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Panavision supports the artistry of independent filmmakers at Sundance 2020

Panavision has announced that its products and services are once again key contributors at one of the world’s most influential filmmaking events – the Sundance Film Festival. Panavision and its post-production subsidiary Light Iron have played a major role in the 2020 Sundance lineup, collaborating with independent filmmakers on 30 unique projects screening or competing at this year’s festival, currently running until 2 February in Salt Lake City.

The wide range of innovative and specialist services provided by Panavision and Light Iron showcase the end-to-end capabilities the companies are able to offer the creative community. Many filmmakers have relied on Panavision’s extensive camera and optics packages – encompassing everything from digital and film cameras to anamorphic, spherical and specialty large-format lenses – supplemented by Light Iron’s vast colour grading and post-production expertise. Panavision’s UK-headquartered lighting equipment company, Panalux, also serviced a film in the line-up.

The 2020 Sundance roster also demonstrates Panavision’s ability to service customers and productions anywhere in the world. A broad cross-section of films and documentaries have been supported by the company’s global facilities, including those in the UK, Wallonie (Belgium), Melbourne, Toronto, Vancouver, Hollywood, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and New York.

“We’ve always been dedicated to supporting the creative community around the world and working with the industry’s most up-and-coming independent filmmakers, which is once again reflected in the Sundance lineup,” said Kim Snyder, president and CEO, Panavision. “The combination of our vast equipment portfolio, technical expertise and global footprint enables us to meet filmmakers’ specific needs for any project, providing the customised workflows and tools needed to help them unleash their creative potential.”

Sundance filmmakers turn to Panavision

As entertainment industry luminaries prepare to swarm Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, Panavision and Light Iron (Panavision’s post production subsidiary) have announced their collaborations with filmmakers on more than 25 projects screening or competing at the 2019 event. The independent filmmakers behind these unique stories leveraged the innovative services of Panavision and Light Iron to provide a full range of offerings from gear to final deliverables.

“We’re honoured that independent artists join forces with us to achieve their vision,” says Kim Snyder, president and CEO, Panavision. “We are dedicated to delivering the tools and expertise that content creators need, wherever they are in the world, from pre-production to post.”

The 2019 Sundance line-up illustrates Panavision’s enduring commitment to supporting the creative community and reinforces the importance of fostering filmmaking around the world. Across a number of titles, Panavision provided camera, lens and accessory packages, as well as dailies, offline editorial, and final colour services from Light Iron. The comprehensive and single-point offerings underscore the company’s dedication to meeting the individual needs of independent filmmakers and their budget demands.

Snyder adds, “Panavision’s vast portfolio of cameras and lenses coupled with our technical expertise present filmmakers with a phenomenal mix of options to creatively assemble the right equipment for any job. Additionally, the workflow savvy and creative services from Light Iron provide critical components that ensure quality imagery throughout the entire process.”

Here’s a look at some of the highly anticipated productions at Sundance supported by Panavision and Light Iron:

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Big Time Adolescence (dir. Jason Orley, DP Andrew Huebscher) – Camera rental, Superspeed lenses, Panavision New York.

Brittany Runs a Marathon (dir. Paul Downs Colaizzo, DP Seamus Tierney) – Camera rental, Primo prime lenses, Panavision New York. Colour by Sean Dunckley, Light Iron New York.

Hala (dir. Minhal Baig, DP Carolina Costa) – Camera and optics package, Panavision Chicago.

Honey Boy (dir. Alma Har’el, DP Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF) – Camera and optics package, Panavision Hollywood.

Luce (dir. Julius Onah, DP Larkin Seiple) – Panavision XL2 camera, G Series lenses, Panavision New York.

To the Stars (dir. Martha Stephens, DP Andrew Reed) – Camera rental, Primo Prime lenses, Panavision Dallas.


Animals (dir. Sophie Hyde, DP Bryan Mason) – Camera rental, Superspeed lenses, Panavision Ireland.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (dir. Joe Berlinger, DP Brandon Trost) – Camera rental, C Series anamorphic lenses, Panavision Hollywood.

Late Night (dir. Nisha Ganatra, DP Matthew Clark) – Camera rental, Primo Zoom lenses, Panavision New York. Dailies by Light Iron New York. Colour by Sean Dunckley, Light Iron New York.

Paddleton (dir. Alex Lehmann, DP Nathan M. Miller) – Colour by Corinne Bogdanowicz, Light Iron Los Angeles.

Photograph (dir. Ritesh Batra, DP Ben Kutchins) – Offline editorial rentals, Light Iron New York.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – Opening Night Film (dir. Chiwetel Ejiofor, DP Dick Pope, BSC) – Camera rental, Primo Prime lenses, Panavision Johannesburg.

The Tomorrow Man (dir. and DP Noble Jones) – Colour by Corinne Bogdanowicz, Light Iron Los Angeles.

Top End Wedding (dir. Wayne Blair, DP Eric Murray Lui) – Camera and optics package, Panavision Sydney.

Troop Zero – Closing Night Film (dir. Bert & Bertie, DP Jim Whitaker) – Dailies by Light Iron New Orleans. Colour by Corinne Bogdanowicz, Light Iron Los Angeles.

Velvet Buzzsaw (dir. Dan Gilroy, Robert Elswit, ASC) – Panavision Millennium DXL2, SP lenses, Panavision Woodland Hills.

NEXT Competition

Selah and the Spades (dir. Tayarisha Poe, DP Jomo Fray) – Camera and optics package, Panavision New York. Colour by Steven Bodner, Light Iron New York.

The Wolf Hour (dir. Alistair Banks Griffin, DP Khalid Mohtaseb) – Camera rental and T-series, MAP55, and AWZ2.3 lenses, Panavision New York.

WORLD Cinema Dramatic Competition

Judy and Punch (dir. Mirrah Foulkes, DP Stefan Duscio) – Camera rental, C Series lenses, Panavision Sydney.


Corporate Animals (dir. Patrick Brice, DP Tarin Anderson) – Colour by Nick Hasson, Light Iron Los Angeles.

Little Monsters (dir. Abe Forsythe, DP Lachlan Milne, ACS) – Camera rental, anamorphic lenses, Panavision Sydney.


The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent, DP Radek Ladczuk) – Camera rental, PVintage lenses, Panavision Sydney.

Doc Premieres

Ask Dr. Ruth (dir. Ryan White, DP David Jacobson) – Colour by Nick Lareau. Light Iron Los Angeles.

Indie Episodic

It’s Not About Jimmy Keene (Dir. Caleb Jaffe, DP Noble Gray) – Colour by Ian Vertovec. Light Iron Los Angeles.

Special Events

Lorena (dir. Joshua Rofé, DP Ronan Killeen) – Dailies by Light Iron Los Angeles. Colour by Nick Lareau, Light Iron Los Angeles.

Now Apocalypse (dir. Gregg Araki, DP Sandra Valde-Hansen) – Camera rental, Primo Prime lenses, Panavision Hollywood.

U.S. Narrative Shorts

Lockdown (dir. Celine Held and Logan George, DP Caleb Heller) – Rental package, Panavision Woodland Hills.


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