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Judd Greenstein ’04MM selected for Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab

Lab Supports Projects that Converge Film, Visual Art, Media, Live Performance, Music and Technology
October 11, 2013

greenstein_juddThe Sundance Institute recently announced the six projects selected for the New Frontier Story Lab, coming up October 23–28 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Inspired by New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival and built on the renowned Sundance Institute Lab model, the Lab supports artists innovating the art and form of storytelling at the convergence of film, visual art, media, live performance, music and technology.

Activities at the weeklong, immersive Lab include individualized story sessions, conversations about key artistic, design and technology issues, and case study presentations from experts in diverse related disciplines. The Lab draws talent and expertise from all of Sundance Institute’s creative programs, including Feature Film, Documentary Film, and the Sundance Film Festival.

Among the projects selected was an untitled opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacob, by Joshua Frankel and Judd Greenstein ’04MM. In the opera, according to the project description, “The most powerful and visionary builder in New York City history is confronted by a groundbreaking urban theorist leading a revolt against his plan to demolish her neighborhood, igniting a conflict that will shape the cities of the future and the lives of those who call them home.”

Judd Greenstein is a composer. Recent commissions include the Minnesota Orchestra, Lucerne Festival, Alabama Symphony, Claremont Trio, ETHEL, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth. He is the co-director of New Amsterdam Records/New Amsterdam Presents, the curator of New York’s Ecstatic Music Festival, and as a founding member of NOW Ensemble.

Joshua Frankel is a director, animator and visual artist. Works include Plan Of The City, public murals, Lincoln Center and Broadway projections, and videos for President Obama’s 2008 campaign; presented at BAM, London Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Public Art in Sweden, Annecy International Festival of Animation and UN World Urban Forum.



Dear Mr. Greenstein: I was privileged to hear your excellent piece “Acadia” performed by the Minnesota Orchestra April 30. As a person who is deeply concerned about the humanity-threatening twin terrors of global warming and climate change, I wonder if you also are interested in this issue to the point where you would seek funding enabling you to compose a musical work that would arouse the largely lethargic public (and media) to action on this penultimate issue.
Since you have been involved with Sundance, you must know Robert Redford. Other funding sources might include The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club and even Pope Francis and U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, both of whom are devoted to getting the peoples of the world to act now to save humanity from itself. Perhaps even the Minnesota Orchestra, Mr. Vanska, its board and others including its recording company would take this on with you.
Hoping you will give my idea your deepest consideration, I am
Will Shapira

Please read my letter to the editor http://www.startribune.com April 19.

May 1st, 2015 | Will Shapira