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Sundance 2016 Panels to Feature Christopher Nolan, Werner Herzog, Lena Dunham, and More

Sundance 2016 Panels to Feature Christopher Nolan, Werner Herzog, Lena Dunham, and More

The fast-approaching 2016 edition of the Sundance Film Festival (January 21-31) features an exciting slate of panels and conversations, including both the long-running “Power of Story” series—with appearances by Christopher Nolan, Colin Trevorrow, and Alex Ross Perry—and a new venue, Festival Base Camp, which will play host to daily music performances. Topics to be covered at this year’s festival include the relationship between media technology and storytelling, film
aesthetics and the use of celluloid, music design, casting, and environmentalism.

READ MORE: “Sundance Programmers Unveil, Discuss 2016 Competition, NEXT Lineups (EXCLUSIVE)”

Other luminaries expected to participate include D.A. Pennebaker, Norman Lear, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler, Morgan Spurlock, Werner
Herzog, Joshua Oppenheimer, Rebecca Hall, Michael Shannon, Charlie Kaufman, and Duke Johnson, among others. Read the full schedule of Sundance conversations below.

“Power of Story” Panels

Both “Power of Story” panels will be live streamed at

Power of Story: 
Evolution of Storytelling

Monday, January 25 at 2:30 p.m. MST
Egyptian Theatre

While story is how we understand ourselves, our society and
the world around us, it doesn’t exist until it’s shared through the mediums we
use to communicate – our communication architecture. In celebration of the 10th
anniversary of our New Frontier Program, join a group of remarkable minds –
storytellers and creative technologists – for a workshop that explores
imagination, innovation and the deeply intertwined worlds of technology and
storytelling. Led by John Underkoffler (Minority Report, Iron Man, CEO, Oblong
Industries), guests Nancy Bennett (CCO and Head of Virtual Reality,Two Bit
Circus), John Gaeta (The Matrix Trilogy, Executive Creative Director, ILMxLAB),
Kevin Slavin (MIT Media Lab), Lynette Wallworth (Collisions), Reggie Watts
(Waves) give us a glimpse into the mind-blowing future of story.

Power of Story: The Art of Film

Thursday, January 28 at 2:30 p.m. MST

Egyptian Theatre

Kicking off Art of Film Weekend, in this celebration of
celluloid, we look at film aesthetics, its intrinsic qualities and its appeal
to filmmakers who have made the artistic choice to employ film as a shooting
format. Since the birth of cinema, artists have found within a thin strip of
celluloid film myriad forms of expression and a magical medium through which to
tell stories. Join Christopher Nolan (Memento, Dark Knight series,
Interstellar), Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World), and
moderator Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth).

“Art of Film” Weekend
Cinema Café with D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus
Friday, January 29 at 11:30 a.m. MST

Filmmaker Lodge

Each morning at the Filmmaker Lodge, Cinema Café invigorates
the culture of conversation with a daily series of informal chats featuring special
guests for thought-provoking discussions. This edition of Cinema Cafe during
the Art of Film weekend features a conversation with D.A. Pennebaker and Chris

Adapting Genres to Virtual Reality
Friday, January 29 at 1:30 p.m. MST
New Frontier Gateway

Close ups, fast cuts, and pacing were all initially
accidents that became staples in conveying mood, tone, and story in film. In
virtual reality, much of those tools are gone, and with that, our tools to
shape genres are also changing. What have we learned so far in approaching
story in virtual reality? Join us in an open discussion with virtual reality
pioneers Saschka Unseld (creative director, Oculus Story Studio), Jessica
Brillhart (principal filmmaker, VR at Google), Eric Darnell (CCO, Baobab,
director, Madagascar) and Emilie Joly (CEO, Apelab). Moderated by Yelena
Rachitsky (creative producer and Head of Education, Oculus Story Studio).

Art of Music Supervision: Show & Tell with Randall
Friday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m. MST

Filmmaker Lodge

Setting scenes to particular tunes and selecting artists for
the soundtrack are crucial to contributing nuance, tone, and expression to a
film. This is where an accomplished music supervisor like Randall Poster comes
in. Poster works with filmmakers Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, and Richard
Linklater, to name a few. Through film clips and discussion, Poster will share
what inspires him, how he collaborates with filmmakers, and how his craft of
music supervision ultimately brings a film to new heights and deeper meaning.
#SFFonMusic #ArtFilmWeekend

Song Exploder Live with KT Tunstall
Friday, January 29 at 3:00 p.m. MST

Festival Base Camp

Presented by Canada Goose

Art of Film Weekend welcomes the Song Exploder podcast where
musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how
they were made. Using the isolated, individual tracks from the recording, host
Hrishikesh Hirway asks artists like U2, Björk, The National, Alexandre Desplat
and KT Tunstall to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating
their work. #SongExploder

Cinema Café with Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
Saturday, January 30 at 11:30 a.m. MST                 

Filmmaker Lodge

This edition of Cinema Café during the Art of Film weekend
features a conversation with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson of Anomalisa.

Behind the Scenes: The Art of Casting              

Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. MST

Filmmaker Lodge

Casting directors play a critical role to narrative
filmmaking, but how well much do we understand about their craft? How do
instinct and experience play into their decisions? How does their work generate
fresh and meaningful characters? Richard Hicks (Gravity, Zero Dark Thirty)
moderates a conversation with seasoned casting directors Jessica Daniels
(Wiener-Dog, 30 Rock), Jessica Kelly (Precious, Obvious Child), Stephanie
Holbrook (Christine, Equity) that will take us behind the scenes to illuminate
the art and alchemy behind their process. #SFFonCasting #ArtFilmWeekend

Additional Offscreen Programming
How to Save the World

Friday, January 22, 2:30 p.m. MST

Festival Base Camp

Presented by Canada Goose

It’s impossible to separate the history of environmentalism
from the powerful images put forth by filmmakers in a collective body of work
that has tackled wildlife conservation, climate change, environmental concerns
and species extinction to name but a few. But can these voices empower a global
community to take action before it’s too late? Join moderator Pat Mitchell
(Chair of the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees), Beverly and Dereck Joubert
(Reflections on Elephants, The Last Lions), Louie Psihoyos (The Cove, Racing
Extinction), and Josh Fox (Gasland, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the
Things Climate Can’t Change). #SFFGlobalAction

Cinema Cafe

These panels will be live streamed at sundance.org/festival
from the Filmmaker Lodge. Some Cinema Café discussions are programmed in
collaboration with TimesTalks, streaming engaging discussions with Festival
filmmakers and New York Times journalists.

Lena Dunham and Norman Lear (TimesTalks)
Friday, January 22, 11:30 a.m. MST

Chelsea Handler and Morgan Spurlock (TimesTalks)
Saturday, January 23, 11:30 a.m. MST

John Krasinski and Thomas Middleditch (TimesTalks)
Sunday, January 24, 11:30 a.m. MST

Werner Herzog and Joshua Oppenheimer (TimesTalks)
Monday, January 25, 11:30 a.m. MST

Rebecca Hall and Michael Shannon (TimesTalks)
Tuesday, January 26, 11:30 a.m. MST


Wednesday, January 27, 11:30 a.m. MST


Thursday, January 28, 11:30 a.m. MST

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