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Exclusive: Kickstarter Announces Sundance Film Festival Panels, Events and Special Office Hours

Exclusive: Kickstarter Announces Sundance Film Festival Panels, Events and Special Office Hours

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The team over at Kickstarter is having a pretty big week. As the crowdfunding platform celebrates an Oscar nomination for its funded project “Anomalisa,” they are also gearing up for a big year at Sundance, kicking off next week.

Looking for the Kickstarter team around the fest? Odds are, you’ll find them at the Kickstarter Green Room, where they will host a number of events dedicated to culture and creativity — including a live taping of our very own Screen Talk podcast with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson —throughout the festival.

Indiewire is excited to announce the details of what festival-goers can expect to find at said Green Room (Screen Talk, cough cough), including a panel centered on online short documentaries and events for Kickstarter-funded films like “Kiki” and “Dark Night,” along with a karaoke night that sounds like the sort of thing that will keep the singing-inclined on their snow-booted toes. In addition to a variety of special events, panels and parties, the Kickstarter Green Room will be open for assorted “open hours” for fans and friends alike, along with Film Team “office hours” for anyone eager to chat about how to really make their own Kickstarter projects pop.

The Kickstarter Green Room is located at 591 Main Street and will be
open every day from 11AM–4PM, as well as in the evenings for the events
listed below.

Docs of the Future: Will Online Short Documentaries Change the Industry?
Co-partner: The Guardian
Friday, January 22
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Opportunities are booming for online short documentaries, with The Intercept’s new Field of Vision project joining The Guardian Documentary, New York Times’ OpDocs, and other players as exciting opportunities for international filmmakers to reach large audiences with stories that can be told in short form. Is this a challenge or a complement to traditional exhibitors such as broadcasters? How do the platforms differ, and what new things can they offer the industry? These platforms all have their roots in news, investigation, and journalism — does that influence the films they want? And how does it all work with finance and rights? Join representatives from three online doc platforms plus filmmakers who’ve worked with them, and find out whether this could be the future of documentaries. Stick around for a drink after the panel to discuss your own ideas.
Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision)
Kathleen Lingo (New York Times OpDocs)
Charlie Phillips (The Guardian)
Elaine Sheldon (Filmmaker)
Mike Palmieri (Filmmaker)
Donal Mosher (Filmmaker)
Nanfu Wang (Filmmaker)
Ingrid Kopp, Senior Consultant at the Tribeca Film Institute

Friday, January 22
Time: 10pm-1am
Kickstarter has teamed up with Los Angeles-based production company MEMORY for a special event welcoming you to Park City. Stay tuned for more details!

All Power to the People
Saturday, January 23
Time: 3pm-4pm
This panel will explore strategies for reaching and engaging black audiences from festivals to theaters to broadcast and beyond. Panelists include Stanley Nelson (The Black Panthers), Sonya Childress (Firelight), Dawn Porter (TRAPPED), Marie Nelson (PBS) and will be moderated by Moira Griffin (Sundance Diversity Initiatives). Panelists will give case studies from the Black Panthers and TRAPPED, and discuss how to leverage online platforms (e.g., social media, Kickstarter, Tugg) and grassroots strategies to reach target audiences.

Fighting for the Things Climate Can’t Change
Sunday, January 24
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
The team behind the film How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change brings together a panel of influential renewable technology experts, community leaders, political advocates, NGO leaders, and funders to discuss how to take climate change action after Paris COP21. Learn how we can work together to develop local renewable energy systems and viable investment vehicles. Plus, participate in the launch of director Josh Fox’s “Let Go and Love Tour,” a bold new distribution strategy that will bring the campaign to 100 towns on the front lines of climate change through cultural and grassroots activism.
Josh Fox (Director, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change)
Ella Chou (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Aria Doe (The Action Center)
Mika Maiava (Pacific Climate Warriors)
Clara Vondrich (Divest Invest Philanthropy)
Lina Srivastava (Social Impact Strategist, CIEL)

Karaoke Roulette with the cast of “Spa Night”
Sunday, January 24
Time: 6pm-9pm
Join songstress White Widow and the cast and crew of Spa Night for a lively karaoke roulette competition. The musical roster will include karaoke favorites as well as songs from the film. But at karaoke roulette, you don’t know what song you’ll be singing until you hit the stage, and you’ll have to give it your all to entertain the VIP judges…

Maica Armata Performance in partnership with “Dark Night”
Sunday, January 24
Time: 11pm-1am
Join the cast and crew following the World Premiere of Tim Sutton’s “Dark Night” for a celebration featuring an intimate performance by Maica Armata, the composer of the film.

