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Shaping Story: Director Chai Vasarhelyi on Sharing the Story of <em>Meru</em> in Cuba

Posted Aug 8, 2016, by Chai Vasarhelyi, Director, Meru

Shaping Story: Director Chai Vasarhelyi on Sharing the Story of Meru in Cuba

When Jimmy and I were making our high altitude Himalayan climbing documentary Meru, we barely thought anyone outside of our…

 <em>Me and Earl and the Dying Girl</em> Writer Jesse Andrews Meets Filmmakers in Cuba

Posted Jul 25, 2016, by Jesse Andrews, Writer, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Writer Jesse Andrews Meets Filmmakers in Cuba

Sundance Film Forward took me to Havana. We drove in from Jose Marti airport in an ancient Chevy and it was like nowhere I’d…

Self-Exploration and Expression: Director Kristina Goolsby Reflects on the Role of Arts

Posted Jun 15, 2016, by Kristina Goolsby, Director, Tig

Self-Exploration and Expression: Director Kristina Goolsby Reflects on the Role of Arts

Recently I had the great honor to be a part of Sundance Film Forward: London. When I got the call letting me know the film Tig

Discovering New Stories: Ilinca Calugareanu on Sharing Her Film in London

Posted Jun 15, 2016, by Ilinca Calugareanu, Director, Chuck Norris vs. Communism

Discovering New Stories: Ilinca Calugareanu on Sharing Her Film in London

This is the second time I have taken part in Sundance Film Forward with Chuck Norris vs. Communism. After Denver in February, I…

Utopian Filmmakers Unite: Kristina Goolsby Takes <em>Tig</em> on the Road with Film Forward

Posted Apr 21, 2016, by Kristina Goolsby, Director, Tig

Utopian Filmmakers Unite: Kristina Goolsby Takes Tig on the Road with Film Forward

The documentary Tig came into being after two emails were sent. The first one was sent to my friend Tig, and that email was…

Questions That Go A Little Deeper: <em>Umrika</em> Filmmakers Reflect On Sundance Film Forward

Posted Apr 6, 2016, by Prashant Nair, Director and Swati Shetty, Producer, Umrika

Questions That Go A Little Deeper: Umrika Filmmakers Reflect On Sundance Film Forward

After more than a year on the festival circuit, the unfortunate truth is that post-screening Q&A sessions can often lose some…

Tell Your Story NOW! Timely Advice from <em>Dope</em> Co-Producer Mimi Valdes

Posted Apr 5, 2016, by Mimi Valdes, Co-producer, Dope

Tell Your Story NOW! Timely Advice from Dope Co-Producer Mimi Valdes

As filmmakers, we all know the power of storytelling. The visual medium is an effective tool to bring stories to a global…

Shaping Young Minds (for better or worse)

Posted Mar 3, 2016, by Bryan Carberry, Director, Finders Keepers

Shaping Young Minds (for better or worse)

As the Sundance Institute screened our documentary Finders Keepers to a group of bright-eyed middle school students at the…

Spreading the Love for Film and VHS in Denver

Posted Feb 29, 2016, by Ilinca Calugareanu, director Chuck Norris vs. Communism

Spreading the Love for Film and VHS in Denver

On my way to Denver, after a year on the festival circuit, I thought all questions about Chuck Norris vs Communism had already…

Guest Blog: Root of the Family Tree

Posted Nov 12, 2015, by Allie Chiu, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: Root of the Family Tree

Allie Chiu volunteered for the Sundance Film Forward program in Taipei, Taiwan.  She graciously accompanied the Film Forward…

Guest Blog: Bridging Gaps with Cinema

Posted Nov 10, 2015, by Kenya Tay, University of Miami Student

Guest Blog: Bridging Gaps with Cinema

Kenya Tay is a senior at the University of Miami studying Economics and Film. She recently attended screenings and workshops…

Middle East to Miami: Producer Razan Ghalayini is Inspired by Film Forward Audiences

Posted Nov 5, 2015, by Razan Ghalayini, Producer, We Are The Giant

Middle East to Miami: Producer Razan Ghalayini is Inspired by Film Forward Audiences

We Are The Giant is a story about non-violent resistance through the lens of Arab revolutionaries in Syria, Bahrain and…

Passing the Torch: Jason Berman Shares Little Accidents with Miami

Posted Nov 3, 2015, by Jason Berman, Producer, Little Accidents

Passing the Torch: Jason Berman Shares Little Accidents with Miami

I have been involved with a lot of the different Sundance Institute programs over the years, but this trip to Miami, Florida

Telling Stories Fearlessly

Posted Nov 2, 2015, by Navid Khonsari, Creator, 1979 Revolution

Telling Stories Fearlessly

Many years ago, growing up in Iran I developed a deep curiosity for pop culture. As a young boy watching Donny and Marie,…

When Stories Travel: <em>Difret</em> Screens in India with Producer Mehret Mandefro

Posted Oct 15, 2015, by Mehret Mandefro, Producer, Difret

When Stories Travel: Difret Screens in India with Producer Mehret Mandefro

Stories travel - even when they are told in different languages than the audiences that watch them speak. That’s what they do…

Guest Blog: The Danger of a Single Story

Posted Oct 14, 2015, by Neha Rungta, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: The Danger of a Single Story

Neha Rungta is filmmaker and a lecturer at Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute in Kolkata, India. These are her thoughts…

The Universal Parent-Child Relationship: Lacey Schwartz Finds Common Ground With Indian Audiences

Posted Oct 13, 2015, by Lacey Schwartz, Director, Little White Lie

The Universal Parent-Child Relationship: Lacey Schwartz Finds Common Ground With Indian Audiences

When I was in Kolkata, India with Sundance Film Forward I was asked a question I had never been asked before: “You clearly were…

Family and Love in Taiwan: Director Geeta Patel Screens Meet the Patels

Posted Sep 30, 2015, by Geeta Patel, Director, Meet the Patels

Family and Love in Taiwan: Director Geeta Patel Screens Meet the Patels

I arrived to Taiwan with no idea what to expect. Friends of mine had been to China, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia...however no one…

Guest Blog: Opening Doors with Film Forward

Posted Sep 29, 2015, by Charlie Wu, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: Opening Doors with Film Forward

Charlie Wu, a student and filmmaker living in Taiwan, reflects on his experience with Film Forward after attending a…

New Audience, Fresh Perspective: Malik Vitthal Travels to Taipei with Imperial Dreams

Posted Sep 28, 2015, by Malik Vitthal, Director Imperial Dreams

New Audience, Fresh Perspective: Malik Vitthal Travels to Taipei with Imperial Dreams

How does one remain the best version of oneself, even in challenging situations?  

