Making the (In)visible: Radical Transparency in the Data-Driven Age

Friday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Lodge, 550 Main St. (2nd floor)

Sundance Institute has partnered with the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to publish a groundbreaking analysis of the race and gender of applicants and participants in all Sundance Film Festival programs. How can radical data transparency reveal systemic barriers to inclusion? Join Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Stacy Smith (USC), actor and writer Lena Waithe, Nina Jacobson (Crazy Rich Asians), and Sundance Institute’s Karim Ahmad for a discussion of the data, its relevance to the field, and new models to advance equitable representation in film.

NOTE: Lena Waithe was unable to attend this panel, and Angela Robinson participated instead.


Franklin Leonard
Stacy Smith
Nina Jacobson
Karim Ahmad
Angela Robinson
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