Park City, UT— The 2007 Sundance Film Festival announced today the addition of two innovative out-of- competition films, bringing the total number of feature films in the Festival to 125. STRANGE CULTURE has been added to the New Frontier section and FLYING–CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN has been added as a Special Screening. With these additions New Frontier now features seven feature length films in addition to its media installations, performances and microcinema screenings to take place at New Frontier on Main, while Special Screenings now features three films including the world premieres THE LAST MIMZY, and AUTISM EVERY DAY. The 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the premier showcase for the best new work of American and international independent filmmakers, runs January 18-28 in Park City, Sundance Resort, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah. For a complete list of films visit the Sundance Institute website at www.sundance.org.
Addition to the New Frontier section is as follows:
STRANGE CULTURE / U.S.A. (Director: Lynn Hirschman Leeson)–When artist and college professor, Steve Kurtz awoke to realize that his wife of 27 years had tragically died in her sleep, a surreal sequence of events ensued that led to his being held as a suspected terrorist. Nearly three years later the charges have not been dropped. He faces up to 20 years in prison. WORLD PREMIERE
Addition to the Special Screening section is as follows:
FLYING-CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN / Denmark/U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Fox)–A ground breaking, 6-hour, sexy, and often humorous, personal account of one woman's four year investigation of her own life and the lives of other women around the globe–to discover what it means to be a woman today.
NORTH AMERICAN PRIEMERE
What’s New for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival:
· New Frontier represents the evolution of the Frontier section exploring the experimental world of filmmaking. New Frontier is an expanded program that includes work from artists pushing the boundaries of art by using the moving image to create new cinematic modes of storytelling. The program includes films screening throughout the Festival, as well as media installations, media-based performances, and panel discussions at New Frontier on Main—a new venue located across from the Egyptian Theatre in the Main St. Mall formerly known as the Film Center. Artists whose work will be featured in the program are Paul Chan (multi-media installation), Shu Lea Cheang (interactive mobile media), Martha Colburn (multi-media installation), R. Luke Dubois (multi-media installation), Eric Dyer (multi-media installation), James Graham (multi-media installation), Ricardo Rivera and Pier Nicola D’Amico (multi-media installation), Lincoln Schatz (interactive video art), and Travis Wilkerson (multi-media performance).
Complete details for New Frontier were announced on November 30, 2006 and the venue will be introduced to the public with a grand opening ceremony on the afternoon of Thursday, January 18th, before the Festival’s Opening Night film.
· Music on Main — Music on Main is back! An outdoor concert featuring Of Montreal and Shiny Toy Guns will be held on lower Main Street on Thursday, January 25, 2007, 7:30-9:30 pm. Free to all festivalgoers.
The 2007 Sundance Film Festival sponsors help sustain Sundance Institute's year-round programs to support independent artists, inspire risk-taking and encourage diversity in the arts. This year's Festival Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors — Entertainment Weekly, Volkswagen of America, Inc., HP, Adobe, and AOL; Leadership Sponsors—American Express, Delta Air Lines, and DIRECTV.; Sustaining Sponsors—ABSOLUT®, Aquafina, Blockbuster Inc., CESAR® Canine Cuisine, KRUPS, L’Oreal Paris, The New York Times, Ray-Ban, Sony Electronics, Inc., Stella Artois®, Turning Leaf Vineyards, and the Utah Film Commission.
Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film. Held each January in Park City, Sundance Resort, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah, the Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit cultural organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981.
Presenting 125 dramatic and documentary feature-length films in nine distinct categories and over 70 short films each year, the Sundance Film Festival has introduced American audiences to some of the most innovative films of the past two decades. The official website of the Sundance Film Festival, www.sundance.org shares the Festival experience beyond the streets of Park City with a global audience through the streaming of short films, filmmaker interviews, and current news and box office information.
Dedicated year-round to the development of artists of independent vision and to the exhibition of their new work, Sundance Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2006. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists through its Film Festival and artistic development programs for filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, playwrights and theatre artists. The original values of independence, creative risk-taking, and discovery continue to define and guide the work of Sundance Institute, both with US artists and, increasingly, with artists from other regions of the world