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Sundance Collab has been proud to present 40 DAYS TO LEARN FILM as a way to inspire, enlighten, and reinvigorate our passion for cinema during these unprecedented times. Join us for a culminating event with filmmaker Mark Cousins in conversation with Tabitha Jackson, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. We'll explore Mark's perspective and journey as a storyteller--beginning with his debut feature film, THE FIRST MOVIE; through his groundbreaking 15-hour documentary, THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY; concluding with a discussion on 40 DAYS TO LEARN FILM. Mark will share his thoughts on looking and seeing as an artist, why for him creativity is not about self-expression, and what cinema can teach us in these challenging times. 

Mark Cousins is an Irish-Scottish director and writer. His films – including THE FIRST MOVIE, THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY, WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE?, LIFE MAY BE, A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM, ATOMIC, STOCKHOLM MY LOVE and THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES – have premiered in Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, and Venice film festivals and have won the Prix Italia, a Peabody, the Stanley Kubrick Award and other prizes. He has filmed in Iraq, Sarajevo during the siege, Iran, across Asia and in America in Europe. He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling. more...
Tabitha Jackson assumed the role of Sundance Film Festival Director in February of 2020. Serving as the Director of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute from 2013 - 2022, she and her team encouraged the diverse exchange of ideas by artists with a mission to champion the power of artful cinema in the culture and to support a more expansive set of makers and forms. more...

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