Sundance shorts online

Fest pairs with Gates, part of TEDxChange

Sundance Institute is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a series of shorts tied to world issues.

Six docu shorts commissioned by the institute will be shared by the foundation online and at events worldwide. Excerpts premiere Sept. 20 as part of TEDxChange, a live event assembled by Melinda French Gates that marks the 10th anniversary of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals to improve social and economic conditions in poor countries. TEDxChange will stream live at TED.com, with satellite events set for 50 communities worldwide.

Shot in Bangladesh, India, Haiti, Kenya, the Congo, Lesotho and the U.S., films explore issues such as finding success at an urban American charter school and parenting while being HIV positive.

“Creating these films with independent filmmakers already exploring the issues that the Gates Foundation addresses has uncovered some extraordinary stories,” said Cara Mertes, director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program.