Sundance Institute partners for film program

'Film Forward' includes 10 indies, master classes, Q&As

In partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Sundance Institute will present a program called "Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue," consisting of 10 indie films -- five American and five international -- which will be shown in the United States and at American embassies and other venues abroad.

The program will include master classes, discussion panels and Q&As to encourage dialogue and develop new audiences for independent film.

The project will launch in New York in December and run through September 2011, with all of the films screening in the spring at a gala showcase in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution on the Mall in Washington.

Besides the President's Committee, the partnership also involves the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

"We are honored to partner with our nation's leading cultural entities that share a commitment to cultural exchange," Sundance Institute exec director Keri Putnam said. "Film Forward is an important step in advancing our founder Robert Redford's original vision of making independent storytelling accessible and relevant throughout the world."
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