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Laura Poitras among fellows named for Sundance Institute’s Directors Retreat

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras is one of six filmmakers selected to participate in the sixth annual Sundance Institute | Luma Foundation Directors Retreat. Taking place Aug. 1-12 in Arles, France, ...
August 6, 2019

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras is one of six filmmakers selected to participate in the sixth annual Sundance Institute | Luma Foundation Directors Retreat.

Taking place Aug. 1-12 in Arles, France, the retreat serves as an opportunity for directors to meet, share best and emerging practices, and work on their upcoming projects.

The retreat was launched in 2013 as a creative collaboration between Sundance Institute’s Theatre Program and the Luma Foundation.

“At this retreat, we ask only for a spirit of inquiry from our participants,” said Christopher Hibma, director of the Institute’s Theatre Program. “We’ve broadened our scope to include artists across disciplines, and our conversations and reflections – about careers, aspirations, the industry, and art – will evolve as a result. This community comes together in Arles, a city that has embodied and fostered creativity for thousands of years – and more specifically, under the auspices of the Luma Foundation, which has focused the boundless inspiration of the place.”

This year’s fellows include Poitras, who received an Academy Award for best documentary feature for 2014′s Citizenfour. Her most recent film is a collaboration with Forensic Architecture, and her solo installation exhibition, Astro Noise, was presented at the Whitney Museum.

Also participating are Syrian director and playwright Omar Abusaada, director Steve Cosson, New York-based Anne Kauffman, Laura Penn and director, playwright and producer Hana S. Sharif.

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