As one of the premier lounges at the Sundance Film Festival, the 2nd annual Macro Lodge returned to Sundance 2019, offering a plush, stylish setting for guests to relax, and mingle with Hollywood celebrities leading the way in the conversation of diversity. Hosted by MACRO’s wife and husband team, Stacey Walker King and Charles D. King, the Macro Lodge’s scheduled events at Sundance were designed to elevate the conversation of the inclusion of minority groups and people of color in the entertainment industry.
For the dynamic lineup of events, Macro partnered with Shea Moisture in collaboration with Color of Change. Shea Moisture decked the house with high quality natural beauty products including toners, soaps and shampoo products from their line.
The Macro Lodge kicked off their lineup on Friday, January 25th, with Producing the Latinx Pipeline presented by NALIP. This event was one of multiple events at Sundance this year tailored to encompassing the Latinx community in the conversation of diversity and the event gave direction to NALIP’s initiatives to assist in the development and production of content from diverse filmmakers.
Saturday’s events included a screening of the BET Networks upcoming television series Boomerang and was followed by a panel discussion with the series creators Lena Waithe, Ben Cory Jones and director Dime Davis.
Sunday morning, Macro Lodge hosted Now That’s Real Talk: A Conversation With Jada Pinkett Smith. The fireside chat featured Jada Pinkett Smith, who’s film Hala premiered at Sundance this year. The intimate conversation between Smith and Kibi Anderson, President of Red Table Talk, Inc, was sponsored by Facebook Watch.
The chat was followed by a conversation with Chiwetel Ejiofor, who’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, premiered at Sundance this year and has received accolades for it’s inspiring story and looks to be a strong, possible contender for the Sundance Film Festival’s top prize, the Grand Jury Prize.
The Knock Down The House, premiere after-party took place on Sunday night and ran through the night with a packed house, enjoying music from Urban and R&B artists.
******* UPDATED REGARDING THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND ******
It was announced today, January 29th, 2019 that The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind was awarded the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize.