Sundance Institute Selects Six Creative Teams and Projects for New Frontier Story Lab

Sundance Institute Selects Six Creative Teams and Projects for New Frontier Story Lab

The Sundance Institute has announced the six projects
selected for its New Frontier Story Lab, running October 23-28 at the Sundance
Resort in Utah. Inspired by the New Frontier section from the Sundance Film
Festival , and built on the Institute’s Lab model, the Lab specifically
supports artists innovating the art and form of storytelling at the convergence
of film, visual art, media, live performance, music and technology.

The Lab draws talent and expertise from all of Sundance
Institute’s creative programs, including Feature Film, Documentary Film, and
the Sundance Film Festival.

The creative teams and projects selected for the 2013 New
Frontier Story Lab are:

 

#PostModem

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva

#PostModem is a comedic, satirical sci-fi musical set in a
future Miami on the brink of the convergence of artificial and human
intelligence. In this complex storyworld of live and digital spaces, audiences
are immersed in the narrative of a teenage girl who must decide to usher in
this “singularity” or destroy it at its source.

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva were included in Filmmaker
Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” list, and their collaborations
have screened at film festivals, museums and galleries worldwide including the
Sundance Film Festival, Milan, SXSW, MoMA, Guggenheim Museums in Venice,
Bilbao, Berlin, New York, and the permanent collection of the Miami Art Museum.
Together they help run the Borscht collective and Film Festival.

 

Hashtag Hamlet

Jay Bushman and M. Elizabeth Hughes

This multiplatform web series radically modernizes
Shakespeare’s most famous play as a political thriller for the social media
age.

Jay Bushman is a writer, producer and pioneer of independent
transmedia. He was the transmedia producer and a writer for The Lizzie Bennet
Diaries, for which he won a 2013 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Creative
Achievement in Interactive Media – Original Interactive Program. Other projects
include the Emmy® Award-winning Dirty Work.

M. Elizabeth Hughes is a producer residing in Los Angeles.
She has credits on the award-winning Short Term 12, Joss Whedon’s Much Ado
About Nothing, and Save the Date. She also produced the web series Husbands,
currently airing on CW Seed.

 

The Memory Mosaic

Banker White and Sarah Kramer

The Memory Mosaic is a web-based, public art project that
captures the complex emotional experience of connecting with our aging loved
ones. The project will offer visitors a place to tell personal stories and
connect with others, creating a powerful mosaic of a community connected
through compassion.

Banker White is an award-winning filmmaker and
multi-disciplinary artist. His films were supported by Sundance Institute,
Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Film Fund, LEF Foundation, Impact Partners,
GoodPitch, Fledgling Fund, Working films and Influence Film Foundation. In
2009, he founded WeOwnTV, a collaborative filmmaking and storytelling project
in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Sarah Kramer is an Emmy and Peabody Awards-winning
documentary storyteller and journalist. She was a founding staffer and senior
producer of NPR’s StoryCorps and a multimedia editor at The New York Times
where she created One in 8 Million. She started in documentary films at PBS and
HBO.

 

Mythical Creatures

Gary Baseman and David Charles

This is the story of Gary Baseman, one of America’s most
prolific artists, and the relationship between his art and the breath-taking
discoveries about his parents who survived the holocaust in the Ukraine.

Gary Baseman is a Los Angeles-based artist and three-time
Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning creator. Deemed one of the 100 Most Creative
People by Entertainment Weekly, a retrospective of his work from the past 25
years showcased at the Skirball Cultural Center in 2013.

David Charles is an award-winning writer and director. He
has created interactive and non-traditional storytelling experiences for brands
and properties worldwide. In 2011, Charles became Baseman’s creative partner;
which has spawned a feature currently in development, an animation and their
next project: Mythical Creatures.

 

An Untitled Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacob

Joshua Frankel and Judd Greenstein

The most powerful and visionary builder in New York City
history is confronted by a groundbreaking urban theorist leading a revolt
against his plan to demolish her neighborhood, igniting a conflict that will
shape the cities of the future and the lives of those who call them home.

Joshua Frankel is a director, animator and visual artist.
Works include Plan Of The City, public murals, Lincoln Center and Broadway
projections, and videos for President Obama’s 2008 campaign; presented at BAM,
London Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Public Art in Sweden, Annecy
International Festival of Animation and UN World Urban Forum.

Judd Greenstein is a composer. Recent commissions include
the Minnesota Orchestra, Lucerne Festival, Alabama Symphony, Claremont Trio,
ETHEL, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth. He is the co-director of New Amsterdam
Records/New Amsterdam Presents, the curator of New York’s Ecstatic Music
Festival, and as a founding member of NOW Ensemble.

 

Vacant America

Ricardo Rivera, Joshua James – Klip Collective

Vacant America is a documentary that uses projection mapping
on the nation’s empty structures to examine the underlying American philosophy
that has shaped the concept of vacancy through expert interviews and community
stories.

Klip Collective specializes in creating immersive visual
experiences by combining media technology and problem-solving engineering with
a cinematic vision. Klip excels in invention-based production with multiple
patents in projection mapping. In 10 years, Klip has gone from an artistic
endeavor to a creative partner of the world’s most respected advertising
agencies. They premiered What’s He Building in There? at the 2013 edition of
New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival.

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