Sundance Film Forward’s screening series…

Every Family Has Its Secrets: Lacey Schwartz Connects with Film Forward Audiences in Taiwan

Posted Sep 24, 2015, by Lacey Schwartz, Director Little White Lie

Every Family Has Its Secrets: Lacey Schwartz Connects with Film Forward Audiences in Taiwan

This Sundance Film Forward trip to Taiwan marked the Asian Premiere of Little White Lie. It also was my first time ever in…

Guest Blog: Injustice to One is Injustice to All

Posted Jul 2, 2015, by Justin Gordon, Student, University of Michigan

Guest Blog: Injustice to One is Injustice to All

Justin Gordon, a student at the University of Michigan, reflects on the film We Are The Giant following a Film Forward…

Guest Blog: An Emotional Response to <em>The Internet's Own Boy</em>

Posted Jun 26, 2015, by Josh Gibert, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: An Emotional Response to The Internet's Own Boy

Josh Gibert is a recent graduate of University of Michigan's film program and sometime blogger. He shares his thoughts on…

Guest Blog: How Creatives Can Disrupt

Posted Jun 25, 2015, by Shawntai Brown, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: How Creatives Can Disrupt

Shawntai Genell Brown is a freelance blogger, playwright, storyteller and poet living in Detroit, Michigan. She is sharing her…

Arab Role Models: Sharing  <em>We Are the Giant</em> with Audiences in Michigan

Posted Jun 24, 2015, by Razan Ghalayini, Co-producer, We Are the Giant

Arab Role Models: Sharing We Are the Giant with Audiences in Michigan

I was thrilled to find out We Are The Giant was chosen to be featured in the Sundance Film Forward program in Michigan. We Are…

Guest Blog: <em>We Are the Giant</em> Intertwines Nonviolent Movements Worldwide with Arab Spring

Posted Jun 23, 2015, by Shawntai Genell Brown, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: We Are the Giant Intertwines Nonviolent Movements Worldwide with Arab Spring

Shawntai Genell Brown is a freelance blogger, playwright, storyteller and poet living in Detroit, Michigan. She is sharing her…

Guest Blog: Millenial Reflections on <em>We Are the Giant</em>

Posted Jun 23, 2015, by Josh Gibert, Guest Blogger, Michigan

Guest Blog: Millenial Reflections on We Are the Giant

Josh Gibert is a recent graduate of University of Michigan's film program and sometime blogger. He shares his thoughts on…

Guest Blog: A Student at University of Michigan Responds to <em>We Are the Giant</em>

Posted Jun 22, 2015, by Connor James, Student, University of Michigan

Guest Blog: A Student at University of Michigan Responds to We Are the Giant

Connor James is an English major at the University of Michigan. Here he writes about his experience watching and discussing We…

A Revolution Closer to Home: Assia Boundaoui Reflects on Film Forward Michigan

Posted Jun 18, 2015, by Assia Boundaoui, Producer

A Revolution Closer to Home: Assia Boundaoui Reflects on Film Forward Michigan

Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker who recently produced the HBO documentary MANHUNT directed by…

What It Takes to Make a Film: Director Lacey Schwartz Travels with Film Forward in Minnesota

Posted May 12, 2015, by Lacey Schwartz, Director, Little White Lie

What It Takes to Make a Film: Director Lacey Schwartz Travels with Film Forward in Minnesota

My producing partner, Mehret Mandefro, and my production company, Truth Aid, had two films come out in 2014 – Little White Lie

Guest Blog: Film is a Process

Posted May 12, 2015, by Stephen Straub, Youth Program Assistant, IFP Minnesota

Guest Blog: Film is a Process

Stephen Straub is an Americorps member serving as the Youth Program Assistant at IFP Minnesota where Film Forward filmmakers…

Stories We Have To Tell: Producer Mehret Mandefro Travels with <em>Difret</em> to Minnesota

Posted May 7, 2015, by Mehret Mandefro, Producer, Difret

Stories We Have To Tell: Producer Mehret Mandefro Travels with Difret to Minnesota

Telling the truth about stories we have to tell is an uphill battle. Every step along the path tests a filmmaker’s resolve. The…

Guest Blog: Screening <em>Difret</em> as an Ethiopian-American in Minnesota

Posted May 6, 2015, by Deborah Honore, Student, University of St. Thomas

Guest Blog: Screening Difret as an Ethiopian-American in Minnesota

Deborah Honore is a student at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where Sundance Film Forward traveled with Mehret…

Guest Blog: Unveiling the Magic of Cinema

Posted Mar 17, 2015, by Dylan Davidson, Student, University of Texas Austin

Guest Blog: Unveiling the Magic of Cinema

Dylan Davidson, a student at the University of Texas, writes about his experience of Film Forward in Texas and the Sundance…

Guest Blog: Innovations in Social Storytelling

Posted Mar 16, 2015, by Luis Servera, Ignite Fellow

Guest Blog: Innovations in Social Storytelling

Luis Servera is an emerging filmmaker and was selected as one of the 2015 SFF Ignite Fellows. He attended the special one-day…

Perspective: Director Malik Vitthal on His Experience with Film Forward: Texas

Posted Mar 10, 2015, by Malik Vitthal, Director, Imperial Dreams

Perspective: Director Malik Vitthal on His Experience with Film Forward: Texas

Perspective: its expansion and contraction are vital and attractive. Culture is built through windows into existence.Yet,…

A Hungry Bunch: Screening <em>Little Accidents</em> for Students in Texas

Posted Mar 5, 2015, by Sara Colangelo, Director, Little Accidents

A Hungry Bunch: Screening Little Accidents for Students in Texas

We arrived in Texas as a brutal frost descended on the state. Classes were cancelled on our first morning of the tour, due to…

Guest Blog: Film Forward - Connecting People with Stories

Posted Feb 27, 2015, by Desiree Andrews, Audience Member, Austin, Texas

Guest Blog: Film Forward - Connecting People with Stories

Film Forward is committed to connecting young, aspiring filmmakers, with storytellers who are working outside of the dominant…

Guest Blog: Film Forward Offers an Opportunity to Explore the Story of Filmmaking in Austin

Posted Feb 26, 2015, by Zach Linge, Student, UT Austin

Guest Blog: Film Forward Offers an Opportunity to Explore the Story of Filmmaking in Austin

Zach Linge, an English undergraduate student at University of Texas at Austin, shares about his experience screening and…

