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Taylor Film Students to Attend Sundance Film Festival

  • Published: Jan 15, 2016 4:00PM

For the ninth consecutive year, Taylor University students and faculty will attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The trip is part of a class in independent film and, during the festival, the students will view films that audiences could see at theatres during 2016.

The team of 11 students and two faculty members will leave for Park City on January 24, and will return January 31. The students will earn three credits hours for the class and experience.

The team expects to see more than a dozen films including the documentaries Life, Animated and Jim. Life, Animated is the story of Owen, a little boy who stopped speaking when he was 3 years old and disappeared into autism. The documentary tells the story of how Disney animation gave Owen a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. Jim tells the story of journalist Jim Foley, who was publically executed by ISIS militants in August 2014.

Assistant Professor of Media Communication Kathy Bruner is leading the study trip along with her husband, Assistant Professor of Media Communication John Bruner.

“Sundance is a great opportunity for our students to be at the center of independent film,” she 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.”

While in Utah, Taylor students will join the Windrider Forum – a faith and film discussion group 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.”

Taylor University has an award-winning film and media production program that has received recognition from the Emmy, Telly and Cine organizations for its production work. Students have access to Hollywood-level equipment including RED Dragon cameras and the Steadicam Phantom.