Autograph Collection Hotels Returns to The Sundance Film Festival Celebrating Diversity, Individuality & The Powerful Voices That Drive Indie Film

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Autograph Collection Hotels in partnership with the Black List, D S Simon Media, and YourUpdate.TV conduct national media tour celebrating the Indie Film Project.

Autograph Collection Hotels is back at Sundance for the third consecutive year, supporting and celebrating a wide variety of creative visionaries in indie film, with help from The Black List, the annual survey founded by Franklin Leonard of the "most liked" unproduced screenplays.

A video accompanying this announcement is available at:

Franklin Leonard knows a good story when he sees one, especially the stories that go untold or get overlooked. Leonard teamed with Amanda Altree, Director, Marketing for Autograph Collection Hotels, D S Simon Media, and YourUpdate.TV to conduct a nationwide media tour from the Park City Hotel to discuss:

  •     How the Autograph Collection helps foster creativity for film makers and what events will be taking place at the festival
  •     All the buzzworthy films, parties, and celebrity sighting at the Sundance Film Festival
  •     Diversity at the Sundance Film Festival
  •     Indie storytellers
  •     How your local community can support indie films

“There is an inherent synergy between independent film and Autograph Collection Hotels,” said Amanda Altree, Senior Director, Autograph Collection Hotels. “Indie filmmakers and screenwriters tell stories that inspire, provoke and connect us; while immersive storytelling is part of our DNA, enabling travelers to connect with each other and their destination in a memorable way. Through the Indie Film Project, we have become unexpected patrons of the arts and are thrilled to support this dynamic and important industry.”

“The 2017 Black List was a high watermark for both screenplays written by women and about women; the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is no different,” said Franklin Leonard, Founder, the Black List. “We couldn’t be more excited to support these diverse voices, who are receiving long overdue and much deserved recognition.”

In support of sharing compelling indie films with a wider audience, and for those not attending the Sundance Film Festival, Autograph Collection Hotels has introduced a dedicated digital film channel: streaming a curated selection of indie films at its hotels across the U.S. and Canada. These critically-acclaimed indie films are curated to resonate with the passions of the brand’s guests: art, culture, cuisine, design and travel.

Guests will be able to access Autograph Collection’s dedicated digital film channel by connecting to the hotel’s Wi-Fi via their laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device.

For more information about Autograph Collection Hotels’ Indie Film Project, visit; and for more details about the Black List, visit

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

About Autograph Collection Hotels:
Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 100 luxury lifestyle hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories, among the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection properties are hand selected for their rich character and uncommon details. A personal realization of an individual founder’s vision, these hotels are defined by unique design, differentiated guest experiences and their meaningful role in locality. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, please visit, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.

Franklin Leonard & The Black List:
Franklin Leonard is the host of the Black List Table Reads podcast (an iTunes Best of 2015 pick) and founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the company birthed to continue its mission of identifying and celebrating great screenwriting and the people who do it.

The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 333 Black List scripts have been produced, grossing over $26 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 48 Academy Awards from 241 nominations, including four of the last eight Best Picture Oscars and nine of the last eighteen Best Screenplay Oscars. In October of 2012, the Black List launched a unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. Since its inception, it has hosted more than 40,000 screenplays and teleplays and provided more than 65,000 script evaluations. As a direct result of introductions made on the Black List, dozens of writers have found representation at major talent agencies and management companies, as well as sold or optioned their screenplays. Currently, the Black List hosts over 2,900 scripts for consideration by over 3,500 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants, to studio and network presidents, to A-list actors and directors.

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