Genuine: <em>Circles</em> Director Srdan Golubovic Shares His Experiences in Rural Indonesia

Posted Oct 30, 2014, by Srdan Golubovic, director, Circles

Genuine: Circles Director Srdan Golubovic Shares His Experiences in Rural Indonesia

Our journey by car from Banjarmasin to Palangkaraya took almost five hours. We drove along a road that was in less than mint…

A Sight Full of Contrasts: Director Srdan Golubovic Screens <em>Circles</em> in Indonesia

Posted Oct 13, 2014, by Srdan Golubovic, director, Circles

A Sight Full of Contrasts: Director Srdan Golubovic Screens Circles in Indonesia

Meeting different people from different parts of the world and talking about art and its universality, experiencing cinema’s…

A Special Kind of Light: Screening <em>20 Feet From Stardom</em> Outside Jakarta

Posted Oct 9, 2014, by Doug Blush, Editor, 20 Feet From Stardom

A Special Kind of Light: Screening 20 Feet From Stardom Outside Jakarta

The shift from Jakarta to Yogyakarta (or just “Jogja” in local speak) is a bit like trading a city like Los Angeles for a…

Finding the Indonesian Voice in Jakarta: Editor Doug Blush Shares <em>20 Feet From Stardom</em>

Posted Oct 8, 2014, by Doug Blush, Editor, 20 Feet From Stardom

Finding the Indonesian Voice in Jakarta: Editor Doug Blush Shares 20 Feet From Stardom

Sometimes the best things you learn are the things you learn all over again.

After twenty-odd hours of air travel, enhanced by…

Guest Blog: Peace is Made Two People at a Time

Posted Oct 6, 2014, by Ibrahim Jarjoura, Audience Member

Guest Blog: Peace is Made Two People at a Time

Ibrahim Jarjoura is a Palestinian American living in Ann Arbor, MI. He and his family attended the Film Forward: Michigan

Dancing in Dearborn: Director Hilla Medalia Shares <em>Dancing in Jaffa</em> with Audiences in Michigan

Posted Oct 6, 2014, by Hilla Medalia, Director, Dancing in Jaffa

Dancing in Dearborn: Director Hilla Medalia Shares Dancing in Jaffa with Audiences in Michigan

I was very excited to go on the trip to Michigan as I feel that Dancing in Jaffa is very timely now with the recent tension and…

Guest Blog: Detroit looks in the mirror and sees Film Forward

Posted Oct 3, 2014, by Shawntai Brown, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: Detroit looks in the mirror and sees Film Forward

Shawntai Genell Brown is a freelance blogger, playwright, storyteller and poet living in Detroit, Michigan. She is sharing her…

Guest Blog: Knowing is Half the Battle

Posted Oct 2, 2014, by Ted Curran, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: Knowing is Half the Battle

Ted Curran is a student at EMU in Ypsilanti, Michigan and a participant of 826michigan. He is studying history in the hopes of…

Guest Blog: Students Respond to <em>Valentine Road</em>

Posted Oct 2, 2014, by Gail Wolkoff, Executive Director, Dedicated to Make a Change

Guest Blog: Students Respond to Valentine Road

The youth organization Dedicated to Make a Change was invited to come to a screening of Valentine Road.  Gail Wolkoff,…

Director Marta Cunningham Shares <em>Valentine Road</em> in Detroit and Beyond

Posted Oct 1, 2014, by Marta Cunningham, Director, Valentine Road

Director Marta Cunningham Shares Valentine Road in Detroit and Beyond

Let's start at the beginning. The myths about Detroit are wrong. The city and the people are strong, clear and proud. Ready to…

Guest Blog: <em>Dancing in Jaffa</em> deepens perspectives in Dearborn

Posted Sep 29, 2014, by Shawntai Brown, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: Dancing in Jaffa deepens perspectives in Dearborn

Shawntai Genell Brown is a freelance blogger, playwright, storyteller and poet living in Detroit, Michigan. She is sharing her…

Guest Blog: Detroiters talk <em>Fruitvale Station</em>

Posted Sep 24, 2014, by Shawntai Brown, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: Detroiters talk Fruitvale Station

Shawntai Genell Brown is a freelance blogger, playwright, storyteller and poet living in Detroit, Michigan. She is sharing her…

Guest Blog: #FilmForward sparks dialogue between <em>Valentine Road</em> director and Detroiters

Posted Sep 24, 2014, by Shawntai Brown, Guest Blogger

Guest Blog: #FilmForward sparks dialogue between Valentine Road director and Detroiters

Shawntai Genell Brown is a freelance blogger, playwright, storyteller and poet living in Detroit, Michigan. She is sharing her…

Courageous Stories: <em>The Rocket</em> Director Kim Mordaunt in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Posted May 30, 2014, by Kim Mordaunt, Director, The Rocket

Courageous Stories: The Rocket Director Kim Mordaunt in Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Banja Luka Youth House screening was a special one for me.  Firstly, a young woman, Natasa Maric, talked about the “loss”…

In A Land of Contradiction, <em>20 Feet From Stardom</em> Shares an Inspiring Message

Posted May 27, 2014, by Caitrin Rogers, producer, 20 Feet From Stardom

In A Land of Contradiction, 20 Feet From Stardom Shares an Inspiring Message

A week ago, after 17 hours of travel, we landed as the sun was setting over Sarajevo, where vast mountains were silhouetted…

The Language of Film: Producer Cornelia Principe screens <em>The World Before Her</em> in China

Posted May 22, 2014, by Cornelia Principe, producer, The World Before Her

The Language of Film: Producer Cornelia Principe screens The World Before Her in China

The chance to screen and discuss The World Before Her with an audience in China was truly a unique and thrilling experience.…

Unexpected Translations: Director Patrick Creadon Discusses <em>If You Build It</em> in China and Taiwan

Posted May 21, 2014, by Patrick Creadon, Director, If You Build It

Unexpected Translations: Director Patrick Creadon Discusses If You Build It in China and Taiwan

Though I've never been to one, I imagine a "dream lab" would be a pretty cool place to visit.

