BY:Steven C. Beer, Matthew C. Lefferts, Kenneth M. Weinrib
FWRV’s participation in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival comprised not only representing its clients and leading discussions, but also helping to provide memorable musical events. A festival highlight occurred on Monday, January 21st when one of FWRV’s music clients led a New Orleans-style, second line march up Main Street from a New York Lounge performance to the Louisiana Film Commission reception, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. FWRV music artists performed each afternoon at the New York Lounge’s Cider House Music Sessions.
As co-sponsor of the New York Lounge, FWRV helped organize, host and participate in a variety of panel discussions focused on emerging trends relating to independent film. FWRV’s Steven Beer hosted the panels, including Film Empowerment Town Hall panel which included FWRV’s Ken Weinrib, and a panel on film distribution issues which included FWRV’s Matt Lefferts. We appreciate the industry leaders who joined us on the panels, including Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Lars Knudsen (Parts and Labor), Emanuel Michael (Unison Pictures), Frida Torresblanco (Braven Films), David Dinerstein (LD Distribution), Richard Lorber (Kino Lorber), Andrew Mer (SnagFilms), Logan Mulvey (Go Digital) and Erick Opeka (Cinedigm). In addition to the New York Lounge panels, FWRV’s Ken Weinrib was also part of The Collective Fireside Chat at the Deer Valley Lodge discussing the legal aspects of independent film production, financing and distribution.
FWRV would like to congratulate all of its clients, including the writers, actors and filmmakers, who had films showcased at both Sundance and Slamdance. We would also like to thank our co-sponsors at the New York Lounge, the New York Film and Television Commission, HSBC Bank, Post Factory, Entertainment Partners, ARRI, the New York Production Alliance and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York, as well as those organizations who hosted and participated in events at the New York Lounge – Woodstock Film Festival, Producers Guild of America, Columbia Film School and Women in Film and Television International.