Feature films, indie episodes and New Frontier projects will debut this year –
The Sundance Institute has just released 82 feature films, 6 independent episodes and 15 new frontier projects which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival 2022. The organization has announced the presentation of new independent works selected in the categories Feature Film, Indie Episodic and New Frontier for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. This year’s festival will take place in person in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah, as well as digitally via the organizations site. The festival will also air on The Spaceship, a bespoke immersive platform, and in person to seven satellite venues across the country during the festival’s second weekend. Sundance 2022 runs January 20-30, 2022 with ticket packages on sale December 17 at 10 a.m. MT and single-movie tickets go on sale January 6 at 10 a.m. MT.
The festival audience will be present in several ways. The feature films will premiere in person in Utah, before being released online with a live Q&A and a first night on The Spaceship. Subsequent screenings will take place in person and in on-demand windows on the platform. The New Frontier program will be accessible worldwide online through The Spaceship platform from January 20-28, with an in-person raise and live performances at The Craft, a new artist-centric venue in Park City. Short films and independent episodic works will be performed in person in Utah and will be available on the platform; Shorts lineup will be announced in a December 10 press release. All in-person participants must be fully immunized and wear masks. The latest health safety protocols for the well-being of festival-goers are available here.
âThis year, we look forward to celebrating this generation’s most innovative storytellers as they share their work in a wide range of genres and forms,â said the founder and president of the Sundance Institute. Robert redford. “These artists have provided light through the darkest times, and we look forward to welcoming their unique visions to the world and living them together.”
The Sundance Film Festival is the flagship public program of the Sundance Institute. Throughout the year, the majority of the Institute’s resources support independent artists around the world as they create and develop new works through access to laboratories, direct grants, scholarships, residencies. and other strategic and tactical supports.
âWe’re excited to be returning to our home in Utah, but also to come together in new ways,â said the Festival director. Tabitha jackson. âBuilding on our experience from last year, we have discovered new possibilities for convergence and we recognize that we are now a larger community in which active participation is important and the presence of the public – whatever its manifestation – is essential to our mission. “
The 2022 Sundance Film Festival will open on January 20 with a bionicultural convergence experience as audiences gather online and in person for a special New Frontier presentation of The 32 sounds of Sam Green, which takes place simultaneously at the Park City Egyptian Theater and the spaceship’s Cinema House. An exciting roster of day one films will then open the Festival in Park City: 11 feature films and a program of short films will illustrate the scope of the Festival’s work across genre and form. Day 1 features are Emergency, Fire of love, Fresh, La Guerra Civil, A love song, Marte Um (Mars One), The princess, Tantura, When you finished saving the world, and The worst person in the world. Lucy and Desi is the opening night gala film of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, premiering at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on January 21.
Continue to scroll through the films shown at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival created by and featuring black and brown artists:
892 / USA (Director & Screenwriter: Abi Damaris Corbin, Writer: Kwame Kwei-Armah, Producers: Ashley Levinson, Salman Al-Rashid, Sam Frohman, Kevin Turen, Mackenzie Fargo) – When Brian Brown-Easley’s Disability Check fails to materialize in Veterans Affairs, he finds himself on the verge of homelessness and breaks his daughter’s heart. No other options, he walks into a Wells Fargo bank and says “I have a bomb.” Actors: John Boyega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Nicole Beharie, Connie Britton, Olivia Washington, Selenis Leyva. World premiere.
replica / USA (Directors and Producers: Paula Eiselt, Tonya Lewis Lee) – Following the preventable deaths of their partners due to complications during childbirth, two grieving fathers galvanize activists, birth attendants and doctors to in the face of one of the most pressing American crises of our time – the maternal health crisis in the United States. World premiere.
Alice / USA (Director & Screenwriter: Krystin Ver Linden, Producer: Peter Lawson) – When a woman in bondage in the 1800s Georgia escapes her captor’s 55 acres, she discovers the shocking reality that exists beyond- beyond the tree lineâ¦ it’s 1973. Inspired by true events. Actors: Keke Palmer, Common, Jonny Lee Miller, Gaius Charles. World premiere.
Descending / United States (Director: Margaret Brown, Producers: Essie Chambers, Kyle Martin) – Clotilde, the last ship carrying enslaved Africans to the United States, arrived in Alabama 40 years after the African slave trade became a capital crime. He was quickly burned down and his existence denied. After a century surrounded by secrecy and speculation, the descendants of Clotilde ‘The survivors claim their story. World premiere.
