Sundance Film Forward uses film and conversations with filmmakers to excite and introduce a new generation to the power of story, while fostering a global community. Film Forward is a touring program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of films and conversations with filmmakers. Film Forward aims to connect cultures and people by exploring the impact that stories can have on individuals, issues and societies. A total of eight independent films (narrative and documentaries) and filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad are selected by Sundance Institute and the federal partners each year to participate in this program, traveling to domestic and international locations. Filmmakers participate in screenings, extended Q&As, and workshops at universities, film and cultural centers, museums, libraries and other community, educational, and cultural venues, cultivating engaged dialogue, encouraging appreciation of other viewpoints, and developing new audiences for independent film.

The Sundance Film Forward is bringing three creators to the Cosford Cinema. On Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30pm, Producer Jason Michael Berman will be in attendance for the screening of LITTLE ACCIDENTS. On Thursday, October 22 at 6:30pm, Director Greg Barker of WE ARE THE GIANT and Navid Khonsari, the maker of 1979 REVOLUTION will be present for a discussion.

Wednesday, October 21 – 6:30PM

When a teenage boy goes missing in a small town already devastated by a fatal mining accident, three strangers find themselves drawn together in a tangle of secrets, lies, and the collective grief of the community. Reeling from the disappearance of her son, Diane (Elizabeth Banks) finds herself drifting away from her husband (Josh Lucas), a mining company executive whose role in the accident has made her family the prime target for the town’s anger. When she forms a dangerous bond with the sole survivor of the disaster (Boyd Holbrook), truths will be uncovered that threaten to tear apart the few remaining threads holding the town together in this intense drama from writer-director Sara Colangelo. Producer Jason Berman will be in attendance for a post-film Q+A.

Directed by Sara Colangelo.
USA. 105minutes. 2k Digital Projection.
2014. English.

Thursday, October 22 – 6:30PM

Innovators in non-fiction storytelling, Rockstar Games designer Navid Khonsari and Vassiliki Khonsari give us this breakthrough interactive historical documentary that places the player inside the action of the Iranian Revolution. Using actual audio testimonials, a real-world soundscape, and multiple touchscreen gameplay, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is the first of a nine-episode game designed to integrate an emotional, historically true narrative while giving players the experience of making moral choices under extreme situations as they navigate the streets of an uprising. Game Designer Navid Khonsari will be on hand to present his work and discuss with the audience.

Thursday, October 22 – 7:00PM

In WE ARE THE GIANT, ordinary citizens face the same moral questions that have defined revolutionary leaders across the ages, from Jefferson to Che to Mandela. With remarkable access, the film takes its audience inside the lives of six extraordinary people who grapple with the agonizing and universal dilemmas at the heart of all struggles for justice and freedom: whether to take up arms and fight, or to advocate change through peace and non‐violence. Producer Razan Ghalayini will be in attendance for a post-film Q+A.

Directed by Greg Barker.
USA. 90minutes. 2k Digital Projection.
2014. English.

Sundance Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.