Round out your Festival experience with music, art, and conversation. From solo acts and bands performing throughout the Festival to panels and discussions that bring emerging and veteran filmmakers together with industry leaders, Off Screen offers a cultural outlet for Festivalgoers outside the theatre.
Power of Story: Making Art MatterSaturday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. (PAONE22EA)Egyptian Theatre, Park CityTicket required
We know that artworkwhether its film and television or in the literary, visual, and performing artscan create real impact: alter lives, build communities, bridge cultures, and foster social change. So what steps do we need to take to enhance the role of the arts in our country? What role should public policy play, and how can artists and policy makers work together? If we are facing a crisis of creativity, what investment should we be making in arts education for children? Weve asked a diverse group of advocates to share their vision for energizing the arts and humanities in America.
Author and screenwriter Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What Is the What, Zeitoun, and others) is also the cofounder of 826 Valencia and the founder of McSweeneys publishing.
Rachel Goslins is a documentary director/producer, arts administrator, and executive director of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Norman Lear is a pioneering writer, producer, and director of groundbreaking television (including Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, and All in the Family), a philanthropist, and the founder of the Norman Lear Center at USC, which studies the impact of entertainment.
Kerry Washington is an actress in film, television, and theatre, a committed arts advocate, and a member of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
George C. Wolfe is the former producer of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and a Tony Awardwinning theatre director, playwright, and filmmaker, whose work includes Angels in America, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, and Lackawanna Blues.
Power of Story: The Big IdeaFriday, January 28, 3:00 p.m. (PATHR28EA)Egyptian Theatre, Park CityTicket required
When we talk about the magic of movies, what are the mechanics of that magic? There are few things as mystifying as the creative process. Ideas are the building blocks of any creative endeavor, but where do they come from? How do we shape them using process and craft? And how do many creative minds come together to form a singular vision? In gathering a writer, editor, director, and composer together, we hope to peer behind the curtain of creativity and see the way to get from good idea to great film.
Jill Bilcock is a frequent collaborator with directors Baz Luhrmann, Sam Mendes, and Fred Schepisi. She has edited more than 25 feature films, including Moulin Rouge!, Elizabeth, Road to Perdition, and Muriels Wedding.
Thomas Newman is an award-winning composer and conductor who has scored more than 50 films, including American Beauty, The Shawshank Redemption, and Finding Nemo.
Sam Shepard is one of the most celebrated playwrights, screenwriters, and actors of our time. His work includes the screenplay for Paris, Texas, and his plays True West, A Lie of the Mind, and Buried Child, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Julie Taymor is an award-winning director of theatre, opera, and film and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Her works include Fools Fire, The Lion King, Titus, Frida, and Across the Universe.
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The "Where Is It Written?" Sessions: Marketing in the New Indie UniverseSaturday, January 22, 1:00 p.m.A new series based on the theorem that nobody knows anything. Innovative ideas are often ridiculed at first, so we say any idea is a good idea.
In this session, we turn our attention to getting peoples attention. Undoubtedly, the big challenge across platforms (from the 1,000-channel universe to old-school brick and mortar) is marketing. The question isnt how many people are out there, but how many are watching.
Film | MovementFriday, January 21, 1:00 p.m.Stories create impressions and convey ideas; these, in turn, guide action. Hear from key innovators who use film and storytelling to build movements and influence society. From HIV/AIDS to politics, to the environment, and beyond, go behind the camera and hear the real story behind movie magic. With Michael Moore (Capitalism: A Love Story), Sheila C. Johnson (executive producer, The Other City), and others.
Youth CultureSunday, January 23, 1:00 p.m.Whos calling the shots? Probably not who you think; youth are a powerful force in the world, and their influence is often overlooked. What happens when young people create a new wave? Does culture sometimes lead politics when it comes to chance. Tune in as filmmakers, artists, and others contemplate the role of youth in societies around the world.
