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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 180 employees works from offices in Park City, Los Angeles, and New York City to provide 25 residential labs, grants exceeding $3 million, and ongoing mentorships that support more than 900 artists each year. Each January, our Sundance Film Festival introduces a global audience to groundbreaking work and emerging talent in independent film. In addition to the Festival, Sundance Institute hosts many public programs in the US and around the world to 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, media, 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 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 is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media as a journalist, an Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off. Transitioning to an executive role, she became the president of CNN Productions, and the first woman president and CEO of PBS and the Paley Center for Media. Today, her commitment to connect and strengthen a global community of women leaders continues as a conference curator, advisor and mentor.

    In partnership with TED, Mitchell launched TEDWomen in 2010 and is its editorial director, curator and host. She is also a speaker and curator for the annual Women Working for the World forum in Bogota, Colombia, the Her Village conference in Beijing, and co-chairs the US board of Women of the World (WOW). She partners with the Rockefeller Foundation to curate, convene and host Connected Women Leaders (CWL) forums, focused on collective problem solving among women leaders in government and civil society.

    In 2014, the Women’s Media Center honored Mitchell with its first-annual Lifetime Achievement Award, now named in her honor to commend other women whose media careers advance the representation of women. Recognized by Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful women in media, Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and Huffington Post’s list of “Powerful Women Over 50,” Mitchell also received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Leadership. She was a contributor to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, and wrote the introduction to the book and museum exhibition, 130 Women of Impact in 30 Countries. In 2016, she received a Congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council, and in 2019 was named to the Gender Equality Top 100 list of women leaders by Apolitical.

    Mitchell is active with many nonprofit organizations, serving as the chair of the boards of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center. She is a founding member of the VDAY movement and on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is also an advisor to Participant Media and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Mitchell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a master's degree in English literature and several honorary doctorate degrees. She is the author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, live in Atlanta and have six children and 13 grandchildren.

  • 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 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 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.

  • Ritesh Batra is a BAFTA Award nominated writer-director who was named one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2017. His most recent film, Photograph, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and was released by Amazon Studios in May. His previous films include Our Souls at Night, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, for Netflix, and The Sense of an Ending for BBC and FilmNation starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling. Ritesh’s debut feature film The Lunchbox, was supported by Sundance and premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Rail d’Or. It was one of the best-reviewed films of the year, and nominated for the 2015 BAFTA Awards for “Best Film Not In The English Language”.

  • Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, is a three-time Academy Award ® - nominated and two-time Primetime Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning

    producer. His multimedia company is known for pioneering a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality micro-budget films. Blumhouse is widely regarded as a driving force in the current horror renaissance.

    The 2019 film Glass from M. NIght Shyamalan; 2017 blockbusters Split from M. Night Shyamalan; and Get Out from Jordan Peele, with combined budgets of less than $35

    million, went on to gross more than $730 million worldwide. Glass was also Blumhouse’s 11th film to open at No. 1. In addition, Get Out was nominated for four Academy Awards ® in 2018—including Best Picture—and won the Oscar ® for Best Original Screenplay. In October, the company’s Halloween posted the second-highest opening ($76 million) for a horror movie after IT.

    Blumhouse has also produced the highly profitable The Purge, Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises, which together have grossed more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed close to $200 million worldwide, launched the Blumhouse model and became the most profitable film of all time. Blum, who was nominated for an Academy Award ® for producing Whiplash, has appeared on Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment List” each year since 2015, received the 2016 Producer of the Year Award at CinemaCon and was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people in 2017.

    In television, Blum won Primetime Emmy Awards for producing HBO’s The Normal Heart and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst and two Peabody Awards—for The Jinx and the documentary How to Dance in Ohio. Recent television projects include Sharp Objects, a miniseries for HBO based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name, and The Loudest Voice in the Room, a miniseries for Showtime based on journalist Gabriel Sherman’s reporting on former Fox News Chief Roger Ailes.

    Blum is a member of the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of the Public Theater in New York and the Board of Trustees for Vassar College. Before founding Blumhouse, Blum served as co-head of the Acquisitions and Co-Productions department at Miramax Films in New York. He began his career as the producing director of the Malaparte Theater Company, which was founded by Ethan Hawke.

