(Los Angeles, California, January 28, 2021) – Today, The Blackhouse Foundation and Presenting Sponsor Facebook kick off its programming at the virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival on Sundance Festival Village Digital Main StreetThe Festival will take place from January 28 through February 3 online and in communities across the country. 

2021 stands out as a revolutionary moment for The Blackhouse Foundation. This year, due to the continued impact of Covid-19, access to programming at The Blackhouse has been democratized with multiple days of programming broadcast on multiple social media channels, and via the festival’s virtual platform. If visiting The Blackhouse at Sundance has ever been an item on your bucket list, this year you can check it off your list by attending on your phone or computer! The Blackhouse programming will run virtually from January 28 through February 3 via Hopin.

This also marks The Blackhouse Foundation’s fourth year collaborating with Facebook.

Facebook Shorts Directors’ Roundtable

Date: Thursday, 1/28 Time: 4pm – 5pm PST

Join Blackhouse and its Presenting Sponsor, Facebook, in a deep dive conversation with the directors behind a selection of Sundance’s hottest Black short films. We will reflect on the stories behind their buzzed-about films and their paths to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. In keeping with the goal of elevating those who are next, we will discuss where their careers are headed next, and how they are using the most dynamic and innovative platforms to advance their creativity and art.

Moderator: Brickson Diamond, Co-Founder – The Blackhouse Foundation- Kris Bowers (A Concerto is a Conversation)- Renee Maria Osubo (Dear Philadelphia)- Renaldo Pelle (The Fire Next Time)

Sunday Brunch With ‘SEEN’ Black Filmmakers Intro
Date: Sunday, 1/31Time: 10am – 12pm PST

Join Blackhouse and its Presenting Sponsor, Facebook, for a brunch celebrating the SEEN Black Filmmakers Program and featuring Black chef Lazarus Lynch to help you cook from your home.

Facebook Presents “The Future of Black Stories in a Covid World”

Date: Sunday, 1/31Time: 12pm – 1pm PST

COVID shut down our industry and we are still on a journey to reopening. As we wait to see what the future holds, this moment puts us at a crossroads. When the world opens back up, where will Black stories and storytellers find themselves in this restarted Hollywood? Do we risk losing ground on the progress we’ve been working towards these past years when we come back on set? Facebook and Blackhouse host this crucial discussion with entertainment influencers & decision-makers about their vision for the way forward for Black film.

Moderator: Pauline Fischer – Board Member, The Blackhouse Foundation- Jen Louis Barrett – Head of Entertainment, Facebook- Kamala Avila-Salmon – Head of Inclusive Content, Lionsgate- Nicole Schlegel – VP, Digital Marketing, Universal Pictures- Melanie Hoyes – Industry Inclusion Executive, BFI

For 2021, The Blackhouse Foundation graciously welcomes Facebook back as the Presenting Sponsor. Select Sponsors to include Hulu and Strayer Studios, while Color of Change,, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network join The Blackhouse as Supporting Sponsors. For details on additional programming and to register to attend, please visit Sundance Festival Village Digital Main Street.

The Blackhouse Foundation stands out as a bastion for the most influential and impactful Black writers, directors, producers, crew, actors, and actresses throughout film, television, digital media, and beyond. Be on the lookout for more soon, as The Blackhouse Foundation continues to celebrate and empower underrepresented voices in the world of film.

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