SUNDANCE SUNDAY: DAY 4 - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Sunday, January 21, 2024



The Moogai film still.

Sundance Sunday: Fresh Screenings and Must-See Talks Are Ready For You

The clouds are full, the air is crisp, and we’re gearing up for another day of world premieres, screenings, and once-in-a-lifetime connections through our talks and activations, including the Sundance ASCAP Music Café and the Audible Listening Lodge. Though screenings in Park City are sold out for today, you can head to Salt Lake City to catch The Greatest Night in PopStress Positions, and a newly added bonus screening of Thelma

While you’re in SLC, check out Empowering Indigenous Storytelling, a panel discussion presented by University of Health featuring Shelly C. Lowe, Alex Lazarowich, Julian Brave NoiseCat, and Sundance Institute's Adam Piron. 

Don’t forget, our online program will be available to watch starting January 25, so get your online tickets now for sold-out in-person Festival favorites like Dìdi (弟弟)Gaucho GauchoSkywalkers: A Love Story, and Brief History of a Family.

film still of IGUALADA.

Meet the Artist: IGUALADA

Get to know Juan Mejía Botero and what inspired him to create his documentary centered on Francia Márquez, a Black Colombian rural activist who challenges the status quo with a presidential campaign that reappropriates the derogatory term “Igualada.” Tickets to in-person and online screenings are available. Meet the Artist is presented by Acura.

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Join the Conversation on Rebranding AI

Visit Filmmaker Lodge for Cinema Café presented by Audible at 2 p.m. to hear artist and technologist Ari Melenciano, Rashaad Newsome (Being (the Digital Griot)), Sandra Rodriguez (Chomsky vs. Chomsky), and Navid Khonsari, co-founder of iNK Stories, interrogate the profile of so-called AI technologies in pop-culture. Seats fill up fast, so plan to arrive early! 

Model wearing blue festival branded hoodie and holding an SFF24 branded mug.

Snow’s Out, Hoods Up

In this brisk weather, you can’t go wrong adding a cozy Festival hoodie to your wardrobe. From vibrant hues to sleek black-on-black embossed designs, there’s a hoodie for every Festgoer and their unique style. 

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Visit Adobe on Main

Come to 558 Main Street to relax, get inspired by filmmakers, and learn how we’re creating opportunities for more voices to be heard. See the program and join our guest list to get access to our events. Open to filmmakers, industry, and press.

GIF of moments from Day 3 of the Festival.

A Real PainKrazy House, 2024 Native Forum: Day 3 Concludes with Inspiring Talks and Star-Studded Premieres 

Day three was full of excitement in the snow and salted streets. We devoured world premieres like Jesse Eisenberg’s A Real Pain, Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil’s Krazy House, and Esteban Arango’s Ponyboi, which received a standing ovation. André Holland (Exhibiting Forgiveness) and Steven Soderbergh (Presence) brought the energy to Filmmaker Lodge during yesterday’s Cinema Café presented by Audible as the two directors shared a casual conversation about the way they approach their crafts and passions.

“I’m most excited about potential. There are filmmakers here for the first time that in the next 10 days, they’ve got something that’s going to pop…that’s what excites me,” Soderbergh said during yesterday’s Cinema Café. “Somebody out there right now is making something that’s going to blow us away and I can’t wait. Seeing great work makes me want to work.” 

Many of the next generations of filmmakers that Soderbergh is excited about were at the annual Native Forum where the artists and community discussed how the industry can continue to uplift Indigenous storytellers. At the forum, Adam Piron, Director of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program, announced that Libby Hakaraia and Tazbah Rose Chavez will be the recipients of the Merata Mita Fellowship and the Inaugural Graton Fellowship. "I am honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Graton Fellowship, created to support California Indigenous filmmakers," Chavez said at the forum. "As a citizen of the Bishop Paiute Tribe, I am grateful to Chairman Greg Sarris, Graton Rancheria, and the Sundance Institute for investing in California Native artists and for their generous support of me and future recipients."

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