The Sundance Film Festival announced today the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events selected for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance continues it’s initiative to build on diversity and inclusivity with the majority of the 12 Episodic Works, 73 Short Films, and 4 Special Events created or directed by women or filmmakers of color and increasing the amount of LGBTQIA, with 26% of the filmmakers identifying as LGBTQIA.
This year, it feels like each of the 12 Indie-Episodic Works allows an opportunity to walk away with some element of introspection and reflection, including the World Premiere of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, a series about the history and legacy of the infamous hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
Another must mentionable is Delhi Crime Story. This story is based on actual events and case files of the absolutely disturbing 2012 gang rape in New Delhi, India that made headlines and created mass protests across India. Sundance Institute’s Senior Programmer, Mike Plante said“This year’s crop of shorts are rowdy, reflective, visionary — we are excited to discover so many new voices and perspectives on today’s world.”
With the shorts lineup this year including so many projects with notable film industry players involved, including Steven Soderbergh as an Executive Producer of Now Apocalypse and Jordan Peele as a producer of Lorena, this once sometimes forgotten realm of Sundance Film Festival is proving to be rising as oppose to being drowned out by Sundance expansion into VR and Immersive Reality.