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Sundance 2020 - offscreen events will host Max Richter's 'Sleep' / But Why Tho?

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Sundance Institute will curate dozens of offscreen events, including behind-the-scenes panels on the art of filmmaking, musical performances and – around the theme of Imagined Futures – a public Bonfire and several extended post-screening conversations (known as IF Screenings), at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival taking place in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Sundance, Utah, January 23 through February 2, 2020.

"Our offscreen programming provides a powerful cultural temperature check – it is an expression of what is preoccupying artists, bot  in terms of their own creativity, and also how that intersects with the issues of the day," said John Nein, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer. "This year in addition to a slate of incredible performances, there is a real focus on civic engagement, data justice, disability as a creative force,  and the role of art as an indispensable tool in the fight for truth-telling and justice-making. All of which ties perfectly into our theme of Imagined Futures."

On Friday, January 31, at 8:00 p.m., The Shop will host Max Richter's 'Sleep'. Open to Festival credential holders as space allows

Lift yourself out of the Festival's frenetic pace for a spellbinding evening as Max Richter performs a 90-minute concert version of his eight-hour opus, Sleep, with a string quintet from New York's American Contemporary Music Ensemble and soprano Grace Davidson. The concert will be followed by a Q&A with Richter, his creative partner and producer of Sleep Yulia Mahr, and filmmaker Natalie Johns (Max Richter's Sleep).