The programming for Sundance continued to expand with a diverse collection of panels covering timely and controversial topics discussed by some of the brightest minds in the industry. The activations included:
- A panel entitled “Tanning of America” featuring Steve Stout and Keith Clinkscales;
- Engagement with the creators and cast of “Dear White People” (Justin Simien, Director; Tessa Thompson, Actor; and “Imperial Dreams” (John Boyega, Actor; Anika Noni Rose, Actor);
- Legendary Black Women in Film panel featuring Nina Shaw, and Lena Waithe just prior to premiere of “Dear White People.
The organization’s first activation at AFI was momentous featuring Clips and Conversation turned premiere of “Selma” with post-film discussion featuring Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo and Common.