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New Frontier films and installations announced for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Article: New Frontier films and installations announced for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Institute announced today the films and installations to be featured in the 2014 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, including the U.S. premiere of The Source (evolving) by renowned artist Doug Aitken and a 3D projection-mapping project by Klip Collective. The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Sundance Film Festival 2013 announces Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier films

Article: Sundance Film Festival 2013 announces Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier films

Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier, as well as the installations and performances to be featured in the Festival’s New Frontier venue. The Festival takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the films selected for these sections because they illustrate the tremendous creativity and vibrancy of the independent film community. Spotlight features our favorite films that have premiered at other festivals and the Park City at Midnight and New Frontier sections are comprised of films that are bound to shock, intoxicate, derange or dazzle. Expect the unexpected when you venture down the path of these cinematic sensations.”

Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next & New Frontier

Article: Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next & New Frontier

Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT and New Frontier. The Festival takes place from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

James Franco's World Domination

Article: James Franco's World Domination

Actor James Franco attends the ‘Homework’ Premiere at the Library Center Theater during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
James Franco’s world domination, or at least his Where’s Waldo-like ubiquity continues unabated in Park City. Today he’s featured on a banner ad on the cover of the Salt Lake Tribune: Six Oscar Noms for 127 HOURS! (Lotta hometown pride for that film, which is set in Utah.) And even though he doesn’t have a film at Sundance, the actor-documentarian-performance-artist-PhD-student-Oscar-co-host does have, naturally, an art exhibit.
Actor James Franco (right) hosts the Playboy Party on January 21, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
It’s called Three’s Company: The Drama, and it is not (in the vein of his General Hospital-MOCA shenanigans) performance art. No. We were quickly corrected upon entering the New Frontier space-where dozens of multi-media, and every other kind of media (“transmedia,” “new media”) exhibits are on display-that Three’s Company is “immersive” media. As the placard on the wall outside of the installation explains: “By pulling apart the individual story elements of the show Three’s Company, and reconstituting them into a fully immersive (see?) experience, Franco allows viewers to activate the body in the act of remembering and reliving the iconic sitcom.”

A Final Note on the New Frontier of Film and Technological Art

Article: A Final Note on the New Frontier of Film and Technological Art

On the first day of the festival, I praised the exhibits at New Frontier and promised to return to the subject before Sundance ended. Well, the festival is almost over and, while I haven’t had the chance to view all of the exhibits, there are two that deserve special mention.

Open Salon Blog Challenge: New Technology, New Stories

Article: Open Salon Blog Challenge: New Technology, New Stories

Sundance Channel is excited to partner with Open Salon and Lexus as we solicit your ideas around sustainability and how technological innovation will shape our future. Each week a great post responding to the week’s big question will be picked by Open Salon editors, the author will win $200 and the post will be featured here on sundancechannel.com. So log on to Open Salon now and tell us your ideas!

Penises for Lunch at New Frontier

Article: Penises for Lunch at New Frontier

I’m not a fan of film shorts. Too often they’re purposefully abstract and unintentionally amateurish. There are good ones out there, of course, but not enough to justify sitting through a spotty, 90-minute collection of them—especially not when Sundance has so many promising full-length films to offer. But I was already there, so what the hell.

Open Salon Blog Challenge: Impact of Technology on Storytelling

Article: Open Salon Blog Challenge: Impact of Technology on Storytelling

Sundance Channel is excited to partner with Open Salon and Lexus as we solicit your ideas around sustainability and how technological innovation will shape our future. Each week a great post responding to the week’s big question will be picked by Open Salon editors, the author will win $200 and the post will be featured here on sundancechannel.com. So log on to Open Salon now and tell us your ideas!

Wall-to-wall Panels

Article: Wall-to-wall Panels

While most programmers struggle with late prints, expired bulbs, torn films, and busted speakers, they for the most part don’t have to deal with human beings (other than filmmakers, of course). Programmer John Nein, who coordinates most of the Festival panels, is left to wrangle the human element for his panels.

Cyborg Cinema

Article: Cyborg Cinema

On Thursday, as people listened in the dim light of the Microcinema theater at New Frontier on Main to a panel entitled “Social Cyborg: How Technology is Changing Us,” across town at the Racket Club ticket holders were lining up to see Alex Rivera’s SLEEP DEALER. At one place people were discussing the future of technology in extending bodies, identities, and communities; at the other, Rivera unfurled his dystopic image of a cyborg future in which labor crosses over from Mexico via fiber cables rather than through border check points.

New Media Installations & Live Artistic Performances (1)

Article: New Media Installations & Live Artistic Performances (1)

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival announced today a line-up of cinematic installations, live multimedia performance events, and panel discussions that will be featured in the New Frontier on Main, a flagship venue that is part of the Festival’s New Frontier program for showcasing films and art work from the cutting edge of cinematic culture.

New Media Panels Announced

Article: New Media Panels Announced

Check out the panels and presenters who will be participating in the New Frontier Section of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Panels and personalities after the jump…

Games People Play

Article: Games People Play

While the festival has been running a new media center for the last years, the newest incarnation, New Frontier on Main, moves initiative to integrate worlds of technology, art and cinema to a new level. For programmer Shari Frilot, “There are more artists in the gallery and museum world dealing with the moving image, and we wanted to create a space that that could speak both to a film audience and the art world.” New Frontier on Main houses three galleries, a D.J. installation lounge, and a 100 seat microcinema. “We wanted it to be fully immersive,” recounts Frilot. “So there is no overhead lighting. And we wanted the programming play like a festival in a festival.”