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Samah Tokmachi Finds Creativity at the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Launched in 2011, the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab is an intensive program for artists working “at the convergence of film, art, media, live performance, music and technology.” This Fall, it completed its third Lab, bringing together artists with an impressive variety of mentors from all of these fields. Among the folks traveling to the Sundance Resort was filmmaker Samah Tokmachi (Living in a Global Society) in the role of Creative Observer. Sundance invited him to make a short video, posted above, “in hopes that his reflections would enrich the wider discourse about media innovation and the future of storytelling.”

More on the 2013 New Frontier Story Lab from Sundance:

The 2013 New Frontier Story Lab supported six projects at the Sundance Resort in Utah for a week-long immersive Story Lab experience in October, with a group of leading artists, designers, filmmakers, storytellers, technologists and innovators in the field. The Fellows included: Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva with #PostModem, Joshua Frankel and Judd Greenstein with An Untitled Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacob, Jay Bushman and M. Elizabeth Hughes with Hashtag Hamlet, Klip Collective with Vacant America, Banker White and Sarah Kramer with The Memory Mosaic, and Gary Baseman and David Charles with Mythical Creatures.

After identifying the unique needs of each selected project, the Sundance Institute sources expert Creative Advisors to provide individualized feedback and creates a custom agenda of activities to support the development of the projects. The 2013 Fellows were supported by a incredible group of Creative Advisors including Scott Snibbe (Artist – Bjork’s Biophila), D.V. DeVincentis (Screenwriter – High Fidelity), Chris Holmes (Musician and DJ – Beck, Paul McCartney), Sandi DuBowski (Director – Trembling Before G-d), Wesley Strick (Screenwriter – Cape Fear), Nick Fortugno (Co-Founder, Playmatics), Katherine Dieckmann (Screenwriter and Director, Motherhood), Lance Weiler (Artist – Pandemic 1.0, Collapsus), Lynn Nottage (Playwright – Ruined), Noland Walker (Director – A Day in the Life of Jeremiah Burke High School), Susan Bonds (CEO, 42 Entertainment), Lynette Wallworth (Artist – CORAL Rekindling Venus), Stewart Wallace (Composer – The Bonesetter’s Daughter opera), Jeremy Mendes (National Film Board of Canada, Interactive Producer – Bear 71) and Aaron Koblin (Creative Director of the Data Arts Team, Google’s Creative Lab).

Among the artists included in Tokmachi’s video are Filmmaker 25 New Faces Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva, at the Lab with their project, #PostModem. You can check out Tokmachi’s lovely video above.

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