I was recently asked to take part…

Shared Identity: Students in BiH Find Parallels in <em>20 Feet From Stardom</em>

Posted May 19, 2014, by Caitrin Rogers, Producer, 20 Feet From Stardom

Shared Identity: Students in BiH Find Parallels in 20 Feet From Stardom

Walking into the cold, dark, empty school building in Busovaca, a small village about an hour outside of Sarajevo, Bosnia &…

Creating Community: Director Nisha Pahuja Shares Taiwan Experiences

Posted May 19, 2014, by Nisha Pahuja, director, The World Before Her

Creating Community: Director Nisha Pahuja Shares Taiwan Experiences

As soon as I stepped into the car that had come to collect me at the airport in Taiwan, Wanda handed me a bubble tea, smiled…

<em>The Rocket</em> Shares Laos' Legacy of War with Audiences in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Posted May 16, 2014, by Kim Mordaunt, director, The Rocket

The Rocket Shares Laos' Legacy of War with Audiences in Bosnia & Herzegovina

The first screening in a new country is always so full of the unknown for me. Ours was at the American Corner in Zenica…

Producer Christine O'Malley Screens <em>If You Build It</em> in Pennsylvania

Posted May 2, 2014, by Christine O'Malley, Producer, If You Build It

Producer Christine O'Malley Screens If You Build It in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg

It is always rewarding to screen If You Build It with a young audience.  High school students seem to relate to the…

Connecting Stories: Director Kim Mordaunt Shares <em>The Rocket</em> with Audiences in Pennsylvania

Posted Apr 17, 2014, by Kim Mordaunt, Director, The Rocket

Connecting Stories: Director Kim Mordaunt Shares The Rocket with Audiences in Pennsylvania

At Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, I talked with some of the documentary students.  A student named Aimee, with a…

Mildly Terrified: Director Kim Mordaunt Screens <em>The Rocket</em> in Pennsylvania

Posted Apr 15, 2014, by Kim Mordaunt, Director, The Rocket

Mildly Terrified: Director Kim Mordaunt Screens The Rocket in Pennsylvania

I have clambered over live bombs in foreign lands but when it comes to showing my work, I am always mildly terrified,…

A World Without Borders: Director Srdan Golubovic Reflects on the Power of Art

Posted Mar 28, 2014, by Srdan Golubovic, Director, Circles

A World Without Borders: Director Srdan Golubovic Reflects on the Power of Art

During the last few weeks I have been thinking about what impressed, touched, and moved me the most during our four days Film…

Different Continent, Similar Issues: Director Hilla Medalia Finds Similarities in CA and Mexico

Posted Mar 18, 2014, by Hilla Medalia, Director, Dancing In Jaffa

Different Continent, Similar Issues: Director Hilla Medalia Finds Similarities in CA and Mexico

The experience of sharing Dancing in Jaffa with the San Diego and Tijuana communities was very profound for me, both in terms…

Humanity and Heroism: Director Srdan Golubovic Discusses <em>Circles</em> in San Diego and Tijuana

Posted Mar 13, 2014, by Srdan Golubovic, Director, Circles

Humanity and Heroism: Director Srdan Golubovic Discusses Circles in San Diego and Tijuana

Is being a hero meaningless? Do we need superheroes or normal people who are doing good things every day? Who are they? Our…

Breaking Barriers: Director Hilla Medalia on Screening <em>Dancing in Jaffa</em> in San Diego and Tijuana

Posted Mar 11, 2014, by Hilla Medalia, Director, Dancing In Jaffa

Breaking Barriers: Director Hilla Medalia on Screening Dancing in Jaffa in San Diego and Tijuana

I make films to share them with people, and personally one of the most interesting and important aspects is to see and feel the…

The Ghosts of Mississippi

Posted Mar 4, 2014, by Marta Cunningham, director, Valentine Road

The Ghosts of Mississippi

February 23rd

No sleep. Woke up, ate. Have to have the most important meal of the day. Heading to Cleveland, Mississippi, this…

Haunted by the Past

Posted Feb 28, 2014, by Nisha Pahuja, director, The World Before Her

Haunted by the Past

Hovering above Jackson on what feels like a submarine with wings. Didn’t sleep a wink on my last night here. Instead, I drifted…

Creating Safe Spaces in Jackson, Mississippi

Posted Feb 26, 2014, by Marta Cunningham, director, Valentine Road

Creating Safe Spaces in Jackson, Mississippi

When I was first told that I would be making the trip down South with Film Forward to screen Valentine Road, I felt a range of…

Clashing Cultures Find Hidden Parallels at a Mississippi Screening of <em>The World Before Her</em>

Posted Feb 25, 2014, by Nisha Pahuja, director, The World Before Her

Clashing Cultures Find Hidden Parallels at a Mississippi Screening of The World Before Her

I’m about half way through my first trip with Film Forward in Jackson, Mississippi. I have always wanted to come here. The…

Connecting Audiences Across the Globe: Film Forward 2013 Google Hangout

Posted Dec 6, 2013, by Bethany Clarke, Manager, Film Forward

Connecting Audiences Across the Globe: Film Forward 2013 Google Hangout

“How did you first meet your documentary subject and how did you gain access to a mosque in Syria?”  is the question that…

Changing Perceptions: Laura Nix Travels to Maine with <em>The Light In Her Eyes</em>

Posted Oct 11, 2013, by Laura Nix, Director, The Light In Her Eyes

Changing Perceptions: Laura Nix Travels to Maine with The Light In Her Eyes

The last trip I went on with FILM FORWARD was showing The Light In Her Eyes all around Jordan. The audiences there were…

Discovering Parallels: Michael Gottwald shares <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em> in Maine

Posted Oct 8, 2013, by Michael Gottwald, Producer, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Discovering Parallels: Michael Gottwald shares Beasts of the Southern Wild in Maine

I had the absolute pleasure to travel to Maine with the Film Forward program last week. The mission of Film Forward is to…

Troubadors: Stacy Peralta Travels with <em>Bones Brigade</em> to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted Oct 2, 2013, by Stacy Peralta, Director, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

Troubadors: Stacy Peralta Travels with Bones Brigade to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stacy Peralta, the director of Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, shares about his experience with FILM FORWARD in Bosnia and…

Stay for the Discussion: Musa Syeed Shares <em>Valley of Saints</em> with Audiences in BiH

Posted Oct 1, 2013, by Musa Syeed, Director, Valley of Saints

Stay for the Discussion: Musa Syeed Shares Valley of Saints with Audiences in BiH

Musa Syeed, the director of Valley of Saints, documents his experience with FILM FORWARD in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he…

A Voice from Široki Brijeg

Posted Sep 30, 2013, by Ana Kraljević, Audience Member

A Voice from Široki Brijeg

Ana Kraljević attended FILM FORWARD screenings and discussions in Široki Brijeg and shares her thoughts on the experience.

