RIDEPLAY Recap Sundance Film Festival 2023 Highlights

BY William Andre Buchanan

January 31, 2023

Sundance Wrap with RIDEPLAY tv

PARK CITY, UT. From Jan 19-29th independent filmmaking was screened and celebrated at the Sundance Film Festival 2023 and for the first time, RIDEPLAY tv had front row seats to the action. The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the nonprofit Sundance Institute, returned back in person and across the country online for 2023.  

When it Melts Q&A

Here are just some of the many highlights.

Linh Tran’s WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE Wins Slamdance’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Film. The film was written by Tran, Jewells Santos, and Delia Van Praag. Producers are Santos, Jake Rotger, and Sam Straley. Executive Producer is James Choi.

Other winners Beyond Utopia (U.S. Documentary) and presented by United Airlines to Shayda (World Cinema Dramatic) and 20 Days in Mariupol (World Cinema Documentary). KOKOMO CITY won the audience award for NEXT. The Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Presented by Acura was awarded to The Persian Version / U.S.A. (Director, Screenwriter, and Producer: Maryam Keshavarz, Producers: Anne Carey, Ben Howe, Luca Borghese, Peter Block, Corey Nelson) The Audience Award: NEXT, Presented by Adobe was awarded to KOKOMO CITY / U.S.A. (Director and Producer: D. Smith, Producers: Harris Doran, Bill Butler) Overall, Award recipients make up 15 countries, including the United States, India, Ukraine, Chile, Sweden, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Lithuania, France, Australia, Belgium, Germany, China, and Canada. Representing the best of independent filmmaking.

Favorite Beyond Film Panels

POWER OF STORY Featuring: Ita O’Brien (intimacy coordinator, I May Destroy You), Lisa Taddeo (author, Ghost Lover), Dakota Johnson (Actress, Producer), Barry Jenkins (Producer, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt) Moderated by Dr. Orna Guralnik (clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, Couples Therapy)

The Blackhouse Foundation the Blackhouse Filmmaker Lodge: Black Storytellers to Know Presented by The Blackhouse Foundation  

THE STORY OF US Featuring: W. Kamau Bell (We Need to Talk About Cosby) Moderated by Kimberlé W. Crenshaw (executive director, African American Policy Forum)  

Stephen Curry: Underrated - Press Line

Stephen Curry: Underrated by Peter Nicks, an official selection of the Special Screenings Program at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. © 2023 Sundance Institute | photo by Jemal Countess.

Rotting in the Sun - Press Line

Rotting in the Sun by Sebastian Silva, an official selection of the Premiers program at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. © 2023 Sundance Institute | photo by Lauren Wester.

About The Sundance Institute

The Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and media artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.  

About The Sundance Film Festival®
The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the non-profit, Sundance Institute, is the preeminent gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the festival have gone on to gain critical acclaim and reach new audiences worldwide.

About Sundance Collab, a digital community platform, brings a global cohort of working artists together to learn from each other and Sundance Advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported and showcased such projects as Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), CODA, Flee, Passing, Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On the Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, City So Real, Top of the Lake, Between the World & Me, Wild Goose Dreams and Fun Home.


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