Meet the 2012 Sundance Institute Alumni Advisory Board

Meet the 2012 Sundance Institute Alumni Advisory Board

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At Sundance Institute, artists are at the center of our mission and represent an integral part of our community. It’s important for us to keep the voices and perspectives of our alumni as a central part of all that we do, and our Alumni Advisory Board is one of the ways we do just that. This year, we've assembled 15 amazing alumni to advise us on Institute programs and to share their stories with you. The members of the Alumni Board represent all of our Institute programs, and we are very grateful to these artists for helping us build and strengthen our community of artists and audiences.

Each month, we will spotlight at least one member of the Alumni Advisory Board on our website. We kick things off in February with our first Alumni Spotlight. Check back each month to see who we’ll spotlight, and to hear from these artists about their new work, their creative process, and how they stay inspired.

Meet the 2012 Sundance Institute Alumni Advisory Board. Click here for full bios and photos.

  • Lake Bell: Sundance Film Festival Director (Worst Enemy, 2011 Short); actress (Black Rock), and 2011 LA ShortsLab Panelist
  • Borderline Films - Antonio Campos: Sundance Film Festival Director (Simon Killer); Producer (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Mary Last Seen); 2011 Creative Producing Summit Panelist
  • Borderline Films - Sean Durkin: 2010 Feature Film Program Screenwriters Lab and Directors Lab Fellow (Martha Marcy May Marlene); Sundance Film Festival Director (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Mary Last Seen); Producer (Simon Killer)
  • Borderline Films – Josh Mond: 2011 Creative Producing Summit Panelist; Sundance Film Festival Producer (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Mary Last Seen, Simon Killer)
  • Catherine Hardwicke: Screenwriters Lab and Directors Lab Creative Advisor; Sundance Film Festival Director (Thirteen); 2007 Sundance Film Festival Juror
  • Rashida Jones: Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter (Celeste and Jesse Forever); Actress (Celeste and Jesse Forever, My Idiot Brother)
  • Rory Kennedy: Sundance Film Festival Documentary Director (Ethel,  American Hollow, Fallen Cradle Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, The Fence); 2004 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Juror
  • Ellen Kuras: 1997 Sundance Documentary Fund Grantee; 1997 Sundance Film Festival Jury; 2006 Documentary Composers Lab Fellow;  2005 Directors Lab Creative Advisor; Sundance Film Festival Cinematographer (Angela, Asylum, Be Kind Rewind, Heart of the Matter, I Shot Andy Warhol, Nerahkoon (The Betrayal), Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Personal Velocity, Poverty Outlaw, Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Swoon, and Unzipped); Sundance Film Festival Director (Nerahkoon (The Betrayal)
  • Justin Lin: Sundance Film Festival Director (Better Luck Tomorrow, Finishing the Game); 2012 Sundance Film Festival Juror
  • Billy Luther: 2011 Sundance Institute at the Autry Presents Native Films Program; Sundance Film Festival Documentary Director (Grab, Miss Navajo)
  • Diego Luna: Sundance Film Festival Director (Abel); Actor (Abel, Solo Dios Sabe, Y Tu Mamá También, Rudo y Cursi); 2008 Sundance Film Festival Juror
  • Mark Ruffalo: Sundance Film Festival Director (Sympathy for Delicious); Actor (Sympathy for Delicious, We Don't Live Here Anymore, XX / XY, You Can Count On Me, and The Kids Are All Right)
  • Gingger Shankar: 2007 Composers Lab Fellow; 2010 Artist at the Table performer; 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier Artist
  • Hank Willis Thomas: 2011 New Frontier StoryLab Fellow; 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier Artist
  • Doug Wright: 2009 and 2011 Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Fellow; Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Creative Advisor; Theatre Lab at White Oak Creative Advisor; Theatre Lab at Banff Creative Advisor; Feature Film Program Directors and Screenwriters Lab Creative Advisor