Another Busy Day at Sundance ’09

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Yance FordPOV series producer Yance Ford has been attending screenings and panels all week at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She checks in on another busy day in Park City.

After watching the inauguration from the Sundance Filmmakers Lodge yesterday, I thought I was off to see We Live in Public. Unfortunately, it turns out that I had actually bought tickets for the screening in Salt Lake City! All of the Park City screenings have been sold out, and while I’m excited for the filmmakers, I am sorely disappointed. Oh well. At least I know I have tickets to Art & Copy in Park City, thanks to Josh Braun at Submarine.

There is a panel at the Filmmaker Lodge titled “Truth or Consequences” that I’m looking forward to as well. Moderated by theorist and professor B. Ruby Rich, the panel will examine the risks and rewards of speaking truth to power in this modern age. I’ll blog more about the panel later.

At 6 p.m., I’m off to the Documentary Spotlight, where several short films, including Eva Weber‘s new film, Steel Homes, will be featured (another one of Eva’s short films, City of Cranes, is streaming in its entirety on the POV website). And to stretch my last day as far as I can, I’ll be at the 9:15 p.m. screening of Lunch Break. Lunch Break is a part of Sundance’s New Frontier strand here, curated by Sundance Senior Programmer Shari Frilot, which showcases film and multimedia work that you won’t see anywhere else.

For now, away I go! I’ll blog (and twitter) more later about my final day here at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Yance Ford
Yance Ford
Yance works closely with POV's executive director and programming director to evaluate films submitted to POV She is instrumental in curating the series, a showcase of acclaimed documentary film on PBS. Yance frequently represents POV | American Documentary at conferences, festivals and markets, procuring work from filmmakers both nationally and internationally. Yance also oversees POV's annual call for entries, which yields upwards of one thousand entries, and coordinates POV's annual programming advisory board. Yance is a Programming Consultant and Pre- Screener for film festivals around the country, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, the Newport International Film Festival, Latino Public Broadcasting, Creative Capital and the Sundance Film Festival. She has served on festival juries at Full Frame and Silverdocs, appeared on panels at Sunny Side of the Doc and DocuClub and served on the IFP Advisory Committee. A graduate of Hamilton College and the production workshop at Third World Newsreel, Yance is a former Production Stage Manager for the Girls Choir of Harlem and has worked as a Production Manager on numerous independent productions for the Discovery Health and History channels. Ford has also worked in various capacities on the documentaries The Favorite Poem Project, Juanita Anderson, Executive Producer, Brian Lanker's They Drew Fire (PBS), and Barry Levinson's Yesterday's Tomorrows (Showtime). Yance's favorite documentaries include: 1. Hands on a Hard Body 2. Tongues Untied 3. Harlan County, USA 4. Cul de Sac 5. When We Were Kings 6. The Thin Blue Line 7. Night and Fog