Every year, Sundance Institute bestows the Vanguard Award upon an artist who embodies the innovation, originality, and independent spirit upon which the Institute was founded in 1981.
This year, we invite you to be part of the celebration when visionary Radha Blank, the writer-director-actor of the award-winning film THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION, will join such esteemed past honorees as Ryan Coogler, Marielle Heller, and Boots Riley as the recipient of the 2020 Vanguard Award presented by Acura.
Join us as last year’s Vanguard honoree, award-winning writer/director Lulu Wang (THE FAREWELL), and Radha engage in a candid conversation where they'll reflect on their creative journey and insights gleaned along the way. The celebration concludes with the presentation of the award, including an appearance by Octavia Spencer, one of Radha's creative advisors at the Sundance Institute's Directors Lab.
The Forty-Year-Old Version is available to stream on Netflix.
“A very sharp, funny and poignant comedy.” — Los Angeles Times
"Incisive and Vibrant." — The New Yorker
"This is the rarest of films: Funny, Wry, Incisive, Sexy and Sincere." — Chicago Tribune
"A Beautiful Achievement." — The Hollywood Reporter
We look forward to welcoming you to our celebration on December 2.