Sundance Film Festival Goes Virtual and 64th Grammy Awards postponed

On Wednesday, the Sundance Institute released its announcement that it would move its first fully hybrid Sundance Film Festival to an “online-only” event due to the increase in the Omicron variant.

For nearly forty years, the Sundance Institute has hosted the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to help support artists and introduce their work to audiences and create a community around independent storytelling.

The announcement was made by Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente and Festival Director Tabitha Jackson, who have shared the festival’s alternative plans for this year’s 2022 festival, which is still expected to take place on January 20 and will run for 11 days in a row with pure online programming.

“We have been looking forward to our first fully hybrid Sundance Film Festival and our teams have spent a year planning an unparalleled festival,” the statement said, continuing “… but despite the most ambitious protocols, Omicron The variant with its unexpectedly high transfer speeds pushes the boundaries of health security, travel and other infrastructures across the country. “

The Sundance Film Festival has introduced a global audience to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Flee, CODA, Passing, Summer Of Soul (… eller, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Clemency, Never Seldent Sometimes Always, Zola, On The Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor ?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, Brooklyn, Precious, The Cove, Little Miss Sunshine, An Inconvenient Truth, Napoleon Dynamite, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Reservoir Dogs and sex, lies and videotapes.

The GRAMMYS have been postponed … Again

Similarly, the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony, scheduled for January 31, also changed its plans, according to a recent announcement from CBS and the Recording Academy.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, it simply carries too many risks to hold the show on January 31st. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night at a future date, which will be announced soon, “says the Grammy website.

Last year, the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony was also postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and awkwardly held in March without a live audience. It is not surprising that the number of viewers for the award ceremony in 2021 hit a record low level.

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