cities during as the fest plays out.

David O'Reilly, PLEASE SAY SOMETHING

David O'Reilly, PLEASE SAY SOMETHING

Animator David O’Reilly is a 22-year-old filmmaker from Ireland whose unique raw style has garnered a lot of awards and opportunities. He created the music video for “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” by a little band called U2, and this trippy video PLEASE SAY SOMETHING that depicts “a troubled relationship between…