Sundance bows new tech focus

Digital projection debuts

This year’s edition of the Sundance Film Festival will be showcasing new technology and providing new forums for film discussion and education.

Digital projection will make its debut in six locations. Filmmakers who have committed to having their work shown on digital video projection systems include Shirley Cheechoo (“Backroads”), Daniel McCabe and Paul Stekler (“George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire”); and Gary Farmer (“What the Eagle Hears”).

“Sundance has always been committed to supporting the next generation of filmmakers exploring the creative possibilities of digital video,” fest co-director Nicole Guillemet said.

A pair of new meeting venues will be available at this year’s edition in Park City, Utah: the Gen-Y Studio and the House of Docs.

The Gen Y Studio, open Jan. 21-25 from 4-8 p.m., is meant as a gathering place where young filmmakers can share ideas and become acquainted with new film technology. It will welcome visiting high school students from across the country, as well as a group of students from Bhutan. Students will have the opportunity to meet and converse with filmmakers, industry professionals, members of the press and international representatives.

The House of Docs, a community space for documentary filmmakers, will be open to all festival participants 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21-25. Its purpose is to increase awareness of documentary film and provide support for docu makers.

Two related forums will be held there: “A Meeting of the Markets” on Jan. 22 and “The Perception of Documentaries: Europe vs. United States” on Jan. 24. Presentation participants will include documentarians, feature filmmakers and industry leaders.

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