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Sundance Institute Brings Comedy ShortLab to Hollywood

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 22, 2011 at 4:26AM

Robert Redford's Sundance Fest was born to be different, down to its roots in the Utah Rocky Mountains. This summer fest parent the Sundance Institute is moving one of its famed labs into the heart of Hollywood.
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Robert Redford's Sundance Fest was born to be different, down to its roots in the Utah Rocky Mountains. This summer fest parent the Sundance Institute is moving one of its famed labs into the heart of Hollywood.

The Institute is mounting its new Comedy ShortLab, a one-day comedic short-film symposium that will be held at The Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood on August 6 and will feature a range of panels and screenings focusing on the craft of short-form film.

It's a follow-up to last year's (non-comedy) ShortLabs event, which was so successful that Sundance rolled out versions this summer in New York and Chicago.

This year's panels will range from discovering the comic voice to examining the relationship between actors and directors and developing the right timing and rhythm for successful comedy. Panelists will include Julie Delpy, writer, director and actor of 2 Days in Paris and Troy Miller, a director of Flight of the Conchords.

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Sundance, Independents, comedy, Shorts


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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.