Sundance Recap: SCA has Banner Year in Utah

Careers are made at the Sundance Film Festival. Across generations, filmmakers from Bryan Singer to Ryan Coogler have started their storied careers at the Park City Festival. This year, 33 films with Trojans in key positions were shown at Sundance/Slamdance and 5 films were sold including Diary of a Teenage Girl, Results, Dope, Cop Car, and Finders Keepers. In addition, Red Om Films, a production company founded by actress Julia Roberts, Lisa Gillan, and Marisa Yeres Gill, will be producing a narrative version of the documentary, Batkid Begins.

A still from Dope

A still from Dope, which sold at Sundance 2015

Several SCA alums also received honors at the festivals. At Sundance, Dope was awarded the U.S. Excellence in Editing Award in the dramatic feature category. In the Slamdance Festival, Hench-DADA alum Einar Baldvin’s MFA thesis project, The Pride of Strathmoor, won Jury Award for Animation Short, and 20 Years of Madness received a Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature.

“It is inspiring to see Park City audiences discover the many unique voices among our alumni and student filmmakers” said Director of Alumni Relations Justin Wilson. “I look forward to seeing as many of these films as possible on campus as part of our screening series.”

USC was “live” from the Park City with coverage on the Sundance Blog. Bloggers included Doug Blush, Ross Putman, Tchavdar Georgiev, and Natalie Qasabian. You can read their entries here:

The following films were also part of the festival:

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
Foley Edited by Kimberly Patrick ‘12

DOPE
Written & Directed by Rick Famuyiwa ‘96
Produced by Forest Whitaker
Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi
Production Sound Mixed by Mary Jo Devenney

I SMILE BACK
Directed by Adam Salky

RESULTS         
Executive Produced by Sev Ohanian ‘12

SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME
Produced by Forest Whitaker
Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi

Z FOR ZACHARIAH
Produced by Joni Sighvatsson ‘85

COP CAR
Produced by Andrew Kortschak ‘13

THE HALLOW
Written & Produced by Felipe Marino ‘04
Produced by Joe Neurauter ‘04

THE NIGHTMARE
Produced by Ross Dinerstein ‘05
Cinematography by Bridger Nielson ‘04

KAIJU FURY!
Produced by Shannon Blake Gans

PROJECT SYRIA
Directed by Nonny de La Peña ‘09
Art Direction by Michael Murdock ‘14

A WALK IN THE WOODS
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Cinematography by John Bailey

FINDERS KEEPERS
Directed & Produced by Bryan Carberry ‘09
Produced by Adam Gibbs ‘08
Co-produced by Greg Lanesey ‘95
Co-produced by Matt Radecki ‘94
Edited by Tchavdar Georgiev ’01

THE HUNTING GROUND
Edited & Associate Produced by Doug Blush ‘88
Edited by Derek Boonstra ‘07
Cinematography by Ayana Baraka
Production Coordinated by Chao Thao ‘14

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
Assistant Edited by Barb Steele

PROPHET’S PREY
Executive Produced by Brian Grazer ‘74

RACING EXTINCTION
Edited by Jason Zeldes ‘09

TIG
Directed by Ashley York ‘06

SEMBENE!
Consulting Editing by Doug Blush ‘88

DOG BOWL
Edited by Brian Scofield ‘11

MYRNA THE MONSTER
Assistant Edited by Jeffrey Glaser

THE COLLECTORS: BEEKEEPING
Directed by Steven Cantor ‘95

SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE
Produced by Paul Kewley ‘97

PALM ROT
Written & Directed by Ryan Gillis ‘14

THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST
Written by Marc Smerling

NANA                     
Written & Produced by Paloma Martinez ‘13
Edited by Monica Salazar ‘13

20 YEARS OF MADNESS
Directed, Produced, Edited & Cinematography by Jeremy Royce ‘13
Produced by Jerry White Jr. ‘13
Produced by Kaveh Taherian ‘12
Cinematography by Will Jobe ‘13
Production Sound & Supervising Sound Edited by Kimberly Patrick ‘12
Post-production Sound & Supervising Sound Edited by Qianbaihui Yang ‘12
Line Produced by Michael Newman ‘12
Associate Produced by Lindsay Villarreal ‘13
FX Edited by Marcello Dubaz ‘12
Composed by Alexis Marsh ‘11
Composed by Samuel Jones ‘11

BATKID BEGINS: THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
Written, Edited, & Sound Designed by Kurt Kuenne ‘95

CLINGER
Written & Produced by Bubba Fish ‘13
Sound Design by Ankur Agrawal ‘14

LA-GAR-TO
Written & Directed by Miguel Jiron ‘13

THE PRIDE OF STRATHMOOR
Written & Directed by Einar Baldvin ‘14

SOMEWHERE IN THE VALLEY
Written & Directed by David Greenspan ‘01

YOSEMITE    
Produced by Clara Aranovich ’10
Produced by Nicolaas Bertelsen ’11
Produced by Sev Ohanian ’12

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