The Time Warner Foundation is proud to support institutions and programs that cultivate up-and-coming artists and diverse storytelling. This year's Sundance Film Festival lineup featured an amazing range of projects that the Foundation touched through organizations including the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, Tribeca Film Institute, and the Independent Filmmaker Project.
Gillian Robespierre, a grantee of two film-making programs funded by the Time Warner Foundation, premiered her first feature film, Obvious Child, this past Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Born and raised in New York, Gillian is an alumnus of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and its Tribeca All Access (TAA) program, which champions the filmmakers of tomorrow. Time Warner Foundation is a major supporter of TAA, and works closely with them to discover and nurture the next generation of storytellers.
This December, the Goodman's Owen Theatre will be a hotbed for innovative new work when it hosts the 10th annual New Stages Festival, a celebration of new plays designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment. This year's festival will feature two fully staged workshop productions and three staged readings of new plays in development, all celebrating the work of Latino Playwrights.
"Black filmmakers say the wave of 2013 releases was built in large part on the creativity that has flourished on the independent-film circuit, which has become a laboratory of sorts for more prominent African-American-themed productions," The New York Times' Michael Cipely wrote earlier this year. With all these filmmakers’ buzzworthy films, and more, there should be no doubt that some of the most exciting new independent stories are coming from African-American filmmakers. Hear from the artists behind these projects discuss their experiences in the independent film world, and as culture creators for our generation.
Labyrinth Theater Company's new Artist Salon Series kicked off on September 9 and 10 featuring a work-in-progress written and performed by Craig 'muMs' Grant. The work is autobiographical and explores the origins of Hip Hop and his personal history. The new series offers an intimate glimpse into the lives and work of Labyrinth's diverse artists and includes revealing conversations and audience interaction in addition to up-close performances of work-in-progress.