    He is married to journalist and screenwriter Lauren Blum and they have a daughter, Roxy, and a son, Booker.

  • With over a decade of public policy and private sector experience, Ebs Burnough serves as Founder and President of Ebs Burnough Solutions International (EBSI). Burnough founded the firm with an eye towards providing clients with an interdisciplinary approach to marketing, communications and event production. In this capacity Burnough has worked with clients across a range of sectors including media and entertainment, technology, non-profits, fashion, government and multinational corporations.

    Prior to founding EBSI, Burnough served as Director of Communications for AERIN, a global lifestyle brand founded by cosmetics entrepreneur Aerin Lauder. There he shaped the companies image and that of its founder from inception. During his tenure there, he launched the multi-national brand creating and overseeing all public relations, corporate social responsibility and brand strategy.

    Prior to joining AERIN, Burnough served as Deputy White House Social Secretary where he developed and executed hundreds of events on behalf of President and Mrs. Obama. Whether planning the G-20 Global Summit, numerous White House State Dinners, or producing “Broadway at the White House” televised on PBS, Burnough was at the center of producing and marketing high energy, high profile events on the global stage. Before joining the Obama Administration in the White House, Burnough served as a Senior Advisor to Mrs. Obama on the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

    Burnough has long been involved in politics prior to his tenure with the Obama Administration. He has worked in a variety of senior level positions in legislative and electoral campaigns on behalf of elected officials and organized labor; including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, The Service Employees International Union, and Congressman Jerry Nadler. Additionally, Burnough has managed external relations for a wide range of individuals and institutions.

    Burnough earned his Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and Theatre from Northwestern University

  • Ms. Church’s professional background includes more than 30 years of both public and private service as an attorney and community activist. She served as Vice President/General Counsel for a local Utah company where she was involved in negotiating the venue agreements for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games to hold the downhill events at a ski resort in an environmentally responsible manner and to house the Olympic family at two downtown hotels. She served in the Cabinet of two Utah Governors where she advocated for issues of social justice at all levels, from helping individual families negotiate the challenges of mental illness to advocating at a national level for more effective substance abuse prevention strategies during Utah's methamphetamine epidemic.

    As Executive Director of Utah's Department of Human Services Ms. Church oversaw 5,000 employees and a $700 million annual budget addressing child protection, juvenile justice, mental illness, drug addiction, services for people with disabilities, elder abuse, and child support collection. Her initiatives included rebuilding Utah's child protection system to exit from 15 years of Federal Court oversight as an exemplary system and obtaining more resources to assist families struggling against drug addiction. The meth epidemic in Utah disproportionately affected women, so she tailored her approaches to that audience, including producing an award-winning television campaign to raise awareness of the crisis. Following that service, she was appointed as the Administrator for Utah's Juvenile Court system, where she was able to continue my advocacy for youth and families across 29 courts statewide. She worked with judges and court staff to prioritize the needs of underserved youth such as girls in the juvenile justice system and teenagers who are aging out of foster care without family attachments.

    Her community volunteer service focuses on issues of social justice, especially for youth and women who need additional advocacy. Ms. Church worked as President of Women Lawyers of Utah to encourage more women to apply for judgeships, and then was appointed by Governor Michael Leavitt to the Judicial Nominating Commission where she was able to advocate for many women appointed to the Utah courts. She worked as chair of the Family Counseling Center to provide desperately needed mental health counseling to the working poor and shored up their business and financial planning to provide ongoing sustainability to these efforts. Ms. Church has served for many years on the boards that champion higher education, specifically the Dixie State University Board of Trustees and the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority. She is a first-generation college graduate and sees the importance of providing college educations for youth across all income groups in Utah. She is also passionate about bringing resources to homeless youth through service with Volunteers of America.