Most…

Your Own Path: Stacy Peralta Shares About <em>Bones Brigade</em> in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted Sep 27, 2013, by Stacy Peralta, Director, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

Your Own Path: Stacy Peralta Shares About Bones Brigade in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stacy Peralta, the director of Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, shares about his experience with FILM FORWARD in Bosnia and…

Peace Amid Conflict: <em>Valley of Saints</em> Finds a Similar Struggle In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted Sep 23, 2013, by Musa Syeed, director, Valley of Saints

Peace Amid Conflict: Valley of Saints Finds a Similar Struggle In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Musa Syeed, the director of Valley of Saints, documents his experience with FILM FORWARD in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he…

#FILMFORWARD Washington Social Highlights

Posted Sep 16, 2013, by Royale Ziegler, Social Media Manager

#FILMFORWARD Washington Social Highlights

It's been nearly a full week since leaving Los Angeles on my second trip as a field producer with #FILMFORWARD. Still, in some…

What Use Are Dreams?: Jerry Rothwell of <em>Town of Runners</em> Connects with Audiences in WA

Posted Sep 16, 2013, by Jerry Rothwell, Director, Town of Runners

What Use Are Dreams?: Jerry Rothwell of Town of Runners Connects with Audiences in WA

An hour before our screening in Tacoma's Grand Cinema, runners have already begun to gather.  Screening Town Of Runners around…

VIDEO: <em>Town of Runners</em> Director Jerry Rothwell in Washington

Posted Sep 13, 2013, by Royale Ziegler, Social Media Manager

VIDEO: Town of Runners Director Jerry Rothwell in Washington

The Town Of Runners gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern…

A Complex View: Julia Meltzer Shares <em>The Light In Her Eyes</em> with Tacoma and Seattle, WA

Posted Sep 13, 2013, by Julia Meltzer, Director, The Light In Her Eyes

A Complex View: Julia Meltzer Shares The Light In Her Eyes with Tacoma and Seattle, WA

September 5, 2013
The morning of September 5th is grey and rainy in the Pacific Northwest. I scroll through my twitter feed…

A New Perspective: Julia Meltzer in Tacoma, WA with <em>The Light In Her Eyes</em>

Posted Sep 12, 2013, by Julia Meltzer, Director, The Light In Her Eyes

A New Perspective: Julia Meltzer in Tacoma, WA with The Light In Her Eyes

September 4, 2013
I’m on the plane to Seattle and feeling ready for four days of screenings with the FILM FORWARD program.…

VIDEO: <em>The Light In Her Eyes</em> Director Julia Meltzer in Washington

Posted Sep 11, 2013, by Royale Ziegler, Social Media Manager

VIDEO: The Light In Her Eyes Director Julia Meltzer in Washington

Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who…

Reflections of Past and Present: Puerto Rico Film Society's Guillermo Vazquez

Posted Jul 2, 2013, by Guillermo Vazquez, Program Collaborator

Reflections of Past and Present: Puerto Rico Film Society's Guillermo Vazquez

Puerto Rico has fallen in love with Film Forward. On its first visit to Puerto Rico, in 2011, the program reached a wide…

Weave: Director Musa Syeed of <em>Valley of Saints</em> in Puerto Rico

Posted Jun 20, 2013, by Musa Syeed, Director, Valley of Saints

Weave: Director Musa Syeed of Valley of Saints in Puerto Rico

On my first morning in Puerto Rico, kites filled the air over El Morro, one of the old Spanish fortresses on the coast. I…

VIDEO: <em>Valley of Saints</em> Director Musa Syeed in Puerto Rico

Posted Jun 20, 2013, by Royale Ziegler, Social Media Manager

VIDEO: Valley of Saints Director Musa Syeed in Puerto Rico

Valley of Saints writer/director Musa Syeed joins FILM FORWARD for its third year bringing films, panels, and cultural dialogue…

Artist Discussions: Producer Josh Penn on <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em> in Conversation

Posted Jun 19, 2013, by Josh Penn, Producer, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Artist Discussions: Producer Josh Penn on Beasts of the Southern Wild in Conversation

I spent this past week traveling around Puerto Rico showing Beasts of the Southern Wild to a variety of audiences in San Juan…

VIDEO: <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em> Producer Josh Penn in Puerto Rico

Posted Jun 18, 2013, by Royale Ziegler, Social Media Manager

VIDEO: Beasts of the Southern Wild Producer Josh Penn in Puerto Rico

Beasts of the Southern Wild Producer Josh Penn travels with FILM FORWARD to Puerto Rico for its third year of the program…

Dialogue Between Past and Present: Director Musa Syeed on <em>Valley of Saints</em> in Puerto Rico

Posted Jun 18, 2013, by Musa Syeed, Director, Valley of Saints

Dialogue Between Past and Present: Director Musa Syeed on Valley of Saints in Puerto Rico

In 1521, the conquistador Ponce de León built his colonial residence in San Juan, naming it Casa Blanca. Today, almost 500…

A Question for Puerto Rico: Producer Josh Penn on Discussing <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em>

Posted Jun 17, 2013, by Josh Penn, Producer, Beasts of the Southern Wild

A Question for Puerto Rico: Producer Josh Penn on Discussing Beasts of the Southern Wild

In showing Beasts of the Southern Wild across San Juan this week, a really interesting conversation emerged.  The conversation…

Cultural Borders: Director Patrica Riggen on Sharing with Audiences in China and Taiwan

Posted Jun 7, 2013, by Patricia Riggen, Director, Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

Cultural Borders: Director Patrica Riggen on Sharing with Audiences in China and Taiwan

A world without borders.

Ryan Roberts, the Cultural Affairs Officer at the American Institute in Taiwan explains to me early on…

Perspectives on Climate Change from <em>Chasing Ice</em>

Posted Jun 6, 2013, by Jeff Orlowski, Director, Chasing Ice

Perspectives on Climate Change from Chasing Ice

For the past two years, Film Forward has travelled to China as one of four international locations.  This year unique in that…

Returning: Jeff Orlowski of <em>Chasing Ice</em> travels to Taiwan

Posted Jun 4, 2013, by Jeff Orlowski, Director, Chasing Ice

Returning: Jeff Orlowski of Chasing Ice travels to Taiwan

Growing up with a Taiwanese mother, I've visited Taiwan many times.  I even lived there for about 9 months while in college.…

Contemplating Moonlight: Patricia Riggen Reflects on <em>Under the Same Moon</em> in Taiwan

Posted Jun 3, 2013, by Patricia Riggen, Director, Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

Contemplating Moonlight: Patricia Riggen Reflects on Under the Same Moon in Taiwan

I imagined that Taipei would look much like mainland China.  It doesn’t. It’s more colorful and crowded, with hundreds of…

Climate Change in China: Jeff Orlowski Shares About Travelling with <em>Chasing Ice</em>

