• Where: Miami
    When: October 20-23, 2015

    Sundance Film Forward travels to Miami for a dynamic, multi-faceted program that explores themes of justice, class struggle, violence, and community.

    In collaboration with the Bill Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, the four day program features filmmakers Jason Berman (producer, Little Accidents) and Razan Ghalayini (producer, We Are The Giant) in a series of free screenings and extended Q&A’s. In an exciting addition to the program Navid Khonsari (creator, 1979 Revolution) will be in attendance for a public workshop and presentation of this interactive storytelling game.

    We Are The Giant follows six individuals on the front lines of the Arab Spring as they struggle to practice non-violence as an effective means to Revolution. Their compelling stories are publicized through social media allowing the entire world to witness their peaceful battle for change. Little Accidents explores both the tension and unlikely bonds created between the residents of a small American town in the wake of a recent mining accident and the disappearance of a young boy. 1979 Revolution, the action/adventure game set in the actual events of 1979 Iran, immerses players into the gritty, euphoric streets of revolution – where the choices you make may betray you.

    Schedule Of Events

    Tuesday, October 20
    7:00pm Local Filmmaker Roundtable Discussion 
    Moderated by Paul Federbush, International Director Sundance Feature Film Program
    University of Miami, School of Communications, International Bldg, 2055 
    5100 Brunson Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33146 

    Wednesday, October 21
    6:30pm Little Accidents
    Discussion with producer Jason Berman to follow.
    University of Miami, Bill Cosford Cinema
    5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

    Thursday, October 22
    12:30pm 1979 Revolution workshop with creator Navid Khonsari
    Creator Navid Khonsari to present his current independent game 1979 Revolution and the process of creating the first documentary cinematic game/ Verite Game. A presentation/slideshow that will show the game from conception to current state plus the process of creating a narrative cinematic experience. A nuts to bolts process of what it takes to bring an innovative approach to narrative storytelling and cinematic performances and production value to digital technology like games. Part of the workshop session will include an immersive experiment for the all the students. Students will be led through an exercise that allows them to understand how to build a story that has multiple branching possibilities and to create an independent game that can be commercial while valuing empathy. The presentation will conclude with Navid and audience members playing the current and most recent version of the game -- a sneak peak of the game only a few months before it’s release.
    University of Miami, School of Communications, Wolfson Bldg, Room 3032 
    5100 Brunson Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33146

    5:30pm Little Accidents
    Discussion with producer Jason Berman to follow.
    Miami-Dade Public Library System, Main Branch
    101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130

    6:30pm 1979 Revolution presentation with creator Navid Khonsari
    Discussion with producer Razan Ghalayini & 1979 Revolution creator Navid Khonsari to follow.
    University of Miami, Bill Cosford Cinema 
    5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

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    The Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami
    Dedicated to offering a diverse and discerning program, the Bill Cosford Cinema showcases a variety of independent, international, experimental, and classic cinema. As a non-profit art house space, the Cosford Cinema screens its programs at little-to-no cost, ensuring that audiences have substantial access to alternative forms of cinema (including documentary, experimental, and classic) as well as international films. The Cosford, since its founding, strives to both entertain and educate. Our mission is to promote the artistic and social value of the cinematic medium and to encourage critical reflection and serious consideration of film.

    Housed under the auspices of the School of Communication, the cinema benefits from the many educational resources of the School, including the Media Resource Center and the Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies, as well as a host of academic departments and units located across the University.

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