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Sundance London announces free talks, screenings, events and music performances (2014)

Sundance London 2014

Story by Jack Foley

SUNDANCE Institute and The O2 have announced the programme of FREE talks, screenings, events and music performances for the third Sundance London film and music festival, happening at The O2 from April 25-27, 2014.

Many of these events will take place in the Festival Hub at Brooklyn Bowl, The O2’s newest entertainment venue, which will be open to the public over the festival weekend.

On-stage talks (the ‘Brooklyn Bowl Sessions’) were programmed by Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.

Among the notable participants for these on-stage talks are filmmaker and Emmy Award-winning comedian David Cross (Hits, Arrested Development) and filmmaker David Wain (They Came Together, Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Wanderlust).

The Truly Independent Visions event will discuss what is takes to create an independent film today with panellists including festival filmmakers and programmer David Courier.

Live music performances at Brooklyn Bowl include UK singer-songwriter Scott Matthews, The Soho Hobo (AKA Tim Arnold) and critically acclaimed harmonic pop group Goldheart Assembly.

As already announced, Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra will perform following the film screening of Finding Fela. Additional music performances will take place throughout the festival on the Gibson Pop-Up Stage, programmed by The O2 and Gibson Brands.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: “The Festival Hub at Brooklyn Bowl is a space for celebrating the community of artists and audiences in London who appreciate independent film and music.

“It extends the experience of the films and music performances on offer, and it further allows artists and audiences to interact with each other and discuss what they’ve seen… and how to pick up a 7-10 split.”

Also announced today was ‘International Premiere: 5 Projects from the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge,’ a FREE screening event celebrating the international debut of five new short films created by acclaimed independent filmmakers to launch the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge.

Using a global open call-for-entries (now open), submissions from everyday storytellers will compete for five $10,000 USD awards, each with a trip to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to screen their work. The challenge, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, celebrates imaginative solutions to overcoming the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty.

Filmmaker Hank Willis Thomas will attend the screening for a Q&A to follow.

In addition, Sundance London announces the Film Appreciation Event, a FREE event for students interested in careers in film. Students will hear from Sundance Film Festival programmers and watch short films and clips of films featured in the festival.

Meanwhile, the Film Quiz on Sunday, April 27 is another fun, free event giving audiences the chances to pit their wits against festival directors and the programming team.

Tickets for all Sundance London films, panels and music performances are now on sale at

Music performers include Archive. Sundance London will include 40 films (22 features and 18 shorts), including Fruitvale Station, Blue Ruin, Frank, Hits, They Came Together, The Voices and The Trip to Italy. All screenings will take place at Cineworld at The O2.

Brooklyn Bowl Sessions — FREE lively conversations with filmmakers and talent featured in the festival.

Saturday, April 26, 2pm at Brooklyn Bowl

Writer, director, comedian and actor David Cross (Hits, Arrested Development) and filmmaker David Wain (They Came Together, Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Wanderlust) will discuss comedy in independent film.

Sunday, April 27, 2pm at Brooklyn Bowl

Truly Independent Visions

Where better than a bowling alley for truly independent filmmakers to strike up a conversation about cinema outside the box? Bold, innovative, forward-thinking storytelling doesn’t just happen – it takes an active imagination and media technology that supports cinematic innovation.

Join intrepid filmmakers who know that you have to throw a lot of gutter balls before you hit a strike. Filmmakers Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest), Charlie McDowell (The One I Love) and David Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter) join Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer David Courier to discuss what it takes to realize a truly independent vision.

FREE Events

Friday, April 25, 3:30pm at Cineworld

Film Appreciation Event — Students interested in careers in film are invited to this FREE event where they will hear from Sundance Film Festival programmers and filmmakers and watch short films and clips of films featured in Sundance London.

John Cooper (Director, Sundance Film Festival) and Trevor Groth (Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival) will lead an afternoon of lively conversation as writers, directors and fellow programmers share their experiences and offer advice to inform the future filmmaking you. FREE, with advance registration required via

Sunday, April 27, 12:30pm at Cineworld

International Premiere: 5 Projects from the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge

Join us for a FREE screening of five short films commissioned to launch the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge. This project, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, harnesses the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty.

Through an international open call for three-to-eight-minute film submissions that will compete for five $10,000 prizes and trips to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the challenge celebrates imaginative solutions real people are creating to overcome the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty.

Sunday, April 27, 4:30pm at Brooklyn Bowl

Film Quiz at Brooklyn Bowl

Celebrate this year’s 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., with a FREE quiz covering three decades’ worth of the best, funniest and most outrageous films, hosted by Chris Hewitt of Empire Magazine.

Film fans who think they know their stuff can join filmmakers and Sundance Programmers in an afternoon of Film Trivia. The winning team will walk away with fantastic prizes – and bragging rights!

Music Performers at Brooklyn Bowl

A dynamic showcase of FREE live performances by emerging and established artists and bands from across the musical spectrum. These performances were produced by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), which for years has produced a showcase for attendees of the Sundance Film Festival to experience live music performances. Production provided by Gibson Brands.

Saturday, April 26, 7:30pm at Brooklyn Bowl

Scott Matthews

Scott’s diverse musical taste and experimentations with funk, soul and indie rock inform his career as a solo artist. His four acclaimed albums include his most recent, Home Part 1. Scott has headlined tours and toured with some of the world’s most respected artists, including Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Rufus Wainwright, Tori Amos and Robert Plant.

Saturday, April 26, 8:15pm at Brooklyn Bowl

The Soho Hobo

Tim Arnold (AKA The Soho Hobo) is a songwriter, musician, producer and performer and the former front man of 90’s Britpop band, Jocasta. He has composed for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Universal music and has subsequently released 14 albums, including the critically acclaimed Secrets of Soho.

Saturday, April 26, 9pm at Brooklyn Bowl

Goldheart Assembly

Following the success of their debut album, harmonic, British pop group Goldheart Assembly have performed everywhere from huge stages at Glastonbury and Reading to tiny bars in Houston, Texas. They also toured extensively with Band of Horses and The Civil Wars, among others. Their second album, Long Distance Song Effects, has received extensive radio play and widespread critical acclaim.

Gibson Pop-Up Stage

Friday, April 25, 5:30-8:30pm/Saturday, April 26, 12 midday – 8pm/Sunday 27 April, 12 midday – 8pm

Gibson Brands, an Official Provider for Sundance London, will deliver an active program of FREE live music performances with the Gibson Pop-Up Stage.

Artists will be booked by The O2 and Gibson Brands, with a full line-up to be announced. Gibson Brands will also provide backline amplification and guitars.