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Film Forward

While many people have heard of the Vietnam Conflict, not as many may know that, as part of the hostilities, the U.S. bombed the neighboring country of Laos 24 hours a day for nine years. In the mid-2000s, New Zealand filmmaker Kim Mordaunt initially went to Laos to make a documentary about an...
Here I am in Ajo with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance staff who are working to restore Ajo’s town plaza. And now, here’s the scoop on the second part of my California and Arizona trip. After Los Angeles, it was on to Phoenix. There, of course, our host was our own National...
This week's podcast is a talk with award-winning director Stanley Nelson, who’s known for his documentaries about critical historical subjects such as Jonestown and Emmett Till. His recent film, Freedom Riders , continues that exploration. Freedom Riders tells the story of the...
This week's podcast features the executive director of the Sundance Institute, Keri Putnam, in a conversation about Film Forward . Film Forward is a program that takes ten independent films from the U.S. and abroad and presents them to audiences in locations across the country and around the...
Washington, DC Lixin Fan (right) with Freedom Riders filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Winter's Bone Line Producer Kathryn Dean during the Film Forward visit to China. Photo by Meredith Lavitt. Canada-based Chinese filmmaker Lixin Fan is one of the 10 filmmakers participating in the Sundance...
Washington, DC Vikramaditya Motwane. Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute. Indian filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane is one of ten directors participating in Film Forward , a partnership project of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The project...
Washington, DC The Film Forward filmmakers: (l to r) Debra Granik, Vikramaditya Motwane, Jennifer Arnold, Peter Bratt, Stanley Nelson, Cherien Dabis, Lixin Fan, Taika Waititi, and Mohamed Al-Daradji. (Not pictured: Havana Marking) Photo by Victoria Hutter “To say you’re like another...