Posted May 31, 2013, by Jeff Orlowski, Director, Chasing Ice

Climate Change in China: Jeff Orlowski Shares About Travelling with Chasing Ice

The American Embassy in China established a pollution index that measures particular matter in the air under 2.5 microns.  At…

Metaphors: Director Patricia Riggen Reflects on <em>Under the Same Moon</em> in China

Posted May 29, 2013, by Patricia Riggen, Director, Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

Metaphors: Director Patricia Riggen Reflects on Under the Same Moon in China

1. China on my mind.

One of the first things I notice on my arrival in China is the tiny fragments of white cotton swirling…

Jordan Wrap-Up: Sharing Stories Half a World Away

Posted May 7, 2013, by Meredith Lavitt, Director, Film Forward

Jordan Wrap-Up: Sharing Stories Half a World Away

In FILM FORWARD’S first trip to the Arab World, Jordan proved to be a great location. Filmmakers Ligiah Villalobos…

Surprises in Jordan: Ligiah Villalobos Reflects on the Unexpected

Posted Apr 30, 2013, by Ligiah Villalobos, Screenwriter, La Misma Luna

Surprises in Jordan: Ligiah Villalobos Reflects on the Unexpected

Read Part 1 and Part 2 also.

It’s been exactly one week since we’ve been back from Jordan so I’ve had a chance to reflect back…

Open Flexible Minds: Laura Nix Reflects on the Last Two Days in Jordan

Posted Apr 26, 2013, by Laura Nix, Director, The Light In Her Eyes

Open Flexible Minds: Laura Nix Reflects on the Last Two Days in Jordan

Read Part 1 and Part 2 also.

On the 4th day of the program, our public screening in downtown Amman at the Rainbow Theater is…

An Ideal Audience: Laura Nix Shares <em>The Light In Her Eyes</em> with Students in Jordan

Posted Apr 25, 2013, by Laura Nix, Director, The Light In Her Eyes

An Ideal Audience: Laura Nix Shares The Light In Her Eyes with Students in Jordan

Read Part 1 and Part 3 also.

The Baqa’a camp, home to 104,000 people Palestinian refugees, is about 40 minutes outside of…

The Commonalities That Exist Between Us

Posted Apr 19, 2013, by Ligiah Villalobos, Screenwriter, La Misma Luna

The Commonalities That Exist Between Us

Read Part 1 and Part 3 also.

It is Wednesday, April 17, 2013 and my first time on this trip talking to students who are not…

Faraway Lands, but <em>Under the Same Moon</em>

Posted Apr 18, 2013, by Nate von Zumwalt, Editorial Coordinator

Faraway Lands, but Under the Same Moon

The disparities that demarcate life in Mexico and the landlocked Arab country of Jordan are, ostensibly, vast and boundless.…

The Importance of Dialogue: Laura Nix Discusses <em>The Light In Her Eyes</em> in Jordan

Posted Apr 18, 2013, by Laura Nix, Director, The Light In Her Eyes

The Importance of Dialogue: Laura Nix Discusses The Light In Her Eyes in Jordan

Read Part 2 and Part 3 also.

We arrived in Amman four days ago. I’ve never been to Jordan before but I was three hours away by…

 A Nation of Refugees: Ligiah Villalobos' <em>La Misma Luna</em> Finds Mutuality in Jordan

Posted Apr 16, 2013, by Ligiah Villalobos, Screenwriter, La Misma Luna

A Nation of Refugees: Ligiah Villalobos' La Misma Luna Finds Mutuality in Jordan

Read Part 2 and Part 3 also.

It is a little after 11 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013. I have just returned to my hotel in Amman,…

Parting Thoughts: The Power of Film Is Unmistakable

Posted Apr 3, 2013, by Nancy Buirski, director, The Loving Story

Parting Thoughts: The Power of Film Is Unmistakable

Nancy Buirski is the director of the documentary "The Loving Story." She recently joined Film Forward in Colombia to screen her…

The Planet is Changing: Jeff Orlowski and Chasing Ice travel to Colombia

Posted Mar 28, 2013, by Jeff Orlowski, Director, Chasing Ice

The Planet is Changing: Jeff Orlowski and Chasing Ice travel to Colombia

Jeff Orlowski is an American filmmaker and the director and cinematographer of Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award…

Challenging the Boundaries of Love in Colombia

Posted Mar 22, 2013, by Nancy Buirski, director, The Loving Story

Challenging the Boundaries of Love in Colombia

After four extraordinary days in Colombia, I may just be starting to get a feel for this disarmingly complex place. Friendly,…

Where the Road Takes You

Posted Mar 14, 2013, by Jerry Rothwell, Director, Town of Runners

Where the Road Takes You

Jerry Rothwell is a British documentary filmmaker. He joins Film Forward in Imperial Valley to screen and discuss his latest…

Art Bridges Divides, Crosses Boundaries and Connects People

Posted Mar 13, 2013, by Stacy Peralta, director, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

Art Bridges Divides, Crosses Boundaries and Connects People

Stacy Peralta is an American filmmaker, former professional skateboarder, and original member of the Z-Boys. He joins Film…

<em>Bones Brigade</em> Reaches Slab City, Local High School

Posted Mar 7, 2013, by Stacy Peralta, director, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

Bones Brigade Reaches Slab City, Local High School

Stacy Peralta is an American filmmaker, former professional skateboarder, and original member of the Z-Boys. He joins Film…

No One Ever Comes Here: Stacy Peralta Screens Bones Brigade for Imperial Valley

Posted Mar 6, 2013, by Stacy Peralta, Director, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

No One Ever Comes Here: Stacy Peralta Screens Bones Brigade for Imperial Valley

Stacy Peralta is an American filmmaker, former professional skateboarder, and original member of the Z-Boys. He joins Film…

Two Sides of a Fence

Posted Mar 5, 2013, by Jerry Rothwell, Director, Town of Runners

Two Sides of a Fence

Jerry Rothwell is a British documentary filmmaker. He joins Film Forward in Imperial Valley to screen and discuss his latest…

Hungry For Culture: Stacy Peralta Screens <em>Bones Brigade</em> for Imperial Valley

Posted Feb 28, 2013, by Stacy Peralta, director, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

Hungry For Culture: Stacy Peralta Screens Bones Brigade for Imperial Valley

Stacy Peralta is an American filmmaker, former professional skateboarder, and original member of the Z-Boys. He joins Film…