    Her other interests include historical research about the American West and vernacular architecture. She presents to a variety of scholarly and community groups on such topics as hand-made adobe brick homes, early 20th century apartment buildings, vintage roadside motels, and tourism development along the Arrowhead Highway in mid-20th century American West. Her published work includes the books Historic Salt Lake City Apartment Buildings (2018) and Sunlight and Shadow – The Page Ranch Story (2017), along with numerous articles, photographic essays, and brochures. Her website www.RelentlessHistory.com illustrates some of these efforts and you can also see her work by visiting @relentlesshistory on Instagram.

  • 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.

  • Ryan Coogler began his film career at USC and garnered attention for his feature film Fruitvale Station and his three short films Locks, Gap and Fig which have played numerous film festivals and won numerous awards over the past few years. Ryan was a participant in the 2013 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab where he developed his first feature, Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer. The film won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and also won the Un Certain Regard category at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 2013 Vanguard Award presented by Sundance Institute and Tiffany & Co. Ryan’s next feature project was Creed, a revival of the Rocky franchise, which premiered in 2015. Ryan is not only an accomplished filmmaker but also a passionate activist. Most recently, he organized a #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event in Flint, Michigan to raise money and awareness for the Flint water crisis. In April of 2016, he was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. Ryan’s next feature project will be writing and directing Black Panther for Marvel.

  • Pascal Desroches is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Turner, a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner operates more than 130 channels in some 30 languages in more than 200 countries. Pascal is responsible for all of Turner’s financial operations as well as working closely with the Turner parent company Time Warner Inc. on various financial matters, including mergers & acquisitions, forecasting and reporting. Pascal is also responsible for Turner’s global technology, security and facilities organizations.

  • Fred Dust is a former Senior Partner and Global Managing Director for the design firm IDEO.

    Fred is currently working on a book on creativity, design and dialogue which will be released by Harper Collins in the Spring of 2020. He has been awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship to advance his research in the same arena.

    Fred Dust works at the intersection of business, society and creativity. As a designer, author, educator, consultant, trustee, and advisor to social and business leaders, he is one of the world’s most original thinkers, applying the craft and optimism of human-centered design to the intractable challenges we face today. Most recently, he has been investigating new ways to ignite constructive dialogue in a climate of widespread polarization, cynicism and disruption.

    Fred is a frequently requested speaker, advisor, and lecturer. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute, the Board of Directors for NPR, the Board of Directors at The New School. He was a founder and trustee for IDEO.org, IDEO’s non-profit that designs solutions to global poverty. He lectures widely on various topics, including design methodology, future trends, and social innovation.

    Fred writes frequently for publications such as Fast Company, Metropolis, and Rotman Magazine. His books include Extra Spatial (Chronicle Books, 2003), which discusses the design of spaces, and Eyes Open: New York and Eyes Open: London (Chronicle Books, 2008), city guides that view exceptional experiences through an urban lens.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Prior to having children, Donna Gruneich’s work focused on the financial industry. She worked for North Carolina National Bank from 1985 through 1987, trading for the Trust Division. In 1987, she relocated to New York City and worked for Oppenheimer and Company as a Convertible Bond Sales/Trader.

    Donna is passionate about education and the arts. She is the past Chairman of the Board at Park City Academy and 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. She is a past board member of the Park City Institute, and she is the past Chairman of the Sundance Institute’s Utah Advisory Board.

    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. Through Impact Partners, Donna has been involved with films such as Children of Invention, No Impact Man, Secrecy, Meet The Patels and the Oscar-winning films, The Cove and Freeheld. Donna and Kevin are also part of Gamechanger Films which aims to shift the gender disparity in the film marketplace by tapping into the enormous yet undervalued talent pool of women directors and providing the financing necessary to bring their work to audiences worldwide. Independently of these groups they Co-Executive Produced the Oscar nominated documentary Cartel Land and Executive Produced The Bad Kids.

    After having a second home in Park City for over eight years, the Gruneichs moved to Park City from Connecticut permanently in 2005. They have three children—Allison, Alex and Anna—the two girls attend school on the East Coast and Alex on the West Coast.

  • 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.

  • Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. He is the CEO of The Africa Center in New York, promoting a new narrative about Africa and its diaspora through a focus on culture, policy and business. Uzodinma is the Co-Founder of Ventures Africa Magazine, a publication that covers business, policy, culture and innovation spaces in Africa. He is a member of the Presidents Youth Advisory Group (PYAG) for Jobs for Youth Africa (JfYA) at the African Development Bank (AfDB). He has written three books: Beasts of No Nation (2005), a novel also adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People (2012), a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria; and Speak No Evil (2018), a novel about a queer first generation Nigerian teenager set in Washington, D.C.

  • Amanda Kelso is passionate about technology and storytelling, and how together they can shape communities. She has spent the last 25 years serving as a creative communications and brand leader for global tech companies as well as lending her skills to non-profit organizations and startups. Amanda’s tenure includes helping to foster and oversee the stewardship of Instagram’s community of more than one billion people, serving as the Managing Director of Google Creative Lab, and providing creative digital leadership at Goodby Silverstein & Partners and West Ventures. While the majority of her career has been working in a creative capacity in the technology sector, early in her career she worked on television productions including Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Amanda holds a BA in Film from Columbia College at Columbia University and is an incoming DCI Fellow at Stanford University.

    As an advocate for independent storytellers, in addition to being a trustee of the Sundance Institute, Amanda is also a member of the Producers Guild of America’s New Media Council, and a judge for the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Work she has produced has been recognized by Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, SXSW, D&AD, Clios, One Show, The Jim Henson Technology Honor, and Communication Arts. Amanda recently co-published a public meditations project encouraging people to take time out of their busy days to meditate.

  • Charles D. King is CEO and Founder of MACRO. Formerly he was a Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture department at WME. Having joined the storied William Morris Agency mailroom in 1997, he was promoted to agent just two years later. He continues to be the first and only African American to rise from the training program in the Beverly Hills office Film/Television department in the company’s 101-year history to become Partner. King was promoted to Vice President in 2004, Senior Vice President in 2006, and became a partner in 2010 after the company’s merger with Endeavor.

  • Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. She wrote the book and lyrics for musical Fun Home, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori, which won five 2015 Tony awards including Best Musical and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lisa’s other plays include In The Wake, Well, and the Obie Award winning 2.5 Minute Ride. As an actor she received a Tony award nomination for her performance in Well and a Lortel Award for her turn as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Sundance and MacDowell fellowships, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, a Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and grants from the Creative Capital and NYFA. Lisa is also founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers. She serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony and the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.

  • 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.

  • Bill Plapinger is Senior Counsel (and previously was a partner for almost three decades) at the global law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and has dedicated most of his time since 2012 to the not-for-profit sector, primarily education, as well as conservation and the arts.

    Plapinger’s practice at Sullivan & Cromwell focused on corporate finance and M&A in a wide variety of industries in more than 30 countries, with particular emphasis on large, complex, financial transactions, many of which were the first, largest or most significant of their kind. He was resident in the firm’s London office for more than 25 years, before and after which he was resident in its New York office. He had both firm-wide and regional management responsibilities, including as managing partner of the London office, the firm’s largest branch office, coordinator of the firm’s four European offices, and a member of the firm’s Managing Partners Committee. Plapinger has been named repeatedly by more than a dozen U.S. and international publications as, variously, one of the world’s leading IPO, equity and debt capital markets, privatization and M&A lawyers.

    He has extensive experience in not-for-profit education, where he is a member of the national board of directors of The Posse Foundation (and chairs its Governance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee), a member of the board of directors of Global Citizen Year, and a director of The Fulbright U.S.-U.K. Foundation. He was the chair of the board of trustees of Vassar College for 12 years (and prior to that was a trustee for another 10 years), was a Commissioner on the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission (having been appointed by the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain to two three-year terms), and was a member of the board of trustees of the American School in London for 16 years (and subsequently, the board of directors of the American School in London Foundation). He was also a member of the board of directors of the Conference of Board Chairs of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges, and the President’s Commission of Wheaton College (Norton, MA). He has spent the last several years working with partners on an innovative market-based venture to provide affordable financing to African students at the world’s leading universities.

    In the conservation sector, he is a member of the board of directors of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, the largest private land trust on Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and in the arts sector, he is a member of the board of trustees of the Sundance Institute, and was a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the American Friends of the British Museum.

