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Sundance 2023: AC Joins Canon Creative Studio in Park City

Canon and American Cinematographer partner for filmmaker discussion series streaming from their Main Street headquarters.
ASC Staff

Located on Main St. in Park City, the Canon Creative Studio is a collaborative space open to filmmakers, photographers and students. It is open daily on Jan. 20-Jan. 23 offering demonstration opportunities on all the latest Canon imaging equipment — including the EOS R5 C, EOS C70 and the entire Cinema EOS lineup of cameras and lenses — timely panel conversations with industry experts and leading creative voices, as well as refuge for filmmakers seeking a hot beverage or snack as they explore the festival.


The Canon Creative Studio is not open to the public and requires guest registration prior to entering. (Register here now.)


The following Sundance credential types can enter the venue: Board, Director, Film Team, Ignite, Industry Partner, Institute Staff, Juror, Juror Companion, Lead Artist, Leadership Sponsor, Media Sponsor, Panelist, Presenting Sponsor, Press All Access Pass Full Festival, Press Flex Pass, Press Pass, Sustaining Sponsor, Working Press.


Operating Hours:
Friday, Jan. 20 through Monday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

Venue Accessibility:
Wheelchair Accessible
Wheelchair Spaces

Offerings At This Location:
Food and beverages available to guests during operating hours.



American Cinematographer is participating with Canon as a partner in this year’s filmmaker discussion series, with AC editors participating as moderators. (These discussions will be later posted to the Canon and AC Facebook pages.)

Friday, January 20

3:00 p.m. (MST) Taking Creative Control with Coodie & Chike
From provocative music videos to compelling documentaries, the filmmaking duo of Coodie & Chike have quickly become one of the most sought-after teams in the industry. In this conversation with American Cinematographer contributor and technical editor Jay Holben, Coodie & Chike discuss their career paths, their production company Creative Control, and what’s next.


AC's Jay Holben is flanked by Coodie & Chike. (Photo by Alex Sax)


Saturday, January 21

12:00 p.m. (MST) Coping with PTSD For Documentary Filmmakers
When covering intense documentary subjects, an often-overlooked aspect of the project is the toll that it takes on the filmmakers to work in these conditions. In this panel, Dr. Mark Rappaport, chair of psychiatry for University of Utah Health will moderate a discussion with Matthew Heineman (Retrograde, Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) and Dr. Brooks Keeshin of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute on the realities of verite filmmaking and techniques for self-care.


Dr. Mark Rappaport, Matthew Heineman and Dr. Brooks Keeshin. (Photo by Jeff Sax)


3:00 p.m. (MST) The Indie Aesthetic
Cinematographers crafting distinctive looks for independent productions often face unique creative challenges that require careful planning, on-the-fly ingenuity and inventive solutions. American Cinematographer contributor and technical editor Jay Holben will explore this topic with a trio of accomplished directors of photography who have projects at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival: Manuel Billeter (Cat Person), Mia Coffi Henry (Invisible Beauty) and Greta Zozula (Fairyland).


Holben with filmmakers Manuel Billeter, Mia Coffi Henry and Greta Zozula.


Sunday, January 22

12:00 p.m. (MST) Adventures in Documentary Filmmaking
Join moderator Jay Holben for a far-ranging conversation with accomplished documentary cinematographers, including ASC member Shana Hagan (Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power, Downfall: The Case Against Boeing, 63 Up); the globe-trotting Lindsay Taylor Jackson (whose credits include the forthcoming docs A Good Wolf and The First Signs, as well as The Address and other projects with renowned documentarian Ken Burns); and three DPs screening some of the hottest titles at this year’s festival: Thaddeus Wadleigh (Justice), Sara Kinney (The Stroll) and Jeff Hutchens (Murder in Big Horn).


3:00 p.m. (MST) Spotlight on Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields
Debuting at this year’s festival, the doc Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields follows actor, model, and icon Brooke Shields as she becomes a woman who discovers her power after being a sexualized young girl. Director Lana Wilson and cinematographer John Benam join American Cinematographer contributor and technical editor Jay Holben for a conversation about the project and their use of Canon’s Sumire Prime lenses for the film.

Monday, January 23

12:00 p.m. (MST) Spotlight on OURIKA!
OURIKA! is a narrative short debuting at this year’s festival. A Senegalese girl enslaved by a French aristocrat is awoken in the eerie space between life and death, between body and soul, where she finds her way back to life and into liberation. Join director Xenia Matthews and cinematographer Christian Vasquez for a conversation with American Cinematographer associate editor Max Weinstein about the project and their use of Canon’s EOS C70 camera to capture the look they wanted.


We will be updating this post as the events unfold.

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