PHOTOS: Here’s what you missed at the MACRO Lodge at Sundance

The MACRO Lodge was the place to be during the annual film festival in Park City, Utah.

Lena Waithe/ Ben Cory Jones
(Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for BET)

While there were tons of events to attend during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the MACRO Lounge was the hottest ticket in town for celebs, industry insiders, and festival-goers looking to mix and mingle with Black Hollywood’s finest.

The MACRO Lodge at Sundance was presented by SheaMoisture and hosted by MACRO Founder & CEO Charles D. King (Sorry To Bother You, Mudbound, Fences) and his wife Stacey Walker King.  MACRO rolled out its second annual showcase of inclusive panels, screenings and parties in an effort to champion diversity, inclusion and people of color at its prime location on Main Street and it was the LIT throughout its four days of fabulous programming. 

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The long list of celebs who showed up and showed out at the sexy space that treated attendees to crave-worthy cocktails, an endless supply of delicious delicacies, and a revolving door of famous faces included Michael B. Jordan, Ava DuVernay, Kenya Barris, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Jesse Williams, Tarana Burke, Amanda Seales, Susan Kelechi Watson, Baron Davis, Bevy Smith, DJ D-Nice, Boris Kodjoe, Bozoma Saint John, Danielle Brooks, Jemele Hill,  Lil Rel Howery, Omar Dorsey, Phoebe Robinson, and too many more to count.

Charles D. King / Stacey Walker King

Charles D. King / Stacey Walker King

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The MACRO Lodge presented several intriguing panels including a first look at BET’s highly-anticipated series Boomerang with an intimate chat with the show’s creators Lena Waithe and Ben Cory Jones. Attendees got to see the first episode and ask their own questions about the reboot of the iconic film.

Lena Waithe

(Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for BET)

Issa Rae and Deniese Davis’ ColorCreative co-hosted a midnight brunch along with  The Open Society Foundations and Firelight to celebrate Black content creators and storytellers attending the festival.

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Jada Pinkett Smith


Another highlight of the week; Now That’s Real Talk: An Intimate Conversation with Jada Pinkett Smith, went down at the MACRO Lodge and allowed attendees to get up close and personal with the Red Table Talk host.

Angela Rye


We also got to watch Angela Rye in action during a live taping of her podcast and discussed the powerful film, Clemency and discussed the current political climate and the impact TV, film and media plays in shaping and shifting the narratives around politics, the Black community and justice.


Launched in January 2015 by former William Morris Endeavor (WME) partner Charles D. King, MACRO is a multi-platform media company focused on the new majority multicultural market and develops, produces and finances film, television, digital content, tech companies and brands driven by people of color that encompass universal themes to which all people can connect and relate.  To date, the company’s film projects have received nine Oscar nominations.