DAILY NEWS: As Sundance 2000 Nears, Festival Unveils Venues for Doc-Makers and Teens
by Eugene Hernandez
>> As Sundance 2000 Nears, Festival Unveils Venues for Doc-Makers and Teens
(indieWIRE/1.4.2000) -- With millenial madness waning, our eyes now turning to
the start of the indiefilm new year, namely the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
As the event approaches, additional details about the Festival are being
announced. Among the new aspects of Sundance will be two new "spaces," House
of Docs and Gen-Y studio.
Described as "a community space for documentary filmmakers," House of Docs will
be -- for five days (January 21 - 25) -- a gathering place for doc makers,
offering access to other makers, industry execs and two presentations.
"The House of Docs is an expression of the Sundance Institute's strong
commitment to documentary film," explained Nicole Guillemet, Co-Director of
the Sundance Film Festival, in a prepared statement, "It gives documentary
filmmakers a place to exchange ideas, meet with other professionals, and
connect with a supportive network that will extend beyond the Festival."
On Saturday the 22nd, the Festival will present "A Meeting of the Markets"
featuring Udy Epstein, Seventh Arts Releasing; Steve Rothenberg, Artisan
Entertainment; Nancy Abraham, HBO; Liz Manne, Sundance Channel; Pat Mitchell,
CNN and Alon Orstein, PBS; moderated by Ellen Schneider, The American
Documentary/POV. While on Monday the 24th, the House of Docs will offer
"The Perception of Documentaries: Europe vs. United States, with Jane
Balfour, Jane Balfour Films; Ally Derks, IDFA; Ellen Schneider, The
American Documentary; Diane Weyermann, Open Society Institute; James
Yee, ITVS; Betsy McLane, International Documentary Association with
moderator B. Ruby Rich, film and cultural critic. Additionally, the
site will present informal roundtable discussions on subjects including,
Funding-Foundations, Cable, PBS and International Funding and Distribution;
Distribution-Theatrical and Broadcast; and the Creative process.
Meanwhile, Gen-Y Studio is described as "a gathering place which gives
Generation Y filmmakers the opportunity to share ideas, explore film,
and become acquainted with new film technology." From January 21st - 25th,
the studio will welcome high school students from around the United States
(Salt Lake City, New Mexico, California, and Kansas) and the country of
Bhutan. The Just Think Foundation will offer two presentations, including
a short on racism websites on body image, and a highlights from a project
dubbed "Twelve Jewels," which includes twelve short films by students
"The Gen-Y studio is an important addition to the Sundance Institute's
Education Program. It brings high school students from across the nation
together with established filmmakers and industry professionals," explained
Guillemet in a prepared statement, "Students will learn the latest about
film, exchange ideas, and develop friendships that will extend beyond
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