The Sundance Film Festival supplemented its 2018 feature lineup by announcing its Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events program, reinforcing it’s mission to showcase and support independent voices.

“This year, we are looking to create a bit of a market around episodic work,”says Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth. Hence, the introduction of the Indie Episodic section, which marks a formal embrace of the kind of television and serial storytelling that Sundance tested earlier this year by shoe-horning them under its Special Events umbrella last January.

Included in this new selection of episodic work is web series Leimert Park directed by Mel Jones.  The series revolves around three friends who share a house in South LA’s Leimert Park. Despite being married, beats-maker Mickey hasn’t had an orgasm in three months, Bridget mistakes sex for love while assisting a visiting artist and Kendra shoots videos of her numerous sexual encounters, hoping for her own art show.  The series stars Ashley Blaine Featherson, Ashlí Haynes, Asia’h Epperson, Wade Allain-Marcus, Franz Latten, and Ikenna Okoye.

In addition to Leimert Park, Franchesca Ramsey’s comedy, Franchesca, premiere at the 2018 festival.  The comedy revolves around comedian Franchesca Ramsey who finds communion and culture through the exploration of beauty and fashion. The pilot episode finds Franchesca escaping ubiquitous internet trolls as she spends the day with friend Michelle Buteau getting an ornate Japanese gel manicure.

Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over will also debut at the festival.  Directed by Spike Lee, the project is described as a provocative riff on “Waiting for Godot,” capturing the poetry, humor and humanity.  The play is about two young black men talking shit, passing the time and dreaming of the promised land. The cast includes Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, and Blake Delong.

The 2018 Sundance film festival will run from Jan. 18-28. In order not to get overshadowed by Sundance’s busy opening weekend, the Indie Episodic section is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 22 through Weds., Jan. 24, during which time 17 new projects will be unveiled to attendees, all but one of them world premieres.

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