Filmmaker LodgeElks Building, 550 Main St. (second floor)Park CityFriday, January 21Saturday, January 299:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Sunday, January 309:30 a.m. to noon
Please see ADA accessibility on page 80. Open to all Festival Credential Holders and the general public on a space available basis. All events are held at the Filmmaker Lodge unless otherwise indicated.
At the LodgeOFF SCREEN
Your Brain on 2011: Technology and Human Evolution Tuesday, January 25, 1:00 p.m.Our world has become a symphony of rings, pings, buzzes, and tweets; a pastiche of images and stimuli. Were able to connect farther and faster. But with all this technology, how have we changed? Are we being rewired for better or worse? Are our second lives affecting our first? And what do we think of crowd-think? Join filmmakers and others for a fascinating look at the modern mind (right after you take this call . . .).
The Aha! Moment: Making Change Stick(y)Thursday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.The twenty-first-century storytelling environment is about great storytelling and audience engagement, whether its watching, buying, organizing, or tweeting. Hear the masters and mistresses of film impact discuss the ways they broke new ground in the storytelling-and-change arenafrom multiplatform strategies and games to geolocational apps, and straight-up strategy. With Pamela Yates (Granito), Steve James (The Interrupters), and Maren Grainger-Monsen.
Crime and Punishment Saturday, January 29, 2:00 p.m.Filmmakers are tracking stories of people caught up in legal dramas that expose the weaknesses and strengths of the judicial system in America. At the heart of every story is the individual, his or her rights, and the politics of justice. Hear from directors who have dedicated themselves to uncovering tales that get to the heart of that place where crime and punishment meet. With Marshall Curry (If a Tree Falls), Joshua Safran (Crime After Crime), and Susan Saladoff (Hot Coffee).
I'll Be Your Mirror: The Science of OurselvesFriday, January 28, 1:00 p.m.Its been said of mirrors, Take a look at yourself, and then make a change (na na na . . .). In science, some pretty unusual things have led us to big discoveries about ourselves. From prairie voles and chimps to parallel universes and rock n roll music, youd be surprised how much we learn about us by looking at them. What other mirrors are out there? Dr. Helen Fisher (Rutgers University, author of Why We Love), Dr. Sean Carroll (Cal Tech, author of From Eternity to Here), and filmmakers Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jim Kohlberg (The Music Never Stopped) share their thoughts on the big questions and on good and bad science in movies.
Film ChurchWhat could be more divine than 10 days of watching film?
Finish off your Sundance experience by sharing a near-spiritual moment with John Cooper, Festival director, and Trevor Groth, director of programming, who will offer nondenominational tales of the Festival that was. Joining us in sermon will be a variety of special guests, including a few who took awards home the night before (if they can be found the morning after!). Confess your likes and dislikes. All will be forgiven. Sunday, January 30, 10:00 a.m.
Meet the Documentary Funders Tuesday, January 25, 10:30 a.mSundance House Presented by HP638 Park Ave. (corner of Main St. and Heber Ave.)Park City
Roundtable information sessions with funders and broadcasters of feature-length documentaries. Participating companies include ITVS, HBO, Sundance Channel, and many others. Two 45-minute sessions. Tickets will be distributed at Sundance House starting at 9:30am. Event starts at 10:30am.
Filmmaker Outreach and Engagement Services Active VoiceAssociation of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)Aurora Picture ShowAustin Film Society Center for Social MediaFilmAid InternationalFilm IndependentFilmmakers AllianceFilm PresenceFlaherty SeminarFractured AtlasIndependent Feature Project (IFP)International Documentary Association (IDA)Montana Film OfficeNational Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT)New Day FilmsNew Doc EditingOutfestPBS Home Video/New MediaPhilomath Films and DocuMentorsProfessional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up (POWER UP)San Francisco Film SocietyShooting PeopleWomen In Film Los AngelesWomen Make Movies
Strange things are afoot at Cinema Caf. Each morning in the Filmmaker Lodge, Cinema Caf invigorates the culture of conversation. With all your favorite stimulants on handcoffee, treats, and delectable dialogueour daily series of informal chats rounds up the unusual suspects. Sometimes the most fascin