New Media Installations & Live Artistic Performances (1)

Park City, UT, December 19, 2007–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. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. For a complete list of films, visit the Sundance Institute website at [].

Serving as a platform for artists, New Frontier highlights the intersection of art, film, and emerging media technologies. The artists involved use the moving image to explore new concepts of narrative structure. A vital part of New Frontier is the screening of seven feature films at Festival theatre venues. This year, the artists whose films will be shown are: Yang Fudong (SEVEN INTELLECTUALS IN BAMBOO FOREST, PARTS 1- 5), James Benning (CASTING A GLANCE); Michelange Quay (EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY (MANGE, CECI EST MON CORPS)); Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Callou, Richard McGuire, Pierre Di Sciullio, and Lorenzo Mattotti (FEAR(S) OF THE DARK (PEUR(S) DU NOIR)); Jennifer Phang (HALF-LIFE), and Mia Trachinger,(REVERSION).

This year, New Frontier on Main will also present 15 installations by artists working in the moving-image medium.

“Much of the work by New Frontier artists is created in spaces that exist outside the traditional world of filmmaking, and, consequently, these artists enjoy an extended measure of creative freedom to imagine and take risks,” said Shari Frilot, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival. “Their work is designed to physically engage the audience in a manner very different from the more passive experience of sitting in a darkened theatre.”

“At New Frontier On Main, we want to cultivate an artistic and social environment that seductively disarms people when they enter the space. It’s a way of unlocking inhibitions and encouraging audiences to think about opening themselves up to the new rules and cinematic suggestions which the New Frontier artists are inviting you to consider.”

A sneak peak of the works featured at New Frontier on Main is accessible worldwide on the Sundance Film Festival website at []–featuring links to the virtual worlds of New Frontier on Main artists, from Rothenberg and Crouse’s INVISIBLE THREADS Second Life sweatshop factory to Hasan Elahi’s up to the minute tracking website TRACKING TRANSIENCE: THE ORWELL PROJECT, to a clip of Doug Aitken’s SLEEPWALKERS.

New Frontier on Main is presented by Adobe Systems Incorporated, HP, and Sony Electronics, Inc. Additional support is provided by the American Center Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation.

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