In 1981, actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist Robert Redford founded Sundance Institute as a means to "foster independence, risk-taking, and new voices in American film," according to their website. Their mission as a nonprofit organization is to discover and develop independent artists and audiences. "Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.” Redford also founded Sundance Channel, Sundance Cinemas and, of course, the well-known and attended annual Sundance Festival. The various programs under the Sundance umbrella encourage the independent filmmaker and their films.
Earlier this week, Kendra had the pleasure of calling Sundance Institute her newest photography client! She was the official photographer for one of their events, a screenplay reading of “Social Justice Warrior,” a film written by Emma Fletcher and written/directed by Brett Weiner. The event was presented by Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program.
Once the audience was seated, the screenplay was read by a cast of actors, namely John Michael Higgins (Yes Man, The Break-Up), Matt Malloy (Hitch, Loving, Alpha House), Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City, No Tomorrow), Nestor Carbonell (Lost, The Dark Knight, Bates Motel), Maestro Harrell, Bridey Elliott, Jermaine Fowler, Stefanée Martin, Christine Ko, Jake Abel, Rain Valdez and Ilyse.
The reading was animated, inspiring and comical, and kept the audience engaged throughout. Below, we share some of the favorite snapshots Kendra captured at the Sundance Institute event.