The O2, 9 April 2013 — Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of talks and music performances that will take place in The Festival Hub at the second Sundance London film and music festival, 25-28 April at The O2. Located under Cineworld at The O2, admission to The Hub is open to all Sundance London pass and ticket holders 18 and older, subject to capacity.
The Hub Talks were programmed by Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., as well as by Sundance London partners the British Music Experience, Film London and Kickstarter. Music performances were curated by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in association with Gibson.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “We created The Hub as a hangout for our invited artists and London audiences to discuss their love of film and music. These talks and musical performances, open to all Sundance London pass and ticket holders, add to the experience of the festival in exciting ways.”
Tickets for all Sundance London films, panels and music performances are now on sale at www.sundance-london.com. Music performers include Peaches, Gregg Allman and John Paul White of The Civil Wars, and British Sea Power. The film programme, made up of 21 feature films and nine short films, includes the International, European or UK premieres of films from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, including several award winners. For more information visit www.sundance-london.com or follow @SundancefestUK on Twitter.
Hub Talks — A dialogue inspired by film in a relaxed, engaging environment. Participants are linked to a subject or idea but the form of these events is open to their interpretation.
Friday 26 April, 4:00 p.m.
Hub Talk — Meet the creative team behind Sundance Institute. John Cooper (Director, Sundance Film Festival), Paul Federbush (Director, Feature Film Program International), Peter Golub (Director, Film Music Program), Trevor Groth (Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival), Michelle Satter (Founding Director, Feature Film Program) will discuss their roles in the non-profit’s year-round programs.
Saturday 27 April, Noon
Bands on Film – The Art of the Music Video: Over the last 20 years, the music video has ceased to be a humble promo, becoming as important as the song itself and evolving into an extension of a musician’s creative identity. In 3 ½ minutes a great music video can tell a story as iconic, moving and meaningful as any feature-length film. In this discussion, the British Music Experience will be examining
Saturday 27 April, 2:00 p.m.Filmmaker Hub Talk: Documentary filmmakers Barbara Kopple (Running From Crazy), Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda) and Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) will discuss the process of directing films full of powerful, emotional resonance that focus on urgent causes of global concern.
Music Performers for The Hub — A dynamic showcase of intimate live performances by emerging and established artists and bands from across the musical spectrum. These performances were produced by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), which for years has produced a showcase for attendees of the Sundance Film Festival to experience live music performances. Production provided by Gibson.
Friday 26th April 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Lesley Pike — Canadian indie darling Lesley Pike’s new album Tug of War blends pop sensibility, hints of ‘80s influence and electronic with her signature vocals and heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics. Pike has toured extensively throughout North America and the UK for the past four years and is known for her engaging and oftentimes hilarious live shows.
Iman — After featuring on Wilkinson’s smash ‘Need To Know’, and a new EP, ‘Golden’, due out May this year, it’s certainly an exciting time for Iman. She has also been busy writing with John Legend, Frank Ocean and Ed Sheeran, proving her credentials as not only a talented artist but also a highly sought after songwriter. http://www.imanmusic.co.uk/
Charles Bruno — After becoming one of the most sought-after session guitarists, Charles Bruno posted a couple of rough recordings online and quickly signed a publishing deal with Sony/EMI. With his unique voice, classic songwriting ability and evident musicality, Charles Bruno is a rare artist, a raw talent that captivates with direct emotion.
Luls — Hotly tipped London three-piece Luls introduced themselves at the end of 2012 with their art-rock anthemics bringing together a towering wall of sound aesthetic with cathartic dynamics and an intrinsic ear for euphoric melody, bridging the gap between the classic pop sensibilities of the Everly Brothers and jagged edge of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s.
Saturday 27 April, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Olivia Sebastianelli — Olivia Sebastianelli was signed to a major label at the age of 17 but left when they tried to turn her into Katy Perry. Far from the usual winsome girl with a guitar, she cites artists as diverse as Chrissie Hynde, Deborah Harry, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and Alice in Chains as influences. https://www.facebook.com/OliviaSebastianelli
Josef Salvat — Less than a month after releasing his debut song This Life, Australian singer-songwriter Josef Salvat is climbing high in the HypeMachine charts (number 1 in ‘No-Remixes’ and number 9 in the ‘Most Blogged’ charts, respectively) and gaining increasing support from the UK’s leading taste makers. http://josefsalvat.com/
Mary Epworth — With the 2012 release of her debut album Dream Life, Mary Epworth has emerged as one of the UK’s most exciting talents. The album’s blend of 1960s West Coast psychedelia with gospel and dream pop gained Mary widespread radio exposure and glowing reviews. www.maryepworth.com
Wolf Alice — Wolf Alice’s journey began in earnest and was quickly lauded by industry heads as one of the most exciting prospects around. Championed by Radio One, NME and many more as one of the hottest acts to emerge in 2013, the band’s debut single ‘Fluffy’ established them as one of the UK’s must-watch new bands.
Sunday 28 April, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Public Service Broadcasting — Public Service Broadcasting is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe. http://publicservicebroadcasting.net/IEE.php
Sam Lee and Friends — Folk singer Sam Lee’s debut album ‘Ground Of Its Own’ is a musical manifesto for Sam’s journey collecting very old songs of The British Isles. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize and won FRoots album of the year. Sam is fast defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. http://samleesong.co.uk
Alex Burey — A musical endowment to be acclaimed is one way to describe the talent that is soul singer Alex Burey. At just 17 years of age, the teen from Croydon is ready to take the UK music scene by storm. http://alexbureymusic.tumblr.com
Mt. Wolf — Describing their sound as ‘dreamfolk,’ a cinematic fusion of both folk and electronica, Mt. Wolf mix a unique hybrid of strings and instrumentation with heart-melting harmonies and contemporary electronic and bass influenced sounds. The four piece band’s first EP ‘Life Size Ghosts’ received critical acclaim when it was released last October. http://www.mtwolf.co.uk/