The Sundance Film Festival will hold screenings at Lawrence’s Liberty Hall in January as one of seven satellite sites nationwide, the festival announced Monday.
The nomadic mama.film, of Wichita, partnered with Sundance last year to bring satellite screenings to that city. This year, Lawrence was selected as a satellite site to screen specially curated selections from the festival’s official program and connect artists directly with local audiences, according to a news release from mama.film.
mama.film is described on its website as “a village – at the crossroads of art & advocacy – where storytellers, changemakers and nurturers come together to champion humanity through a maternal gaze.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Sundance Institute again to bring festival selections to Kansas,” Lela Meadow-Conner, mama.film CEO and mother/founder, said in the release. “In 2021 we had the opportunity to bring Sundance Film Festival Films to Wichita and in 2022, we’re road tripping to Lawrence to screen films at the historic Liberty Hall, and we look forward to celebrating independent film with this community.”
All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (meaning at least two weeks have passed since the second shot of a two-dose vaccine series). The festival will also require that masks be worn at all times in indoor spaces and queuing lines.
In addition to the screenings, mama.film says “We’re taking this opportunity to facilitate a convening of Kansas & Kansas City-region’s film communities – connecting filmmakers, festival organizers, programmers & curators, film students, and women in film with education and networking throughout the course of the weekend.”
Other partners of mama.film include Free State Festival, Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Kansas, Wichita State University School of Digital Arts & Shocker Studios, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Explore Lawrence, KC Film Office, Film Festival Alliance, Transgender Film Center, Women in Entertainment, and Lawrence Arts Center, according to the website.
The 2022 Sundance Film Festival is set for Jan. 20-30, based in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, and online. Satellite screenings, including those in Lawrence, will be held Jan. 28-30, during the event’s closing weekend. Find out more on the festival’s website and mama.film.
Other selected satellite screening locations include arthouse cinemas in Amherst, Massachusetts; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington; and Baltimore, Maryland.