Black Women Shined Bright at Day 2 of Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival (formerly Utah/US Film Festival, then US Film and Video Festival) is an annual film festival organized by the Sundance Institute. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States, with more than 46,660 attending in 2016. It takes place each January in Park City, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; and at the Sundance Resort (a ski resort near Provo, Utah), and acts as a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival consists of competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, Midnight, Sundance Kids, From the Collection, Premieres, and Documentary Premieres. (Wikipedia)

Due to the pandemic, the festival proceeded to virtual for the second year in a row. Black Women shined bright during the second day. Check out some of the virtual events that took place on January 21st 2022. The Festival runs through January 30th.

A CONVERSATION ON BLACK CREATIVITY WITH WE THE CULTURE, FEATURING MS. TINA KNOWLES-LAWSON

PREMIERED LIVE FRIDAY, JAN 21 8:00 PM — 9:00 PM EST

We The Culture, Meta’s Black Creator program, led by Michelle Mitchell, engaged in a candid conversation with Ms. Tina Knowles-Lawson — star of the Facebook Watch Original show, Talks with Mama Tina and co-founder of the WACO Theater Center — along with impressive creators from its inaugural year. Together this group of creatives will discuss their journeys and the role We The Culture has played along the way.

We The Culture was birthed out of Meta’s $25 million investment in support of media and content partnerships with Black public figures and creators in film, television, fitness, sports, broadcasting, publishing, and more. Aligned with Facebook’s mission to give people the power to build community, We The Culture is a creative community fueled by Black creators and dedicated to championing Black culture. We The Culture is a brand, a family of holistic high-touch content and partner programs and social channels. Through We The Culture, we’re continuing to take critical steps to turn the corner and show up for the Black community by elevating their stories in tangible ways. Follow on socials at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Giphy.

BEHIND THE LENS WITH MEAGAN GOOD

PRESENTED BY SHADOW AND ACT

CEO of Blavity Inc, home to Shadow and Act, Morgan DeBaun, was joined by actress and entertainment industry veteran, Meagan Good, for an intimate one-on-one discussion on career longevity, the recent success of her newest project Harlem, and her personal reflections on being a Black woman in the film and entertainment industry.

This event premiered live 1/21 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM (Mountain Time).

MORGAN DEBAUN is the CEO of Blavity, creators of Shadow And Act

MEAGAN GOOD is an Actress on Harlem, Director, and Producer

ADOBE INTERVIEWS TABITHA JACKSON

PRESENTED BY ADOBE

Festival-goers got to join Meagan Keane of Adobe for an exclusive interview with Sundance Film Festival Director, Tabitha Jackson, as they discussed her thoughts, advice, and experience as this year’s Sundance Film Festival kicks off.

This event premiered live 1/21 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM (Mountain Time) 

Tabitha Jackson — award-winning commissioning editor, director, producer and writer — who believes passionately in the arts as a public good, is the Director of the Sundance Film Festival. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of arts and nonfiction film, she has previously served as the Director of the Documentary Film Program at the Sundance Institute, as well as head of Arts and Performance at Channel 4 Television in London before joining the Sundance team.

In 2013, Jackson was appointed Director of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute with a mission to champion the power of artful nonfiction cinema in the culture and to support a more expansive set of makers and forms. In supporting such work, she and her team encouraged the diverse exchange of ideas by artists as a critical pathway to developing an open society. Also while in the role, she launched and led a new pillar of work at the Institute — Impact, Engagement and Advocacy — with the goal of reasserting the role of the independent artist as a dynamic progressive cultural force.

Prior to joining the Sundance Institute, Jackson worked at Channel 4 to support independent and alternative voices and find fresh and innovative ways of storytelling. She executive produced a number of projects for the UK’s Film 4 including Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film, Clio Barnard’s The Arbor, Sophie Fiennes’ The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollards’ 20,000 Days on Earth. Jackson was drawn to these filmmakers, along with many others, because of their use of innovative cinematic storytelling to challenge accepted orthodoxies, and, as a result, revealing a little more of the human condition.

Learn more about The Sundance Film Festival by visiting https://festival.sundance.org/

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