Sundance Institute ShortsLab

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Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Milwaukee Film and the Sundance Institute presents ShortsLab to help empower the next generation of artists.
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274 Saturday, October 5
10am-3:30pm, UWM Union Ballroom

(includes lunch)
FREE - verified, currently enrolled UWM students
$100 - general public
Milwaukee Film Festival passes not valid for this event.

Co-presented with the Production Club at UWM and the UWM Student Association, Milwaukee Film is pleased to announce the first Milwaukee edition of the Sundance Institute’s acclaimed workshop series, ShortsLab. (Watch the ShortsLab trailer.)

Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents ShortsLab to help empower the next generation of artists. Filmmakers are invited to participate in this half-day seminar of Sundance-organized panels and discussions to offer firsthand insight and access into the world of story development,  production, working with cast and crew, and how to get the most out of making a short film.

UWM Students! If you are enrolled for Fall 2013, your registration is free courtesy of your segregated fees. When you register at the link below you will need to indicate that you are a student and bring your student ID on the day of the workshop. Everyone who does not have a UWM student ID will pay at the door.

Filmmakers scheduled to appear at this year's Sundance Institute ShortsLab:

DAVID LOWERY is a filmmaker from Texas. His first feature film, St. Nick, premiered at the SXSW film festival in 2009, and was followed in 2011 by the acclaimed short film Pioneer. His newest picture, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, was an official selection of the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals in 2013 and will be released theatrically in August of that year. He also has worked extensively as an editor, most recently on Shane Carruth's Upstream Color, Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine, and Kris Swanberg's Empire Builder among others. He is an alumni of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs, the Berlinale Talent Campus and IFP's Narrative Labs.

RY RUSSO-YOUNG is a writer-director and editor from New York City. Her short film Marion, a three-screen deconstruction of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, was awarded Best Experimental Film at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo. Her first feature, Orphans, received a Jury Prize at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival. Russo-Young’s second and third features premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. You Won't Miss Me (2009) also won a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature Not Coming to a Theater Near You” and was released by Factory 25 on a special-edition DVD. Nobody Walks (2012) was co-written with Lena Dunham and developed through the Sundance Screenwriters lab and the IFP No Borders market and won a Sundance special jury prize. Magnolia released the film to theaters.

MIKE PLANTE is a  Short Film Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival. Starting at film festivals as a short and feature film programmer and projectionist in 1993, he has worked at festivals in Aspen, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Telluride and Tucson, and helped run the CineVegas Film Festival from 2002-2009. Plante has worked at Sundance since 2001 as Presentation Manager (2001-2006), New Frontier Consultant (2005-2008) and Short Film Programmer (2002-2006, 2011 to present). He does a lot of other film things under the Cinemad banner, and bowls a 180 on a good day.

CALVIN LEE REEDER made a name for himself as a writer-director with the short films Piledriver, Little Farm (which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival), and The Rambler (which appeared at the Festival the following year). His feature debut, The Oregonian, divided Sundance Film Festival audiences in 2011 just as his shorts had before it. Cinemad released it to theaters in 25 cities. His second feature The Rambler (MFF 2013), adapted from the short and starring Dermot Mulroney, played in the Midnight section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Anchor Bay released the film on DVD and VOD in June.