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How Can Composers and Sound Designers Better Collaborate in Film? Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound Have an Answer

Through their longstanding Composers Labs, Sundance invites gifted musicians who want to work in film composition to an intensive program facilitated by industry-established advisors. So what's different this year? Enter Skywalker Sound.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 22, 2013 3:43 PM
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Sundance Institute Unveils 'Next Weekend' Festival Lineup; Includes 'Blue Caprice,' 'A Teacher,' 'Cutie and the Boxer' and More

The Sundance Institute has unveiled the lineup for its first-ever Next Weekend film festival, running August 8-11 in Los Angeles. Included in the 10-feature and 10-short program are Alexandre Moors' "Blue Caprice," Hannah Fidell's "A Teacher" and Zachary Heinzerling's documentary "Cutie and the Boxer." Full lineup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 16, 2013 1:30 PM
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Sundance Institute Awards $550,000 in Grants to 29 Documentaries

Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and Fund has selected 29 documentary features to receive $550,000 in grants. Sundance's jury of doc pros and human rights experts made the selection from 772 submissions from 88 countries. The filmmakers boasts a wide range of experience, from rookies to veterans. They come from Chile, Libya, Cuba, Cambodia and Pakistan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2013 3:31 PM
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Four Indies to Make Digital Debut via Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program

The Sundance Institute's distribution and marketing arm Artist Services will digitally debut four upcoming independent films. Beginning June 18, titles will be available everywhere from iTunes, Amazon and Microsoft Xbox to SundanceNOW.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 5, 2013 5:46 PM
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Sundance Institute Announces Fellows for 2013 Music and Sound Design Labs, To Be Held at Skywalker Ranch

The Sundance Institute has announced that its Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound will take place at the Skywalker Ranch in 2013 and 2014. Also announced are the names of the artists who will participate in the 2013 labs. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 11:33 AM
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Ford Foundation Adds Sundance's Mertes as JustFilms Director, Funding Social Issue Docs

One of the key posts in the documentary world has been taken by Cara Mertes, who was director of the Sundance Institute's documentary film program. She'll now be director of the Ford Foundation's social justice filmmaking program JustFilms, which was founded by departing Orlando Bagwell and is under the Ford Media Arts and Culture unit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 2:11 PM
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Thirteen Projects Going to Sundance Directors and Screenwriter Labs

The Sundance Institute has selected 13 Projects for the 2013 directors and screenwriters labs May 27 through June 27. Under the leadership of Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Institute’s Feature Film Program, and the artistic direction of Gyula Gazdag, the Fellows selected for this year's program include emerging filmmakers and projects from the United States, Europe, Mexico, Peru and Somalia.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2013 4:25 PM
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Sundance Institute Will Present Vanguard and Memoriam Leadership Awards to Coogler, Ebert

Kerry Washington will present the second Sundance Institute Vanguard Award to San Francisco filmmaker Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station") at the third annual ‘Celebrate Sundance Institute' Los Angeles Benefit on June 5, 2013 at The Lot in West Hollywood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2013 12:40 PM
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A New Age of Original Content Needs Script Services: A Guide

Hollywood is allergic to taking risks on the unknown. But not every young adult franchise or fairy tale retelling can be as uber-successful around the world as "Twilight" ($392 million), "The Hunger Games" ($691 million) or "Oz: The Great and Powerful" ($426 million to date). This year's "Beautiful Creatures" grossed $57-million worldwide, and $200-million "Jack the Giant Slayer" mustered a miserable global $158 million.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 9, 2013 2:27 PM
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Watch 'Upstream Color,' 'Sleepwalk with Me' and More Via Sundance Institute's Digital Debut Platform

The Sundance Institute has announced that 12 independent films will make their digital debuts this spring through a variety of platforms to rent, download or stream, via the Institute's Artist Services Program. Included in the list of titles are Shane Carruth's gorgeous head-scratcher and fest favorite "Upstream Color" (which he is self-releasing to theaters April 5), Mike Birbiglia-starrer "Sleepwalk with Me" (a theatrical hit via IFC) and "Unfinished Spaces," a PBS documentary on the groundbreaking design of the National Arts Schools, which was released as an educational film on DVD.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2013 2:01 PM
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