Covid-19 has messed up life (obviously) but especially film festivals but they’ve found solutions….including bringing film festivals to people at home, and to different cities than the festival is based in!
This includes the world famous Sundance Film Festival in Utah where many beloved indie films have first found fame. For 2022, the Sundance Festival will partner with indie cinemas across the country to showcase the films in the festival. And, one of the cities and cinemas chosen to partner with Sundance is our own Northwest Film Forum!
2022 Sundance Film Festival Coming to Seattle: Northwest Film Forum is a Festival Satellite Screen
Eight World Premieres from Festival Line-Up to Screen January 28-30, 2022
|Northwest Film Forum and the Sundance FIlm Festival have partnered to bring selections from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival to Seattle, WA (Coast Salish lands) as part of the Festival’s Satellite Screen program running January 28-30. Local audiences will also be able to participate in the full festival experience via its online platform beginning January 20.|
Launched at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Satellite Screens is a partnership between the Sundance Institute and independent arthouse cinemas that brings the Festival experience to communities across the U.S. The Sundance Institute selected Northwest Film Forum in recognition of its shared alignment as a mission-driven nonprofit and the organization’s commitment to vibrant independent film, excellence in community programming and outreach, and to inclusion and equity.
Jane Smith, General Manager for Theater, said, “We can’t wait to bring the Sundance Film Festival experience to our hometown audiences–Northwest Film Forum prides itself on its quality programming year-round and starting off 2022 by sharing these standout Festival titles with Seattle’s film-lovers is going to be a thrill.”
“Building on our experience last year, we’ve discovered new possibilities of convergence, and we embrace the fact that we are now an expanded community in which active participation matters and audience presence — however and wherever it manifests — changes everything .” said Festival director Tabitha Jackson. “We are delighted to continue our Satellite Screen program in year two of our ongoing experiment into what a Festival can be, and this partnership expresses our strong belief in the vital contribution of regional cinemas in upholding a thriving cinema culture for independent artists and adventurous audiences. Sharing Festival films with these theaters and democratizing the audiences who can access the brand-new work expands the conversation we’ll be starting in Park City and on our Festival Platform, and it’s a privilege for Sundance, and an asset for the filmmakers.”
“Northwest Film Forum was a satellite partner for last year’s Sundance Film Festival in virtual space, but due to COVID-19, we were unable to host in-person events,” explains Northwest Film Forum Executive Director Vivian Hua. “NWFF has recently reopened safely, and we look forward to hosting Sundance Film Festival 2022 with open arms. We know from last year’s online turnout that our audiences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond are eager for Sundance’s world-class programming.”
Announced today are the eight films that have been selected as part of the Festival’s Satellite Screen program, and which will play at seven independent arthouse cinemas across the United States for local audiences during the Festival’s closing weekend. These titles represent a truly international and multicultural slate of comedies, period pieces, dramas, and documentary films that were selected as a cross-section of the overall Festival program. The feature films, all world premieres, are Alice; Emergency; Every Day in Kaimukī; Free Chol Soo Lee; Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul; La Guerra Civil; Marte Um (Mars One); and Sirens, with additional Short Film participation to be announced. That program will play at Amherst Cinema in Amherst, Massachusetts; a/perture cinema in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Digital Gym Cinema in San Diego, California; Indie Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee; mama.film in Lawrence, Kansas; Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington and SNF Parkway Theatre, home of the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore, Maryland.
“This year’s full program reflects the unsettling and uncertain times we’ve been living in for the past year and a half. The artists in the program, through their bold and innovative storytelling, and their sheer determination to create work in this moment, challenge us to look at the world through different lenses and examine and reevaluate how these stories impact us now and in the future,” said Kim Yutani, the Festival’s director of programming. “These eight selections for the Satellite Screens are a carefully curated group of films that give a meaningful taste of this year’s program — they are intimate, moving, comedic, thrilling and political. I hope audiences will experience as many as possible.”
Tickets for the Festival films at Northwest Film Forum are exclusively available beginning December 15 for Member Passes at https://bit.ly/sundance2022nw. To participate in the Sundance Film Festival online, package sales begin on December 17 and single film tickets become available on January 6 at sundance.festival.org.
To attend the screenings at the Northwest Film Forum, all participants must follow the Sundance Film Festival health safety policies for in-person screenings, be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to attending, and wear a mask inside.
The five fiction and three documentary projects selected by Sundance Film Festival programmers for the 2022 Satellite Screens are:
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|About The Sundance Film Festival®The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On The Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, Brooklyn, Precious, The Cove, Little Miss Sunshine, An Inconvenient Truth, Napoleon Dynamite, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Reservoir Dogs, and sex, lies, and videotape. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute. 2021 Festival sponsors to date include: Presenting Sponsors – Acura, SundanceTV, Chase Sapphire, Adobe; Leadership Sponsors – Amazon Studios, AT&T, DoorDash, Dropbox, Netflix, Omnicom Group, Southwest Airlines® , WarnerMedia; Sustaining Sponsors – AMC, Audible, Canada Goose, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Dell Technologies, Documentary Plus, GEICO, IMDbPro, Stella Artois® , Unity Technologies, University of Utah Health, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Zoom; Media Sponsors – The Atlantic, IndieWire, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR, Variety, Vulture, The Wall Street Journal. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations helps offset the Festival’s costs and sustain the Institute’s year-round programs for independent artists. sundance.org/festival|
About Sundance Institute As a champion and curator of independent stories for the stage and screen, the nonprofit Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theater, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs which are dedicated to developing new work and take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally, are supported largely through contributed revenue. Sundance Co//ab, a digital community platform, brings artists together to learn from each other and Sundance Advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On The Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, City So Real, Top of the Lake, Between the World & Me, Wild Goose Dreams and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
About Northwest Film ForumFounded in Seattle in 1995 as an independent film and arts nonprofit, Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. Each year the Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions. As a comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. More information is available at nwfilmforum.org