Sundance Film Forward uses film and conversations with filmmakers to excite and introduce a new generation to the power of story, while fostering a global community. The program, designed for 18- to 24-year-olds, students and artists offers film screenings and discussions to excite and cultivate new audiences for independent film. It uses the power of cinema to promote broader cultural understanding, inspire curiosity and enhance awareness of shared stories and values across generations, religions, ethnicities and borders. Sundance Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts.Meredith Lavitt, Director of Sundance Film Forward, said “By bringing Sundance Film Forward to Atlanta and Macon, we hope to interact with students and artists from all over the cities. We look forward to creating inspiration and cultivating dialogue around the art of storytelling among our next generation of filmmakers and movie lovers.” Sundance was created in 1981 by Robert Redford and is the home for film, theater and new media to reach new levels. As one of the most praised and attended film festivals in the world, the film industry has turned independent filmmakers to Hollywood A-listers. For instance, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, The Invisible War, The Square, and Dirty Wars all debuted at Sundance and have later turned unknown actors and filmmakers to house hold names. All events are free and open to the public. Monday, March 28 7:30pm: Umrika Discussion with director Prashant Nair and producer Swati Shetty to follow the screening. White Hall Screening Room 110, Emory University 301 Dowman Dr., Atlanta, GA 30322 Tuesday, March 29 7:00pm: Dope Discussion with producer Mimi Valdes to follow the screening. Middle Georgia State University, College of Arts & Sciences Theatre 100 University Parkway Macon, GA 31206 Hosted by Tubman Museum, Macon Film Festival, and Macon Film Commission Wednesday, March 30 3:00pm: Dope Discussion with producer Mimi Valdes to follow the screening. SCADShow 173 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 7:00pm: Dope Discussion with producer Mimi Valdes to follow the screening. Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons Room 152, Georgia Tech Library, Georgia Institute of Technology 266 Fourth St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 For more information click here.