Kodak Puts Filmmakers in the Spotlight at Slamdance and Sundance;
Company Hosts Filmmaking on a Budget Panel; Presents Product Grants
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, January 18, 2010-Kodak will once again give its full support to the independent filmmaking community at the Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals, which run concurrently in Park City, Utah, beginning January 21.
Kodak will host a Fireside Chat panel at Slamdance featuring independent filmmakers discussing their budgetary and aesthetic reasons for shooting on film. Directors-writers-cinematographer Ben and Josh Safdie (Daddy Longlegs), producer Heather Rae and cinematographer Gavin Kelly (The Dry Land), producer Alex Orlovsky (Blue Valentine), and cinematographer Benoit Debie (The Runaways) will share their experiences working in the Super 16 mm format. All three of the panelists' movies are screening at the Sundance Film Festival. The panel takes place on January 22, at 1 p.m. at the Treasure Mountain Inn and is free to festival attendees.
"Kodak continues to invest in improving film technology, making the Super 16, three-perf and two-perf 35 mm formats more attractive than ever," says Michael Zakula, Americas sales manager, feature films, for Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division. "Filmmakers want the latitude, flexibility, and resolution that only film provides, and these formats help filmmakers work within any budget. Each panelist will explain why film was the right choice for bringing their vision to the screen."
Hope produced Imperialists Are Still Alive with writer-director Zeina Durra and cinematographer Magela Crosignani. The film follows a French Manhattanite who continues her work as an artist in the wake of the sudden abduction of her childhood sweetheart. Safdie collaborated with brother Benny Safdie on Daddy Longlegs, about a thirty-something torn between being a friend or father to his kids. Kelly brought writer-director Ryan Piers Williams's vision to the screen, telling the story of a returning U.S. soldier trying to reconcile his experiences overseas with his life in Texas.
Kodak's Chris Russo will moderate the discussion and explore how these filmmakers got their films made and then accepted by a renowned festival.
Kodak will also present a product grant to the winner of the Slamdance Cinematography Award. The winner, chosen by a Slamdance jury and announced January 28, will receive 10,000 feet of Kodak motion picture film.
Over on Main Street at the Sundance Film Festival, Women in Film will present a Kodak product grant as part of their Women in Film/The Incentives Office Grant on January 24. This award - chosen by a jury of educators, filmmakers and artists from WIF - is presented to a female director in the Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program. It also includes a cash prize from The Incentives Office and services from Technicolor.
"Filmmakers don't have to compromise," says Zakula. "Film allows independent filmmakers the ability to work efficiently and cost-effectively, while capturing the most image information for post production.
"Kodak's presence at these festivals is another example of our longstanding dedication and support for independent filmmakers," he adds. "We're privileged to provide these innovative storytellers with the tools they use to share their unique and personal visions. It's also an important opportunity to listen and understand the needs of independent filmmakers, who bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to cinema."
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