Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are partnering with Sundance to work with screenwriters from underserved communities!
Through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF), the power couple is working with nonprofit Sundance Institute for a two-year program to help a diverse crop of budding screenwriters hone their craft. During that time, the selected screenwriters will participate in an intense two-day workshop, and Sundance will support their film efforts throughout the length of the program.
This program is a continuation of Sundance’s diversity initiative to include the stories and work of a variety of writers and directors through their institute. In fact, Sundance has help to support the likes of Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, and Lee Daniels over the years, and Jada is glad to help out even more filmmakers! “We are honored and energized to collaborate with the Sundance Institute to cultivate stories and storytellers reflective of the world at large, and we view today as the beginning of a productive, purposeful and powerful alignment with an enduring institution,” the actress expressed in a statement.
It’s vital to express the different stories of today’s culture, in a world where many are often swept under the rug. That, in turns, gives us an incomplete view of society. So diverse programs like these are truly necessary. It’s great that Will and Jada are working with Sundance to make this happen!