by Josh Gross
Sundance made its name as a film festival by being ahead of the curve in cinematic trends. But it also wants to be ahead of the curve in storytelling of all mediums. To do so, the festival also runs The New Frontier Story Lab, which it says is intended to support storytelling projects that "use technology to deepen story and engage audiences."
One of the projects selected for the series this year features Boise filmmaker Gregory Bayne, collaborating with composer Cory McAbee for a music and film hybrid project called The Great American Funeral.
From the Sundance press release:
The Great American Funeral takes us on the 1,654-mile journey that carried the body of President Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C., to its final resting place in Springfield, Ill. This procession, meant to reunite our war-torn nation, quickly becomes fraught with trouble as the soldiers and embalming surgeons tasked with this quest find themselves soon battling the elements, the press, a weary public and each other as they endeavor to keep the President’s remains intact.
The New Frontier Story Lab will go down at the Sundance Resort in Utah from Sunday, Oct. 21-Friday, Oct. 26.