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Amber Fares opens the hood of <em>Speed Sisters</em> in conversations with Omaha audiences

Posted Apr 26, 2016, by by Amber Fares

Amber Fares opens the hood of Speed Sisters in conversations with Omaha audiences

Flying into Omaha was almost like coming home for me. I'm from Northern Alberta in Canada, and the landscape of Nebraska is…

Chinese Audiences <em>Somewhere Between</em>

Posted Mar 28, 2012, by Summer Wu

Chinese Audiences Somewhere Between

Summer Wu was an audience member who watched Somewhere Between at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She graciously shared her…

Filmmaker Diary from China

Posted Mar 28, 2012, by Ben Murray, Co-director of Unfinished Spaces

Filmmaker Diary from China

Here we are in China. Great people, great food, and more screenings to come. The individual is alive and well and looking for…

Dhanyawad to the Journalistas

Posted Mar 20, 2012, by Sundance Institute

Dhanyawad to the Journalistas

As @FilmForward India comes to a close later this week, we wanted to thank all the journalists and press who have attended our…

Watching <em>The Green Wave</em> with Director Ali Samadi Ahadi in Tucson

Posted Mar 13, 2012, by Parvaneh, Audience Member

Watching The Green Wave with Director Ali Samadi Ahadi in Tucson

The Green Wave is a significant movie because it can be seen from different perspectives. It is a documentary that reflects a…

On The Ice in Tucson

Posted Mar 7, 2012, by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, Writer/Director, ON THE ICE

On The Ice in Tucson

Last week we showed On the Ice in Arizona as a part of the Film Forward program. I was there for three screenings. The first…

Bringing Beginners to Sells, Arizona

Posted Mar 6, 2012, by Peggy Springer, The Loft Cinemas

Bringing Beginners to Sells, Arizona

I was part of the team who traveled to Sells, Arizona on the Tohono O’odham Nation with Mike Mills and his film Beginners.…

Iranian-American audience member reflects on The Green Wave

Posted Mar 1, 2012, by Audience member Michael Mahyar Hojjatie

Iranian-American audience member reflects on The Green Wave

Mr. Ahadi’s film “The Green Wave” shows the audience a harrowing and poignant look at the contested Iranian election of 2009.…

FILM FORWARD 2012 Launches a New Year of Film and Cultural Dialogue

Posted Dec 15, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt, Associate Director FILM FORWARD and Utah Community Programs

FILM FORWARD 2012 Launches a New Year of Film and Cultural Dialogue

As we welcome in the new year we are excited to begin our journey with FILM FORWARD 2012.  Last year’s program was our first,…

Last Screening in Paris

Posted Nov 2, 2011, by Mohamed Al-Daradji and Isabelle Stead, Son of Babylon

Last Screening in Paris

After a quick dash over the channel, we landed in Paris for the last leg of the FILM FORWARD programme. Unlike many of the…

Hope in Kabul

Posted Nov 1, 2011, by Havana Marking, director, Afghan Star

Hope in Kabul

It is not often that I am nervous before a screening. I have done many Q&As in many countries and - because I know my film…

Smiles On Their Faces

Posted Oct 20, 2011, by Vikramaditya Motwane, director and writer, Udaan

Smiles On Their Faces

In my (minimal) experience as a filmmaker who’s travelled the festival circuit a bit, I’ve found that you go through all kinds…

Film Forward and Stanley Nelson visit The Cinema School in the Bronx

Posted Oct 19, 2011, by Andrés Santiago

Film Forward and Stanley Nelson visit The Cinema School in the Bronx

Photos of imprisoned freedom riders and a burning bus were scattered along the walls of The Cinema School for a week leading up…

My Morocco Memories

Posted Oct 17, 2011, by Stanley Nelson, director, Freedom Riders

My Morocco Memories

From September 24th to October 1st I travelled to Morocco as part of the Film Forward program. I had never been to Northern…

Film Forward Mississippi Starts With A Bang

Posted Oct 11, 2011, by Teresa Hollingsworth, Senior Director, South Arts

Film Forward Mississippi Starts With A Bang

Day one of Film Forward in Mississippi was spectacular. So much so, that this blog post is tardy because there was not a moment…

