Keke Palmer, Rosie Perez And More Set For 5th Annual MACRO Lodge At Sundance
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Keke Palmer, Rosie Perez And More Set For 5th Annual MACRO Lodge At Sundance

The MACRO Lodge is back for its fifth year at the Sundance Film Festival and is providing a ton of programming for this year’s Sundance films and more.

Presented by Chase Sapphire, the lodge is hosted by MACRO Founder & CEO Charles D. King and his wife Stacey Walker King, Chief Brand Officer of the company. SheaMoisture is a premiere sponsor for the fifth year.

The events are all virtual and will take place from Jan. 21-23. The events will feature Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown, Eva Longoria, Rosie Perez, Dominique Fishback, Glynn Turman, Keke Palmer, Sinqua Walls, Anna Diop, Coodie & Chike, Krystin Ver Linden, Nikyatu Jusu, Channing Dungey, Tonya Lewis Lee and many more.

Check out the full slate below:


Friday, January 21, 2022

12 p.m. PST

La Guerra Civil: A Conversation with Director/Producer Eva Longoria Bastón.  Moderated by Rosie Perez.  Presented by DAZN.

Detailed archival footage and enthusiastic interviews are featured in La Guerra Civil with Oscar De La Hoya, the charismatic golden boy from East LA and Mexican-born boxing legend Julio César Chávez to illuminate a story that transcends language, heritage and interests. Director Eva Longoria Bastón talks to Rosie Perez about her high-energy DAZN original documentary directorial debut that digs deep into the cultural significance of one of the biggest sports moments of the 1990s.

1 p.m. PST

A Conversation with Channing Dungey, Chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group.  Moderated by Charles D. King, Founder & CEO, MACRO. Presented by Warner Bros. Television.

Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Channing Dungey, one of the entertainment industry’s top power brokers and decision makers, sits for an intimate fireside chat with MACRO’s Charles D. King to discuss her journey in the business, the changing landscape of media and her vision for the future of entertainment.

1:45 p.m. PST

Women of the Movement: Conversation with Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer Marissa Jo Cerar and stars Cedric Joe, Tonya Pinkins, Glynn Turman and Ray Fisher. Moderated by Charisma C. Deberry, Director of Social Media, ESSENCE. Presented by ABC.
Cast members and creator, showrunner and EP, Marissa Jo Cerar will appear at the lodge to discuss Women of the Movement, the series which tells the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, who in 1955 risks her life to find justice after her son Emmett is brutally murdered in the Jim Crow South. Unwilling to let Emmett’s murder disappear from the headlines, Mamie chooses to bear her pain to the world, emerging as an activist for justice. All six episodes of the ABC series are now available to stream on Hulu.

2:30 p.m. PST

Pass The Mic: Centering Communities of Color in Climate Storytelling. Moderated by Favianna Rodriguez, President, The Center for Cultural Power.

Audience will observe an explorative conversation on how film and storytelling tools can help us center communities of color and find courage in the face of climate chaos. This powerful discussion will feature filmmakers and voices from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival film To The End as well grassroots leaders and cultural strategists at the forefront of cultural and social movements for climate justice. Panelists include Layel Camargo, Climate Storytelling Project; filmmakers Rachel Lears and Sabrian Schmidt Gordon; and Varshini Prakash, Executive Director of Sunrise Movement.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

12 p.m. PST

Hold The Crown: Our Hair, Our Stories featuring Dominique Fishback. Moderated by Taydra Mitchell Jackson, Head of Marketing, Sundial Brands.  Presented by SheaMoisture.

Black hair is a thing to behold—its mystery and meaning, its curls contain our stories and our connection.  In the entertainment industry, which exports our narratives to the entire world, Black hair has been misunderstood and misrepresented, on and off camera.  Award-winning actress Dominique Fishback, Beth ‘Bephie’ Gibbs, director/stylist/Bephie Beauty Supply owner, celebrity hairstylist Shaylin Jones and Handsome app founder April Dominguez, shed light on what it’s like, what they want the world to know and how our business can elevate the conversation, shatter stereotypes and make change.

1 p.m. PST

Nanny: Chat with Writer/Director Nikyatu Jusu and stars Anna Diop and Sinqua Walls. Moderated by Stacey Walker King, Chief Brand Officer, MACRO. Presented by SheaMoisture.

Writer/Director Nikyatu Jusu visits the virtual MACRO Lodge to discuss her film, Nanny, a dynamic supernatural horror film following its festival premiere along with the film’s stars Anna Diop and Sinqua Walls. The film follows an undocumented nanny working for a privileged couple in New York City. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in Senegal, a violent supernatural presence invades her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.

2 p.m. PST

The BIG We: Panel & Launch. Moderated by Anasa Troutman, Founder, The BIG We.  Sponsored by The Culture Change Fund, Women’s Foundation California and Kat Taylor.

Curating the future from imagination to impact. Attendees will experience a thought-provoking conversation that celebrates the launch of The BIG We, a collective of creative risk-takers shaping culture through creativity and strategy. This high impact media company, shepherded by Founder Anasa Troutman and Tanum Davis Bohen, includes a foundation and investment fund revolutionizing how inspiration becomes transformation.

Sunday, January 23, 2022 

11 a.m. PST

Aftershock: A Conversation with Directors/Producers Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee.  Moderated by Cortney Wills, Entertainment Director, TheGrio.com

Following the deaths of their loved ones due to preventable childbirth complications and medical negligence, two bereaved fathers and a grieving mother galvanize activists, birth-workers and physicians to reckon with one of the most pressing yet unspoken American crises of our time – the US maternal health crisis.  Directors Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee discuss their journey making the film and following Shawnee Gibson, Omari Maynard and Bruce McIntyre as they fight for justice and build communities of support around this issue to help drive institutional change and legislative reform.

12 p.m. PST

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy: A Conversation with Directors Coodie & Chike. Moderated by J. Ivy. Presented by Netflix.

Directors Coodie & Chike will discuss their epic three-film Netflix documentary with writer J. Ivy that features hours of fly-on-the-wall footage and paints a sweeping portrait of Kanye West, one of pop culture’s most influential figures as it captures two decades of the rapper’s life and career from his formative days trying to break through and his life today as a global brand and artist.

1 p.m. PST

Alice: In Conversation with Director/Screenwriter Krystin Ver Linden, Producer Peter Lawson and star Keke Palmer.  Presented by Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions.

Writer-director Krystin Ver Linden spins a modern empowerment fable inspired by true accounts in her directorial debut, Alice, starring Keke Palmer. Ver Linden, Palmer and producer Peter Lawson will discuss using extraordinary and little-known historical facts, mixed with original and thrilling fiction, to bring to life the story of an enslaved woman who, after a daring escape from a rural Georgia plantation, soon discovers the year is actually 1973.

6:00 p.m. PST

Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul: A Fireside Chat featuring Director/Writer Adamma Ebo, Producer Adanne Ebo and stars Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown.  Moderated by Cori Murray, Deputy Editor, ESSENCE.

Filmmaking power duo The Ebo twins, Adamma Ebo and Adanne Ebo stop by the lodge to discuss their feature film debut along with the film’s stars Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown.  Partially shot in faux-documentary style, the film is a lively satire on for-profit religion and explores both the on-camera desperation in image rebranding and the hard truths that fester behind the scenes.

Sip & Change Cocktail Event. Presented by Lionsgate in Association with Color of Change.

An intimate gathering of industry changemakers. By invitation only.

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