Sundance London Announces Program


Sundance Institute and AEG Europe have announced this year’s Sundance London film and music festival programme for the 3rd annual festival which runs April 25-27, 2014 at The O2.  Sundance London will include 21 feature films and 18 short films across five sections. Twenty-four films will make their world, international, European or UK premieres at Sundance London. Among the filmmakers expected to attend are Ryan Coogler, David Cross, Rose McGowan and Marjane Satrapi.


Archive has been announced as the first headlining music act for the 2014 festival with several of the films, both documentaries and narrative, looking at the power of music.  In conjunction with screenings of Finding Fela, the festival will host a free performance from Dele Sosimi, one of the original members of Fela Kuti’s band, alongside an Afrobeat orchestra. The Art of Film Music panel will discuss the process of composing original music for films, and Jarvis Cocker will join the Hybrid Vigour Documentary panel alongside Edwyn Collins.  Also, free live music performances organized by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will take place in The Hub at Brooklyn Bowl for pass and ticket holders aged 18 and older.


As every year, Sundance London will screen American independent narrative and documentary films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A..  These include –

Blue Ruin (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier)
The Case Against 8 (Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White)
Dinosaur 13 (Director: Todd Miller)
Drunktown’s Finest (Director and screenwriter: Sydney Freeland)
Finding Fela (Director: Alex Gibney)
Fruitvale Station (Director and screenwriter: Ryan Coogler)
Hits (Director and screenwriter: David Cross)
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Director: David Zellner, Screenwriters: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner)
LAMBERT & STAMP (Director: James D. Cooper)
Little Accidents (Director and screenwriter: Sara Colangelo)
Memphis (Director and screenwriter: Tim Sutton)
Obvious Child (Director and screenwriter: Gillian Robespierre)
They Came Together (Director: David Wain, Screenwriters: Michael Showalter, David Wain)
Under the Electric Sky (Directors: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz)
The Voices (Director: Marjane Satrapi, Screenwriter: Michael R. Perry)

The Special Event Programme screens stories complemented by extraordinary off-screen experiences –

Axiom (Director: NYSU, Screenwriters: David Gambero & NYSU).  Includes a live performance and DJ set by South London collective Archive, who will also participate in a post-screening Q&A.

The UK Spotlight stream draws on the Sundance Film Festival’s legacy of premiering outstanding films produced in the UK.  This showcase presents two UK films that premiered in Park City, Utah this year –

Frank (Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan)
The Trip to Italy (Director: Michael Winterbottom, Screenwriters: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Michael Winterbottom)

This year, there will be screenings of a selection of notable films discovered by the Sundance Film Festival which are included in the Sundance Collection at UCLA, which preserves independent documentaries, narratives and short films supported by Sundance Institute.  These include –

Memento (Director: Christopher Nolan, Screenwriters: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan)
Reservoir Dogs (Director and screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino)
Winter’s Bone (Director: Debra Granik, Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini)

Short films include –

Cruising Electric (1980) / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Brumby Boylston)
Dawn / U.S.A. (Director: Rose McGowan, Screenwriters: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller)
Exchange & Mart / United Kingdom (Directors: Cara Connolly, Martin Clark, Screenwriter: Cara Connolly)
Love. Love. Love. / Russia (Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram)
Marilyn Myller / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Mikey Please)
Notes on Blindness / United Kingdom, U.S.A., Australia (Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney)
Of God and Dogs / Syrian Arab Republic (Director: Abounaddara Collective)
Phantom Limb / United Kingdom, Australia (Director and screenwriter: Alex Grigg)
Afronauts / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frances Bodomo)
Burger / United Kingdom, Norway (Director and screenwriter: Magnus Mork)
The Cut / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Geneviève Dulude-Decelles)
I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked / Israel (Directors: Yuval Hameiri)
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann / Ireland (Director: Ciaran Cassidy)
Life’s a Bitch / Canada (Director: François Jaros, Screenwriter: Guillaume Lambert)
MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” / Austria (Director and screenwriter: Daniel Moshel)
The Obvious Child / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Stephen Irwin)
Yearbook / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Bernardo Britto)

As always, there is a Panel Programme that host discussions with renowned guest speakers providing incredible insights into the filmmaking process.  This year includes –

The Art of Film Music — Alex Heffes and Javier Navarrete
Guts to Glory: How Do You Find Your Story? — Lenny Abrahamson, Ryan Coogler and Marjane Satrapi
Hybrid Vigour: When Music, Art and Documentary Collide – Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace; Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell; Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard


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