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First-Ever Sundance London Film and Music Festival Runs Now thru April 29

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Sundance Institute and The O2 present the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival, opening today, April 26, and running through April 29 at The O2.

Both the Cinema Café and Music Café are elements of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A. – the premier independent film festival in the United States – and will take place in festival hub the Sundance London Inc Club, located on the ground floor of The O2. Events at the Cinema Café were programmed by Sundance Institute, and performances at the Music Café were produced by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Admission to the Cinema Café and Music Café is non-ticketed and for guests 18 and older only. Sundance London “Credential” holders receive priority access while all other patrons with a ticket to a Sundance London event are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Credentials can be purchased at www.sundance-london.com.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Key to the success of the Sundance Film Festival is providing shared spaces and experiences for attendees, which is precisely our aim with the Cinema Café and Music Café. The line-up of events and performances announced today complement our film, music and panel programming and offer an additional opportunity for festival attendees to interact with each other as well as the visionary artists whose work will be presented at the first-ever Sundance London.”

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.sundance-london.com.

Previously announced events and performances for Sundance London include the Opening Night event An Evening With Robert Redford And T Bone Burnett; a rare intimate concert performance by Placebo; Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird performing Maxinquaye; a performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright following the world premiere of Lian Lunson’s film about the music of their mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle; and screenings of 14 feature-length and eight short films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.

Cinema Café was created to inspire dialogue about film in a relaxed, engaging environment where there are no boundaries as to where the experience can go and anything can happen. It is a recent addition to the signature events at the Sundance Film Festival each January, where it’s fast becoming a favorite with patrons and filmmakers alike. The artists participating are linked to a subject or idea but the form of these events is open to their interpretation.

The Cinema Café and Music Café will be located in the festival hub, the Sundance London Inc Club, located on the ground floor of The O2. Events are non-ticketed and for guests 18 and older only. Credential holders receive priority access while all other patrons with a ticket to a Sundance London event are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. This venue has limited capacity. Credentials can be purchased at www.sundance-london.com.

The festival program at the Cinema Café is as follows.

Friday, 27 April

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Table Read: FARMING, with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (actor/writer/director)

Join actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (GI Joe, The Bourne Identity, LOST, OZ) for a look inside the creative process of filmmaking as he directs a live table read of his compelling true story FARMING; a young African boy's search for love and belonging within a brutal skinhead subculture. Adewale participated in The Sundance Institute Screenwriters & Directors Labs and was awarded an Annenberg Film Fellowship Grant from the Institute for the script.

Saturday, 28 April

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Bring the Noise: Music in My Film

Since the days of silent films music has played a crucial role in the power of cinema, triggering a wide range of emotional reactions. This impact and the creative process behind it will be discussed by: Gina Rodriguez, who stars in Filly Brown as a young woman trying to make it as a rapper; Michael Olmos, director of Filly Brown; and Terence Nance, who directed and created much of the music for An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty. Hosted by John Nein, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.

Sunday, 29 April

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Making LUV

Director Sheldon Candis and producer Jason Michael Berman will discuss their journey in making their film, LUV. Providing insights into the director/producer relationship they will cover how they assembled their phenomenal cast (Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Michael K. Williams, Meagan Good) as well as share anecdotes about the obstacles and blessings they encountered. Hosted by David Courier, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.


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