January 25, 2012
Columbia College Chicago had a big presence in Park City and a full slate of activities during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, January 20-23. In the fourth year at Park City, the college hosted alumni, friends of Columbia, industry professionals, and festival goers at several weekend events at the Waldorf Astoria Park City.
The college's Sundance presence was built on a relationship started from a suggestion four years ago by former trustee Lori Ehlenbach and her husband, John.
This year, an open house opened the weekend on Friday night. At a Saturday luncheon, our new dean of the School of Media Arts, Robin Bargar, and Film and Video Chair Bruce Sheridan presented a discussion on "New Media/New Cinema," including insight and directions from the first-year dean and a glimpse into the new MFA degree in Creative Producing, which had an overwhelming response in applicants for its first-year class that started last fall. A highlight of the activities was a well-attended presentation on Sunday with a one-on-one conversation with President of HBO Films Len Amato (BA '75) conducted by Sheridan. A Monday morning breakfast featured Carrie Beck from the Sundance Institute's New Frontier Story Lab.
In addition, several Columbia alumni were at the festival, including rapper/actor Common, and producers D.V. DeVincentis, Zak Zeman, and Paul Garnes:
*Photos by Samantha Kanzler-kanzlerfoto.com