PCAH Announces New Partner for Film Exchange ProgramPCAH Announces New Partner for Film Exchange Program

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announces that The Sundance Institute has been selected as the new private partner for Film Forward:  Advancing Cultural Dialogue.  The Sundance Institute was selected through a juried competition that included leading U.S. film presenters. This program continues a public/private cultural exchange effort by the President’s Committee and its federal cultural partners, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to foster cross-cultural understanding through film.

PCAH Announces New Partner for Film Exchange ProgramFilmmaker Jessica Oreck speaks to an audience in Winston-Salem about her film, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo. Film Forward's new partner, the Sundance Institute, will enrich this cultural exchange program.
“There is no better way for people to know one another than by sharing their personal journeys.  Films tell powerful stories that inspire curiosity, recognition and an awareness of shared values beyond generations, language and borders,” said Margo Lion, PCAH Co-Chair. “The PCAH is excited to be working with the internationally acclaimed Sundance Institute, whose extensive experience in nurturing the next generation of film artists, as well as their successful efforts in bridging cultures, will propel this cultural exchange effort in new directions.”

Film Forward:  Advancing Cultural Dialogue chooses a carefully curated group of 10 contemporary independent films, five American and five international, and invites the filmmakers to present their works in selected locations in both the United States and at U.S. Embassies and other venues abroad. Master classes, discussion panels, Q&As and other activities are programmed around the screenings to foster one-on-one dialogue and exchange of viewpoints and ideas.

“We are honored to partner with our nation’s leading cultural entities that share a commitment to cultural exchange,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute. “It has long been our view that film has the power both to reflect our cultural diversity and to connect people, and we are thrilled to be bringing these wonderful films and their filmmakers to audiences around the world,” Putnam added.

The project will launch in New York in December 2010 and conclude in September, 2011, with all of the films screening next spring at a gala showcase in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution on the Mall in Washington, D.C.