Twenty Years Later - A Look at the History and Future of Independent Film

Twenty years ago the Sundance Institute was founded on the idea that independent visions in filmmaking need support. Since then, the independent film landscape has undergone major transformations in terms of content, financing, and distribution. In the process, the independent film industry has changed the face of the Hollywood studio system. How have the independent film industry and community changed as a result of this impact? What has governed these changes? And what has their broader cultural effect been? By looking back at two decades of independent film, this discussion will explore why independent film has changed, in hopes of a better understanding how it should change in the future. Geoffrey Gilmore, codirector of the Sundance Film Festival for the past 10 years, will moderate this panel, which will look at independent film's most significant moments with the individuals who helped make them happen. Sponsored by Los Angeles Times.


Geoffrey Gilmore
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