MACRO Lodge Unveils Star-Studded Lineup for 7th Annual Sundance Film Festival Showcase - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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MACRO Lodge Unveils Star-Studded Lineup for 7th Annual Sundance Film Festival Showcase

MACRO Lodge Unveils Star-Studded Lineup for 7th Annual Sundance Film Festival Showcase

7th Annual MACRO Lodge at Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2024 Program

In an exciting announcement, the MACRO Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival is set to showcase its seventh annual event with a stellar lineup of events and attendees. From January 19 to 21, 2024, the Lodge, hosted by MACRO Founder & CEO Charles D. King and Chief Brand Officer Stacey Walker King, will grace the iconic 136 Heber Avenue in Park City, UT, bringing three days of programming to champion inclusion and celebrate people of color.

Confirmed attendees include prominent figures such as Normani, Jay Ellis, Dominique Thorne, David Alan Grier, Jack Champion, Ji-Young Yoo, Michelle Farrah Huang, and directors Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden, and Carlos Lopez Estrada. Producers Poppy Hanks, Debra Martin Chase, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and others are also set to make an appearance.

MACRO, a sustaining sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival for the second consecutive year, aims to host a series of panels and parties that reflect its commitment to diversity and representation in the film industry.

The highlight of the schedule includes the Midnight MACRO Party, MACRO's signature late-night event, taking place on Friday night. The Lodge will also feature engaging conversations, such as "Crafting the Culture with NBCU’s Creative Powerhouses" and "The American Society of Magical Negroes," providing an intimate look into the creative processes of industry leaders.

Furthermore, the Lodge will delve into thought-provoking discussions like "No Budget Financing: Possibility or Fantasy?" moderated by Carlos Lopez Estrada, and "Emerging Opportunities in the Africa-Caribbean Film Industries," presented by Netflix.

For a detailed itinerary and more information, visit MACRO, founded in 2015 by Charles D. King, is a multi-platform media company dedicated to amplifying the voices and perspectives of Black, indigenous, and people of color. With business verticals spanning film, television, branding, and talent management, MACRO continues to make a significant impact in the industry, boasting fifteen Oscar nominations, three wins, and a Grammy nomination for its film projects. Notable contributions include co-financing critically acclaimed films like "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Mudbound," and Netflix's recent hit, "They Cloned Tyrone." On the television front, MACRO Television Studios has produced acclaimed series such as "Raising Dion" and "Gentefied."

Midnight MACRO, MACRO’s annual late-night bash and signature invitation-only party event will return and take place on Friday night.


MACRO is a sustaining sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival for the second year in a row. 

Below is a partial listing of The 7th Annual MACRO Lodge at Sundance Film Festival itinerary.


Friday, January 19, 2024

12:00 - 3:00pm

MACRO Lodge Open House

Eat-drink-vibe at the opening of the MACRO Lodge in celebration of all things Freaky Tales. Light bites and Ketel One libations inspired by the MACRO/eOnefilm.



Freaky Tales.  Conversation with Directors, Screenwriters and Producers: Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden. Cast: Jay Ellis, Normani, Dominique Thorne, Ji-Young Yoo, Jack Champion, Keir Gilchrist, Michelle Farrah Huang & Demario Driver.  Producers Poppy Hanks & Jelani Johnson. Moderated by Charles D. King, Founder & CEO, MACRO. 

In 1987 Oakland, a mysterious force guides The Town’s underdogs in four interconnected tales: Teen punks defend their turf against Nazi skinheads, a rap duo battles for hip-hop immortality, a weary henchman gets a shot at redemption, and an NBA All-Star settles the score. Basically another day in the Bay. The incredible directors/screenwriters, cast, and the producers will all be at MACRO Lodge for a lively conversation around the eOne and MACRO Film Studios film that makes its world premiere on the opening night of Sundance.



Midnight MACRO Party

MACRO’s annual late-night bash is hosted by MACRO’s Charles D. King and Stacey Walker King.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Crafting the Culture with NBCU’s Creative Powerhouses—Found’s Nkechi Okoro Carroll, The Equalizer’s Debra Martin Chase, The Gilded Age’s Sonja Warfield & Lopez vs Lopez’s Debby Wolfe.  Moderated by Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Refinery 29. Presented by NBCUniversal.

A remarkable group of creators and executive producers from hit series across the NBCU portfolio dive deep into their creative processes, offering an intimate look at how they bring their unique visions to life. They'll explore the challenges and triumphs of navigating the entertainment landscape and discuss how their body of work has shaped the culture.



The American Society of Magical Negroes. Chat with Director, Screenwriter & Producer Kobi Libii  and stars David Alan Grier and Justice Smith.  Moderated by Trey Mangum, Shadow & Act.  Presented by Focus Features.

The filmmakers and stars stop by the lodge to discuss their Focus Features film that follows a young man, Aren, as he is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who dedicate their lives to a cause of utmost importance: making white people’s lives easier.



Luther: Never Too Much.  Conversation with Director Dawn Porter & Producers Datari Turner and Leah Smith.  Moderated by Journalist Danyel Smith.

The filmmakers visit the lodge to discuss their documentary celebrating the life and work of Luther Vandross, one of the greatest musical vocalists and performers in history. 


Sunday, January 21, 2024

10:30am – 11:30am

No Budget Financing: Possibility or Fantasy?  Moderated by Writer/Director/Producer Carlos Lopez Estrada, Founder, Antigravity Academy.

Join four trailblazing creatives discussing a filmmaking future that is affordable and accessible to all.



Emerging Opportunities in the Africa-Caribbean Film Industries. Presented by Netflix.

The importance of discussing film opportunities in Africa and The Caribbean has never been more critical. In today's age, where diverse voices are gaining prominence, it is imperative to explore and champion narratives from historically underrepresented regions in mainstream cinema. This conversation is not just about industry trends; it's about reshaping narratives, fostering inclusivity, and amplifying voices that have long been silenced.

Go to for the full listing of programming and more details about The MACRO Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival.


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