Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
Eight Columbia College alumni will present films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Utah this month. College alumni who will be presenting include directors, producers, editors and screenwriters.
Founded in 1985, the Sundance Film Festival is an annual celebration of independent filmmakers sponsored by the Sundance Institute. It provides a platform for independent artists to showcase their work to a global audience and a place for viewers to discover filmmaking’s newest talent.
Each year, the festival selects approximately 200 films for exhibition from more than 12,000 submissions, and more than 45,000 people attend those screenings. In recent years, The Sundance Film Festival has featured some of the most influential independent films, including Whiplash; Boyhood; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Fruitvale Station; Little Miss Sunshine; Reservoir Dogs; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; An Inconvenient Truth; and Napoleon Dynamite. This year’s festival takes place from Thursday, Jan. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 31.
The College alumni whose work will be screened at the festival include:
- Andrew Neel CC’01, director, Goat
- Julia Bloch CC’99, film editor, Green Room
- Josh Fox CC’95, writer and director, How to Let Go of the World (And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change)
- Yana Gorskaya CC’96, editor, Hunt for the Wilderpeople
- Katharina Otto-Bernstein, CC’86, SOA’92, producer, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
- Miguel Batista CC’93, BUS’99, production accountant, O.J.: Made in America
- Carly Hugo CC’06, producer, Suited
- Lodge Kerrigan CC’85, director, screenwriter and executive producer, The Girlfriend Experience