Join AC for Canon Creative Studio Events at 2020 Sundance Film Fest

The Park City location will be open Jan. 24-27, featuring filmmaker discussions, camera and lens displays, a portrait studio and much more.

American Cinematographer is proud to be a media sponsor for the Canon Creative Studio in Park City this year. We’ll be moderating filmmaker discussions, streaming events via Facebook Live and reporting from the venue.

The Canon Creative Studio will be located at 592 Main St., right in the heart of town. (RSVP here now.) 

The doors will be open on Jan. 24 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Then, from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, they will be open from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

Note that all times are MST (Mountain Standard Time).

A hub for filmmakers, the Canon Creative Studio is a place for hands-on experimentation with Canon equipment and sitting in on thought-provoking panels. At their Portrait Studio in the loft upstairs, photographer Michael Ori will be on hand to shoot your next headshot — you go home with an 8”x10” print.

Come see the latest Canon gear, enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack and sit in on our filmmaker discussion series. 


3:00PM – PANEL
Can you see me now? Representation Behind the Camera
In partnership with FREE THE WORK
A plethora of networking organizations for underrepresented creators in media have popped up over the past decade. How useful are they? What other tools and strategies can effectively boost the hiring of female and underrepresented DPs and crew? Hear from three cinematographers about their own career paths and paying it forward, and from the executive director of the newly launched FREE THE WORK platform on how it fits in. 

• Quyen Tran DP, Palm Springs
• Ava Benjamin Shorr DP, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen
• Emma Reeves, Executive Director, FREE THE WORK
Bruce Francis Cole DP, Farewell Amor

From left are speakers Ava Benjamin Shorr, Quyen Tran, Bruce Francis Cole and Emma Reeves with AC moderator Patricia Thomson.

This panel was moderated by AC contributor Patricia Thomson and livestreamed via AC's Facebook page. Watch it right here:

Palm Springs
Trans Lives on Screen
Farewell Amor

12:00PM – PANEL
Spotlight on The Dissident

Join us for an intimate conversation with DP Jake Swantko (Icarus) as we discuss the intricacies of non-fiction filmmaking to capture this politically heightened, real-life international thriller about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

From left, Swantko in conversation with Marcks.

This discussion was moderated by AC contributor Iain Marcks and livestreamed via AC's Facebook page:

The Dissident

4:00PM – PANEL
Women Behind the Camera
In partnership with IMDbPro
What does it mean to be a woman in production? Top women directors and cinematographers will participate in an intimate conversation focused on collaboration behind the camera, women creators finding their tribe and the importance of women’s voices in film. 

From left are Cristina Francesca Dunlap, Jessica Sanders, Carolina Costa, AMC and moderator Latasha Gillespie of Amazon Studios.

• Jessica Sanders Director, Embrace
• Cristina Francesca Dunlap DP, Embrace
 Carolina Costa, AMC DP, Wander Darkly

With an SRO audience, this panel was moderated by Latasha Gillespie, Head of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Amazon Studios and livestreamed via AC's Facebook page:

Wander Darkly

Co-Hosted by IMDbPro
Come celebrate with us as we salute the filmmakers of the Festival.

Compact, Versatile, RAW: An Introduction to Canon's New EOS C500 Mark II and EOS-1D X Mark III
Location: The Box, 1768 Park Ave, Lower Level
Join Canon Senior trainer Charles Zablan for an insider's look into the two new powerhouse cameras: the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS-1D X Mark III. Attendees will be able to learn about the functions, capabilities, and technical aspects of these exciting and versatile new cameras.

12:00PM – PANEL
Spotlight on Boys State
Join cinematographers Thorsten Thielow and Wolfgang Held together with director/producers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine as they take us behind the scenes of Boys State, shot on the EOS C300 Mark II. Learn how the team was able to come together to capture this political coming-of-age story in just seven days.

From left, director/producers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss and cinematographers Thorsten Thielow and Wolfgang Held meet with moderator Iain Marcks.

This panel was moderated by AC contributor Iain Marcks and livestreamed via AC's Facebook page:

Boys State

3:00PM – PANEL
From Documentary to Narrative
Join us for a conversation with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) as he takes us through capturing the second season of his Showtime documentary series The Trade, and his transition from cinema verite to narrative feature films, including A Private War (2018), shot by Robert Richardson, ASC.

This panel was moderated by AC contributor Iain Marcks and livestreamed via AC's Facebook page:

The Trade

Co-Hosted by American Cinematographer
Raise Your Glass is Canon's annual toast to the cinematographers of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

12:00PM – PANEL
Spotlight on The Cost of Silence
Join Emmy-winning cinematographer Reuben Aaronson, award-winning director Mark Manning, editor Langdon Page and writer Mark Monroe as they take us through documenting the decade-long repercussions of the deadly explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit.

From left are writer Mark Monroe, editor Langdon Page, director Mark Manning and cinematographer Reuben Aaronson, with moderator Iain Marcks.

This panel was moderated by AC contributor Iain Marcks and livestreamed via AC's Facebook page:

The Cost of Silence

Co-Hosted by Adorama Rental Company
Join Canon and Adorama as we call “martini” on the Canon Creative Studio at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

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This page will be updated throughout the event with photos, video and additional stories.

You'll find our complete coverage — stories, photos and video — from the 2019 Canon Creative Studio right here.


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