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Media Comm students headed for Sundance Film Festival

  • Published: Jan 20, 2015 4:15PM

Taylor University Media Communication students and faculty will get a sneak peek at the films that audiences could see at theatres during 2015 when ten students and three faculty members travel to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from January 25–February 1, 2013. 

The students will earn three credits for a class in independent film as well as participate in the Windrider Forum, a faith and film discussion group that meets during the festival.

Assistant professor Kathy Bruner is teaching the study trip along with her husband John Bruner and Taylor staff member Josh Taylor. She said, “Sundance is a great opportunity for our students to be at the center of independent film. We are blessed to return to beautiful Park City, Utah, for our ninth consecutive trip.”

The team anticipates seeing the much-anticipated Last Days in the Desert starring Ewan McGregor and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, as well as at least twelve other films.

In preparation for their week of film immersion, the team will spend two days in orientation on Jan 22 and 23, getting to know one another and learning how to approach film from the vantage point of critics, admirers and aspiring filmmakers.

While in Utah, Taylor students will join a faith and film discussion group called the Windrider Forum held in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival. Windrider has been described as an, “immersive educational experiment and an ongoing conversation between filmmakers and film lovers.”

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 films, both documentary and live action, can help shed light on some of the world’s biggest issues.”