Sundance Institute to Bring Filmmaker and Artist Workshops to Miami

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Sundance Institute’s programmers will soon be coming to Miami to develop new projects with local artists through a series of workshops and events for emerging screenwriters, directors, and multidisciplinary artists, with funding from Knight Foundation. The inaugural workshop is a New Frontier Flash Lab, set for February 2014, offering greater accessibility for emerging artists to the Institute’s renowned creative artist development programs. 

Sundance’s New Frontier program was created in 2007 to identify and foster independent artists innovating in the art and form of storytelling at the convergence of film, art, media, live performance, music and technology; to provide a place for audience to view and participate in their work; and to build a community of collaborators across diverse disciplines to push the boundaries of story.  An experiment in Festival presentation, New Frontier is a social and creative space that showcases media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, panel discussions, and more.

Screenwriting Fellows at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab.

The dynamic work presented at New Frontier inspired Sundance Institute to deepen its support of storytellers pioneering new mediums and methodologies by establishing the New Frontier Story Lab in 2011. It is this Lab that Sundance will bring to Miami, to supports artists who are developing interactive, immersive, or experimental projects that aim to create rich and resonant experiences for audiences and is open to a wide variety of storytelling disciplines, forms and story designs.

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “This initiative is in line with our commitment to discovering and supporting independent artists in regions across the country as a means of encouraging diverse stories and greater understanding.” Dennis Scholl, Vice President for Arts at Knight Foundation, succinctly describes what makes Miami a suitable host city for these inaugural workshops – “Two words: raw talent.”

A  ShortsLab for filmmakers on the making of short films will follow later in the year.

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Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Miami Film Festival's executive director and director of programming. Learn more about Jaie on Programmers.