Talking about <em>Freedom Riders</em> at The Cinema School, the Bronx, New York

Posted Oct 11, 2011, by Patricia Finneran

Talking about Freedom Riders at The Cinema School, the Bronx, New York

Part of my being here is thanks to the Freedom Riders” —Stanley Nelson

On a warm September Wednesday, Stanley Nelson and I…

Eye-opening Morocco

Posted Oct 10, 2011, by Cherien Dabis, writer and director, Amreeka

Eye-opening Morocco

Film Forward Morocco kicked off in Tangier, a city whose legendary charm first captivated me at the age of 15 when my family…

Impressions of Film Forward: Morocco

Posted Oct 7, 2011, by Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Impressions of Film Forward: Morocco

It was a whirlwind trip to Morocco for Film Forward: five days, five cities, screenings, workshops, heated discussions, idea…

Authenticity in <em>Amreeka</em>

Posted Oct 6, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt, Associate Director of Utah Community Programs and Film Forward

Authenticity in Amreeka

I will never forget the moment we walked into Abi bakr Errazi Junior High in Jaama Mezouak for Cherien’s screening of Amreeka

Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Mississippi

Posted Oct 3, 2011, by Brittany Ballard and Jacqueline Carlson

Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Mississippi

Film Forward heads to Jackson and Piney Woods, Mississippi, our last domestic destination of our inaugural program. We’ve…

Next Stop: The Kingdom of Morocco

Posted Sep 23, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt, Associate Director of Utah Community Programs and Film Forward

Next Stop: The Kingdom of Morocco

FILM FORWARD arrives in the Kingdom of Morocco on September 27th and begins a whirlwind 4 day tour, exhibiting films, engaging…

Full Circle: Back To Kenya With <em>A Small Act</em>

Posted Aug 3, 2011, by Jennifer Arnold, director, A Small Act

Full Circle: Back To Kenya With A Small Act

My first trip to Kenya was in the early '90s on a yearlong foreign exchange program. I lived in a dorm called “Box,” which was…

Catching Up in Kenya

Posted Jul 28, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt, Associate Director, Film Forward

Catching Up in Kenya

Film Forward is all about creating cultural exchange through the exhibition of films and conversations with filmmakers.…

Powerful Film & Creative Cultural Exchange: Updates from Kenya

Posted Jul 27, 2011, by Liz Manne

Powerful Film & Creative Cultural Exchange: Updates from Kenya

This blog post was originally published on filmaid.org.

Greetings from Nairobi, where I’m at the halfway point in an…

<em>A Small Act </em> at Fort Jesus

Posted Jul 27, 2011, by Martin Nelson, committee member of Friends of Fort Jesus

A Small Act at Fort Jesus

Local people passing the entrance to the Old Law Courts near Fort Jesus last Sunday would have been surprised to see the large…

Schedule for Film Forward Kenya

Posted Jul 12, 2011, by Brittany Ballard, Manager, Film Forward

Schedule for Film Forward Kenya

Check out the schedule of screenings, panels, and events for Film Forward Kenya beginning July 15.

Friday, July 15th

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Film Forward Reaches Puerto Rican Audience

Posted Jun 28, 2011, by Andrés Arias, Coordinator, Puerto Rico Film Society Mayaguez

Film Forward Reaches Puerto Rican Audience

Puerto Rico has a unique cultural richness that is recognized worldwide. However, the availability of independent films and…

Puerto Rico Welcomes Film Forward with Open Arms, and Then Some

Posted Jun 28, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt, Associate Director, Film Forward

Puerto Rico Welcomes Film Forward with Open Arms, and Then Some

Puerto Rico was ripe for Film Forward! Sundance Institute Director of Programming Trevor Groth and I landed on Tuesday, June…

Film Forward Opens in Puerto Rico

Posted Jun 23, 2011, by Guillermo A. Vazquez-Machargo, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Film Society

Film Forward Opens in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Film Society and Sundance Institute are presenting free film screenings, panels, and Q&As this week as part of…

Puerto Rico Mash-Up: Film Forward Part 1

Posted Jun 21, 2011, by Brittany Ballard, Manager, Film Forward

Puerto Rico Mash-Up: Film Forward Part 1

As I write to you from the outdoor Plaza de Armas of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, I struggle to contain my excitement. To set the…