Indiewire Screen Talk Live Podcast
Monday, January 25
Time: 3pm-4pm
Join Indiewire’s deputy editor Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson as they talk about all things movies during a live recording of their popular weekly podcast, Screen Talk. This week they’ll dig through the Sundance hype to figure out which movies are gathering buzz — and which ones really deserve it. They’ll discuss the current marketplace for indie films and how the entertainment business has evolved in the new year . . . and at the end, you’ll have a chance to ask some questions of your own.

Monday, January 25
A custom, curated fear experience by Blackout. One night only. Space is very limited.
To face your fears, you must walk through alone.
Tickets are extremely limited. Tickets will be available in person on a first come, first serve basis from 5–7PM, Monday, January 25 at the Kickstarter Green Room. Those who obtain tickets will be assigned a time to return for the experience later that evening.
No one under 18 will be admitted. You will be required to sign a waiver before entering.
Blackout is an interactive performance art piece designed for audience members to walk through alone. While navigating a series of hallways and rooms, the audience becomes the protagonist in their own horror film, confronting such basic fears as complete darkness, tight spaces, crawling, and sexually violent situations.
Through darkness, sensory deprivation, and adult-oriented content, Blackout has become famous for giving people a canvas upon which they project their inner-most fears.
Created in 2009, Blackout is a partnership between Co-Directors and Creators Kristjan Thor and Josh Randall, and Executive Producer John Harper. Since then, Blackout has created over 25 different experiences in NYC, LA, Chicago, and San Francisco. Many of these experiences are part of the famous off-season shows that have garnered a cult-like status within the world of horror fans.
In addition to a feature-length documentary called The Blackout Experiments premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Blackout has most recently created multi-platform presentations with musicians Skrillex and Queens of the Stone Age, as well as creating live horror events for Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, The Purge), Universal Pictures, Focus Features (Insidious 3), and others.

“Kiki” Celebration
Tuesday, January 26
Time: 9pm-1am
A performance by the cast of Kiki: Twiggy Pucci Garçon, Gia Marie Love, Chi Chi Mizrahi, Kenneth “Symba McQueen” Soler-Rios, Christopher Waldorf and DJ MikeQ of Qween Beat, members of NYC’s “Kiki” scene. The “Kiki” scene is a vibrant, safe space for Vogue performance and alternative family structure, created and governed by LGBTQ youth-of-color activists.
“Kiki” is directed by Sara Jordenö, written by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garçon. Score by legendary Ballroom and Voguing Producer Collective Qween Beat.

The crowdfunding platform is celebrating a bevy of Kickstarter-funded projects that will debut at the festival, including films like “Kiki,” “Spa Night,” “Trapped” and “Film Hawk.” The festival will also play home to a very special event that chronicles the creation of the Kickstarter-funded festival darling “Anomalisa.” You can check out all the Kickstarter-funded Sundance projects right here.

Of this year’s festival, Kickstarter’s own Dan Schoenbrun (who heads up the Film Outreach Team’s narrative side), said: “We’ve been working closely with the Sundance Institute since 2011, and are so proud of the incredible work we’ve been able to do together to support a diverse subsection of artists at the festival and beyond. This year, we’ve decided to turbocharge our presence at Sundance, and for the first time we’ll be opening our doors to the wider creative community at the new Kickstarter Green Room, right in the heart of Main St. From live music to panel discussions to a karaoke competition (yep), we’ve put together a robust slate of events throughout the week to highlight the incredible, boundary-pushing work made possible on Kickstarter every day. We’re so excited to celebrate our fourteen alumni premiering at the festival this year, and we hope you’ll join us!”

You can check out more information about (including how to RSVP for all events) the Kickstarter presence at this year’s Sundance Film Festival right here.

READ MORE: How Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ Became the Surprise Hit of the Fall Festival Season

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