Celebrating the lead-up to Sundance Film Festival: London taking place July 29th-August 1st 2021, we gather a group of participating filmmakers from the line-up to discuss their films and explore creative processes, challenges, directing and storytelling choices, and the way their projects evolved during an unprecedented year. Featuring Nikole Beckwith (Together Together), Manuel Crosby (First Date), Sushmit Ghosh (Writing With Fire), Rintu Thomas (Writing With Fire), and Carlson Young (Blazing World). Live captioning will be available for this panel.


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Nikole Beckwith had her feature film debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with Stockholm, Pennsylvania, starring Saoirse Ronan. Her second feature, Together Together, starring Ed Helms and Patti Harrison, will premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. She has also performed and written for theater and television and has published short stories. Beckwith divides her time between Los Angeles and small-town Massachusetts. She was rejected by Juilliard four times. more...
Growing up in Valley Springs, California, Manuel Crosby discovered filmmaking around age twelve and has since written, directed, shot, edited, and produced numerous projects. While volunteering at Calaveras County Public Access TV during college summer vacation, he became friends with Darren Knapp. The two have been making movies with mutual friends ever since. He currently resides in Northern California. more...
Director, Writer, Actor
Los Angeles, CA.
Carlson Young is a director and writer, originally from Fort Worth, Texas. She attended the University of Southern California, where she studied creative writing. Carlson’s short film and directorial debut, The Blazing World, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She is also an actor, appearing in Scream: The TV Series, Key and Peele, and Emily in Paris. more...
Rintu Thomas is an award-winning director/producer whose films have been recognized as catalysts for new conversations. She is a Sundance Institute Stories of Change fellow. Thomas's work is supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures, Bertha Foundation, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Finnish Film Foundation, SFFILM Documentary Film Fund, and Sørfond, among others. more...
Sushmit Ghosh is a director and cinematographer whose award-winning shorts are used globally as advocacy and social impact tools. He is a Bertha Foundation fellow and a recipient of the President's Medal of India. Ghosh's work is supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, and Doc Society, among others. more...
Ana Souza is the Manager of the Programming department and a Programmer on the features team for the Sundance Film Festival, focusing on US and international fiction films across sections. Among her work there she covers Sundance Film Festival: London, an annual collaboration with Picturehouse that showcases a selection of festival films in the UK following the January festival. Aside from Sundance, she has worked with several festivals over the years, including Sun Valley, Outfest, the LA Film Festival, and AFI FEST. more...

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