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Sundance Institute Names Participants for Third Film Forward: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Valley of Saints,' 'Chasing Ice' & More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2012 at 3:42PM

The Sundance Institute announces its third year of Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institue of Museum and Library Services...
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Musa Syeed's "Valley of Saints."
Musa Syeed's "Valley of Saints."

The Sundance Institute announces its third year of Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The international touring program offers film screenings, workshops and discussions with filmmakers in eight locations in collaboration with local institutions and US Embassies. Film Forward's aim is to foster dialogue, inspire curiosity and advance cultural understanding and awareness.

The films participating in the third year are Behn Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Stacy Peralta's "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," Jeff Orlowski's "Chasing Ice," Patricia Riggen's "Under The Same Moon," Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix's "The Light in her Eyes," Nancy Buirski's "The Loving Story," Jerry Rothwell's "Town of Runners" and Musa Syeed's "Valley of Saints."

Sundance Institute's Keri Putnam says: “The first two years of Film Forward connected films and filmmakers with audiences they might have never reached resulting in some remarkable and rich events; we look forward to building on these shared experiences in the third year."

This year's eight locations are: Imperial Valley, California; Mexicali, Mexico; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Maine; Washington State; Bosnia, Herzegovina; China; Taiwan; Colombia; and Jordan.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.