Robert Redford officially launched the first ever Sundance London film and music festival being held today through Sunday at The O2. The festival will include the British premieres of American independent films and documentaries shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this past January. In addition to the screenings, the event will include discussions and music performances from acts such as Rufus and Martha Wainwright as well as Placebo.
The festival is part of Redford’s vision to bring independent cinema to a bigger audience across the globe. Sundance Channel, which was founded by Redford, will also be celebrating the festival across Europe and Asia. In a partnership with the Shine Group and youth engagement agency Livity, the network has commissioned young producers to create highlights packages from Sundance London. They will be screened on the channel next Saturday and Sunday.
“This is a continuation of our mission that began 30 years ago in the mountains of Utah,” said Redford. “Independent film has since become one of the most exciting forums to showcase diverse voices and compelling stories. Sundance Channel continues to provide a platform for emerging talent. It’s also exciting that young artists will become involved in the first Sundance London festival and that their work will be seen on the network internationally.”
Next weekend Sundance Channel will also be showing a selection of films seen at the festival this past January. This includes California Solo from US writer-director Marshall Lewy. The drama stars Robert Carlyle (of Trainspotting fame) playing an ex-Britpop star coming to grips with his past. Below is a trailer and recent interview with Lewy discussing the film.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/36613702] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fCxObd_a6I]