The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a cultural arts institution with a dual mission of film and education, is one of six locations selected in the United States at which the Sundance Institute’s new program Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue will be offered. The purpose of the worldwide program is to foster cross-cultural understanding through cinematic storytelling, thereby promoting the Institute’s mission of supporting and promoting independent films. Film Forward chose a carefully curated group of 10 contemporary independent films, five American and five international, and invited the filmmakers to present their works.
On Friday, May 6, Debra Granik director and co-writer of the Oscar nominated film, Winter’s Bone, will be at the JBFC for the day. She will teach a hands-on workshop at the Media Arts Lab, the JBFC education facility, hold a Q&A with the audience after a 5:00 pm screening of her film, and lead a discussion after her film is shown at the Friday Night Films at the Lab, a monthly film series for high schoolers. The workshop is by invitation only to Media Arts Lab students. Tickets for the 5:00 pm screening can be purchased at www.burnsfilmcenter.org or at the box office which opens one hour before the first film of the day on weekdays and 11:00 am on weekends. Tickets for Friday Night Films are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.
In addition, director Stanley Nelson is scheduled to present Freedom Riders, a new documentary coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the freedom rides in May of 1961, in a special program for regional middle and high school students.
The nonprofit Sundance Institute was founded by actor/director Robert Redford in 1981. It is a global nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. Redford was honored at the JBFC’s 10th annual Silver Screen Circle celebration in January 2011. To learn more about the Sundance Institute, log onto www.sundance.org.
The Sundance Institute has joined with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services in this initiative.