    Plapinger was a Fellow in 2013, and a Senior Fellow in 2014, in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, a joint program of five graduate schools dedicated to preparing experienced leaders to address national and global social problems.

    He grew up in Washington, D.C., where he attended public schools, and is a graduate of Vassar College, earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and also attended Westfield College, University of London. He and his wife of almost 40 years, Cassie Murray, split their time between Martha’s Vineyard and New York City, and have three grown children--two in the entertainment industry and one in management consulting.

  • Gigi Pritzker is an accomplished film and stage producer, businesswoman, and an active philanthropist. She founded diversified content company Madison Wells Media (MWM) in Fall 2015, in partnership with Clint Kisker. MWM aims to deliver elevated entertainment experiences to consumers worldwide across all media and devices. The company produces and distributes premium content including film, television, VR/AR content, live events and digital video through its subsidiary businesses OddLot Entertainment (OLE), Reality One, Relevant Entertainment and holdings in STX Entertainment, WEVR, Fandor and Atom Tickets. Through her role overseeing the film and television production company OLE, Pritzker has produced Academy Award-nominated drama Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman; The Way, Way Back starring Steve Carell; Drive starring Ryan Gosling; the futuristic sci-fi film, Ender’s Game; Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater; and HELL OR HIGH WATER starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and BenFoster. Pritzker also develops and produces live stage productions through Relevant Entertainment, which includes the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” Pritzker is a committed philanthropist and holds a position on the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees, is the Founder & Vice Chair of Project&, a member of the Board of the Goodman Theatre of Chicago and serves on the Advisory Board of the Harold Ramis Film School. She sits on the Board of STX Entertainment and is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • 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 is currently in post-production on Angela Robinson’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman. She is an actress, director, and producer that brings a unique perspective to the creative process after decades of experience on both sides of the camera. Her directing and producing credits include a series of videos of Sony Music’s release of Jeff Buckley’s album You and I; I am a wolf you are the Moon with Craig Wedren for Wet Hot American Summer; a short film called DeLiVeRy withEthan Suplee and Lukas Haas; the show Aperture for HGTV; and, a branded short for Bloomingdales called Tea for Three. Her directorial debut was The Guitar, starring Saffron Burrows, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Her other upcoming projects include the features: 60'6", Claude and the Birthday Cake, which she’s co-writing with Jude Falaise about growing up in Haiti in 1963, and Cowboys and Indians about the collision of cultured from the American west and Indian Americans. Amy is also co-creating two series called Royal Hotel with Deirdre Lewis, and Bedlam with David Connolly and Hannah Davis. Her acting credits include national and international films, TV and theatre. Amy did her postgraduate work at LAMDA, studied at ACT, The Actors Center, Circle Rep, and earned her BA from SFSU and University of Colorado, Boulder. Amy is on the Board of the Sundance Institute and heavily involved with the Sundance Resort, Utah. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.

  • Junaid is a theatre actor, director, dramaturge, and a founding member of Beirut-based Zoukak Theatre Company (2006). And a member of the Sundance board of trustees since Oct 2019. He has directed several theatre plays with Zoukak and other artists including, "Ish Ibka…” (2007), "Lucena / Obedience Training" (2013), "Heavens" (2014), "The Jokers" (2017), and "36 Abbas street, Haifa" (2017). As a dramaturge, Junaid worked on several theatre and dance performances, including “Mahalli” (2012), “Fatmeh” (2014), “Leila’s Death” (2015), “May he rise…” (2017) and “NIGHT” (2019), and performed in more than 20 productions in the past fourteen years, touring in multiple cities and festivals around the world. Since 2016, he is a fellow artist of the Sundance Theatre Program where he took part in various Theatre Labs, both as a director and as a Dramaturge in the United States of America and in the MENA region.

    Establishing Zoukak has provided Junaid a broad experience in art direction, curating cultural events and festivals, in addition to the knowledge in the management of non-governmental and cultural associations on the national, regional and international contexts. He was a member of several initiatives focusing on cultural policies and other social and cultural issues in Lebanon including, censorship, public space, cultural heritage, and history.

    Junaid is a trainer on the use of theatre in various educational, social, and psychosocial contexts. With Zoukak, Junaid trains teachers, educators and leaders of activity centers, in addition to leading psychosocial interventions in different regions across Lebanon that target various communities and age groups; including drama-therapy workshops in different mediation techniques, in addition to the facilitation and creation of collective theatre performances with communities. He has conducted theatre classes in several schools; and in centers for children with special needs.

    For its artistic and social engagement, Zoukak received the Ibsen Scholarship award (2012), the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Euro-med Dialogue Award for social resilience and creativity (2014), the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Palermo (2017), the Praemium Imperial Award for Young Artists from the Japan Arts Association (2017), the Chirac Foundation Award of Culture for Peace (2017) and the Ellen Stewart International Award (2018).

    Junaid holds a BA in Theatre from the Lebanese University, Institute of Fine Arts, in addition to a BA in Philosophy from the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Lebanese University. At present, he is pursuing his Masters at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

  • 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 is a Founder of Accel, a prominent global technology venture capital firm. Entering a fifth decade in venture capital, he has been closely involved as lead investor in numerous industry pioneering technology companies.An industry leader, Jim is former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and the 2007 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.He is a graduate of Harvard University (Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics) and holds a M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

    He is Chairman of the Swartz Foundation and Co-Chairman of the Christian Center of Park City, Director Emeritus of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation (established the Borgen-Swartz Education Endowment), Trustee of the Sundance Institute, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Tepper School of Business. Jim is a Founder of the Deer Valley Music Festival, the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard, MVYouth and FairSport.He served on the Management Committee of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics of 2002.He holds a Honorary Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, its inaugural Founders Medal, the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from its Tepper School of Business, and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Governors University.

    Together with his wife Susan, Jim founded Impact Partners, a financing and advisory firm advancing independent cinema that addresses pressing social needs.As Producer of the documentary Icarus, Jim won the Academy Award in 2018 and received an Emmy nomination.

    Jim is a keen competitive sailor and has won numerous World and National Championships with his yachts Moneypenny and Vesper.

  • LYNETTE WALLWORTH is an Emmy and AACTA award winning Australian artist/filmmaker who frequently pushes the boundaries with new technologies. Her most recent works have been Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality immersive documentaries.

    Wallworth’s work has been shown at Sundance New Frontiers since 2009 when her installation Evolution of Fearlessness was invited by Shari Frilot. She has been a regular presenter at New Frontiers since that time. Wallworth received Sundance Institute New Frontiers inaugural Virtual Reality residency which partnered her with Jaunt VR and a residency at the Technicolor Experience Center.

    Wallworth’s work has shown at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian, Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London Cultural Olympiad; Auckland Triennial; Adelaide Biennial; Brighton Festival and the Vienna Festival among many others as well as film festivals including-Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival. Her works have been presented at the UN General Congress New York, in the UN Vienna, at the Australian Parliament and at the Washington State Department.

    Wallworth’s works include the interactive video installation Evolution of Fearlessness; the award winning full-dome feature Coral, with it's accompanying augmented reality work; the AACTA award winning documentary Tender, the Emmy award winning virtual reality narrative Collisions which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos and her most recent XR work ‘Awavena’ which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2018.

    Wallworth has been awarded an International Fellowship from the Arts Council England, a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural Australian Film, Television and Radio School Creative Fellowship, the Joan and Kim Williams Documentary Fellowship and a Skoll Stories of Change/Sundance Impact Fellowship. She has been awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence presented by George Miller, and in 2016 she was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the year’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She has been a frequent advisor at Sundance Labs. She is a Cultural Leader at the World Economic Forum and is a member of the World Economic Forums’ Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality.

  • 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 now lives full-time in Park City, Utah.

  • 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.

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  • 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 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.

  • Sou is a digital strategist originally from Guinea, West Africa. In 2014, Forbes named her one of the 30 Under 30 in Tech. She has spoken at various industry events including SXSW Interactive and her work has won awards at the Cannes Lions and the Webbys. She currently leads all Politics and Social Impact Marketing for Google’s Brand team. Prior to that, she was the Digital Engagement Director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America [IAVA]. She has a deep understanding of brand marketing and how to build brilliant strategies. Executing strategy across video, digital, print and live events is her specialty. She is also a co-founder of Tech LadyMafia which supports women in technology. She cohosts the podcast Call Your Girlfriend with her friend, the journalist and editor Ann Friedman.

  • Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School, director of the Poliak Center at Columbia Journalism School and a contributing writer at NewYorker.com. He is best known for his work on Net Neutrality theory. He is author of The Master Switch, Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination, and other works, and in 2013 he was named one of America's 100 Most Influential Lawyers.

  • 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.

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    As a founding member of the Director's Advisory Group, Blake gifted the Institute with his infectious energy and spirit. His impact on the evolution of our programs, and on each of us, will be long felt.


  • Keri Putnam is the Executive Director of the non-profit Sundance Institute whose mission is to discover and develop independent artists and introduce audiences to their new work. Putnam oversees the Institute’s annual Sundance Film Festival, as well as its year-round programs to creatively, financially and strategically support storytelling artists around the world through signature residential labs, workshops, direct granting, strategic and educational resources, and ongoing mentorship. Since joining the Sundance Institute in 2010, Putnam has launched international Festivals and Labs in countries including China, India, the UK and Morocco, initiated new programs to support artists working in episodic content, new media, and short-forms, launched an expanded creative producing initiative to support finance, marketing and distribution of independent work, and built several new initiatives to foster outreach and diversity in independent film, including the Women at Sundance program.

    Prior to joining Sundance, Putnam was President of Production at Miramax films, a division of the Walt Disney Company, where she oversaw Acquisitions, Development, Production, Post-Production and Production Finance and made or acquired films including The Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will be Blood, Ben Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, Stephen Frears’ The Queen, Greg Mottola’s Adventureland and Julian Schnabel’s Diving Bell and the Butterfly . During her 4-year tenure at the company, Miramax films were recognized with 34 Academy Award nominations and 7 wins.

    Putnam spent the first 15 years of her career at HBO, starting as an assistant in original programming and ending as EVP of movies and mini-series overseeing the creative team in this area. She supervised production of 48 films and mini-series, which collectively were nominated or won over 50 Emmy Awards, as well as numerous Peabody Awards, Golden Globes and other honors. She was also a key leadership team member in building and launching a theatrical division called Picturehouse in partnership with New Line Cinema that made and released several acclaimed films including Maria Full of Grace, American Splendor, and Gus van Sant’s Cannes Palme D’or winner Elephant.

  • Betsy Wallace is the chief financial officer and managing director, overseeing all aspects of finance and legal and business development for Sundance Institute. Betsy brings over 35 years of financial and leadership experience, domestic and international, to the Institute.

    During Betsy’s career, she has been chief financial officer and chief accounting officer of both public and private for-profit companies, including PetSmart, DSW, REC Solar (where she was also CEO), TravelClick, and American Skiing Company. While living overseas in Singapore for close to a decade, Betsy was the CFO for Citigroup’s business development group for its greater Asia business, and prior to that she was the CFO of Hubbell International Inc. Betsy began her career with Deloitte & Touche CPAs.

    Betsy graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business graduate program with an emphasis in finance and has her undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA. Betsy has been involved on several nonprofit boards including Leadership California, PrimeTime Singapore, and Habitat for Humanity: Summit and Wasatch Counties. She and her husband live in Park City, Utah.

  • Tabitha Jackson – award-winning commissioning editor, director, producer and writer – who believes passionately in the arts as a public good, is the Director of the Sundance Film Festival. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of arts and nonfiction film, she has previously served as the Director of the Documentary Film Program at the Sundance Institute, as well as head of Arts and Performance at Channel 4 Television in London before joining the Sundance team.

    In 2013, Jackson was appointed Director of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute with a mission to champion the power of artful nonfiction cinema in the culture and to support a more expansive set of makers and forms. In supporting such work, she and her team encouraged the diverse exchange of ideas by artists as a critical pathway to developing an open society. Also while in the role, she launched and led a new pillar of work at the Institute - Impact, Engagement and Advocacy – with the goal of reasserting the role of the independent artist as a dynamic progressive cultural force.

    Prior to joining the Sundance Institute, Jackson worked at Channel 4 to support independent and alternative voices and find fresh and innovative ways of storytelling. She executive produced a number of projects for the UK’s Film 4 including Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film, Clio Barnard’s The Arbor, Sophie Fiennes’ The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollards’ 20,000 Days on Earth. Jackson was drawn to these filmmakers, along with many others, because of their use of innovative cinematic storytelling to challenge accepted orthodoxies, and, as a result, revealing a little more of the human condition.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carrie Lozano joined Sundance as the Director of the Documentary Film Program in 2020 where she works to elevate and support nonfiction filmmakers worldwide at all stages of creating and distributing new cinematic work. Lozano is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, and a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She joins the Institute from the International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary Fund; where she co-founded and oversaw the program, which supported dozens of filmmakers over the last four years, with an emphasis on journalistic rigor, diversity and inclusion.

    Prior to the IDA, Lozano led the Bay Area Video Coalition’s National MediaMaker Fellowship and was an executive and senior producer at Al Jazeera America. Films that she has directed or produced have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival; her most recent film is 2016’s The Ballad of Fred Hersch. Lozano serves on the boards of the nonprofit production companies Kartemquin Films, Swell Cinema and The Free History Project.

  • Lynne Diane Gugenheim participates in shaping the Institute’s strategy, leads the organization’s work sourcing, structuring and stewarding of contributed revenue from foundations, corporations, and individuals, and oversees all development events, including its annual benefit. Leading the Individual Giving, Foundation and Government Giving, and Corporate Partnership teams, Lynne ensures that revenue and brand objectives are aspirational and achieved. Lynne is a member of the senior leadership team as a key voice in the development of strategy for the organization.

    Prior to joining the Institute, she was previously Director of Development at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, where she led all aspects of contributed revenue for a $60 million annual operating budget, developed strategy and led the implementation of a $50M capital campaign, and helped grow annual contributed revenue by 50 percent. Prior to Roundabout, Lynne ran an independent consulting practice for eight years and also worked on staff with the 92nd Street Y, Children’s Television Workshop, KCET, and Playwrights Horizons, among several others, gaining a depth of experience in giving at arts and media organizations. She is an Advisory Board Member of the 52nd Street Project in New York and a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Purchase. She is based in the Institute's Los Angeles office, having recently relocated, is the proud mom of a son attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

  • Tara Hein-Phillips has over 15 years of experience in digital transformation, new product development, and commercial management, bringing a number of successful digital products and services to market in that time. She has successfully launched and developed new digital products for large companies such as Kaplan, Laureate Universities, and a number of others but has also worked with startups and served as a creator mentor, working with Singularity University, Creator Up, and What’s On Stage, helping to nurture new digital businesses. Tara is currently the managing director of Vestar Consulting and developed her passion for digital education as the online director for Kaplan Medical and Global programs. She is also the board chairperson for MakerClub and serves as an advisor to a number of other mission-driven organizations. She began her career as a playwright and theatre director and is deeply passionate about creating digital experiences for artists and audiences of all stages.

  • Before joining the Institute, Monroe was the vice president of marketing for The Atlantic and head of the publisher’s in-house studio, Atlantic Re:think, overseeing teams including brand marketing, consumer insights, creative strategy, design, and content development. Under his leadership, The Atlantic was named “Marketing Team of the Year” by Folio, “Content Team of the Year” and “Best In-House Studio” by Digiday, and “Studio of the Year” at the 2017 Native Advertising Awards. Prior to joining The Atlantic in 2016, Monroe held marketing and content leadership roles at Forbes and Condé Nast. He was invited to join Min’s Marketing Hall of Fame in 2016, and in 2018 he was named “Marketer of the Year” by the Native Advertising Institute in Berlin.

  • 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. In January 2020, Cooper stepped into the role of Emeritus Director.

    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 oversaw creative direction of the Festival and had 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.

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