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Web Creators Poppy, Franchesca Ramsey To Help Sundance Film Festival Inaugurate “Indie Episodic” Lineup

The Sundance Film Festival is giving creators of web and TV content their own showcase. The prestigious film festival, which will begin its next program on January 18 in Park City, Utah, has revealed the feature films it will screen for attendees. As part of that announcement, it has unveiled a new category called Indie Episodic, which will consist of work from the TV and web series media.

The filmmakers featured in the inaugural Indie Episodic lineup include several who got their start on YouTube. Franchesca Ramsey, the woman behind the Chescaleigh channel, will lead a project called Franchesca, and the enigmatic Poppy character will be at the center of I'm Poppy. They'll be joined by notables like Bo Burnham and Ethan Hawke, as well as a few other creators we've noted in the past.

The goal of the Indie Episodic category, according to Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth, is
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Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up

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Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up
At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, TV is invading the schedule in a whole new way. The Park City film fest has previously dabbled in what’s possible on the small screen, but this year marks the launch of the Indie Episodics section — which will spotlight TV pilots that mostly lack mainstream distribution.

The selections include “America to Me,” a new docu-series by “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James; as well as “The Mortified Guide,” a screen adaptation of the popular stage show “Mortified,” spotlighting the most embarrassing true stories of adolescence. There’s also “This Close,” showcasing star/creators Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern (both of whom are deaf), and “Franchesca,” featuring digital star and “The Nightly Show” writer/contributor Franchesca Ramsey.

This marks a major change for Sundance, and a renewed commitment to independent television. While Sundance has featured TV programming since the premiere of “Top of the Lake” in
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