Sundance London reveals more music docs, doc panels

The inaugural Sundance London film and music festival has revealed more special events including a UK version of the Documentary Flash Lab and the premiere of Harmony (pictured), which looks at Prince Charles' three decades of work towards combating climate change.
March 21, 2012

The inaugural Sundance London film and music festival has revealed more special events including a UK version of the Documentary Flash Lab and the premiere of HRH Prince of Wales doc Harmony.

A product of a partnership between Sundance Institute and The O2, the festival will see Rufus and Martha Wainwright sing the songs of their mother, Kate McGarrigle, following the world premiere of Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You – A Concert for Kate McGarrigle. McGarrigle passed away in early 2010.

Other special events include the debut theatrical screening of Coming Up For Air, a documentary about UK band Placebo, which will be followed by a Q&A with the band and filmmaker Charlie Targett-Adams.

Robert Redford, whose attendance had been previously announced for the opening night event, will also introduce a screening of Stuart Sender and Julie Bergman Sender’s documentary Harmony (pictured), about the three decades of work by HRH The Prince of Wales to combat climate change. Narrated by the Prince of Wales, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly, authors of the book that inspired the film.

Besides the premieres, Sundance London will also introduce a Documentary Flash Lab, hosted by Cara Mertes, director of the Sundance Instititue Documentary Program and Fund.The two-hour panel will feature U.S. filmmakers Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles), Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In) and Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice), as they discuss new funding and distribution possiblities.

Other panels will feature composer Harry Gregson-Williams discussing his process, and U.S. narrative filmmakers pairing up with UK filmmakers such as James Marsh (Project Nim) and Gurinder Chada to see how they are alike and different.

“In programming the Special Events and panels for the first-ever Sundance London, we were afforded total creative freedom, and what resulted are a number of unique events that we hope will broaden the experience of attending the festival for all to enjoy,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival. “The common element highlighted throughout the festival is a celebration of those who think creatively and independently about something in their lives.”

Sundance London runs from April 26 to 29.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.