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Sundance 2015 Draws Cinephiles with First-Ever Art of Film Weekend

Sundance 2015 Draws Cinephiles with First-Ever Art of Film Weekend

Sundance’s Art of Film Weekend (January 29-31) will highlight writers, directors, producers and actors, along with cinematographers, editors and many more below-the-line cinematic craftsmen, and will kick off with a career-spanning discussion with fest founder Robert Redford and George Lucas.

Additional panels on topics including artistry in film music, virtual reality, visual design, editing and documentary will follow. Highlights include talks with “Her” production designer K.K. Barrett, editing maestro Sarah Flack (“Lost in Translation”) and doc filmmakers Ross McElwee (“Bright Leaves”) and Sam Green (“The Weather Underground”). Full Art of Film Weekend lineup below.

Sundance 2015 runs January 22 through February 1 in Park City, Utah. (Read our interview with the fest programmers here.)

Power of Story: Visions of
Independence
Kicking off Art of Film
Weekend, join Robert Redford and George Lucas—two iconic
filmmakers who epitomize the spirit of independence in American cinema—in
conversation with critic Leonard Maltin. Distinctive as storytellers,
their pioneering visions have also yielded innovative enterprises and
institutions that cultivate creativity and imagination, advance technology, and
push the realm of possibility. This will be live streamed on sundance.org. 

Art of the Score: A Performance
and Discussion with Harry Gregson-Williams
We explore the artists’ approach to film music with
renowned composer Harry Gregson-Williams (the Shrek series, The Chronicles
of Narnia
series, The Town, Man on Fire, Kingdom of Heaven, Spy Game
and Blackhat), who shares his
creative process from that first spark of a musical conception through the
delivery of a final score. With film excerpts and a live performance, including
electric violinist Hugh Marsh, we explore the indispensable role music
plays in cinema. 

A New Language in Filmmaking:
Virtual Reality
— Over a century has
passed since the advent of film, allowing filmmakers to continuously hone,
craft, and form the language of cinema, as well as pass those teachings on to a
new crop of filmmakers. Virtual reality, on the other hand, has only recently
emerged, and with it, a completely new language and approach to storytelling.
Learn from the top directors working in this medium as they take you through
their journey of failure and success in virtual reality storytelling. Join Chris
Milk
(director, An Evolution of
Verse, Sound and Vision
, Wilderness
Downtown
), Rose Troche (director, Perspective, The L Word),
Saschka Unseld (director, The Blue
Umbrella
, story consultant to Oculus), and Glen Keane (animator, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Duet). 

Design Inspiration — Where does the visual design of a film begin, and
how does it contribute to the overall art of cinematic storytelling? Through an
illuminating conversation that integrates handpicked visual and filmic
references, discover the creative processes of three talented individuals (and
frequent collaborators of Spike Jonze) known for their stunning artistic
sensibilities: cinematographer Lance Acord (God’s Pocket, Where the Wild
Things Are
, Lost in Translation);
production designer K.K. Barrett (Her,
Human Nature, Marie Antoinette, Being John
Malkovich
); and costume designer Casey Storm (Her, Where the Wild Things
Are
, Adaptation).

Cutting Class: An Editor’s Guide
to Storytelling
— Spend
an unforgettable afternoon with award-winning editor Sarah Flack (The Limey, Lost in Translation, Marie
Antoinette
) as she leads an in-depth session about her editing process,
examining everything from the construction and evolution of scenes to the
nuances of storytelling from an editor’s perspective. Flack will shed light on
the unique relationship between director and editor, referencing her
collaborations with Sofia Coppola, Sam Mendes, and Steven Soderbergh.

The Doc Art Mix Tape — Perhaps more than any other cinema form,
documentary is all too often discussed more in terms of content rather than its
craft. But through its artful construction, distinctive storytelling styles,
memorable characters, and groundbreaking aesthetics, non-fiction film has given
us remarkable and lasting cinematic moments. Join us for a personal journey
through documentary guided by Sam Green (The Weather Underground, Utopia
in Four Movements
) and Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March, Time
Indefinite
, Bright Leaves), who
unearth the rare and special moments that illustrate the remarkable range of
the form.

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