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TheWrap Kicks Off Live Interview Studio at Sundance 2016

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(PARK CITY, UT) January 22, 2016 – TheWrap launched its annual live interview studio at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, welcoming the top talent to its Main Street location, including Ellen Page, Elijah Wood, Craig Robinson and many others for three days of news-making conversations about independent film.

Partners working with TheWrap this year include Twitter, Kia, Pepsi and Box.  Kia is the presenting sponsor of TheWrap’s portrait studio.

Twitter is the exclusive social media partner for TheWrap’s studio portraits. Follow @TheWrap on Twitter to experience exclusive content featuring candid shots of Sundance’s brightest talent.

At the studio on Friday, Page addressed the diversity controversy that is gripping Hollywood. “There’s actually no way around it,” she told TheWrap, referring to the lack of acting nominees of color at this year’s Academy Awards. “It’s awful. It’s so upsetting that we’re still having this conversation, but also let’s look also our society right now and the amount of injustice, especially toward people of color. It’s so disheartening, we all have to be doing what we can to make a change.”

The interview space is headquartered at the It’s So Miami Oasis Lounge at 364 Main Street in Park City, where the 10-day festival takes place. TheWrap’s reporters are conducting three full days of interviews with the leading actors and directors appearing in competition at the festival. Real-time video is being posted to TheWrap’s social channels.

Confirmed talent appearing ta the studio include:
John Legend (Underground), Nick Jonas (Goat), Kristen Stewart (Certain Women), Lena Dunham (Suited), Brooklyn Decker (Lovesong), Anderson Cooper (Nothing Left Unsaid), Ellen Page (Tallulah), Norman Lear (Norman Lear: Just another Version of You), Daniel Radcliffe (Swiss Army Man), Octavia Spencer (The Free World), Elijah Wood (The Greasy Strangler), Adrian Grenier (Trash Fire), Katie Couric (Under The Gun), Danny DeVito (Wiener-Dog), Molly Shannon (Other People), Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Does), AnnaLynne McCord (Trash Fire), Natasha Lyonne (Antibirth), Kevin Smith (Yoga Hosers), John Krasinski (The Hollars), Paul Dano (Swiss Army Man), Zoe Kravitz (Too Legit), Alison Brie and Thomas Middleditch (Joshy), and many more.

They are stopping in to speak with TheWrap’s editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman, and film reporters Jeff Sneider and Matt Donnelly. Photographer Corina Marie Howell is conducting TheWrap’s photo studio.

In addition, for the fifth year TheWrap is partnering with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television for a panel discussion about the future of independent film in the digital age.

Leading industry figures appearing on the panel Daniel Hammond, Founder & COO, Broad Green Pictures; Jay Cohen, Partner & Head of Film Finance and Distribution, The Gersh Agency; Sam Toles, VP of Content Acquisitions and Business Development, Liz Destro, Producer, “Yoga Hosers,” “Joshy,” “Too Legit; and Penny Lane, Director, “Nuts!” The panel and reception will take place on Monday January 25 at TheWrap’s headquarters at 364 Main Street.

TheWrap will also for the second year convene an Influencer Dinner, bringing together thought leaders for a robust conversation about the future of independent film.

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