Thank you for celebrating with us at our annual benefit event on opening night of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. We hope you enjoyed seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and experiencing firsthand how your generous support of our year-round programs directly impacts visionary independent artists.
Over the course of the evening, we enjoyed the world premiere of Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht’s inspiring documentary, Crip Camp, in front of a packed house at the Eccles Theatre, where it received a moving standing ovation.
During the reception, Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford delivered a heartfelt farewell to John Cooper, toasting the 30 years they’ve worked together.
We also heard directly from artists like Nanfu Wang and Colman Domingo, both of whom underlined the direct impact Sundance Institute’s programs have had on their careers—a major testament to the generosity of our community of donors.
As the program drew to a close, Sundance Institute trustee Charles D. King came onstage to present our Vanguard Award for Philanthropy to Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. In his speech, Walker reminded us that we all have the power to effect change.
It was truly a night to remember, and we hope to see you again next year. In the meantime, you can relive the evening’s highlights in our photo gallery.