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Taylor Media Communication students attend Sundance Film Festival

Published: Jan 21, 2013

Taylor University students and faculty are getting a sneak preview of the films that audiences may see at theatres during 2013. The team of ten students and two faculty members will be at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from January 20-27. The students 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.

Assistant Professor Kathy Bruner is leading and teaching the study trip. “Last year was such an amazing opportunity for our students to celebrate the spirit and art of independent film. We are blessed to return to beautiful Park City, Utah for our sixth consecutive trip,” she said.

Taylor will also join Biola University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Priddy Brothers Entertainment for a faith and film discussion group called the Windrider Forum held in connection with the festival. Windrider has been described as an “immersive educational experiment and an ongoing conversation between filmmakers and film lovers.”

Bruner explained, “We try to choose films that offer the greatest potential for theological conversation, but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily overtly religious films. Independent filmmakers are in some ways the prophets of our time, and it’s a privilege to learn more about ourselves and our world through their lenses.”

Students 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 fifteen or sixteen films during the week.

Bruner said, “We want Taylor students to learn from great artists so that they can tell beautiful and meaningful stories in the future. Sundance is a great place to learn how independent film can help shed light on some of the world’s biggest problems.”

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