AD 190 | Shari Frilot
“Sundance and New Frontier 2021”

Shari Frilot is a filmmaker who has produced television for the CBS affiliate in Boston and for WNYC and WNET in New York before creating her own independent award-winning films, including Strange & Charmed, A Cosmic Demonstration of Sexuality, What Is A Line?, and the feature documentary, Black Nations / Queer Nations? She is the recipient of multiple grants, including the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Media Arts Foundation. She is presently working on a feature film project about the crisis in water supply with producer Effie Brown's production company, Duly Noted Inc.

In tandem with filmmaking, Shari also maintains a career in festival programming, occupying a distinguished position on the curatorial vanguard through her pioneering development of immersive cinematic environments. As the Festival Director of the MIX Festival in New York (1992-1996) she co-founded the first gay Latin American film festivals, MIX BRASIL and MIX MEXICO film festivals. As Co-Director of Programming for OUTFEST (1998-2001), she founded the Platinum section which introduced cinematic performance installation and performance to the festival. She is presently in her 22nd year as a Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. She is the curator and driving creative force behind New Frontier, an exhibition and commissioning initiative that focuses on cinematic work being created at the intersections of art, film, and new media technology.

Show Notes:
  • Collective consciousness and being on the cusp of the new year 
  • Shifts within communities 
  • Finding confluence within multiple subjects 
  • Art and science working together 
  • Visualization 
  • Shari’s love of culture, and her work within curation and art 
  • Wave-particle dualities 
  • Measuring the concept of love within our life 
  • The differences in seeing something versus feeling something 
  • Neuroplasticity 
  • Perceiving reality 
  • Storytelling 
  • Sundance Festival and New Frontier 2021, and the innovations that are taking place
  • Subjective and objective truths 
  • Empathy 
  • The lost art of listening Shari’s experiences with filmmaking and changing the framework of the industry itself 
  • The complications within creating and presenting 
  • Sundance’s 2021 festival 
  • Focusing on humanity 
  • Pushing into the new year with aspirations of inclusivity and connectedness 
  • Finding clarity within your vision

New Frontier’s Website
Sundance Film Festival’s Website

Posted 1.7.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino