About Us

Our Story

“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.” -- Robert Redford, President and Founder

As a champion and curator of independent stories for the stage and screen, Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive.

Robert Redford founded the Institute in 1981 to foster independence, risk-taking, and new voices in American film. That year, ten emerging filmmakers were invited to Sundance Resort in the mountains of Utah, where they worked with leading writers, directors, and actors to develop their original independent projects.

Today, our staff of 150 employees works from offices in Park City, Los Angeles, and New York City to provide 24 residential labs, grants exceeding $2.5 million, and ongoing mentorships that support more than 350 artists each year. Each January, our Sundance Film Festival introduces a global audience to groundbreaking work and emerging talent in independent film. More than 50 other public programs connect artists with audiences to present original voices, inspire new ideas, and create community around independent storytelling.

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Our Mission

Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

Our Vision

We believe that a story driven by an individual, authentic voice can awaken new ideas that have the power to delight and entertain, push creative boundaries, spark new levels of empathy and understanding, and even lead to social change. We support independent storytellers and advance the impact of their work in the world.

Board of Trustees

Robert Redford, President and Founder

Robert Redford is somewhat of an anomaly in the entertainment industry. Though he has been world-famous for some 30 years, he remains a highly private individual. He is an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression. His passion remains to make films of substance and social/cultural relevance, as well as to encourage others to express themselves through the arts.

He is recognized the world over for the roles he has played and the projects he has directed or produced throughout a distinguished stage and film career. Believing that it is the unexpected and uncommon, which ultimately enlivens the cultural ecology of a society, Redford has nurtured more than a generation of innovative voices in independent film through his non-profit Sundance Institute and Film Festival. Harvard Business Review observed, “Sundance has become to Hollywood what Silicon Valley has been to the high-tech industry.” His life-long passion for nature and issues of justice has resulted in Redford being widely acknowledged as a highly effective and dedicated political and environmental activist.

Pat Mitchell, Board Chair

Pat Mitchell is known for her leadership in the media industry as a CEO, producer and curator. Her career has focused on using media as a force for social change, with a special emphasis on the representation of women’s voices and stories.

The first woman president and CEO of PBS, she most recently served as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media; she is now a senior adviser to the organization. Mitchell is also the former president of CNN Productions, where she executive produced hundreds of hours of documentaries and specials, which received 35 Emmy Awards and five Peabody Awards.

She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2009, named one of the Most Powerful Women in Hollywood by Hollywood Reporter and featured in Fast Company’s special report, The League of Extraordinary Women: 60 Influencers Who Are Changing the World.

Mitchell currently advises foundations and corporations on issues of women’s empowerment and leadership development as well as media and governance. She is the chair of the Women’s Media Center and Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of V-Day, a member of the board of the Acumen Fund, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mitchell partners with the TED organization to co-curate and host a global TEDWomen conference.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia with bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature, Mitchell has taught at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, and at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Vice Chair

Jeanne Donovan Fisher is a producer, investor, and philanthropist living in New York City. Fisher is president of True Love Productions, a theater and film production company in New York that she formed in 2001. Prior to the producing venture, Fisher’s professional background was in strategic communications. From 1992 until 1998, she was a managing director and founding partner of Citigate SVC, a public relations consulting firm in New York. Before joining SVC, she was vice president and director of corporate communications at Morgan Stanley. She served as the company’s primary spokesperson, oversaw its communications on a worldwide basis, and was responsible for Morgan Stanley's public relations, media relations, advertising, and editorial services functions.

Fisher is an active philanthropist who serves on the boards of Sundance Institute, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Environmental Defense Fund, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard (chair), and the American Fund for the Tate Modern. She also supports numerous other nonprofit institutions, particularly in the areas of arts and education.

Fisher was born in Boston and grew up in Hudson, Ohio. Her interests include theater, film, 20th century art and design, fiction, golf, and champagne. She is the wife of the late Richard B. Fisher, former chairman and chief executive of Morgan Stanley.

Geoffrey K. Sands, Vice Chair

Geoffrey Sands is a Director of McKinsey & Company and heads its Global Media, Entertainment and Information Practice in North America. He also co-leads McKinsey's Digital Marketing Practice. He has over 25 years of experience working with many of the leading marketing, media and entertainment companies. His clients span a wide range of businesses that include: newspaper, magazine and book publishing; broadcast and cable television; internet service providers; recorded music; filmed entertainment; professional publishing; business information services; education; marketing services; video games; consumer electronics; and sports.

Geoff serves on the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute, Thirteen/WNET and the Paley Center for Media. He is also Chairman of the Board of The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Since 2004, he has been the Industry Advisor to the World Economic Forum's Media & Entertainment Governors' Meetings, and also serves as a member of the Forum's Council on the Future of Journalism.

Geoff received his BA and MBA from Yale University. He resides in Rye, NY with his wife and four children.

Sean Bailey

Sean Bailey is President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production and oversees all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production for Walt Disney Pictures. Upcoming titles include Tim Burton's Frankenweenie; Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams; and The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp, directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Studios in 2010, Bailey produced Disney's TRON: Legacy, directed by Joseph Kosinski, starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, developing it in tandem with other media ranging from the Grammy-nominated, RIAA Gold-certified soundtrack by Daft Punk to a multi-platform video game and an upcoming Disney XD television series.

In 2008, he founded Idealogy, Inc., with a focus on the evolution and future of creative content, developing high-quality stories that can live across media. Bailey worked as a writer-producer under an exclusive deal with ABC Studios from 2004 to 2008, during which time he continued in his capacity as chairman and board member of LivePlanet, the production company he co-founded in 2000 with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore. While at LivePlanet, he executive-produced the innovative LivePlanet/HBO/Miramax series Project Greenlight, nominated for three Emmy Awards, and co-created the LivePlanet/ABC series Push, Nevada with Affleck.

A 20-year industry veteran, Bailey has created, packaged and developed film, television and new media concepts for Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks, New Line Cinema, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., all major television networks, MSN and Yahoo. His feature film producing credits include Miramax's Gone, Baby, Gone, directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman and Amy Ryan; Matchstick Men, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Nicolas Cage; The Core; and Best Laid Plans. His screenplay Solace, co-written by Ted Griffin, is in preproduction at New Line Cinema. Bailey's first job as a producer in the entertainment industry was developing the game show Debt for Buena Vista Television, which aired on Lifetime from 1996-1998.

Kenneth Cole

As a renowned American designer and humanitarian, Kenneth Cole believes that “it is great to be known for your shoes but even better to be recognized for your soul”.

A business that began 20+ years ago out of the back of a 40 foot trailer, Kenneth Cole Productions has risen to the top of American fashion. With worldwide distribution of his lifestyle brand, Kenneth Cole has been able to unite his fashion instincts and business acumen with his philanthropic convictions. As chairman to the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and a founding board member to the homeless organization HELP USA, Kenneth Cole has made it his business to fuse fashion with social action. Kenneth is also a board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

He resides in Westchester, New York, with his wife Maria Cuomo Cole and their three daughters.

Fred Dust

Fred Dust works with leaders and change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, educational and philanthropic organizations. A partner at IDEO, the acclaimed international design firm, and a senior leader of IDEO’s New York office, he is a leading voice and practitioner of human-centered design and networked innovation. He advises a range of new and old media companies on confronting massive shifts in the competitive landscape. He collaborates closely with nonprofit and philanthropic foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies to create new frameworks for engaging with stakeholders to improve the impact of their programs. Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Reed College and a master’s in architecture from the School of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. He spent eight years working in the art world with major organizations and independent artists

Ava DuVernay

Ava is a filmmaker, marketer and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, she became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director prize for her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere (US Dramatic Competition).

Previously, she formed the DuVernay Agency, now known as DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. The award-winning marketing and publicity firm has provided strategy and execution for more than 100 film and TV projects by directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.

Ava participated as a mentee in the inaugural year of Sundance’s Women Filmmakers Initiative mentorship program, and was a mentor at FFP’s 2013 Screenwriters Intensive. Ava is based in Los Angeles.

Philipp Engelhorn

Philipp Engelhorn founded and currently directs the film foundation and not-for-profit production company, Cinereach, which offers adaptive financial and creative support for independent filmmakers, with supported projects including Citizen Four, Cutie and the Boxer, Pariah and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Philipp additionally serves as CEO of Cinereach Films, a private film financing and investment firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Synergos, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating global poverty and social injustice by changing the systems that keep people in poverty. He also serves on the Founders Board of the Patrons of the Pinakothek in Munich, as well as on the boards of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and Artists Public Domain. Originally from Germany, Philipp graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is currently based in New York City.

Rob Epstein

Rob is a film director, producer, writer and editor. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature for the films The Times of Harvey Milk, which premiered at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival, and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. He recently transitioned from non-fiction documentaries into scripted narratives, producing the biopics HOWL (2010) and Lovelace (2013), both of which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

Rob was a FFP Lab fellow with the film Howl and participated as an Advisor at the 2012 Composers + Documentary Lab. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Outfest Achievement Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where he currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is based in San Francisco, where he is a professor of film at California College of the Arts

Caterina Fake

Caterina Fake is an American entrepreneur and social media innovator. Ms. Fake was cofounder of Flickr, the seminal social photo sharing site; and Hunch, which created the 'taste graph of the internet’. They were acquired by Yahoo and eBay respectively. She is founder and CEO of Findery, a mobile app about places for social and local sharing. For eight years she served as Director and Chairman of the Board of Etsy, the marketplace of unique goods. She was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people, and received the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership. Ms. Fake is a Founder Partner at Founder Collective, advises startups and new businesses, and has served on the Boards of Directors of many non-profits and startups, including Creative Commons and Creative Live, as well as on the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley School of Information. She attended Smith College, and graduated from Vassar College in 1991. She is the cofounder of Sesat School, and serves on the advisory board of Rarecancer.org. Ms. Fake has received Honorary Doctorates from the Rhode Island School of Design (2009) and The New School (2013).

Robert J. Frankenberg

Bob Frankenberg is the owner of NetVentures, a management consulting firm focused on the high tech industry. Prior to its sale in 2004, Frankenberg chaired Kinzan, a leading provider of Internet services platforms. From April 1994 to August 1996, Frankenberg was the chairman/CEO of Novell, the world’s largest networking software company. Prior to Novell, Frankenberg was the corporate vice president and group general manager of Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Information Products Group, responsible for HP’s personal computer, server, networking, office software, calculator, and consumer product lines.

Frankenberg serves as a member of the board of directors of public companies National Semiconductor and Nuance Communications, as well as startup companies Veracity Networks, Digital Bridge, and Sylvan Source. He has served on the Utah Advisory board of the Sundance Institute since 1994 before becoming a Sundance Institute Trustee. He is chairman of the Westminster College Board of Trustees. He is a former member of the San Jose State University Advisory, Stanford Business School Alumni, America Online (AOL), Daw Technologies, Electroglas, Encanto Networks, Extended Systems, Kinzan, PowerQuest, Starlight Networks, Wall Data, and Placer Rehabilitation Industries boards.

Frankenberg is a 1974 Phi Kappa Phi/Tau Beta Pi, summa cum laude computer engineering graduate of San Jose State University. He is a SEP graduate of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He was recently inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1969. He and Linda, his wife of 40 years, live in Alpine, Utah.

Cindy Harrell Horn

Cindy Harrell Horn is an advocate for education, public health, and the environment. She has worked with the UCLA School of Public Health in California and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico in their new effort to combat emerging infectious diseases. She has also helped secure bipartisan funding and support for the UCLA/LANL High Speed, High Volume Laboratory Network.

Horn is a cofounder and member of the Board of the Environmental Media Association (EMA), a nonprofit organization created to inspire and coordinate an entertainment industry response to global environmental crises. Horn was a founding trustee of Heal the Bay and The Archer School for Girls. She has also served as a board member for The Coalition for Clean Air, Tree People, The Natural Step, the Center for Environmental Education, the UCLA School of Public Health, and is a member of the Painting Conservatory Council for the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 1991 she was appointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, William Reilly, to serve on the National Education Advisory Council and was awarded the State of California Legislative Woman of the Year. Horn has been honored by American Oceans Campaign, Heal the Bay, The Archer School for Girls, EMA, and the UCLA School of Public Health. Horn and her husband Alan reside in Los Angeles.

Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti is an actor and director whose work has appeared in TV, film, regional theatre, Broadway, and Off- Broadway. She earned her first Oscar nomination (and The NY Film Critics Award) for Swing Shift (1985) and won an Oscar 10 years later as a first-time director for her short film Lieberman in Love. In 1998 after multiple nominations, Lahti won both the Emmy and her second Golden Globe Award – the TV movie No Place Like Home was the first – for her portrayal of Dr. Kathryn Austin on Chicago Hope. Three years later her feature film directorial debut, My First Mister, opened the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

More recent television work includes roles on Law & Order: SVU, A&E’s The Cleaner, Studio 60, and Jack and Bobby, and her recent film work includes the upcoming Flying Lessons, Yonkers Joe, and Obsessed. Other film credits include Running On Empty (LA Film Critics Award), Housekeeping, and Just Between Friends. In 2009-2010, she starred on Broadway in God of Carnage. Other NY Stage credits include The Heidi Chronicles, Little Murders, (Obie Award), The Woods (Theatre World Award) and 3 Hotels (Drama Desk Nomination.) Regional theatre credits include Moon for the Misbegotten, Summer and Smoke, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She also starred in Wendy Wasserstein’s final play, Third, at the Geffen Playhouse.

Lyn Davis Lear

Lyn Davis Lear is a cofounder and member of the Board of the Environmental Media Association (EMA), a nonprofit organization created to inspire and coordinate an entertainment industry response to the global environmental crisis. Formed in 1989, EMA educates and motivates members of the creative community to incorporate environmental themes and issues in television programming and films. In 2004, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Children's Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC).

In 2005, Lyn received the EMA Board of Directors Ongoing Commitment Award presented by the honorable Al Gore in recognition of her dedication to the environment. In 2008, Mrs. Lear received the Global Green 2008 Millennium Award for Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Sundance Institute.

Mrs. Lear holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is married to television writer and producer Norman Lear. She resides in Los Angeles, California, and is the mother of three children.

Gigi Pritzker

Gigi Pritzker is a film and stage producer. As CEO of film production and financing company OddLot Entertainment, Pritzker produced Academy Award-nominated Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman, as well as The Way, Way Back and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater. Pritzker has expanded OLE’s footprint in the global motion picture business to create the foreign sales company Sierra/Affinity and is part of a consortium that recently launched the next generation film studio STX. Pritzker also develops and produces live stage productions through her company Relevant Theatricals. Recent productions include the Broadway hit, Million Dollar Quartet. Pritzker’s active philanthropic roles include Founder & Vice Chair of Project& and member of the Board of the Goodman Theatre of Chicago. Pritzker studied anthropology at Stanford University. Living in Nepal as an undergraduate student led her to produce her first documentary feature in Bhutan, when the BBC kick-started her long career in film.

Alejandro Ramírez Magaña

Alejandro Ramírez Magaña is Chief Executive Officer of Cinépolis, the largest film exhibition company in Latin America, with presence in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Central America, India and the United States. He served as Mexico's Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and as Technical Secretary of the Social Cabinet of the Government of Mexico. He has worked for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme in the areas of poverty and human development. He co-authored “Poverty, Human Development and Indigenous People in Latin America”, is Chairman of the Morelia International Film Festival and co-founded “Ambulante”, a documentary film festival in Mexico. He holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Amy Redford

Daughter of Robert Redford. Amy Redford is a producer, director, actress, and activist. She is currently the President of Production at Ground Seven Entertainment, which focuses on “redefining normal” through film, TV, and branded content. Her directorial debut, The Guitar, premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Her directing credits include Law & Order: SVU, Aperture (for HGTV), and various shorts and plays. She most recently directed and produced music videos for the upcoming release of Jeff Buckley’s You and I. She is currently producing and developing content across several platforms.

Tom Rothman

Tom Rothman is one of the most experienced executives in the modern media business. He was recently named Chairman of a new joint venture with Sony Pictures to make movies and television under the TriStar banner. He began as a pioneer in American independent film in the 1980s, and founded Fox Searchlight in 1994. During a subsequent 18-year run at 20th Century Fox, including 12 years as Chairman and CEO, the company consistently produced the highest profit margins of any major studio. Operating profits for 2012, his last year at Fox, were tops in the sector. Milestones during his tenure include the two biggest films in cinematic history, over $40 billion in worldwide box office, more than 150 Academy Award nominations, three Best Picture Oscars, and multiple Emmys.

Nadine Schiff-Rosen

Nadine began her career as a television journalist, becoming a national reporter for the Dan Rather CBS Evening News. Prior to that, she hosted her own Toronto talk show, Take 30, and reported for The Journal, the flgship news-magazine show for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In the early nineties, Ms. Schiff was hired as VP of Michael Douglas' Sony-based Stonebridge Entertainment and produced films such as Made in America, Flatliners, The Wedding Dress and Live From Baghdad. For seven years, Ms. Schiff served on the Board of the Women's Conference headed by Maria Shriver and currently serves on the Board of The HELP Group. Nadine Schiff has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is married to Fred Rosen, former Chairman of Ticketmaster Inc. and has one son

Jim Swartz

Jim Swartz is a Partner and Founder of Accel Partners, a prominent global technology venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, CA, London, England, Bangalore, India and Beijing and Shanghai, China. Entering a fifth decade in venture capital and as a Director for over fifty successful companies, he has been closely involved as lead investor with the emergence of numerous industry pioneering technology companies. A long time industry leader, Jim is former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and a 2007 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a concentration in Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics (he mostly remembers something about playing football) and holds a M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, where he sponsors the Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program and the James R. Swartz Leadership Scholarship.

He is Chairman of the Swartz Foundation and the Christian Center of Park City, Director Emeritus of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation (where he established the Borgen-Swartz Education Endowment), Trustee of the Sundance Institute and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Tepper School of Business. Jim led the establishment of the Deer Valley Music Festival as a Founder and the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard as Chairman of the Capital Campaign. From 1999 to 2002, he served on the Management Committee of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics of 2002. He is the recipient of a Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University, the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from its Tepper School of Business, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Western Governors University.

Jim is also an accomplished Grand Prix sailboat skipper. With the yacht Moneypenny, he won the 2006 Swan World Cup, the 2006 US IRC National Championship and the 2005 and 2007 Swan North American Championships. With the TP52 yacht Vesper he won the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Rolex Big Boat Series, the 2011 Queen’s Cup and Astor Cup of the New York Yacht Club, and the 2011 IRC East Coast, 2012 US IRC National, and 2013 West Coast Championships. In 2013, Vesper set all-time course records for the Round the Island races of the New York Yacht Club and the Edgartown Yacht Club.

Together with his wife Susan, Jim founded Impact Partners, a financing and advisory firm advancing independent cinema that addresses pressing social needs including Academy Award Winners Born Into Brothels (2005) and The Cove (2010) and numerous Academy Award Nominees and Sundance Award Winners.

Liesl Tommy

Liesl Tommy is an award-winning international director. Her world premieres includeParty Peopleby Universes (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The White Man – A Complex Declaration of Loveby Joan Rang (DanskDansk Theatre, Denmark), Peggy Picket Sees the Face of Godby Roland Schimmelpfennig (Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage Toronto), Eclipsedby Danai Gurira (Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Good Negroby Tracey Scott Wilson (The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center), A History of Lightby Eisa Davis (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Angela’s Mixtapeby Eisa Davis (Synchronicity Performance Group, New Georges),Bus and Family Ties(Play Company for the Romania Kiss Me! Festival). Her other credits include California Shakespeare Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Baltimore Centerstage, Sundance East Africa, Manda Island, Kenya, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Huntington Theatre Company, among others. Liesl is Associate Director at Berkeley Rep, serves as a Program Associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program focusing on its activities in East Africa and was recently made an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. She was awarded the inaugural Susan Stroman Directing Award from the Vineyard Theatre, the NEA/TCG Directors Grant, and the New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa.

John E. Warnock

John E. Warnock is cochairman of the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, Inc., a company he cofounded in 1982 with Charles Geschke. Dr. Warnock was President of Adobe for his first two years and chairman and CEO for his remaining 16 years at Adobe. Warnock has pioneered the development of graphics, publishing, Web, and electronic document technologies that have revolutionized the field of publishing and visual communication.

Warnock’s entrepreneurial success has been chronicled by leading business and computer industry publications, and he has received numerous awards for technical and managerial achievement. A partial list of awards includes: University of Utah Distinguished Alumnus Award (1995); Software Systems Award (1989, Association for Computing Machinery); Edwin H. Land Medal (2000, Optical Society of America); Bodley Medal (2003, Bodleian Library at Oxford University); Lovelace Medal (2004, British Computer Society); Medal of Achievement (2006, AeA); Computer Entrepreneur Award (2008, IEEE Computer Society); United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2009).Warnock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Utah, the American Film Institute, and Nottingham University.

Warnock is a member of the board of directors of Adobe Systems Inc., Ebrary Inc., Mongonet Inc., and Salon Media Group. He is past chairman of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute and Sundance Institute.

Before cofounding Adobe Systems, Warnock was principal scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Prior to joining Xerox, Warnock held positions at Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM, and the University of Utah.

Dr. Warnock holds eight patents, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Utah.

Jacki Zehner

Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a role she has held for the past fifteen years, Jacki funds a variety of projects and organizations with a particular focus on women's rights, women's foundations, movement building and media. In 2012 Jacki became the Chief Engagement Officer and President of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing unprecedented resources for women and girls. With more than 200 women each contributing a million dollars or more to organizations of their choice, WMM has successfully centered the needs of women and girls in philanthropic giving. Jacki serves on a number of boards and advisory boards including The Sundance Institute (Board Member and Development Chair), The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, The Shriver Report, The 2020 Women on Boards Board of Leaders, Catalytic Women, Chicken & Egg Pictures "Eggspert", Tostan, Impact Partners, The Global Fund for Women, The Women's Philanthropy Institute Council and Gamechanger, a feature film fund for female directors. She is an active writer, speaker, consultant and featured expert on topics relating to women and wealth, philanthropy and leadership. Prior to her philantrhopic focus she was a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs in New York City. She know lives full-time in Park City, Utah.

Walter L. Weisman, Chair Emeritus

Walter L. (Wally) Weisman is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sundance Institute. He began his career as a lawyer and is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Law School. He entered the health care field in 1969 and in 1972 joined American Medical International Inc., a hospital management company that owned and operated acute care hospitals across the United States and in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. Weisman became the company’s chairman and later its chief executive officer in 1985.

Weisman is also a past chairman and now a life trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is a senior trustee of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and a member of the Institute’s oversight committee for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a director of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Los Angeles), and Fresenius Medical Care (Frankfurt, Germany). Mr. Weisman lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sheila. They have three children and five grandchildren.


Glenn Close
Sally Field
Steven Haft
Jake Eberts
Mellody Hobson
George White

Utah Advisory Board

Donna Gruneich - Utah Advisory Board (UAB) Chair

Donna's working career focused on the financial industry. She worked for North Carolina National Bank from 1985 though 1987, trading stocks for the Trust Division. In 1987, she relocated to New York City and worked for Oppenheimer and Company as a Convertible Bond Sales/Trader. As a Vice President at Oppenheimer, she worked with large institutional clients including investment management companies, mutual funds, insurance companies and banks.

Donna is passionate about education and choice in education and was instrumental in the process of combining two local independent schools, Park City Academy and The Colby School, into one successful and sustainable school—The Park City Day School. Donna is the past Chairman of the Board at Park City Academy and currently is a founding trustee of the Park City Day School Board. The bulk of her work on both boards has centered on long term sustainability, finance and governance.

Donna and her husband, Kevin, are members of Impact Partners which brings together philanthropists and filmmakers so that, together, they can create great films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite lasting social change. For members, the goal is to provide the opportunity to participate in financing great documentaries and independent films that will generate positive financial and social outcomes. Through Impact Partners, Donna has been involved with films such as CHILDREN OF INVENTION, NO IMPACT MAN, SECRECY and the Oscar-winning films, THE COVE and FREEHELD.

After having a second home in Park City for over eight years, the Gruneichs moved to Park City from Connecticut permanently in 2005. Their children Anna (10) and Alex (13) attend Park City Day School and Allison (15) attends Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

Amy Rees Anderson

Amy Rees Anderson is the Managing Partner and Founder of REES Capital, an angel investment and advising firm that works in close collaboration with entrepreneurs to drive company growth and maximize equity value through strategic direction and influence.

Amy is also an author and serves as a weekly contributor to Forbes and the Huffington Post.

Prior to founding REES Capital, Amy Rees Anderson was formerly the founder and CEO of MediConnect Global, Inc., one of the largest cloud-based health information exchanges. Amy led all aspects of MediConnect's business, including a worldwide workforce of over 1,000 employees. Under her direction, the company achieved over 1500 percent growth. In March 2012, Amy successfully led MediConnect to being acquired by Verisk Analytics (VRSK) for over $377 million.

Amy is an active Angel Investor and she recently founded the IPOP Foundation, a charity focused on helping educate and mentor entrepreneurs.

Amy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc. magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other national publications as a result of her many accomplishments. She is an in-demand public speaker and respected mentor, and she does entrepreneurship lectures at a number of universities.

Amy has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards honoring her sharp business acumen and her company's growth and success which include being named CEO of the Year by Utah Business Magazine as well as being a recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Amy currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including: Sundance Institute's Advisory Board; Chair of the Utah State Motion Picture Advisory Committee; Utah Capital Investment Corporation Board; Huntsman Cancer Foundation Executive Council; Utah Technology Council's Board of Trustees (UTC); the NACD Board Utah Chapter; the South Davis Community Hospital Board of Directors; the Leonardo Board; The Hale Center Theater Board; University of Utah National Advisory board for David Eccles School of Business, Center for Medical Innovation, and Technology Commercialization Board; UVU National Advisory Council; Brigham Young University Founder's Board; and the USU Clark Entrepreneur Founders Board.

Amy attended Brigham Young University. She and her husband reside in Sandy, Utah and have two children attending college.

Susan Bramble

Susan Bramble was born and raised in Provo, Utah. Her father was a teacher at Provo High School where he also coached football, basketball and was the head baseball coach. Her mother taught at Oakridge which was a school for physically and mentally challenged children. She attended schools in the Provo School District graduating from Provo High School. After graduation she attended Brigham Young University where she met my husband, Curt Bramble. She has six children, six grandchildren and one more on the way in January. All of her children have chosen Utah for their homes and so they enjoy regular family "get-togethers" for no reason.

Her family believes that a family that plays together stays together. They love running, biking, hiking, swimming, skiing (water and snow), etc. They spend many weeks at Lake Powell each summer and participate in many of the races (marathons,etc.) along the Wasatch front each year. They have a vigorous travel schedule due to her husband and his employment.

Being very involved in the community has been a focus for her family. They believe that a community is stronger and more vibrant if you take an active role where you live. Following this principle, Susan has held the following roles within her community:

  • PTA President and board member in every school my children have attended.
  • City PTA Board Member
  • Substitute Teacher for Edgemont Elementary School
  • Organized fund raisers for many soccer, basketball and extra-curricular events
  • Chair of the Provo Cable Board
  • Secretary, Utah County Republican Party
  • Legislative 48 Vice-Chair, Utah County Republican Party
  • Miss Provo Scholarship Pageant Board Member
  • Many leadership positions in her church
Andy Cier

Andy Cier is Managing Partner of Cier Consulting Group, which exists to help organizations to develop their brands by “unleashing the power of the human story.” Prior to managing his consultancy, Andy served as Vice President, Client Strategy & Solutions for Helix Education, an advertising, marketing and software firm that specializes in attracting students for colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational institutions across the country.

Andy's previous career experience includes his positions as a marketing consultant, marketing director, and former Partner and General Manager of Riester, an advertising and marketing firm with offices in Salt Lake, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Prior to Riester, Andy had his own production company that specialized in TV commercials and longer-format marketing films. His advertising career began with writer/producer/director positions in agencies in Baltimore, and with J Walter Thompson in Denver.

Andy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Theatre, with an emphasis in Film and Video Production.

Having attended the US Film and Video Festival—and then the Sundance Film Festival—for the last thirty years, Andy and his wife, Lynn, are long-time supporters of Sundance and the voices of independent film.

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Nancy Garrison

Nancy is an avid fly-fisher, hiker and sailor She has been married 29 years to husband Dave; and they are proud parents of two young adults whose company they cherish on international travel adventures.

Nancy is an adjunct professor in the graduate school of education at Westminster College; and was elected to the Park City Board of Education in November 2012. She specializes in qualitative research and adult education – with a focus on equity education and under-resourced student groups. Previously she owned an employee relations consulting firm serving clients like Gannet Newspapers and the State of South Carolina.

While raising their children, Nancy modeled engaged community service as a volunteer, board member and in leadership capacities for numerous non-profit organizations such as the USAF 388th Fighter Wing, Park City Performing Arts Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Project for Deeper Understanding, public schools in CA and UT and the Episcopal Church.

Susan Fredston-Hermann

Susan Fredston-Hermann has served as a board member of the Alvin Ailey School of Dance (NYC) and the National Ability Center (Park City). She is involved in Park City community affairs, and was a member of the Park City Leadership Class of 2010.

Susan is an expert in alternative education and Latin America politics and history. She has educated six children at home, led a parenting group at the Early Childhood Center of Sarah Lawrence College and consulted for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Additionally, Susan has extensive experience in international education having taught in the USA, Mexico, Ivory Coast and Brazil.

A native of New York, Susan attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and Oxford University (St. Antony's College) as a doctoral student. .

Susan and her husband reside in Park City, UT. Their business, founded in 1989, manages investments in the emerging markets. Susan is primarily involved in strategic investment decisions, notably regarding Latin America.

Shari Levitin

Shari is a keynote speaker, author and entrepreneur.

In 1997, Shari founded The Levitin Group, an international training and consulting firm specializing in leadership, sales process design, presentation skills, and customized workshops. Named one of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies, Levitin Group has been responsible for over a billion dollars in increased profit for companies and salespeople worldwide. The company trains both live and virtually in seven languages in 40 countries on five continents. The Levitin Group and its partner’s partial client list includes Hilton, Apple, Jaguar, Hyatt, TED speakers, State Farm, Prudential Real Estate, and Sprint Communications.

Shari is an adjunct professor at The University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and is serving on the Sundance Utah Advisory Board for her third term. Shari also founded and continues to host Shabbat at Sundance whose mission is to bring two like-minded communities together during the Festival for the purpose of Tikun Olam, or to make the world a better place. She lives with her husband, Lee Gerstein, and their son, Tyler, in Park City, Utah and Woodside, California.

Naja Lockwood
Naja Pham Lockwood has been in the arts and media world since 1997. Prior to moving to Park City full time, Naja was the founder of NajaArts.com, an art gallery and acquisition consultancy that specialized in traditional and contemporary Vietnamese paintings. She served as Arts Commissioner for the City of San Francisco and was the first Vietnamese-American to be sworn into that position, serving under the administrations of Mayor Willie Brown and Mayor Gavin Newsom. Her responsibilities as an Arts commissioner included educational and community outreach. Naja was also a Trustee for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco serving as Co-Chair of the Development Committee and successfully completed a $170 million capital campaign. She started her career in London as Director of Corporate Development for Central European Media Enterprises, an international media and telecommunications company. After Central European Media Enterprises, Naja worked as a Principal of Heidrick and Struggles in the San Francisco office.
Born in Vietnam, Naja immigrated to the United States with her family in April 1975, during the fall of Saigon. She graduated from Boston University in 1991, where she was a Jacob Hiatt Academic Scholar, with a BA in philosophy and political science. Naja was the first Vietnamese-American sponsored by a US university to return to Vietnam after the war as part of a cultural exchange fellowship through Georgetown University in 1991. She received her MBA in 1997 from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Naja is an investor, patron and collaborator of social change through film and the arts. She is an investor in Impact Partners and supports documentary films with motivating social issues. She currently serves in the Utah Advisory Board (UAB) for the Sundance Institute. Naja was also appointed by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to serve on the Utah Silver Screen Commission. She partners with Sundance Institute to help build the Sundance Screenwriters Intensives for filmmakers of diversity. Naja assists Asian American filmmakers through her support of VietFilm Festival and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). She funded and lead the promotion, distribution and community outreach for various independent films including academy nominated Last Days in Vietnam, directed by Rory Kennedy, and its First Days Story Project, a collaboration between StoryCorps and PBS’s American Experience which aims to collect, preserve and celebrate the stories of Vietnamese-American refugees and Vietnam veterans throughout America.
Naja served as Trustee for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. She is a Trustee of the Northern California Music & Art Center (NCMACC), Trustee of Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center of San Francisco where she funds scholarships focusing on low-income high school minority students and Advisor for the Refugee Program (RYSE) of Phillips Brooks House, Harvard University.
Claudia McMullin

Claudia McMullin is currently Chair of the Summit County Council after having been elected to a second term in 2012. After 10 years practicing law with in NYC with Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Claudia quit her job, sold her apartment and moved to Park City in 1999. Claudia continues to practice law on a limited basis. After graduating from Leadership Class 8 in 2002, Claudia was a Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner for 5 years prior to running for office in 2008. Claudia’s community involvement includes having served on various local nonprofit boards (in addition to the Sundance UAB) as well a 2 year stint as Executive Director of our local animal rescue organization, Friends of Animals Utah. Claudia is also the Business Development Director for her husband’s company, Wasatch Composite Analysis.

Claudia met her husband, Tim Douglas, in Park City in 2002. Tim was her first date on Match.com and they got married in 2003. Claudia has 3 stepsons, two grandchildren, and two rescue dogs – Hugo and Ruby.

Coleen Reardon

Coleen Reardon has been employed at Deer Valley Resort for the last nineteen years. Most of her tenure at the resort has been spent serving in her current position as the Director of Marketing. Prior to her current position, she was the Communications Manager for the resort.

As Director of Marketing, Ms. Reardon is responsible for overseeing all of the marketing and communications efforts for the resort including the public relations, international, tour and travel, web, digital, mobile and event departments. She monitored the logistics and production as Deer Valley Resort became an official Olympic venue, hosting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games alpine slalom and freestyle mogul and aerial events, the 2003 Freestyle FIS World Championships, the U.S. Ski Team’s 1999 Nationals and 2001 Gold Cup competitions in addition to annual World Cup Freestyle events. In 2011, Deer Valley Resort once again hosted the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships. Deer Valley is the first resort in North America to have been awarded the honor of hosting a World Championship event twice.

Ms. Reardon is a member of Ski Utah’s marketing committee and serves on the Utah Advisory Board for the Sundance Film Festival and the Board of the Youth Sports Alliance. In 2001, she served as President of the PCCB Board of Directors and in June 2010 finished another term serving on the PCCB’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Coleen is also a past Board Member for the former Summit Institute which was a Park City based non-profit arts and humanities organization and served on the Executive Committee of the Park City Jazz Foundation. In 2011, she was awarded Business Woman of the Year by the Park City Women’s Business Network and in 2012 received a Utah Business SAMMY award.

Before joining the Deer Valley team, Coleen worked for Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort for fifteen years where she served as the Director of Public Relations as well as the Director of Entertainment and Special Events. She is a native of California who resides in Park City, Utah.

Julie Spielberg-Senet

Julie has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as an entertainment attorney and motion picture studio executive. She has worked in all aspects of theatrical business and legal affairs, including representing individuals, start-ups and motion picture studios, in house as legal counsel and business affairs. During the course of her career, Julie supervised complex rights acquisitions, negotiated and managed a multitude of theatrical motion picture productions, production activities, talent agreements, multi-picture arrangements, term deals and financing agreements. Julie’s practice also encompasses business, and she worked at law firms in Los Angeles before she moved to her in house positions at Universal Pictures as Vice President Legal Affairs and MGM Pictures as Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs. Julie moved to Park City, Utah on a full time basis after she fell in love with the area. She now divides her time between enjoying the outdoors, non profit work and business and legal endeavors and is currently of counsel to the law firm Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy in Salt Lake City. Ms. Spielberg-Senet will also be teaching an entertainment law class this spring at the College of Law at University of Utah.

Rob Slettom

Rob Slettom moved to Park City, Utah in 1972 from St. Paul Minnesota. His love of skiing and the mountains has kept him in Utah ever since. Rob is the owner and founder of Identity properties, a Park City lodging and property management firm, established in 1980.

He and Identity Properties were instrumental in the startup of and formation of many properties in Park City including the Silver King Hotel, the Resort Center Lodge and Inn and the New Park Hotel. Through the years Rob has served on numerous Boards including multiple terms and Presidency of the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Park City Area Lodging Association, and the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition (now a recognized organization on Capitol Hill advocating support for funding statewide tourism marketing). The love of skiing has led him to many terms on the Board of Ski Utah and the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association.

Awards include 2004 recipient of “Profession Citizen of the Year” by the Park City Rotary and the 2009 recipient of the “Community Leadership Award” by Leadership Park City. Rob and his wife Faye, along with Identity Properties, continue to be a major contributors and sponsors of the arts including the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, the Egyptian Theatre and the Sundance Film Festival.

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson is the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for the John A. Moran Eye Center, where she oversees fundraising, marketing, communications, community relations, media relations and government relations. She serves on the senior management team and has been instrumental in advancing the Center as a lead institution in research, clinical care and international ophthalmology.

Previously, Jenny served as an At-Large Member of the Salt Lake County Council from 2005-2010. During her term, she passed stronger ethics laws and supported arts advancement and funding. She served as Vice Chair of the formation committee of the Jordan River Commission and advanced open space preservation and environmental initiatives. She passed legislation which provided domestic partner health benefits. In addition, she served as Minority Leader of the Council in 2007, on the Board of the Unified Fire Authority, and as a Salt Lake County representative on the regional Council of Governments (COG).

Jenny is currently the Producer of a documentary film titled, THE GRAND RESCUE, which is based on a harrowing three day rescue on the North Face of the Grand Teton in 1967.

Earlier in Jenny’s career, she served as a Director of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games’ staff and volunteer effort, as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Orton, and with the Sundance Institute/Sundance Group.

Her current community and board assignments include the Jordan River Commission, Governor Herbert’s Realignment and Efficiency Committee, the Utah Museum of Fine Art and the Utah Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1998.

Jenny and her husband, Trell Rohovit, live in Salt Lake City with their two children, Zach (9) and Max (6).

Jacki Zehner

Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a role she has held for the past decade, Jacki funds a variety of projects and organizations with a particular focus on women's rights, women's foundations, movement building and media. More recently, Jacki became the CEO of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing unprecedented resources for women and girls. With more than 180 women each contributing a million dollars or more to organizations of their choice, WMM has successfully centered the needs of women and girls in philanthropic giving. She also has written over 600 blog entries on her personal blog www.jackizehner.com and is a featured writer on many platforms including The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, LinkedIn and Bloomberg. Jacki regularly gives keynote addresses, including a TEDxWomen Talk on “Closing The Gender Gap”.

In 1996, Jacki became the youngest woman and first female trader to be invited into the partnership of Goldman Sachs. She left that role in 2002 and has since had primarily a philanthropic focus. She currently serves on the Board of The Sundance Institute, Thirty Percent Coalition and the Christian Center of Park City as well as the advisory boards of The Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media, The Pax Global Women’s Equality Fund, the Women Effect Investing Initiative of Criterion Ventures, The Shriver Report, The Women@Paley Initiative, The 2020 Women on Boards Board of Leaders, Catalytic Women, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council and Gamechanger, a feature film fund for female directors. She is a prior board member of many other organizations.

Jacki is a member of many philanthropic communities and networks including the International Women’s Forum, The Women Donor’s Network, The Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Leadership Board, The Red Cross’s Tiffany Circle, The Utah Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle and The United Way of Salt Lake’s Women’s Leadership Council. In honor of her work she has received many awards including most recently the Global Fund for Women's Philanthropy Award.

Jacki was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. After living in New York City and Connecticut for 25 years, Jacki now lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband Greg and two children.

Diane Foster - Ex-Officio

Diane is the City Manager for Park City. Prior to joining the City, Diane worked in the private sector for twenty two years, primarily in high tech. For eight of those years she managed to mix high tech with ski industry as the VP of Marketing Services for American Skiing Company. Diane holds a BA from Bates College, MBA from the University of Cambridge in the UK and an MPA at the University of Utah.

Diane served as a local Planning Commissioner for five years; as VP of the Board of Directors Park City's NPR radio station, KPCW; is a member and has served on the Board for the Park City Rotary Club and is past board President for Recycle Utah.

Diane and her husband Hutch, along with avalanche search dog Calamity Jane, avalanche dog program flunk out Murphy and cat Princess Buttercup, live in a net zero energy home in Wanship, Utah at an elevation of 8,200 feet. Diane enjoys all forms of snow sliding (tele, alpine, skate & snowboard) and trail running.

Margaret (Margo) Lasecke-Jacobs - Members Emeritus

Margaret was approved by the Governor and Senate to serve on the 15 member Utah Governor’s Office of Economic (GOED) board for a four year term beginning October, 2013.

Since 2007, Margaret has served on the Sundance Institute Utah Advisory Board. She was Chairwoman of that Board in 2010 and 2011 and continues to serve in a board chair emeritus status and on the development committee.

Before becoming Park City residents in 2008, Margaret, a native Californian, and her husband Ken, called the San Francisco Bay Area their primary residence.

In California, Margaret ran worldwide public relations and global marketing for Oracle Corporation from June 1993 to June 2000. She formed a marketing and public relations consulting practice after leaving Oracle. As a consultant, Margaret worked with Silver Lake Partners (SLP), a recognized leader in US-based private equity, leveraged buyout and growth capital investments where she counseled a handful of SLP companies on their marketing strategy.

From 1987 to 1993, she was part of the senior management team at Fujitsu America, where she managed marketing, advertising and public relations. Early in her career, as one of the youngest vice presidents at the internationally respected public relations firm, Ogilvy & Mather (formerly Dudley Anderson & Yutzy), Margaret managed a range of technology and consumer products clients. Immediately after graduating from San Jose State University in 1980 with a BS in Business Administration, Margaret worked for Atari Corporation, a Time Warner subsidiary.

In California, highlights of Margaret’s non-profit communications consulting efforts included:

  • Positive Coaching Alliance (national youth sports organization, based at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA) -- Board Member
  • Stanford School of Medicine, Stem Cell Research Effort -- Formed and led Communications Advisory Board (played active role in highlighting stem cell science in 2004 U.S. Presidential Campaign)
  • Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Silicon Valley based support organization for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) -- participated in ‘all-star’ marketing strategy committee.

Also in Park City, Margaret served on the board of The Colony homeowners’ association for six years, holding the Office of President in 2009.

Margaret enjoys spending time with her daughter, Jamie, who lives/works in the San Francisco Bay Area and her husband Ken, who retired from Oracle, after a nearly 30 year career there. The Jacobs’ spend their free time on international travel, skiing, snow shoeing, scuba diving and cycling.

Tina Lewis - Members Emeritus

ina Stahlke Lewis became involved with Sundance when, as the Community Affairs Director for the Park City Chamber Bureau in 1980, she was asked to assist in moving the U.S. Film and Video Festival to Park City and to serve as a member of the board. She is the longest-serving member of the Sundance Institute Utah Board of Advisors and has been the co-chair and chair. Lewis was the director of the State of Utah International Business Development Office, producing 90 international events during the Olympic Winter Games and conducting 12 worldwide trade missions post Olympics. She had been co-chair of Utah’s Olympic Delegation. Lewis lectured for the University of Utah’s Global Business Program and Utah State University’s International Business Seminars and was appointed to the District Export Council by the Secretary of Commerce. She received the World Trade Association’s Award for excellence in international business.

A 40-year resident of Park City, Lewis served on the City Council, Redevelopment Agency and Planning Commission. She was a founder of the Historic District Commission, Library Board, and Parks and Recreation Board and a member of the team that wrote the Historic District Guidelines, Park City Master Plan, and Parks Master Plan. Lewis was the founder of the Park City Museum, the Kimball Art Guild and Friends of the Library and she chaired the restoration of City Hall, Marsac School and Miner’s Hospital. She organized the nationally televised “Book Brigade” and developed the Park City logo. At the Chamber Bureau, Lewis spearheaded many iconic Park City events such as Taste of Park City, Snowflaker’s Ball and Autumn Aloft. She was director of the Park City Arts Festival and chair of the Centennial Commission. She coordinated conferences for the National Governors and the Western Governor’s Policy Office that Governor Scott Matheson held in Park City. She is a regular contributor to Park City Magazine.

Lewis is an authority on sewing, embroidery and quilting. She was a contributing editor of Creative Needle magazine and a fashion coordinator for McCall’s Pattern Company and Seventeen Magazine. Her designs and articles appear regularly in national sewing and quilting magazines. She teaches at needlework conferences and creates special projects for private clients.

Lewis has served on numerous boards including Park City Chamber, Utah Symphony, Utah Library Commission, KPCW Radio, Utah Heritage Foundation, Rowland Hall School, Utahns for Choice, Spy Hop Productions, Ft. Douglas Heritage Commons, World Trade Association, Kimball Art Center, and University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture. A National Trust for Historic Preservation board member, Lewis chaired the Trust’s National Board of Advisors. She was the chair of the opening of the restored Salt Lake City & County Building and is the author of a children’s book about the building. She was honored with Utah Heritage Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in historic preservation, received honors from the Utah Humanities Council, and was a Peace House “Many Women, Many Voices” honoree. Lewis was named Park City’s “Citizen of the Year” and “Utah’s Renaissance Woman.”

Rory Murphy - Members Emeritus

Rory Murphy lives in Park City with his two children and niece. He grew up in Vermont and was an Army Paratrooper in Alaska and with the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina. He is a Disabled American Veteran. He has an MBA from the University of Utah and a BS from UVM. From 1992 to 2003, Rory was the Vice-President of Real Estate Development for UPCMC, a NYSE-listed company that was the predecessor-in-interest to Talisker Corp. where he developed over $500 MM in real estate assets for UPCMC and led the transition team to privatize and sell the company to Talisker. In 2003, along with partner, George Bryan, he purchased the property and developed what would become Silver Star at Park City, a $140 MM ski resort development that won multiple awards, including the Project of the Year from Utah Housing Coalition, Project of the Year from the Utah Heritage Foundation and the Good Karma Award from the Park City Council. Sundance’s headquarters are located at the Silver Star at Park City project. He has served on the Park City Planning Commission, the Summit County Judicial Selection Committee, the Wasatch County Roads Commission, the Park City Soils Commission as well as numerous HOA Boards. He is a Rotarian and spends a week annually in Guatemala working on water systems for remote villages. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Park City Historic Society, the Spiro Arts, the Sundance Utah Advisory Board, the Mountain Trails Foundation, the University of Utah Hospital Foundation and others. He has coached youth lacrosse for over 12 years. He currently is a partner in 820 Park Avenue, LLC and is an advisor to the Florence Gillmor Estate.

Director's Advisory Group

Sean Bailey - Trustee Representative

Sean is President of Production at Walt Disney Studios, where he oversees all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production. Previously, he founded Idealogy, Inc., focusing on the evolution and future of creative content, and served as chairman and board member of LivePlanet, a production company he co-founded in 2000 with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore.

Jason Blum

Jason is a film producer and in 2000 created Blumhouse Productions, where he produced Paranormal Activity and other films following the model of inexpensive movies with mass audience appeal. He was formerly co-head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Miramax Films, Executive Vice President of Arrow Entertainment and Producing Director of the Malaparte Theater Company

Jason Hirschhorn

Jason is an entrepreneur most comfortable at the intersection between entertainment and technology. He is CEO of his first venture, Mischief New Media, and was formerly Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks, President of Sling Media, most recently Co-President of MySpace. He serves on the Board of Directors of MGM.

Andrew Jarecki

Andrew is an American filmmaker, musician, and entrepreneur. He is best known for Capturing the Friedmans, which won eighteen international prizes including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the New York Film Critics Circle award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Moviefone.

Chris Kelly

Chris is an American entrepreneur, politician, and lawyer. Until March 16, 2010, he was the Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook. Kelly ran for Attorney General of California in the 2010 election.

Blake Krikorian

Blake is a co-founder & former CEO of Sling Media, a consumer electronics company that builds the Slingbox and was bought by Echostar in 2007. He started his career at General Magic, co-founded Philips Mobile Computing Group and later served as SVP, Metis Associates, an information technology consulting firm and incubator of core technology companies. He was involved in the creation of Metis’ first incubated company, Mainbrace Corporation, and served as the company’s President for 2 years.

Geoffrey Sands

Geoff is McKinsey & Co.’s Director of Media & Entertainment for North America, and co-leads the Digital Marketing Practice in North America. He is on the Board of Directors for Sundance Institute, Thirteen/WNET and the Paley Center for Media, and is Chairman of the Board of PBS.

Lauren Zalaznick

Lauren is Chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, overseeing Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Telemundo, mun2 and the joint ventures Sprout and TV One. She also runs the digital properties DailyCandy, Fandango, iVillage, Television Without Pity and the Integrated Media Group. She is a member of NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s MediaNYC2020 Council, a Trustee of the Brown University Corporation, and sits on the Brown University Women’s Leadership Council and Creative Arts Council.


Keri Putnam - Executive Director

Keri Putnam oversees all programs of the global nonprofit Sundance Institute, including the Feature Film Program, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Film Festival, Film Music Program, Theatre Program, and Native American and Indigenous Program. She is also responsible for expanding the Institute's international work, initiating strategic partnerships, and growing the Institute's annual operating budget. In addition, Putnam leads Institute initiatives to provide independent filmmakers with access to digital distribution through the Artist Services program and to identify and lessen roadblocks for women in the independent sector via the Women Filmmakers Initiative.

Before joining Sundance Institute, Putnam served as president of production for Miramax Films, the Walt Disney Company's specialty film division. Prior to joining Miramax, Putnam was executive vice president, HBO Films, responsible for the development and production of films for both the cable network and for theatrical release.

A graduate of Harvard, Putnam studied theatre and began her career working for Williamstown Theater Festival, McCarter Theater, Arena Stage, the ART, and others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Sarah Pearce - Managing Director

Sarah Pearce, as Managing Director for Sundance Institute, oversees all Program operations for the organization, including the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance London film and music festival, and the Institute’s Lab operations. As Director of Operations for the Sundance Film Festival, she has supervised and led Festival operations for more than 13 years. Pearce works closely with Sundance Institute’s Utah Advisory Board, community leaders, state and local officials, and government agencies at all levels to strengthen Sundance Institute’s role in the community.

Pearce has served on the Motion Picture Advisory Committee for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for the State of Utah and currently serves on the Park City Chamber Board and on the Executive Committee of the IFP Festival Forum.

John Cooper - Director, Sundance Film Festival

John Cooper has been a member of the Sundance Film Festival programming staff since 1989 and assumed the role of Festival Director in April of 2009 after serving as the Sundance Film Festival's Director of Programming since 2003.

His early work in theater, ranging from performance to design, took him to New York City. By chance, he volunteered at the Institute's Summer Labs in 1989 and fell in love with the process and energy of Sundance. He returned to California to become part of the Festival programming team, which at that time consisted of two people. In the Festival's early years, Cooper created the short film program and quickly transitioned into programming documentaries and feature films.

In recent years, he took the lead in developing the Institute's online presence, which has garnered two Webby Awards. As Festival Director, he oversees creative direction of the Festival and has final decision on all films and events.

Other work includes guest curator or juror at major film festivals around the world. From 1995-1998 Cooper served as Programming Director of Outfest, a Los Angeles festival held annually in July, and until 2002 served on the Outfest Board of Directors.

Betsy Wallace - CFO and Head of Business Development
Peter Golub - Director, Film Music Program

Peter Golub has directed the Sundance Film Music Program since 1999. Under his leadership the Program has held two annual Labs at the Sundance Resort where composers work on their own under the mentorship of leading film composers and also in collaboration both with Fellows from the Sundance Feature Film and Documentary Programs.

Golub's own recent film scores include: Countdown to Zero (Participant Films); Frozen River (nominated for two Academy Awards); The Great Debaters (co-composed with James Newton Howard); Outrage; I.O.U.S.A.; and Wordplay, among many more.

Golub, also a pianist, received a Doctorate in Composition from the Yale School of Music. His numerous concert works have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He has also been active as a composer for the theatre. Golub serves on the Board of the American Music Center.

Philip Himberg - Artistic Director, Theatre Program

Since 1997, Philip has guided all aspects of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, including the Sundance Institute Theatre Laboratory, and satellite residency programs in Massachusetts, Wyoming and Florida. Under his aegis, the program has grown into providing year-round support for theatre artists in a variety of settings, including an exchange in East Africa with artists of that region.

Himberg’s most recent play, Paper Dolls, had its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre in London in 2013. He is co-author and director of Carry It On, a solo play for singer and actor Maureen McGovern, which played at Two Rivers Theatre, Red Bank NJ, the Huntington Theatre in Boston, Arena Stage, Washington DC and Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York. Other directing credits include the world premiere of Terrence McNally's Some Men at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Elegies by William Finn at the Canon Theatre, LA, and Flora The Red Menace Reprise in LA.

Himberg received his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Oberlin College. He was co-artistic director of Playwrights Horizons in New York during the theatre’s most formative years. He is a recipient of a TCG/NEA Artistic Directors Fellowship, which brought him to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Himberg currently serves as President of the Board of Directors at Theatre Communications Group. He has taught at the Tisch School at NYU and is a visiting consultant at the Yale Drama School. Himberg is a published essayist (“Family Albums” in Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys) and licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. He lives in New York and is the father of Fanny Rose Ballantine-Himberg.

Tabitha Jackson - Director, Documentary Film Program

With over 20 years experience in the field, Tabitha Jackson is an award-winning commissioning editor and producer of documentary and non-fiction work. Jackson brings to her new role extensive experience in producing nonfiction work for multiple platforms, arts advocacy and outreach, building creative partnerships and team management.

Jackson recently served as Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4 Television based in London, where she supported and championed the independent and alternative voice, and sought to find fresh and innovative ways of storytelling. Prior to this role, Jackson held the position of Editor, More 4 at Channel 4 where she ran the day-to-day operations for the UK’s sixth largest digital channel including running the two key areas of original programming True Stories and More 4 Arts.

While at Channel 4, commissions included: Mark Cousins’ magisterial 15 part series "The Story of Film", Clio Barnard’s formally innovative verbatim cinema doc "The Arbor", Bart Layton’s documentary "The Imposter", and the forthcoming Nick Cave film, "20,000 Days on Earth".

Jackson’s commissions have been recognized with numerous awards including BAFTA Awards for The Imposter and Chosen, and Academy Award nominations for Burma VJ and Which Way Home. She has also received awards for her own work including a News and Documentary Emmy for Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge and the Royal Television Society Award and UNESCO Gold Award for Motherland – A Genetic Journey.

Prior to joining Channel 4, Jackson worked as an independent producer making films in both the UK and US about identity, social justice and history.

N. Bird Runningwater - Director, Native American and Indigenous Program

Born of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples, Runningwater was reared on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. He has overseen the Native Lab of the Institute which has launched projects such as Four Sheets to the Wind, Sikumi, Miss Navajo, Shímásání, and Drunktown’s Finest. Runningwater has also established filmmaker Labs in New Zealand and Australia, which have spawned such projects as The Strength Of Water (New Zealand), Samson And Delilah (Australia), and Bran Nue Dae (Australia).

Before joining Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions, the private philanthropy organization of a Rockefeller family member. He served as program associate in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts, and Culture Program, where he built and managed domestic and global funding initiatives. Runningwater currently serves as a patron to the imagineNative Indigenous Film Festival in Toronto.

Currently based in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Journalism and Native American Studies, and he received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Michelle Satter - Director, Feature Film Program

Michelle Satter is the founding director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, which was the inaugural program of the Institute. As the Feature Film Program director, she has provided year-round and in-depth support to groundbreaking and award-winning filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world. She also spearheaded the Institute's international work in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East as well as the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award celebrating 100 years of cinematic history.

In 1989, Satter coproduced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriters Journey. She is currently one of the producers on the film adaptation of Isabel Allende’s international bestseller Eva Luna. Prior to Sundance Institute, Satter lived in Boston and was director of public relations/marketing at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and a partner and program director of ArtiCulture, Inc., where she produced hundreds of performing arts events throughout the Boston area. She has served on the Boards of the Independent Feature Project, MAISHA, and Equinoxe. Most recently, Satter was recognized with the Women in Film Business Leadership Award and the ACLU Bill of Rights Award.

Michael Ballweg - Director, Human Resources

As the Director of Human Resources Michael Ballweg leads the team that identifies, recruits, develops and retains the Institutes exceptional talent. Leveraging best practices and innovative strategy, Michael guides the Institute’s efforts to be an employer of choice. He is responsible for all aspects of learning, diversity, organizational planning and compensation as well as creating an environment that fosters personal development, exceptional creativity and a high level of productivity.

As a certified Professional in Human Resources, Michael previously directed human capital and organizational effectiveness in both entertainment and non-profit organizations.

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