Sundance Film Fest 2008: DocSource–New Docu Website

January 15, 2008–The Sundance Institute today announced the launch of DocSource, a new website
designed to extend the Sundance Documentary Film Program's support for contemporary social
issue documentary storytellers into the virtual arena.

The site launched today in conjunction withthe 2008 Sundance Film Festival at The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27, 2008 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

The new DocSource website serves the unique purpose of connecting artists, human rights workers, and film viewers from around the world together around extraordinary film projects about vital issues in the contemporary world, said Cara Mertes, Director of the Sundance Documentary Film Program. DocSource is a natural extension of the services and resources the Documentary Film Program offers to artists and audiences alike.

The Sundance Documentary Film Program has been international since its founding 12 years ago, and has funded more than 400 films in 52 countries. The new website is created to support the grantees of the Documentary Film Program, and connect stakeholders in the independent documentary and human rights communities.

The site will help artists to connect across the field, share stories from location shooting in such countries as Iran, Kenya, Pakistan and Argentina and many other around the world where Sundance grantees are working, and offer a growing set of resources and possibilities for interactivity and community for Sundance Documentary Program grantees and their stakeholders.

At the launch, DocSource will feature project and artist profiles, artist in production journals, documentary resources, a new Documentary Film Program blog and a daily collection of the most active websites in the
human rights and independent documentary fields, as well as information on the Documentary Film
Program and Fund.

DocSource is a noteworthy addition to Sundances Documentary Film Program, said Ken Brecher, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. It is a global program, and growing more so, and the human rights and documentary artist communities will benefit from this virtual convening and discussion resource
to carry on their work and amplify their impact.”

Visit DocSource at to sign up for RSS feeds, and updates on documentary
activities at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, including films, panels and photos.

The Sundance Documentary Film Program is dedicated to supporting U.S. and international feature documentary films that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and other contemporary issues. The Sundance Documentary Film Program provides year-round creative support to nonfiction filmmakers through labs, works-in-progress screenings, and related activities supporting distinct stages of the filmmaking process.

The Sundance Documentary Fund is a central element of the Institutes Documentary Film Program, and considers projects in Research & Development, or Production & Post-Production. Films that inspire the imagination and articulate fresh considerations of national and transnational issues are encouraged to

Since 1996, the Program has supported over 350 films in 52 countries, providing grant awards and a continuum of support throughout the life of a project. Films supported by the Program have received widespread distribution to their intended audiences via broadcast and theatrical release, and many have garnered a number of awards and exceptional industry recognition.


Sundance Institute

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is dedicated to the development of artists of independent vision and to the exhibition of their work. Since its inception the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for filmmakers and other artists. Sundance Institute conducts national and international labs for filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, playwrights and
theatre artists.

The Sundance Film Festival, a major program of Sundance Institute held each January, is considered the premier showcase for American and international independent film. The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program is a year-round program supporting artist development and the advancement of distinctive, singular independent projects through Screenwriters and Filmmakers Labs, ongoing creative and practical advice, the post-production project, and financial support through fellowship opportunities. The Sundance Institute Theatre Program invigorates the
national theatre movement with original and creative work, and nurtures the diversity of artistic expression among theatre artists.

The Documentary Film Program provides year-round support to nonfiction filmmakers through the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and programs that nurture growth and innovation in documentary storytelling. The Film Music Program supports and nurtures emerging film composers and inspires new ways for independent filmmakers to approach music in their films. The Institute maintains The Sundance Collection at UCLA, a unique archive of independent film.