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Film Forward moves ahead

Sundance-linked federal program sets slate

The Film Forward program, an initiative that partners the Sundance Institute with government orgs including the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, has been renewed for a second year, setting a slate of 10 indies.

Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue aims to connect filmmakers and global auds by screening contempo indies in underserved communities. Movies on offer this year include Mike Mills’ “Beginners,” Mike Cahill’s “Another Earth,” Cindy Meehl’s “Buck” and Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s “On the Ice.”

As part of the initiative, filmmakers travel with the pics to present screenings as well as hold master classes and discussion panels. This year the program will make eight stops including California’s Central Valley; the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma; Tucson, Ariz.; and Puerto Rico; international visits will include China, Morocco, India and Colombia. Films will also be presented at Unesco in Paris.

Other pics on tap for the 2011 edition of Film Forward are Rachel Perkins’ “Bran Nue Dae,” Jasmila Zbanic’s “Grbavica,” Ali Samadi Ahadi’s “The Green Wave,” Asif Kapadia’s “Senna,” Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s “Somewhere Between” and Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias’ “Unfinished Spaces.”

Along with the President’s Committee, Sundance’s federal partners for the program include the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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