Simple Act of Kindness

Posted Jun 15, 2011, by Kate Dean, co-producer, Winter’s Bone

Simple Act of Kindness

The desert is a wide-open stretch of baking heat. In direct contrast to the experience that I had with Film Forward in China,…

Tucson Shows Up For Film Forward

Posted Jun 14, 2011, by Peggy Springer, The Loft staff member

Tucson Shows Up For Film Forward

As a staffer at The Loft Cinema, being involved with Film Forward - which is deeply invested in raising cultural awareness…

Tucson Film Forward: A Message of Thanks

Posted Jun 13, 2011, by Brittany Ballard, Manager of Film Forward

Tucson Film Forward: A Message of Thanks

Wow! What a whirlwind and incredible trip in the hot hot heat of Tucson, Arizona. Upon completion of the program I feel a…

Two Days in Tucson

Posted Jun 10, 2011, by Patti Lee, producer / DP, A Small Act

Two Days in Tucson

Two and a half days is not a long time--certainly not enough time for me to get to know Tucson. What I did and who I saw,…

Storytelling with Film Forward

Posted Jun 8, 2011, by Penelope Starr, producer, Odyssey Storytelling

Storytelling with Film Forward

This blog was originally published at TucsonCitizen.com on June 8, 2011, as part of “Telling Stories by Penelope Starr.”

How…

Next Stop: Tucson

Posted Jun 6, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt

Next Stop: Tucson

The next Film Forward program takes place in Tucson, Arizona, June 5-9. As we prepared for this program, we realized that its…

Diba Jimooyung: Telling Our Story

Posted May 23, 2011, by Peter Bratt, Writer/Director of La Mission

Diba Jimooyung: Telling Our Story

In the language of the Anishinabek people of the great lakes area of the United States, “diba jimooyung” means “telling our…

The Brain is Our Greatest Archive

Posted May 17, 2011, by Taika Waititi, director of Boy

The Brain is Our Greatest Archive

It's been a great few days here in Michigan -- Saginaw Chippewa country to be exact. Whenever I encounter other indigenous…

Film Forward Goes to Michigan

Posted May 17, 2011, by Brittany Ballard

Film Forward Goes to Michigan

Film Forward Manager Brittany Ballard blogs from the grounds of Film Forward Michigan, discussing screenings, presentations,…

On to Michigan

Posted May 11, 2011, by D. Owl Johnson and Brittany Ballard

On to Michigan

Two staffers arrived in Michigan for the next stop on the Film Forward tour. A Michigan native and manager of Sundance…

The Other Side of the World

Posted May 6, 2011, by Kate Dean, producer, Winter's Bone

The Other Side of the World

There is a long-standing joke of how far China is: it's the other side of the world. When I was little, I would imagine digging…

<em>Last Train Home</em>: A Provocative Debate on Perspective

Posted Apr 26, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt and Lixin Fan

Last Train Home: A Provocative Debate on Perspective

Lixin Fan participated in Film Forward China with his film Last Train Home and as an Advisor for the Documentary Workshops with…

Film Forward Nashville: Moving and Inspiring

Posted Apr 25, 2011, by Lisa Ogdie

Film Forward Nashville: Moving and Inspiring

When the Film Forward program set out for Nashville almost two weeks ago, I was elated to be part of the team. I had never…

Sundance Institute Joins Beijing Film Academy

Posted Apr 20, 2011, by Xin Sheng, Chinese student blogger

Sundance Institute Joins Beijing Film Academy

Xin Sheng is a junior student at the Communication University of China in Beijing. She is the student journalist of the…

From Bicycles to Freedom Rides

Posted Apr 20, 2011, by Stanley Nelson, Director of Freedom Riders

From Bicycles to Freedom Rides

I did not know what to expect as the plane approached Beijing. I had last visited 16 years ago so there was no way I could have…

Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program Goes to China

Posted Apr 19, 2011, by Cara Mertes

Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program Goes to China

April 13-16, 2011, saw Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program lead the first ever Institute workshop for independent…

China Needs More Lixin Fan

Posted Apr 18, 2011, by Xin Sheng (Rebecca), Chinese student blogger

China Needs More Lixin Fan

Xin Sheng is a junior student at the Communication University of China in Beijing. She is the student journalist of the…

