For the second year, mama.film is a proud partner of the Sundance Institute, bringing official film selections from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival to Kansas.
And this year, we’re road tripping to Lawrence! Films will screen January 28-30th at the historic Liberty Hall.
Additional information coming soon, including discounted hotel room rates and more.
“Regional cinemas are a crucial part of independent film and are vital centers of discovery, conversation, and convening in their communities. We are looking forward to partnering with each of them to do what we all love: watch and talk about films together,” said Gina Duncan, Producing Director, Sundance Institute.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Sundance Institute again to bring festival selections to Kansas,” said mama.film CEO & mother/founder Lela Meadow-Conner. “In 2021 we had the opportunity to bring Sundance Film Festival Films to Wichita and in 2022, we’re road tripping to Lawrence to screen films at the historic Liberty Hall, and we look forward to celebrating independent film with this community.”
KS+ CINEMA CONVERGENCE
We’re taking this opportunity to facilitate a convening of Kansas & Kansas City-region’s film communities – connecting filmmakers, festival organizers, programmers & curators, film students, and women in film with education and networking throughout the course of the weekend.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be reaching out to film organizations, festivals, filmmaker alliances, and affinity groups across the area with more information about how to participate.
PRINCIPAL PROGRAM PARTNERS
Free State Festival, Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Kansas, Wichita State University School of Digital Arts & Shocker Studios, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Explore Lawrence, KC Film Office, Film Festival Alliance, Transgender Film Center, Women in Entertainment, and Lawrence Arts Center.
A message from Festival Director Tabitha Jackson on the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, scheduled for January 20–30, 2022.
The 2021 Festival unfolded online and through Satellite Screens across the country. Bold, distinctive, expressive works met their first audiences. There were breakout hits and beautiful discoveries — and to our relief, people showed up! Last year’s Festival welcomed more young people and more people who had never been able to participate before. There was nothing “virtual” about the connections forged in the New Frontier space or the shared experience of watching films that have stayed with us ever since; all of this was real.
In other words: It was Sundance, in a new form.
Expanding beyond its Utah home, the Festival has created a network of partnerships to bring feature films and customized local programming — talks, events, artist meet-ups — to communities across the country. In addition to these Satellite Screen partnerships, the Institute will program screenings at The Ray in Park City and the Rose Bowl and Mission Tiki Drive-Ins in Los Angeles, health and safety guidelines permitting. Each Satellite Screen will create and host their own events, sharing local cultural conversations with broader Festival audiences, with most also screening selections from the 2021 program.
“These partners are the backbone of independent artistic communities across the country, where filmmakers are born and cinephiles are developed,” said Jackson. “We’re entering these partnerships because a healthy ecosystem for artists and audiences requires that independent cinemas across the country survive and thrive.”