Jerry Rothwell Shares <em>Town of Runners</em> With Imperial Valley Students

Posted Feb 27, 2013, by Jerry Rothwell, director, Town of Runners

Jerry Rothwell Shares Town of Runners With Imperial Valley Students

Jerry Rothwell is a British documentary filmmaker. He joins Film Forward in Imperial Valley to screen and discuss his latest…

We Are The Authors of Our Own Destiny

Posted Oct 19, 2012, by Rosana Betancourt Ortiz, Audience Member, Puerto Rico

We Are The Authors of Our Own Destiny

A reflection on my experience with the film Grbavica during the Film Forward visit to Puerto Rico:

Fortunately I was assigned…

Reflections on Renovation and Hope in Puerto Rico

Posted Oct 11, 2012, by Alfredo Nieves Moreno, Associate Dean of Communications at Universidad Metropolitana

Reflections on Renovation and Hope in Puerto Rico

On Friday, October 21 I had the honor to share some thoughts about narration for documentary and feature films with filmmakers…

<em>Unfinished Spaces</em> Reaches From Cuba to Puerto Rico

Posted Oct 5, 2012, by Jennifer Prediger, Film Forward Field Producer

Unfinished Spaces Reaches From Cuba to Puerto Rico

When Alysa Nahmias, co-director of Unfinished Spaces traveled with FILM FORWARD to Puerto Rico, she was in for a surprise.…

Native Artists and Audiences Convene in Oklahoma

Posted Oct 3, 2012, by Bethany Clarke

Native Artists and Audiences Convene in Oklahoma

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is located in Sulphur, Oklahoma, one and a half hours from Oklahoma City and two and a half hours…

Moving Forward Through the Magic of Cinema in Puerto Rico

Posted Oct 1, 2012, by Jennifer Prediger, FILM FORWARD Field Producer

Moving Forward Through the Magic of Cinema in Puerto Rico

"Cinema is magic because it transforms people and moves us forward," said the writer/director of 'Grbavica', Jasmila…

Found in Translation

Posted Sep 24, 2012, by Alysa Nahmias, co-director, Unfinished Spaces

Found in Translation

Alysa Nahmias is the co-director of 'Unfinished Spaces,' a documentary about the visionary design of Cuba's National Art…

Finding Out You Have a House in Puerto Rico

Posted Sep 22, 2012, by Jasmila Zbanic, Director, Grbavica

Finding Out You Have a House in Puerto Rico

Jasmila Zbanic, director of 'Grbavica,' writes about her experience traveling to the United States with heightened sensitivity…

Two Wings of One Bird: FILM FORWARD Finds Intersections Between Puerto Rico and Cuba

Posted Sep 21, 2012, by Alysa Nahmias, co-director, Unfinished Spaces

Two Wings of One Bird: FILM FORWARD Finds Intersections Between Puerto Rico and Cuba

Alysa Nahmias is the co-director of 'Unfinished Spaces,' a documentary about the visionary design of Cuba's National Art…

Experiencing the Native Summit and FILM FORWARD in Oklahoma

Posted Sep 19, 2012, by Sterlin Harjo, Filmmaker

Experiencing the Native Summit and FILM FORWARD in Oklahoma

Before 2001, I had almost no idea what Sundance was, other than a prestigious film festival that happened in the mountains of…

Indigenous Film Bran Nue Dae Finds a New Audience in Oklahoma

Posted Sep 11, 2012, by Ningali Josie Lawford, Actress, Bran Nue Dae

Indigenous Film Bran Nue Dae Finds a New Audience in Oklahoma

I didn’t know what to expect when I was asked to represent filmmaker Rachel Perkins for the FILM FORWARD Oklahoma program. But…

Senna Director Asif Kapadia Meets Oklahoma

Posted Sep 10, 2012, by Asif Kapadia, Director, Senna

Senna Director Asif Kapadia Meets Oklahoma

When I was about ten years old I remember doing a project at school about Native Americans. I remember drawing a picture of the…

Recollections of Maria Catalina Prieto from the U.S. Embassy in Bogota

Posted Jul 31, 2012, by Maria Catalina Prieto, U.S. Embassy, Bogota

Recollections of Maria Catalina Prieto from the U.S. Embassy in Bogota

After a week of intense work the Film Forward 2012 team returned home. This program, an initiative of Sundance Institute, is to…

The Power of the Whisper in Colombia with <em>Buck</em> Associate Producer Sofia Santana

Posted Jul 30, 2012, by Jennifer Prediger, Film Forward Field Producer

The Power of the Whisper in Colombia with Buck Associate Producer Sofia Santana

Guatavita, Colombia –

On Film Forward’s trip to Colombia, Sofia Santana, Associate Producer of Buck, traveled not only with the…

A Composer's Experience with FILM FORWARD

Posted Jul 26, 2012, by Andrés Martínez Ojeda, Music Composer, Sikumi

A Composer's Experience with FILM FORWARD

In this small world of variety, complexity, and contrast, the term “film forward” is a great alternative for understanding…

Filmmaker Travelogue: Director of On the Ice Visits Colombia (Part 2)

Posted Jul 25, 2012, by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, director, On the Ice

Filmmaker Travelogue: Director of On the Ice Visits Colombia (Part 2)

Read Part 1 of Andrew's journey here.

Thinking back on my trip to Colombia and my entire FILM FORWARD experience.  I love…

Filmmaker Travelogue: Reflections on screening <em>Buck</em> in Colombia

Posted Jul 24, 2012, by Sofia Santana, Associate Producer, Buck

Filmmaker Travelogue: Reflections on screening Buck in Colombia

Monday July 9, 2012

First Day In Bogota

I arrived last night in Colombia to start the FILM FORWARD program.  It’s kind of funny…

FILM FORWARD Connects in Colombia

Posted Jul 18, 2012, by Jennifer Prediger, Film Forward Field Producer

FILM FORWARD Connects in Colombia

Arriving in Bogotá late on a Sunday night is perfect timing for easing into Colombia’s largest city, population size around 8…

Filmmaker Travelogue: Director of <em>On the Ice</em> Visits Bogotá (Part 1)

Posted Jul 11, 2012, by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, director, On the Ice

Filmmaker Travelogue: Director of On the Ice Visits Bogotá (Part 1)

Just finished two days of screenings in Bogotá. Despite some technical difficulties with the projections, they were really…

Horse Whisper Heard Around the World

Posted Jul 11, 2012, by Jennifer Prediger, Film Forward Field Producer

Horse Whisper Heard Around the World

On the first day of screenings during Film Forward's trip to Colombia, we took a road trip from Bogotá to Guatavita. It's about…

My Journey Through Morocco with <em>Somewhere Between</em>

Posted Jul 9, 2012, by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Director, Somewhere Between