Greetings From Beijing

Posted Apr 18, 2011, by Kathryn Dean, Producer, Winter's Bone

Greetings From Beijing

The flight from New York to Beijing was a bit intense, but the cramped seat and crowded arrangement were nothing compared to…

Thoughts Post-Nashville

Posted Apr 17, 2011, by Isabelle Stead, Producer, Son of Babylon

Thoughts Post-Nashville

My what a treat I’ve had! I'm just returning from a rewarding trip to Nashville where I was invited to screen my film Son of…

Sundance Producer in Residence Joins Film Forward in Nashville

Posted Apr 16, 2011, by Anne Lai, Producer in Residence, Sundance Institute Feature Film Program

Sundance Producer in Residence Joins Film Forward in Nashville

It’s a beautiful spring morning, and we’re on day five of our excursion to Nashville, Tennessee. With our local partners – the…

Next Stop Beijing…

Posted Apr 16, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt

Next Stop Beijing…

Film Forward arrived in Beijing on April 13 after a successful tour in Nashville, TN (visit our Nashville destination page for…

Have Movies, Will Travel!

Posted Apr 13, 2011, by Peter Bratt, Writer/Director of La Mission

Have Movies, Will Travel!

Since many folks are unable to get to the big cities or small town resorts to attend indie film festivals, Film Forward brings…

The Story Thus Far in Nashville

Posted Apr 12, 2011, by Stephanie Silverman, Managing Director, The Belcourt Theatre

The Story Thus Far in Nashville

We are so excited that Film Forward has finally landed in Nashville! Peter Bratt, director of La Mission, and Isabelle Stead,…

Next Up: Nashville, TN

Posted Apr 7, 2011, by Brittany Ballard

Next Up: Nashville, TN

Next up! Film Forward travels to Nashville, Tennessee, where we’re excited to partner with the Belcourt Theatre to showcase our…

A Creative Advisor Finds Inspiration in Istanbul

Posted Mar 23, 2011, by Wesley Strick

A Creative Advisor Finds Inspiration in Istanbul

Film Forward has three target audiences: underserved communities, student and youth groups, and artists. By partnering with…

Letters from Tunisia

Posted Mar 21, 2011, by Patricia Finneran

Letters from Tunisia

A few weeks after Film Forward left Tunisia back in December, the “Jasmine Revolution” began. While visiting Tunisia, our team…

Afghan Star in Istanbul: Part 2

Posted Mar 14, 2011, by Havana Marking

Afghan Star in Istanbul: Part 2

Eskişehir 

We are on the train again now after a couple of days in Eskişehir. We were hosted by the University Anadolu and…

From Istanbul to Eskisehir to Ankara

Posted Mar 8, 2011, by Cherien Dabis, Writer/Director of AMREEKA

From Istanbul to Eskisehir to Ankara

Part 1 - ISTANBUL

Aside from its remarkable history and the fact that it’s the only city in the world to sit on two continents,…

Greetings from Istanbul

Posted Mar 2, 2011, by Alesia Weston

Greetings from Istanbul

Greetings from Istanbul! It is our last day here and we wanted to send you a little tidbit of news: the program has been…

Afghan Star in Istanbul

Posted Mar 2, 2011, by Havana Marking

Afghan Star in Istanbul

I have always wanted to go to Turkey, and Istanbul in particular. I have read various Orhun Pamuk books that describe both the…

Film Forward in Turkey

Posted Feb 28, 2011, by Meredith Lavitt

Film Forward in Turkey

Turkey is rich in history, culture, and tradition and is literally where east meets west divided by the Bosphorus. It is an…

Why I Became a Filmmaker

Posted Dec 16, 2010, by Alicia Sams

Why I Became a Filmmaker

“Cultural Diplomacy.“ Two words, each full of meaning. Taken together they encompass a universe of opportunity. As a term it…

Tunis, Tunisia Wrap-Up

Posted Dec 15, 2010, by Patricia Finneran

Tunis, Tunisia Wrap-Up

We left Tunis on December 14 after presenting six films (12 screenings) over an intense four-day period that also included…

Your Own Small Act

Posted Mar 2, 2010, by Jennifer Arnold

Your Own Small Act

It is every filmmaker's dream to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and my experience this year was so unexpected and so…