Emergency / USA (Director: Carey Williams, Writer: KD Davila, Producers: Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, John Fischer) – Ready for a night of partying, a group of black and Latino college students must weigh the pros and cons of ” call the police in the face of an unusual emergency. Actors: RJ Cyler, Donald Watkins, Sebastian Chacon, Sabrina Carpenter. World premiere. DAY ONE
the land of god / USA (Director: Julian Higgins, Writers: Shaye Ogbonna, Julian Higgins, Producers: Miranda Bailey, Halee Bernard, Julian Higgins, Amanda Marshall) – When a grieving university professor confronts two hunters she overhears Entering her property, she is drawn into an escalating battle of the wills with catastrophic consequences. Actors: Thandiwe Newton, Jeremy Bobb, Joris Jarsky, Jefferson White, Kai Lennox, Tanaya Beatty. World premiere. Fiction.
Good luck to you, Leo Grande / UK (Director: Sophie Hyde, Writer: Katy Brand, Producers: Debbie Gray, Adrian Politowski) – Nancy Stokes, a retired teacher, longs for adventure and sex. Good sex. And she has a plan: She hires a young sex worker named Leo Grande. Actors: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack. World premiere. Fiction.
Horn for Jesus, save your soul / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Adamma Ebo, Producers: Daniel Kaluuya, Adanne Ebo, Rowan Riley, Amandla Crichlow, Jesse Burgum, Matthew Cooper) – In the aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent South Megachurch Baptist, attempts to help her pastor husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation. Cast: Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown. World premiere. fiction.
jeen-yuhs: a Kanye trilogy / United States (Directors: Clarence “Coodie” Simmons, Chike Ozah, Producers: Clarence “Coodie” Simmons, Chike Ozah, Leah Natasha Thomas) – Kanye West in three acts. The story beyond the iconic music, an intimate and empathetic chronicle with never-before-seen images of 21 years in the life of a captivating figure. World premiere. Documentary.
Marte Um (Mars One) / Brazil (Director and Screenwriter: Gabriel Martins, Producer: Thiago MacÃªdo Correia) – In Brazil, a lower-middle-class black family of four tries to keep morale up and pursue their dreams in the months following the election of a right. wing president, a man who represents everything they are not. Actors: Rejane Faria, Carlos Francisco, Camilla Souza, CÃcero Lucas. World premiere. DAY ONE
Master / USA (Director & Screenwriter: Mariama Diallo, Producers: Joshua Astrachan, Brad Becker-Parton, Andrea Roa) – Three women struggle to find their place at an elite New England college. As the insidious specter of racism haunts campus in increasingly supernatural ways, everyone struggles to survive in this space of privilege. Actors: Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Talia Ryder, Talia Balsam, Amber Gray. World premiere.
Nanny / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Nikyatu Jusu, Producers: Nikkia Moulterie, Daniela Taplin Lundberg) – Aisha is an undocumented nanny who works for a privileged couple in New York. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left in Senegal, a violent supernatural presence invades her reality, threatening the American dream that she painstakingly reconstructs. Actors: Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector, Rose Decker, Leslie Uggams. World premiere.
Frost of Neptune / USA / Rwanda (Directors: Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams, Writer: Saul Williams, Producers: Ezra Miller, Stephen Hendel, Dave Guenette, Maria Judice) – In an otherworldly e-waste dump camp, a collective Subversive piracy attempts to take control of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region’s natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and a fleeing coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection triggers trouble in the greater divine circuit. Cast: Cheryl Isheja, Elvis Ngabo âBoboâ, Bertrand Ninteretse âKaya Freeâ, Eliane Umuhire, Rebecca Muciyo, TrÃ©sor Niyongabo. Fiction.
RIOTSVILLE, United States / United States (Director: Sierra Pettengill, Producers: Sara Archambault, Jamila Wignot) – Welcome to Riotsville, a fictional town built by the US military. Using footage shot by the media and the government, the film explores the militarization of the police and a nation’s response to the uprisings of the late 1960s, creating a counter-narrative at a critical time in l American history. World premiere. Documentary.
TikTok, Boom. / USA (Director: Shalini Kantayya, Producers: Ross M. Dinerstein. Shalini Kantayya, Danni Mynard) – With TikTok now crowned the world’s most downloaded app, these are the personal stories of a cultural phenomenon, told at through an ensemble distribution of native Gen-Z, journalists and experts. This film seeks to answer: “Why is an app, best known for dancing people, the target of so much controversy? ” World premiere.
We need to talk about Cosby / USA (Director: W. Kamau Bell, Producers: Andrew Fried, Katie A. King, Geraldine L. Porras, Dane Lillegard, Sarina Roma, Jordan Wynn) – Can you separate the art from the artist? Should you even try? While there are many people we could ask these questions about, none pose a more difficult challenge than Bill Cosby. World premiere. Documentary.