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Wendy S. Loughlin

The Sundance Institute will come to Syracuse University Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, for a two-day Sundance Ignite event.

Sundance Ignite is a program designed to excite a new generation of audience members and film artists around the power of storytelling. The program includes Sundance Ignite On Tour, a traveling component intended to engage with students and emerging filmmakers.

The event will include several film screenings and a master class, all held in Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building.

Friday, April 1

Screening: “Cronies
7-9 p.m.
A Q&A with writer/director/producer Michael J. Larnell will follow. Larnell is an M.F.A. candidate and Dean’s Fellow in the film program at New York University, where he received a Kanbar Television scholarship. A native of St. Louis, he has directed over 20 documentary and short films. “Cronies” was produced by acclaimed director Spike Lee.

Saturday, April 2

Short Film Master Class
Noon-4 p.m.
With writer/director Kelly Reichardt; Mike Plante, shorts film programmer at the Sundance Institute; and Bethany Clarke, manager of the Sundance Institute’s Film Forward Initiative. Reichardt is an artist-in-residence at Bard College. She has been the recipient of United States Artists and Guggenheim fellowships, and her work has been screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Whitney Biennial; the Cannes Film Festival’s “Un Certain Regard”; the Venice Film Festival; the Sundance Film Festival; the Toronto Film Festival; and the BFI London Film Festival.

The event will include special screenings of Sundance Short Film winners “Thunder Road” and “Jungle.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Newhouse School and the James D. Kuhn Film Fund at the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Jimmy Kuhn '70, G'72 is a Syracuse alumnus and president of Newmark Knight Frank.

For more information, contact Keith Giglio at 315-443-4006 or