Media Communication Students to Attend Sundance Film Festival

Published: Jan 21, 2011

Taylor students and faculty will get a sneak preview of the films that audiences may see in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival.  Ten Taylor University students and two faculty members will travel to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from January 23-30. The group will earn three credits for a class in independent film as well as participate in the Windrider Forum, a faith & film discussion group that meets during the festival.

The students and faculty will be blogging about their experience, so please follow them on their Sundance 2011 blog, http://taylorsundance.wordpress.com.

Assistant professor Kathy Bruner is teaching the three credit Sundance study trip for the fourth year. She said, “Last year was such an amazing opportunity for our students to celebrate the spirit and art of independent film. We can’t wait to return to beautiful Park City, Utah.”

Senior Dave Baker is looking forward to this unique opportunity. He said, “I'm excited to go to Sundance because I not only get to watch film, but I get to experience it with other filmmakers, producers, directors, and film enthusiasts. I hope to learn about what makes a successful independent film, and what motivates these filmmakers to tell their stories.”

Senior Kelsey Getzin is looking forward to the experience and said, "I’m very excited to see what independent filmmakers can accomplish and possibly get to discuss the filmmaking process with some of them."

Taylor will also join Biola University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent University and Priddy Brothers Entertainment for a faith and film discussion group called the Windrider Forum held in conjunction with the festival. Windrider has been described as an “immersive educational experiment and an ongoing conversation between filmmakers and film lovers.” Fuller Seminary’s Craig Detweiler explained the films the Windrider participants will see. “We try to choose films that offer the greatest potential for art and insight which open up theological possibilities.”

Students will attend class sessions each morning at the Mountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Park City, then fill their afternoons and evenings with film screenings, filmmaker Q&As, discussion and film seminars. Each student will see about fourteen films during the week.

Assistant professor Kathy Bruner said, “In some ways, film is the modern pulpit and independent filmmakers, especially documentary filmmakers, are like modern prophets, showing us the problems in our culture. We want Taylor students to be great artists telling those stories and inspiring solutions as well.”