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Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging Media, Documentary, Producing, Film Music, and Theater.

In this video from our New Frontier Lab, four leading digital and new media artists discuss their creative practices and share their advice for effective co-creation across disciplines. With Ruthie Doyle, Director of Emerging Media, as moderator, Melissa Painter, Sarah Ellis, Kat Cizek, and Nick Fortugno discuss their approach to collaboration, prototyping, iteration, and team building. They stress the importance of establishing fluency early in the co-creation process, and the need to check language constantly. They reflect on the importance of active listening and flexibility and encourage creators to reach across fields and backgrounds to assemble their own "Star Wars bar" when building teams.

Other conversations in the series include those with editor Dylan Tichenor, actor/director Ed Harris, writer/director Karyn Kusama, writer/director/producer Kasi Lemmons, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, and more.

Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-winning director of creative-tech documentaries rooted in co-creation. She is currently the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Co-Creation Studio at MIT Open Documentary Lab. At the studio, she co-wrote the world’s first field study on co-creating media called COLLECTIVE WISDOM. At MIT, she facilitates co-creation by ways of delegations, workshops and fellowships. more...
Nick Fortugno is an entrepreneur, interactive narrative designer and game designer based in New York City. He is a founder and principal of Playmatics, an interactive development company. Playmatics has created a variety of digital and real-world experiences for organizations including ProPublica, Red Bull, AMC (such as the CableFAX award winning BREAKING BAD: THE INTERROGATION), Disney, American Museum of Natural History, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent. For the past ten years, Fortugno has been a designer, writer and project manager on dozens of commercial and serious games, and served as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster DINER DASH and the award-winning serious game AYITI: THE COST OF LIFE. Nick is a Lead Artist on the FRANKENSTEIN A.I. project (featured at the Sundance Film Festival New Frontier program in 2018), and has worked extensively on interactive narrative projects in a variety of formats. more...
Melissa Painter heads MAP Lab. She has deep experience in narrative design, augmented and virtual reality, content strategy, interaction design, storytelling, both cinematic and live, and in leading large and small teams in creative collaboration. Painter is an award-winning filmmaker and author. She has been selected as a Fellow of both the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and Sundance Directors Lab, and as a mentor of Sundance’s New Frontiers Lab. She has directed three feature films, and over 150 short form documentaries focused on innovation, education, and social justice. more...
Sarah Ellis is an award-winning producer currently working as Director of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company to explore new artistic initiatives and partnerships. The latest partnership for the RSC is the Audience of the Future Live Performance Demonstrator funded by Innovate UK - a consortium consisting of arts organizations, research partners and technology companies to explore the future of performances and real-time immersive experiences. more...

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