The 2021 Sundance Film Festival announced a schedule for the talks and events to be presented on the Sundance platform. Among the events are Sundance Dailies and “The Big Conversation” Series and Awards Night.
The festival, which runs from January 28 to February 3, opted for a semi-virtual option in place of its traditional exhibition in Park City, UT. Guests attending this year’s Cinema Cafe virtual chat include Rita Moreno, Questlove, Robin Wright, and others.
The following is the list of scheduled events. All lectures and events are free to view, and all times are US Mountain Time.
2021 Sundance film
Festival opening evening welcome
Thursday January 28th
5.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
The Sundance Dailies
Friday, January 29th – Tuesday, February 2nd,
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Sundance 2021 Full Lineup: Pandemic, Politics, Rita Moreno, Octavia Butler, Semi-Virtual Festival “Passing” and “Sesame Street”
2021 Cinema Café guests:
Shaka King & Ahmir
Friday, January 29, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Sonia Manzano & Rita Moreno
Saturday, January 30th, 10:30 am-11: 15 am
Rebecca Hall & Robin Wright
Sunday, January 31, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Tyson Brown, Patti Harrison and Emilia Jones
Monday, February 1st, 10:30 am-11: 15 am
The big talk
Friday, January 29th – Monday, February 1st,
1-2 o’clock, individual slots TBA
The big talk covers science, art, culture and the movements that fuel the imagination of today’s independent artists. A compelling selection of speakers will discuss topics focused on the themes of this year’s program and examine broader trends in art and culture around the world. When considering how
Artists – through their practice and their work – make sense to the world, we are reminded that it is the big conversation that connects us to the big ideas. The themes are “Barbed Wire Kisses Redux”, “Come Together” and “The Past in the Present: A Personal Journey through Race, History and Filmmaking”.
Power of history
The Sundance Film Festival’s Power of Story is designed to deepen public engagement with storytelling, engage with cinema culture, and celebrate artists whose work drives form and reinvents storytelling as we know it.
Power of History: Speculative Fiction is the Place
Black speculative fiction and historiography, afrofuturism, and utopian / dystopian visions speak for a lasting, evolving, and lively sensitivity to storytelling.
Summon the collective: Womxn at Sundance Speakeasy
Saturday, January 30th, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A virtual speakeasy featuring performances by a range of talented women from the festival and beyond, honoring a variety of perspectives through our myths and stories, dance, art, music and culture. The guests include: the poet Apiorkor, the American dance theater Alvin Ailey and the artistic director Emerita Judith Jamison (Ailey), the actress Marlee Matlin and the director Siân Heder (CODA), the actress Rita Moreno (Rita Moreno: Just a girl, who chose to do it), actor SOKO (Mayday, The Blazing World) and more TBA.
Tuesday, February 2, 6 p.m.
The event is free and open to everyone and will be broadcast live on our online screening platform.
It’s a wrap
Wednesday, February 3, 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Festival director Tabitha Jackson leads a ceremonial ending to this brand new Sundance experience by bringing the audience together for a final moment in virtual space.