Sundance grows in Brooklyn

Institute, BAM partner for program

Robert Redford was in Brooklyn on Thursday to announce a collaboration between Sundance Institute and the Brooklyn Academy of Music called “The Creative Latitude: Sundance Institute at BAM.”

Program is a component of a year-round celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Sundance Institute.

“Latitude,” slated May 11-20, will bring activities of the Sundance Institute and the programming of its annual film fest to Gotham through film screenings, performances, panel discussion and special events.

In addition, 12 or more new dramatic and documentary feature films and at least six shorts from the 2006 fest will be featured during the series. Film selection will take place following the conclusion of the fest.

Many if not most of the artists attending Institute workshops and the festival live in New York, Redford said during a press conference held at BAM. “It suddenly occurred to me that at a certain point (Sundance) would need a home or, in sporting terms, a farm club for the majors — in that we were going to be doing the development and we needed to be able to ship the talent to someplace and, of course, New York was always the place I wanted to be.”

Redford also explained why he selected Brooklyn.

“New York proper is pretty much loaded up with stuff,” Redford said. “I love Manhattan, but Brooklyn has an edgier image that seemed very right for us in what we were doing and how we were developing.”

Program special events include the following:

  • Opening night, featuring a world premiere film, which will screen in all four BAM Rose Cinemas theaters followed by a Sundance Institute alumni celebration

  • “Film Deconstruction/Reconstruction,” in which a screenwriters’ adviser, directors’ lab adviser or alumnus will provide live commentary on his film, followed by a Q&A

  • “Fellow’s Journey,” which will track the creative process of a single filmmaker supported by the Sundance Institute in the completion of a feature film project

  • “New Work/NY,” a screenplay reading of a Sundance Institute Lab script in development, performed by actors, followed by a Q&A

  • “Panel With Independent Artists,” A simultaneous screening of four different films from four indie directors followed by an all-audience discussion with the filmmakers.

In addition to film screenings and programming, Institute Theater and Film Music Lab events will occur during the series.

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