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Dolby Institute Empowers Indie Filmmaking at Sundance Film Festival with New Fellowships Awarded to Honey Boy' and The Sound of Silence'

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Dolby Institute Empowers Indie Filmmaking at Sundance Film Festival with New Fellowships Awarded to Honey Boy' and The Sound of Silence'

Dolby Family Fellowship Expands with Dolby Vision, Enabling Emerging Filmmakers Unparalleled Creative Support Coupled with Dolby Atmos SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dolby Laboratories' Dolby Institute and Sundance Institute, along with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, today announced that Honey Boy, directed by Alma Harel and written by Shia LaBeouf, and The Sound of Silence, directed by Michael Tyburski and co-written by Ben Nabors and Michael Tyburski, have both received the Dolby Family Fellowship. The Fellowship offers recipients a wide array of post-production technologies including Dolby Atmos, and new this year, the addition of Dolby Vision to further amplify the filmmakers' visions. Honey Boy will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Dolby Atmos at the Eccles Theatre on Friday January 25 at 3:30 p.m. MT, and the world premiere of The Sound of Silence takes place Saturday, January 26, in Dolby Atmos at the Ray Theater at 12:30 p.m. MT.

The Sound of Silence--A successful house tuner in New York City, who calibrates the sound in peoples homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he cant solve.

Honey Boy, starring Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges, chronicles the trials and tribulations between a child-actor and his semi-estranged lawbreaking father.

Honey Boy, starring Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges, chronicles the trials and tribulations between a child-actor and his semi-estranged lawbreaking father. During the turbulent journey of a relationship on the mend between child TV star and his ex-rodeo clown father, both have to face their stormy pasts through time and cinema.

Having the opportunity to mix the film in Dolby Atmos and tapping into the power of Dolby Vision has given us the opportunity to utilize original sound choices that created an immersive experience of Otis' subconscious. It also helped us support the magical realism aspects of the film's language and create a complex aural experience, said Honey Boy director Alma Harel. The Dolby Family Fellowship allows us to push our storytelling to the next level, and we are proud to be part of such an incredible legacy.

In The Sound of Silence, a self-taught scientist, Peter (Peter Sarsgaard), works in New York City as a house tuner -a unique, highly specialized profession he's invented. His clients approach him with troubles like depression, anxiety, or fatigue. After extensive analysis of their homes' acoustic characteristics, he identifies some sonic combination that's altering their mood -a radiator mixed with a kitchen appliance, for instance- and is able to calibrate it. On a routine house call, Peter meets Ellen (Rashida Jones), who is experiencing exhaustion. After his initial conclusion proves incorrect, Peter obsessively searches for the fault in his practice. The more Peter tries-and fails-to help her, the more Ellen's resulting skepticism pokes holes in his previously airtight theories. Mannered, meticulous, methodical, Peter is shaken when the years he's spent mapping New York's natural harmonies come into question. The Sound of Silence is a serene contemplation of people living in their modern environment-and their desire to understand and even control it.

The Sound of Silence is the inaugural Dolby Family Fellowship recipient from both SFFILM and the Dolby Institute. Selected fellows receive artistic and industry guidance including facilitated studio introductions as well as being provided with a cash grant allowing the recipients to begin work with a sound designer during the screenwriting stage. Fellows also gain post-production support, with comprehensive sound design, a Dolby Atmos mix, and Dolby Vision color correction and mastering support.

The Sound of Silence director Michael Tyburski adds, It's a great privilege and honor to have received the Dolby Family Fellowship. The fellowship provided us the incredible opportunity to work within the creative ecosystems of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, allowing us to tell the story with powerful tools that help enhance the narrative so that audiences can see and hear this movie in an entirely immersive way.

Launched at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the Dolby Institute has been integral in the empowerment and enablement of emerging filmmakers in realizing their creative visions through education, inspiration, and direct artist support. The initiative brings together aspiring filmmakers and content creators with numerous award-winning industry professionals to provide creative counsel, advice, and tools for successful storytelling. Since its inception, the Dolby Institute has educated and inspired countless content creators through its Conversations with Sound Artists podcasts, live programs at film festivals and universities around the world, and content posted on dolby.com/institute. Launched in 2014, the Dolby Family Fellowships have supported nine feature films, including acclaimed films Mudbound, Swiss Army Man, and Blindspotting. Additionally, a number of films featured at the Sundance Film Festival will be screened at the Ray Theatre, the permanent 500 seat-theater introduced at Sundance in 2018 which includes a Dolby Atmos sound system donated by Dolby. The Ray Theatre joins the Eccles Theatre, which began presenting films in Dolby Atmos in 2014.

Giving independent filmmakers access to Dolby's cutting-edge tools and technologies allows them to fully realize their creative visions and take their audiences on spectacular journeys. We are proud to award this year's fellowships to films using image and sound as creatively as Honey Boy and The Sound of Sile
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