Columbia College Chicago made a splash in Park City during an action packed weekend at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. To celebrate its fifth year in Park City, the college hosted alumni, friends of Columbia, industry professionals, and festival goers at several weekend events.
Kicking off the weekend was an open house on the Friday night where attendees were welcomed by President Warrick L. Carter. On Saturday guests enjoyed several alumni short film screenings, as well as a showing of Chicago Drawbridges, a documentary produced and directed by Columbia alumnus Stephen Hatch (BA '91). Bruce Sheridan, Chair of the Film & Video Department, and Robin Bargar, Dean of the School of Media Arts, also gave a presentation during lunch which was generously provided by Connie's Pizza of Chicago. On Sunday morning guests had brunch and a discussion with Columbia alumnus Dan Asma (BA '92), the founder of Buddha Jones Trailers. Speakers from the Sundance Institute were present, including Jamie Powell, Senior Manager, Individual Giving and Bird Runningwater, Director of the Native American and Indigenous Film Program spoke about the Sundance Film Festival from an insider's point of view. The weekend also featured a Pamper Suite courtesy of Landis Aveda Lifestyle Salon who offered complimentary hair touch-ups, make-up touch-ups, hand massages, chair massages, and gift samples.
The 2013 sponsors were Connie's Pizza of Chicago, Landis Aveda Lifestyle Salon, Monster Energy Beverages, Chicago Link Productions, and Knauz Autopark.