My Journey Through Morocco with Somewhere Between

I have always wanted to go to Morocco.  When my best friend and I were planning our dream trip that we were going to do between…

Crossing Borders with FILM FORWARD

Posted Jul 3, 2012, by Rachel Perkins, Director, Bran Nue Dae

Crossing Borders with FILM FORWARD

One of the most contested borders in the world felt like the perfect venue for the Film Forward program to share its…

Hand to the Heart in North Africa

Posted May 29, 2012, by Mike Cahill, Director, Another Earth

Hand to the Heart in North Africa

The first thing that struck me about Morocco and Moroccan people generally - something subtle and simple yet indicative of…

Connecting With Young Artists in Morocco

Posted May 23, 2012, by Brittany Ballard, Manager, FILM FORWARD

Connecting With Young Artists in Morocco

FILM FORWARD returned to Morocco for a second year and had another successful collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, Rabat. We…

Film Forward Travelogue: Reaching Across Borders from Calexico to Mexicali

Posted May 18, 2012, by Jennifer Prediger

Film Forward Travelogue: Reaching Across Borders from Calexico to Mexicali

The way Calexico and Mexicali play off each other gives reason to be excited about traveling to the Imperial Valley in…

<em>BUCK</em> Goes to the Imperial Valley and Mexicali

Posted May 9, 2012, by Cindy Meehl, director, BUCK

BUCK Goes to the Imperial Valley and Mexicali

The Imperial Valley in California is a unique border location that I had never heard of before I went with FILM FORWARD and my…

Rachel Perkins' <em>Bran Nue Day</em> creates a sense of cultural pride in Mexico

Posted May 9, 2012, by Jennifer Prediger

Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Day creates a sense of cultural pride in Mexico

Australian director Rachel Perkins wanted the world to see Aboriginal people in a different way. Their culture had been…

<em>Buck</em> Reaches At-Risk Youth on the Border

Posted May 4, 2012, by Jennifer Prediger

Buck Reaches At-Risk Youth on the Border

Spending an afternoon at Calexico High School just about a mile from the border of Mexico, Buck Director Cindy Meehl had a…

<em>Bran Nue Dae</em> Hits Home with Imperial Valley Students

Posted May 4, 2012, by Nate von Zumwalt, Editorial Coordinator

Bran Nue Dae Hits Home with Imperial Valley Students

Imperial Valley and Australia would appear to be in diametric contradiction to one another. One resides in the Northern…

Our Return to Morocco

Posted May 3, 2012, by Brittany Ballard

Our Return to Morocco

 On the heels of an incredible Imperial Valley program currently under way, FILM FORWARD journeys to the Kingdom of Morocco for…

Headed West: FILM FORWARD Stops in Imperial Valley and Mexico

Posted Apr 27, 2012, by Jacqueline Carlson

Headed West: FILM FORWARD Stops in Imperial Valley and Mexico

After a bustling March featuring FILM FORWARD stops in India and China, the program is headed to California for a week-long…

A Director's Homecoming: Asif Kapadia Recalls Bringing <em>Senna</em> to India

Posted Apr 23, 2012, by Asif Kapadia, director, Senna

A Director's Homecoming: Asif Kapadia Recalls Bringing Senna to India

FILM FORWARD was a chance for me to continue the cultural dialogue I have been having with India through cinema all of my life.…

<em>Buck</em> in China: Redefining the American Hero

Posted Apr 2, 2012, by Andrea Meditch, Co-Executive Producer and Creative Consultant on Buck

Buck in China: Redefining the American Hero

Kunming, China, it turns out, is mostly cement and just as polluted as other Chinese cities, but it didn’t matter because we…

Filmmaker Diary from India

Posted Apr 2, 2012, by Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Filmmaker Diary from India

Where to start, where to start?  I have been trying to put down some thoughts about my incredible experiences screening

China Responds to <em>Unfinished Spaces</em>

Posted Mar 26, 2012, by Xuequn Bao

China Responds to Unfinished Spaces

It's a sad story. In this film, we can learn that something could be damaged and never ever be fixed back to the original…

A Personal @FilmForward Email Exchange

Posted Mar 19, 2012, by Amit Gupta & Linda Goldstein Knowlton

A Personal @FilmForward Email Exchange

Film Forward marches on in New Delhi, India. After a screening of Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s documentary Somewhere Between at…

Mumbai Audiences Hit Hard at Film Forward India

Posted Mar 17, 2012, by Meredith Lavitt & Joseph Beyer, Sundance Institute

Mumbai Audiences Hit Hard at Film Forward India

Our Film Forward project landed in Mumbai last week for an ongoing cultural dialogue between countries, sparked by the power of…

FILM FORWARD goes to Bollywood!

Posted Mar 8, 2012, by Jacqueline Carlson

FILM FORWARD goes to Bollywood!

FILM FORWARD 2.0 is headed to India! From March 15 – 22, we will travel to a broad swath of locations across the Subcontinent,…

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Visits Film Forward in Arizona

Posted Mar 8, 2012, by Nate von Zumwalt, Editorial Coordinator

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Visits Film Forward in Arizona

The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, was in Arizona last week as part of his Art Works tour.…

Creating Community in Southern Arizona

Posted Mar 5, 2012, by Meredith Lavitt

Creating Community in Southern Arizona

FILM FORWARD started the year by returning to Tucson, Arizona and joining forces again with The Loft Cinema and the University…

FILM FORWARD 2012 Kicks Off in Arizona!

Posted Feb 24, 2012, by Brittany Ballard

FILM FORWARD 2012 Kicks Off in Arizona!

We are excited to return to Arizona for Year 2 of FILM FORWARD next week for a full program of workshops, screenings and…

Meet the Artists: Mohamed Al-Daradji, A Son of Baghdad

Posted Jan 27, 2010, by David Ng

Meet the Artists: Mohamed Al-Daradji, A Son of Baghdad

When Hollywood makes movies about the war in Iraq, location shooting often takes place in Jordan or the deserts of the American…

The Man Behind Boy

Posted Jan 23, 2010, by Claiborne Smith

The Man Behind Boy

According to his son Boy, Alamein, the absent and idolized father in Taika Waititi’s inspired second feature Boy, is “overseas…

One on One: Najwa Najjar and Cherien Dabis

Posted Jan 19, 2009, by Holly Willis

One on One: Najwa Najjar and Cherien Dabis

Palestinian filmmakers Najwa Najjar and Cherien Dabis met at Sundance Institute’s 2005 Middle East Screenwriters Lab in Jordan.…