Sundance: The Blackhouse Foundation Plots Virtual Program

A Lowkey Conversation With Issa Rae And Prentice Penny
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Blackhouse's 2021 schedule will be announced in coming weeks. 

The Blackhouse Foundation will return to the Sundance Film Festival, with its 2021 programming taking place on a digital Main St.

Blackhouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for Black content creators, will have virtual programming that will span the entire seven days of the 2021 festival, which is running Jan. 28 to Feb. 3. The panels, conversations and events will be delivered via the online events platform Hopin.

“In 2007, Blackhouse launched at Sundance with no proof of concept, ran the full length of the festival, and began to change the face of independent film. We sparked a metamorphosis," said Blackhouse board chair Brickson Diamond.

He added: "COVID-19, George Floyd’s murder, and the resulting global racial reckoning have created such disruption and loss. However, just as we did in 2007, Blackhouse sees glimmers of possibility, with 27 Black films being represented in the 2021 reduced lineup of 70 films. As we return to a full festival run of programming at the virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival, we are intent on changing the world for Black creators... again. We hope our regulars and every person who ever dreamed of attending Sundance will join us.”

Facebook will return as the presenting sponsor and expanding their SEEN program, which is meant to support Black filmmakers at every stage in their career. Also returning is Strayer University as a select sponsor and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network as a supporting sponsor.

Michael B. Jordan, Stephanie Allain, Tessa Thompson, and Issa Rae are a few of the talents that have participated in Blackhouse's Sundance program in recent years. The schedule for the 2021 fest will be announced in the coming weeks.