Digital Films News, digitial, Film, micro-budgets, sundance film festival, transmedia — January 22, 2012 20:31 — 0 Comments
Sundance Film Festival opens with an emphasis on getting back to its roots
The annual Sundance Film Festival 2012 opened on Thursday (19 January) in Park City, Utah, with The Queen of Versailles, a documentary by Lauren Greenfield that reflects the challenges Americans are going through in the current economic climate — from a rich perspective.
The film is about a
As the Guardian writes, Greenfield’s film sets the tone for what could be a choppy, troublesome programme of independent productions, reflecting wider tensions in the land at large. The 10-day schedule promises films on such thorny issues as healthcare, tax evasion and the ongoing “war on drugs”.
Now in its 33rd year, Sundance remains America’s largest independent film showcase, credited with launching the careers of a range of
Back in October the Sundance Institute announced it was supporting transmedia projects with the establishment of The New Frontier Story Lab to promote new forms of storytelling by indie
The Institute has also announced that 13 films supported by the festival will make their digital premieres through the Sundance Institute Artist Services Program.
The films available include Semper Fi: Always Faithful (currently on the Academy Award shortlist for Best Documentary), Obselidia (Independent Spirit Award Winner), Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007 Sundance Film Festival documentary on the arcade gamer competitions in the ’80s), New York Times Critic’s Pick Lord Byron and 1994 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award Winner What Happened Was … by Tom Noonan — making its digital premiere 18 years after first screening in Park City, Utah.
These projects are the first to take advantage of the Institute’s Artist Services access to distribution programme, announced this summer. Artist Services provides Institute artists with exclusive opportunities for creative
“We are truly excited for these films to reach the leading digital platforms and storefronts for movies. We created Artist Services so films that have shown at the Sundance Film Festival or been part of our Sundance Institute Labs will have a chance to find their audiences and fan bases. Audiences now have a chance to connect with exciting independent work using the devices and services they already love,” said Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute.